Ilanot Photography 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
During the contest, KKL-JNF offered free guided tours of the Ilanot Arboretum, photography workshops with professional photographers and an exhibition of 15 photos from the contest.
"This photography contest is very important, because it gives people a chance to discover the unique Ilanot forest
and to learn about it." KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler was speaking at a ceremony at the Ilanot Forest Visitors Center, during which gift certificates were awarded to the photographers of the three winning pictures in the Ilanot Forest photography competition. "KKL-JNF is committed to bringing people closer to nature," Stenzler continued, "and this contest is a sort of 'artistic trail' in that direction. Everyone likes to take pictures these days, and this is one of the most beautiful places in Israel to do so. I want to thank everyone involved in this project, including Sarah Gold and the staff of the KKL-JNF Central Region and its director, Haim Messing."
The 130 dunam Ilanot National Arboretum was originally established in 1950 as a research site to determine which trees from around the world could be successfully acclimated in Israel. It was operated by the Ministry of Agriculture, which closed the site in 1986, when it was transferred to KKL-JNF. About 15 years ago, KKL-JNF decided to open the site to the general public. In recent years, KKL-JNF invested a great deal of thought, time and effort into transforming Ilanot into an interactive educational center that takes advantage of modern technology to share the secrets of the forest and the trees with visitors of all ages. All the paths traversing the arboretum were made accessible thanks to the support of KKL-JNF's friends in the USA.
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