The winners of the Photo Contest for JVS/AVS 2023 cover pictures are Mario Klesczewski and Sharif A. Mukul. Here are the new journal covers with their photographs. The forerunners are Kerry Woods, Gianmaria Bonari, Kirill Korzhnikov and Ricarda Pätsch.
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all the colleagues who submitted their pictures. Here is the overview of the best pictures.
Subalpine Nardion grassland with Dactylorhiza sambucina on Mont Aigoual (Cévennes National Park, southern France). The vegetation of this mountain was studied by the founder of phytosociology, Josias Braun-Blanquet, in his thesis from 1915. Photo credit: Mario Klesczewski. Type=N, MSundarbans forest in Bangladesh, the largest contagious mangrove forest in the world, and home to 24 species of true mangroves. This forest not only harbours remarkable biodiversity, but also protects the mainland from the effects of tropical cyclones. Photo credit: Sharif A. Mukul. Boulder serving as refugium (primarily for Taxus canadensis) from white-tailed deer in heavily browsed old-growth Tsuga canadensis stand in northern Michigan, USA. Photo credit: Kerry D. Woods. Segetal vegetation with Papaver rhoeas and Cyanus segetum in Central Italy. Photo credit: Gianmaria Bonari. The Afroalpine savanna in the Mount Cameroon National Park occurs between 2400 and 3200 m a.s.l. and regularly burns during the peak dry season in January. Photo credit: Kirill Korzhnikov Bedrock meadows are open islands in North America’s forested Interior northwest. The high share of bulbous geophytes and annual species is one of their contrasting features. The article describing this unique vegetation was recently published in Applied Vegetation Science (Pätsch et al. 2022, https://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12702). Photo credit: Ricarda Pätsch.