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Wood, People and Life

  • January 18, 2019
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Last days lots of people have been relieved as the deadline of 3 amazing photography contests was extended. This year International Wood Culture Society decided to announce late submission period. The deadline was moved from 15th Jan to 31st Jan.


So, let’s get inspired! Second chances don’t come to us so often! Inspiration and work, Voubsters!


And here is the source of inspiration - last year’s winning photos. Breathtaking and bringing the great chance of exposure of their photographers. We chose this time to take a look in the People category and what people say about their winning photos. Join now here to say something about your photo on the topic:  https://www.voubs.com/contests/change-in-wood-culture-people/652


People category, Honorable mentions ($300 award for each participant):


1. “Woods for life” by Zay Yar Lin (Myanmar)


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.


2. “Küfe” by Leyla Emektar (Turkey)


Wood is used in basket making. Basket is important for transporting the crops of the villagers.


3. “Back to home” by Angshuman Paul (India)


Fishermen back to home after fishing at Bay of Bengal near New Digha Sea beach for the day. It's a group venture for earning for them and family members.


4. “The Mask Maker” by Hasse Hamid (Malaysia)


One of the last handcraft Masters who makes traditional wooden masks in Indramayu Indonesia, He hopes that the younger Generation will carry this amazing culture in the future.


5. “Timber and Teen” by Nirmalya Bhattacharya (India)


She was carrying firewood from forest to her hut. She belongs to Sabar tribe a nomadic tribe from Purulia district of West Bengal. Sabars are landless tribe, usually live in hamlets near forest and away from main social stream. While men are doing agricultural labour outside home, older generation along with women and kids stay together. They hunt, catch fish from river, rare animals and live a basic primitive life, being very close to nature.


6. “Wood Carriers” by Mahfuzul Hasan Bhutan (Bangladesh)


Wood and timber industry workers directing logs to timber and saw mill from a boat came. As each log is too heavy and companies don't want to spend money on big cranes, they use worker groups to carry each log. Photo taken in riverside, Dhaka.


7. “Wood Charcoal Production” by Yusuf Yilmaz (Turkey)


I met people who make charcoal while I was in a area of forests in Istanbul Turkey. The work was very difficult. Workers arranged the wood in the form of pyramids and covered them with soil, then burned them in. After that the burned firewood became coal. One worker gave pose to me with the powder and the face was always laughing.


8. “Ifugao Wooden Scooter” by Raniel Castañeda (Philippines)


The Ifugao ride on homemade scooters made of intricately-carved wood, wearing nothing but their ethnic bahag. The wooden scooter was originally made in order to transport harvested crops and chopped firewood down the mountains more quickly, but since everyone has began making their own scooters, the mayor decided to include the race in the activities during the very first Imbayah Festival in 1979. It has been reported that some can reach speeds of up to 50 kph, with nothing but gravity propelling their scooters!


9. “Boat Race” by Apu Jaman (Bangladesh)

Nouka Baich is a traditional rowing sport of Bangladesh. The sport uses traditional Bangladeshi boats known as Nouka. Boats for Nouka Baich are long. Each team in a Nouka Baich competition consists of 25 to 100 members. Boats with motor engines are not allowed. In the 2000s, the British Bangladeshi community in Oxford have also started to arrange Nouka Baich events in the United Kingdom. Bangladesh Rowing Federation, established in 1974 is the authority of all Nouka Baich or Rowing activities in Bangladesh.


10. “Bansuria” by Sudipto Das (India)

An elderly man from Santhal tribe plays bamboo-made flute locally known as bansuri at a remote village in West Bengal, the eastern state of India. It is a side blown flute found in many parts of India. A bansuri is traditionally made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or eight finger holes. The word bansuri originates in the bans [bamboo] + sur [melody]. Bansuri is traditionally produced from a special type of bamboo that naturally grows to long lengths between its nodes (knots). These grow abundantly in Himalayan foothills up to about 11,000 feet with high rainfall.



“Woodsy Fancy” by Somenath Mukhopadhyay (India)


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.

Will your work be part in the next year’s list of winners and inspiration to others? It depends on you! First step is to join in the contest now!


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