Kathmandu, March 26, 2019: “The Protector Tree” taken by Binita Karki in Balkot, Bhaktapur was unveiled Asian Tree of The Year 2019 by CEO of Carbon Consulting Company, Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne. The tree that showcased the superiority of nature amid rapid urbanization competed with the photographs from Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Brunei and was announced the winner on March 25, 2019.
“The Protector Tree” was forwarded to Asian Tree of The Year 2019 after bagging the position of the first runner up in Tree of The Year Nepal 2019, organized by CREASION Nepal. Karki was awarded the position alongside Rajib Kharel, winner and Sanju Raut, second runner up on an Award Ceremony held at Nepal Tourism Board on March 22, 2019 in the presence of Goodwill Ambassador, Nisha Adhikari Malla.
“Given the rapid urbanization, this tree shows both the pain and strength of nature in the present context, “Karki said upon winning the competition “I hope the competition encourages people to preserve the biodiversity heritage in the years to come”.
Started in 2011, The Tree of the Year photography competition was first organized in the Czech Republic with an objective to draw attention towards the significance of trees in the growing urban landscape. With the same objective, the Asian edition of the competition started in 2017 and Nepal has been winning the grand title of Asian Tree of Year both in 2017 and in 2018. Last year, Ashin Poudel had received the first prize for his photograph titled ‘The Lone Survivor’.