What is “ROOTS”, and what does it mean to you? Show us your interpretation of “roots” through the lens of your mobile devices.

Honorable Mentions:
COLOR OF LIFE by Janet Gupta
Taken on a rainy day and the flowers were fallen to the roots of the trees. I've been collecting countless pictures of fallen leaves, flowers and textures as source of inspirations for my paintings about nature.
A NEW BEGINNING by Evelyn Jimenez
I was amazed when I was taking a walk and I found this beautiful wood trunk. It no longer had roots but what it did have was enough life to sprout the next generation of a new oak tree.
RELATIONSHIP by Ruta Mackelaite
The front wall of the house is the perfect place for this climbing tree to survive and provide protection for the house from sun rays in summer.


RUSTIC FLAVORS by Debatta Chakraborty
Kids playing among the soaked fibers of Jute Stem. Jute plants are first and then submerged in water for approximately 2-3 weeks. After this, the fibers are hand pulled from the stem and then they are pressed to make threads. Jute threads are used to make gunny bags or hessian cloth. Jute provides an excellent eco friendly alternative to the widely used polyethylene or plastics used in the packaging industry. As a large part of Gangeric West Bengal and South Bangladesh cultivate jute, a good crop brings smile at the home of the cultivators. Also a variety of Silk is made from finer quality of jute, which is worn as Sari- cloth worn by women, on special occasions.
BIRTH by Janet Gupta
It has been a part of my morning walk to capture nature during my morning walks and meditation. For years I'm always fascinated the wonder and existence of trees and the small tiny plants growing around it.






Woman used wood stick to prepare Chapati on the street. Chapati is a Tanzanian traditional dish which prepared by wheat flour special for dinner or breakfast ,this woman prepare and sell at the street from 06:00 AM up to around 10:00 AM, she is using wooden stick to prepare round shape of chapati.
"Bringing me back to the core of some of my beliefs. Reminding me of the roots that have grown my present leaves, the winds that enable me to breathe, and the way I've come to perceive.” The roots of a fallen giant Sequoia tree act as a sculpted monument in the middle of the wilderness. A throne in which one is inclined to remember the past, be inspired by the present and to aspire to the future. (I have modified this from the caption I had initially submitted to the contest, deeming it more appropriate and developed).


  • OPEN: October 30, 2017
  • DEADLINE: February 12, 2018
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT: March 05, 2018


  • Contest is open to all, regardless of age, gender, or nationality, unless prohibited by local laws.


  • FACEBOOK: upload your image(s) directly to World Wood Day Facebook page (@worldwoodday) and hashtag WWD2017ROOTS (#WWD2017ROOTS).
  • INSTAGRAM: upload your image(s) to Instagram and hashtag WWD2017ROOTS (#WWD2017ROOTS).


  • Image(s) must be taken by mobile phones or tablets to be eligible for the contest.
  • Any editing to the image(s) can only be done by apps on the mobile phone or tablet; any image alteration, crops, adjustments, or manipulation processed by any desktop or laptop will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be in digital format, at least 1,800 x 1,200 pixels in length.
  • Caption is required for all entries; to explain how the scene appeals to you and how it relates to the theme.
  • Copyright of the image(s) will remain all time to the photographer.


  • Entries will be judged by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and the World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF) based on originality, creativity, relevance, composition, visual appeal, and cultural approach.
  • The caption of the submitted photograph(s) will be considered as a portion of the judging criteria.
  • There will be three (3) prizewinners and a list of twelve (12) honorable mentions.
  • IWCS will notify the winners through the contact information provided by the entrants; anyone fails to respond to the notification within ten (10) business days will be disqualified.


Winners: (3)
  • Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 USD.
Honorable Mentions: (12)
  • Honorable mention will be rewarded a cash prize of $200 USD each.

Entry Agreement:

By entering this contest, I agree that,
  1. Entrants must be the sole author and copyright holder of the submission(s).
  2. Entries without caption will not be accepted.
  3. All submitted images must not have been shot or edited by any desktop/laptop software. Any violation found on entries will be automatically disqualified.
  4. Images submitted by entrants must be the original work and do not violate any applicable law or infringe upon any intellectual property rights or other rights of any third parties.
  5. Entrants grant the International Wood Culture Society/World Wood Day Foundation the right to use submitted image(s) on 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.
  6. Entrants retain 100% of the copyright to their images.
  7. Entrants agree to be bound by all terms and conditions as established herein.

IWCS and WWDF reserves the power to award no Winner prizes and enforce pending Winner prizes to the future contest if the amount of submissions does not reach the expectation.