Deadline: January 15, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: $300, $1,800, $2,500, participation in the exhibition
Organized by World Wood Day.
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
World Wood Day Photo Contest 2018 Winners
People Category Winners
A wandering carpenter who sells his merchandise to village people is busy preparing them in a roadside forest while a stray girl is fancifully eyeing at herself in his mirror.
A woman gathering woods from the little forest near Inle Lake, Myanmar. People living near the forest gathering woods for the use of building their houses and fire.
Wood is used in basket making. Basket is important for transporting the crops of the villagers.
Heritage Category Winners
A former boat man reminiscing his love standing on the wreak. traditional wooden boats are rapidly disappearing and becoming a thing of the past because of metal boats. Once loved and glorious, this is a picture of the remaining hull of a traditional wooden schooner waiting to be weathered out.
An old tribal man is playing an age-old stringed instrument made of wood and his grandson is listening to the melody. Shot at Birbhum, West Bengal in India.
Bayanihan is a core essence of the Filipino culture. It is helping out one’s neighbor as a community, and doing a task together, thus lessening the workload and making the job easier. It is also called the ‘community spirit’. It is best exhibited when people wish to move locations in the rural area. The traditional Filipino house, the ‘bahay-kubo’, can be moved using wooden poles which are carried from the old place to the new one. This requires a group of people to lift and carry the house on their shoulders. Able-bodied men usually participated in such feats, while women stood and watched, casually chatting and cheering the men on. Afterwards, there will be a small gathering as a form of celebration and socialization.
Environment Category Winners
Family in the window at home.
Mother and son of Lach – ethnic minority people living in LangBian Plateau, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam – are carrying firewood through dry fields. Before that, they had to cut the pine trees in the woods for getting the oily wood. They sell them for their livelihood, and people use them to ignite for cooking. This is a longstanding habit of indigenous minorities though not serious but also acts of deforestation.
Forest is not only a national resource but also a natural lung of human life. Without effective protection and exploitation of forests, or the use of free forests for agricultural development, unpredictable consequences such as floods, droughts and climate change… will be affected. This will only lead to poverty and disease.
When humans first started finding ways how to bridge rivers and hard terrains at different environment, wood represented one of the most used and common materials for building bridges.