TreeHugging World Championships 2022


TreeHugging World Championships of 2022 (#TreeHugging2022) will be held on Saturday the 20th of August live in our HaliPuu forest in Levi, Lapland, Finland. Join the fun by following the Live broadcast from our forest and take part in the virtual competition by sending in your best treehugging picture! Follow hashtags #TreeHugging2022 and #HaliPuu
Happy hugging!


Why join?

Now more than ever, connecting with nature and finding peace and balance among trees – either live or virtually – has become more essential and needed. At HaliPuu we came up with the TreeHugging Championships in 2020 as a way to cheer people up during the pandemic, and to remind them of the instant stress release that trees and forests offer. This year we introduce a couple of new elements to our contest, but the basic idea stays the same: hugging and sharing is caring!


Watch the Live Stream on the 20th of August




Join and watch online

Everyone can watch and comment the Championships for free, live via YouTube on August the 20th – we would love to see you support the contestants. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to ensure your free online viewing spot.

But that is not all! Everyone around the world is invited to take part in the Online TreeHugging World Championships – who knows, you might even be joining us in person next year. This year the hugging pictures will be submitted directly to our world map of trees, a free feature powered by our friends at Treebuddy. You find the instructions further on this page (an instruction video will be posted on this page in the coming days)

Please make sure you submit your picture by 11AM CET, Saturday 28th of August 2022



Participate in person

We have a wonderful lineup of eager TreeHuggers to represent their home countries in the HaliPuu forest. However, there is still room for you as well – we are looking forward to seeing your unique style and technique! If you are interested in joining in person, send a mail to

You are also welcome to follow the championships as a spectator on location in the HaliPuu forest in Levi, Finland. There is a limited number of tickets available in our store HERE.


The prizes

The winner of online TreeHugging World Championships 2022 will be invited to join the live competition of 2023 in HaliPuu forest, Levi, Finland. They will receive a one-week stay for two in Levi  (courtesy of Visit Levi) and a private cocooning trip for two with us here in the HaliPuu forest, both during #TreeHugging2023 next year. They will also recieve a gift card to a luxurious 2 night accommodation for two persons in Design Hotel Levi, including breakfast and entrance to the SPA, as well as a 2 person dinner courtesy of King Crab House in Levi.


The Judges

We are honoured to have three forest experts and tree lovers as the judges for the World Championships. This year our judges are: Ritva Saarensalmi, senior adviser at Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Stefania Dassie, the Italian two time winner of TreeHugging World Championships, and Joel Erkkonen, Development Manager at Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland.


Instructions for taking your TreeHugging Photo with Treebuddy -app


  1. Start by going to: and creating a free account for yourself (it is best to use your smartphone).

In the upper right corner you see a button with three lines – press it and a menu opens. Select App (the lowest item on the menu)

2. You are now in a screen with a world map. Press the menu button in the top left corner, and you will see a menu with option My Groups. Press it, then select join a group and finally type in halipuu in the ”Group code” box.

Congratulations, you can now add your own hug on the map!

3. In the upper left menu you now have an option Hug a tree! Press that. You are now back in the world map, with a yellow button + NEW HUG in the bottom right corner.

To add your hug click the + NEW HUG -button. The app locates your map coordinates. In the “Story” box, describe why you love this particular tree or tree hugging in general. Then press Take a photo to make your TreeHugging picture, and finally save your hug. It will now appear on the map.

4. Well done, you have now submitted your entry to the TreeHugging World Championships!

Remember, although you can add as many hugs as you want, you can only enter the competition with one picture – please make sure that you add the word ENTRY to the story of your picture.

Looking forward to many wonderful photos from tree lovers from around the world!

Happy hugging 🌲🤗🌳

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