The winning works of a photography competition organised by CLP revealed a close bond between young people and nature. The Go Greening Photo Competition, launched in November last year, was aimed at promoting environmental conservation and nurturing a love of trees among young people. Participants were asked to take a photograph of a tree and write a short description of it. Around 70 students submitted portraits of sturdy trees with vivid descriptions of what they felt about the trees and how the trees related to their neighbourhoods. Behind the winning pictures were dozens of touching stories about childhood memories. The top prize in the junior section went to a serene portrait of a tree inside Wah Yan College in Kowloon. Budding photographer Chim Wai-lok said the tree symbolised a close bond between the fervent young footballers at his school. 'I took the picture at the football field of my school. There's a tradition at my school where graduates with a love for soccer will throw their sneakers onto the tree top when they graduate. For students at our school, the tree is a memorial to our bittersweet school days,' said the Form Three student. Kwan Chung-to, the senior section champion, hoped to raise people's awareness of the ailing Wishing Tree in Tai Po Lam Tsuen through his picture. The ailing tree has been in the spotlight ever since its plight was made public. 'Being something of a talisman, the Wishing Tree has served Hong Kong people for many years. If prompt action is not taken to stop people from hurting the tree with their offerings, we will lose a valuable piece of our indigenous culture,' said the Form Four student from CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School. Chung-to said nature is a treasure trove that people should do everything to conserve.