Winners announcement:

Grand Prize

Myo Min Kywe

People category

Noah's Ark
Debdatta Chakraborty

Nenets Camp
Andrey Snegirev

Alexander Stepanenko

A Tribal Bamboo Craftsman
Chetan Soni

Tradition of Moving House Onstage
Andi Nursam Adiputra

Dragon Boat Race
Bernard Recirdo II

Wooden Boats and Life
Azim Khan Ronnie

Fulya Fercan

The Wood Boat
Mark Anthony Agtay

The Kyrgyz Grandmother with Wood
Erkin Bolzhurov

The Basket Maker's Portico
Amitava Chandra


Heritage category

Vitaliy Novikov

Present and Past
Alexandr Romanov

Shin-Pin-Sar-Kyo Wooden Corridor
Zay Yar Lin

Learning from the Past
Froi Rivera

Traditional Race
Indranil Sengupta

Master of Wooden Spoon
Leyla Emektar

Children Are Our Future
Alina Sydykova

The Wood Carver
Froilan Robas

T_boli Indigineous Tribe
Danilo Victoriano Jr

Where The Salt Born
Olga Burda

Peter Lee


Environment category

Gold of Tavatuy Lake
Petr Kozlov

After Wildfire
Zay Yar Lin

Situ Gunung
Hasse Hamid

Plantation Pine
Jason Freeman

Wooden Neural Network
Alexey Khrushchev

Snowy Desert
Soma Negahdarinia

Relaxing in the Morning
Nimai Chandra Ghosh

The Dead Forest
Daria Vasileva

In the Shadow
Stanimir Stanev

One Day on Mars
Yevhen Samuchenko

On the Brink of Hell
Evgenii Soloninov


CHANGE in Wood Culture

We’re living in a rapidly changing world, people make changes to improve their life, to inherit and preserve their culture, to enhance their living environment and nature. That being said, the contest is looking for photographs that can best represent what has been changed to people’s perception of wood use and how the change is affecting the world today.


Observe the difference of wood use in the past and present.


Delve into the course of preserving wood culture.


Explore the impact on nature in terms of the wood usage today.

* Click on the picture to direct to the contest page.


  • OPEN: September 01, 2018
  • DEADLINE: January 31, 2019
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: To be announced


  1. Register for a Voubs account
  2. Carefully read through Entry Rules before submitting your photographs
  3. Select a category and submit your photograph


  1. Entrants must be 18 years old or above.
  2. Each entrant is limited to submit ​one (1) photograph per category​.
  3. Each entrant may submit three (3) different photographs for three (3) different category, but however, same photograph will be automatically disqualified if found submitted to other categories.
  4. The photograph must not be submitted to any of previous World Wood Day Photo Contests.
  5. Each photograph will only be awarded with one (1) prize; any awardee fails to claim the prize within the given time period (7 days) will be considered as giving up the prize, and the next photograph in line will be rewarded with the prize.
  6. Entrants will not be permitted to alter their photograph after submitting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.”
  9. Entrants should retain ​high-resolution and RAW files​ of their submitted photograph. The winning photographs will be exhibited at the 2019 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The caption is recommended to be written in the following manners:
    • Explain how your photograph is relevant to the theme.
    • Describe the circumstance in which the photograph was taken.
    • Name the city, region/states, country of where the photograph was taken.
  12. No identifiable mark, signature, or stamp is allowed anywhere on the photograph.
  13. The entrant must be the author of the photograph submitted in his/her legal name.
  14. The entrant must be the copyright holder or have been authorized by the copyright holder to submit the photograph.
  15. 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 (35%)
    2. Originality (20%)
    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.


  1. Copyright of the photograph will remain to the photographer.
  2. Entries 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.
*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.


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 2019 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.

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