A Photographic Celebration of Turkey's Trees

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'To the End' by Erkan Yurt

Living in the urban jungle of Istanbul, it's easy to forget how lush and beautiful much of the rest of Turkey is. Forests cover 27 percent of the country, giving the photographers who entered the "Trees and Forests of Turkey" contest plenty of material to work with.

Sponsored by the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey, National Geographic Turkey magazine, and Radio Mydonose, the competition drew more than 900 entries from 530 amateur and professional photographers.

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Contest winner: 'Trees' by İbrahim Peynirci

The winning photograph, İbrahim Peynirci’s "Trees," as well as work by runners-up Mustafa İpek and Ömer Kılıç, and 19 other entrants, is being exhibited at the European Union Information Center (EUIC) in Ankara, the country's capital, until the beginning of November.

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First runner-up: 'Peace' by Mustafa İpek

"There has been a wide interest by the Ankara public, who seem to miss, in their daily lives, trees in the center of town," says Nazlan Ertan, the center’s director.

The exhibition will then be shown at the Istanbul EUIC from November 3 to December 3, after which it will travel to smaller information offices around the country.

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Second runner-up: 'Red' by Ömer Kılıç

To keep Turkey green and leafy for future artists to capture, a donation is being made on behalf of all the entrants to help reforest fire-damaged areas of the Atatürk Forest at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Via: "Ankara home to 'Trees and Forests of Turkey'," Today's Zaman

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