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


  • 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.