Go on a scenic walk or participate in a photo contest
In honor of Landscape Day, various campaigns, competitions and guided landscape walks are organized, which offer many opportunities to get to know landscapes from new perspectives.
In connection with the Landscape Day, a landscape photography competition is organized with the theme “own landscape”. Photos taken on October 17-23, 2022 can participate in the competition. The competition period ends on 23 October 2022. The main prize is a 500 euro gift card to the Rajala Pro Shop. The photos that participated in the competition are displayed in the Ministry of the Environment and on the website of the Landscape Day. The winner of the competition will be announced at the Landscape Symposium in Helsinki on November 9, 2022. The Landscape Symposium is a nationwide event where perspectives on the implementation of the Council of Europe’s Landscape Convention in Finland are formulated.
You can also follow the scenery on guided landscape walks organized by the Maaseudu women’s organization. Walking tours will be organized around Finland on October 20. They are free.
Participate in the photo campaign celebrating landscapes by taking pictures of your everyday landscapes and sharing them on Instagram with the hashtag #Arkimaisema (#arkimaisema). What kind of scenery do you see on your way to work, school or shops or from the windows of your home? What is fascinating or beautiful in your everyday landscapes, what would you like to change or what is already changing in the landscape? You can also follow the campaign’s Instagram account @arkimaisema.
Or organize your own program in honor of Landscape Day
Anyone can organize a program in honor of Landscape Day. The Ministry of the Environment encourages organizations and communities to think about how they could participate in the celebration of Landscape Day and emphasizes the importance of landscape management now and in the future.
“It’s been great to see how different parties have been excited in recent years to come up with their own ways to celebrate Landscape Day. For example, libraries have put together landscape-themed literature on display, landscapes have been described in nature schools, and municipalities have organized their own landscape walks,” says senior environmental adviser Tapio Heikkilä from the Ministry of the Environment.
The European Landscape Agreement protects landscapes
International Landscape Day is celebrated on October 20, the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Landscape Convention. The aim of the Council of Europe Landscape Convention is to plan, manage and protect all types of landscapes. The agreement covers both everyday landscapes and landscapes that are recognized as beautiful in the countryside, nature and cities. It encourages everyone to participate in observing landscapes and making decisions about them. The Landscape Agreement of the Council of Europe is the first international agreement that applies only to landscapes. Finland joined the agreement in 2006.
Landscape Day is celebrated for the sixth time this year. Landscape Day is organized by the Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Environment Institute. The Finnish Heritage Association, the Rural Women’s Council, the Finnish Museum Agency and the Finnish Environmental Industry Association are also involved in the cooperation. The International Landscape Day is part of the program of the European Cultural Environment Day.
- More information about Landscape Day, tips for spending the day, instructions for participating in the photo contest and rules on the Landscape Day website.
Source: Ministry of the Environment
Source: The Nordic Page