Winners announcement:

    “Melody for Means” by Somenath Mukhopadhyay (India)
    People category:
    “Woodsy Fancy” by Somenath Mukhopadhyay (India)
    Heritage category:
    “Reminiscing Traditional Wooden Boat” by Ferdous Shabbir (Bangladesh)
    Environment category:
    “Family” by Leyla Emektar (Turkey)

Honorable Mentions:

People category:

  1. “Woods for life” by Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar)
  2. “Küfe” by Leyla Emektar (Turkey)
  3. “Back to home” by Angshuman Paul (India)
  4. “The Mask Maker” by Hasse Hamid (Malaysia)
  5. “Timber and Teen” by Nirmalya Bhattacharya (India)
  6. “Wood Carriers” by Mahfuzul Hasan Bhutan (Bangladesh)
  7. “Wood Charcoal Production” by Yusuf Yilmaz (Turkey)
  8. “Ifugao Wooden Scooter” by Raniel Castañeda (Philippines)
  9. “Boat Race” by Apu Jaman (Bangladesh)
  10. “Bansuria” by Sudipto Das (India)

Heritage category:

  1. “Bayanihan Spirit” by Raniel Castañeda (Philippines)
  2. “Embracing Culture” by Aveek Bhowmik (India)
  3. “Mosque” by Şaban Ok (Turkey)
  4. “U Bein Bridge, Myanmar” Sirsendu Gayen (India)
  5. “Hand Carving” by Faustino Carmona Guerrero (Spain)
  6. “Paete” by Carlo Zamora (Philippines)
  7. “Traditional Wooden Boats” by Azim Khan Ronnie (Bangladesh)
  8. “A Religious Site” by Christian Aleta (Philippines)
  9. “The Master of the Tree” by Ivo Ivanov (Bulgaria)
  10. “Making of Wooden Boat” by Debasish Chakraborty (India)

Environment category:

  1. “Drought” by Ngoc Anh Bach (Vietnam)
  2. “Wooden Connection” by Robert Anton Apparent (Philippines)
  3. “Lake Of Dawn” by Hasse Hamid (Malaysia)
  4. “From Matang Mangroves Woods to charcoal Factory” by Ical Ahad (Malaysia)
  5. “Tribal Lifestyle” by Bahni Ghosh (India)
  6. “A Room with a View” by Dominic Byrne (Ireland)
  7. “Sunset salt” by Olha Tymoshenko (Ukraine)
  8. “Rufous-bellied Woodpecker” by Pratik Humnabadkar (India)
  9. “Give Us Back the Sylvan Past, Take Away Today's Cities” by Sirsendu Gayen (India)
  10. “Blue Ocean Behind the Green Hills” by Marat Jolon (Kyrgyzstan)


People category

Heritage category

Environment category


Take a closer look at your daily life and surroundings and show us where and how wood appears in your culture. The contest is looking for photographs that can best present the interrelationship between wood and culture in the three given categories.


Observe the people around you and capture the way they embrace wood as part of their life.


Delve into your culture and share the old and new for the past and future.


Explore nature and the place you live and show the impact and effects of wood.


  • OPEN: November 20, 2017
  • DEADLINE: February 20, 2018
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: February 23, 2018


  1. Direct to "Wood and Life"
  2. Register for a new account
  3. Select a category and submit your photograph


  1. Entrants must be 18 years old or above.
  2. Each entrant may only submit one (1) photograph per category.
  3. Same photograph will be automatically disqualified if found submitted to other categories.
  4. Entrants will not be permitted to alter their photograph after submitting.
  5. Photograph must be submitted in the following requirements:
    • 20 megabytes (20MB) or smaller
    • JEPG or JPG format
    • At least 1,600 pixels in length
    • Adobe RGB or sRGB is recommended for color pictures. No CMYK.
    • Color photos that converted to grayscale and do not change the original content are permitted.
  6. The content of a photograph must not be altered by adding, rearranging, reversing, distorting or removing people and/or objects from within the frame except “cropping that removes extraneous details” and “removing sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives.”
  7. Entrants should retain high-resolution and RAW files of their submitted photograph. The winning photographs will be exhibited at the 2018 World Wood Day Event, and entrants of the winning photographs will be requested to submit a high-resolution file (at least 300 dpi/ppi) for printing and display, and a RAW file to check if adjustments made to the photograph(s) comply with Entry Rules.
  8. Entrants must provide a title and caption to their photograph. The caption must be written in English only, complete, accurate, and sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken, with the inclusion of the cultural background that is photographed.
  9. The caption is recommended to be written in the following manners:
    • Describe who and which culture is in the photograph and explain the circumstances in which the photograph was taken.
    • Name the city, region/states, country of where the photograph was taken.
    Seri Indian mother and daughter are scavenging through a pile of dead desert ironwood for a decent piece to carve in El Desemboque, Sonora, Mexico.
  10. No identifiable mark, signature, or stamp is allowed anywhere on the photograph.
  11. The entrant must be the author of the photograph submitted in his/her legal name.
  12. The entrant must be the copyright holder or have been authorized by the copyright holder to submit the photograph.
  13. The entry must not violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party.


  • Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
    1. Relevance (30%)
    2. Originality (25%)
    3. Creativity (15%)
    4. Composition (15%)
    5. Visual Appeal (15%)
  • There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner, three (3) Overall Category winners, thirty (30) Honorable Mentions.

Copyright & Usage Rights:

  1. Copyright of the photograph will remain to the photographer.
  2. Top 150 photographs will be displayed on the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and the World Wood Day (WWD) websites to promote wood culture, World Wood Day related events, and future contests.
  3. The winning entries (photographs) will be used in IWCS/WWD brochure(s), documenting video(s), IWCS and WWD event related websites and social platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, and exhibitions for the promotional purpose of the future events and contests.


I declare that…
  1. I am the author of the photograph(s) I submit.
  2. I am the sole copyright holder or have been authorized by the copyright holder to submit the photograph(s).
  3. I guarantee that to the best of my knowledge no third party can claim rights or raise objections to publication/reproduction/distribution of the photograph submitted. Submission of the photograph does not violate any applicable law, including but not limited to the Copyright Law of the United States.
  4. I accept all Entry Rules for the World Wood Day 2018 Photography Contest.
  5. I grant International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and World Wood Day (WWD) permission to use photograph submitted in the contest, and without any remuneration being due, in its online archive showcasing the results of previous events and contests.
  6. If my photograph is awarded, I grant International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and World Wood Day (WWD) a three-year full copyrights permission to use my winning photograph in brochure(s), video(s) and all media, including online, the exhibition, and all promotional activities in relation to wood culture, the World Wood Day Events, and future contests, without any remuneration being due.

IWCS and WWD reserve the right to amend the terms set forth herein, without prior notice, to add, change, and replace any terms or conditions of the contest.

World Wood Day