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Take a look at 30+1 best photos of Carpathian Mountains calling to save wild nature

Forest Eye. Photo: Andriy Chuyashenko
Edited by: Michael Garrood
The Carpathian Mountains are without a doubt one of the loveliest corners of Ukraine. However, their beauty has not always saved them from different kinds of attacks, first and foremost illegal logging, and ensuing environmental problems.

The Carpathian Mountain International Film Festival was founded in 2020 by representatives of the Transcarpathian Film Commission, namely Oleksandr Meryavchyk, Vyacheslav Yegorov, and Dmytro Hreshko. Its aim is to draw the film industry’s attention to Transcarpathia and revive film production in the region and promote the mountain region.

This year, the festival in partnership with the Frankfurt Zoological Society supported a photo competition Preservation of Virgin Forests and Wildlife of the Carpathians as a part of the program Preservation of Carpathian Virgin Forests. The program aims to preserve 300,000 hectares of natural landscapes in the Carpathians as one of the largest and most valuable networks of protected areas in Europe.

Here are the 30+1 best photos of the Carpathians, as selected by the festival’s jury.

Berlibashka and Petros at dawn. Photo: Andriy Zubenko
Over Munchel at dawn. Photo: Andriy Zubenko
Forest Eye. Photo: Andriy Chuyashenko
Chornohora. Photo: Andriy Chuyashenko
Shpytsi. Photo: Andriy Chuyashenko
#3. Photo: Artur Ish
#2. Photo: Artur Ish
Thunderstorm in Marmaros. Photo: Hanna Ponomarenko
Carpathian Giants. Photo: Larysa Uhryn
Hoverla and Petros. Photo: Eugene Stolyarov
Prut River. Photo: Oleksii Boyko
Spring Carpathians. Photo: Pavlo Chyzhmar
Carpathian Sea. Photo: Oleksandr Bystrikov
Mavka. Photo: Oleksandr Bystrikov
The Way of Light. Photo: Oleksandr Bystrikov
Twins. Svydovets massif. Photo: Yuri Sazin
Vorokhta. From Kukul. Photo: Yuri Sazin
Maramarosh. Photo: Yuri Sazin
Polonyna Lechen. Maramarosh. Photo: Yuri Sazin
Polonyna Runa. Photo: Yuri Sazin
Bathing the Fire Salamander. Photo: Andriy Zubenko
My forest is my mushrooms! Photo: Hanna Ponomarenko
The last rays over Antalovskaya Polyana. Photo: Hanna Ponomarenko
Breakfast of Sinyk. Photo: Hanna Ponomarenko
Common Cuckoo. Photo: Ivanna Dudliv
Spring is a time of love. Photo: Larissa Ugrin
Fire salamander in the beech forest. Photo: Larissa Ugrin
Keeper of the Carpathian Forests. Photo: Larysa Uhryn
Liskulka on the slopes of Mount Moloda in Gorgany. Photo: Pavlo Lutsan
Tynivka forest near the mountain Vukhatyi Kamin. Photo: Roman Yaremchuk
Dawn on Synevyr. Photo: Larysa Uhryn

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Edited by: Michael Garrood
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