The last day of January was an important day - it was the end of the Photo Contest ‘Change In Wood Culture’ in all 3 of its categories (People, Heritage & Environment). February’s ending was equally as dramatic as it was the end of the video contest on the same topic. What is the brief overview you would ask?! 1247 breathtaking photos of photographers from all around the world, 64 high quality videos registered, extremely hard job for the jury members, awareness raised to high extend, 40 winners and total of $27 400 which know in whose bank accounts they would go!
Best thing about the winning photos & videos- from VOUBS we really think the greatest of it all is the fact that the winning pieces of art will be exhibited and presented very soon (on 21st March) at the grand event World Wood Day. This year it will take place in Austria, gathering together people of all walks of life - nature lovers and activists, people of art and of industry from all the continents. The event is annual and it is the 7th time it will be held. It really helps spreading the cause that ‘Wood is Good!’ lead by The International Wood Culture Society.
The category which caused the highest buzz and got the most entries was ‘Environment’ with 596 photos registered and approved to take part as they meet the requirements of the contest. And they were not easy! The hardest photography category turned out to be ‘People’ with 292 photos although the page was visited more than 16 800 times. The last photography category - ‘Heritage’ got 359 photos. Videos, as it takes much longer to be produced and as it was the first year of competition for them, were 64 in total and it is a good number.
Ok, we will not torture you any more! The grand prize winner with the highest voting is Myo Min Kywe from Myanmar for his photography registered in the Environment category and called ‘Hope’.
The photo shows 3 children desperately trying to plant a tree so they would have at least something to hope for. The story of the hard life is about the suffering of the climate changes in the middle of Myanmar. So touching photo - the drought all around but yet the hope is in the hands of the young once!
Congratulations, Myo, for becoming this years winner and receiving $2 500!
The winner of this category is Petr Kozlov from Russia. He will receive the $1 800 price award of ‘Environment’.
The photo was taken above Tavatuy lake. The name of the lake means ‘’Mountain Feast”. This is great photo representation of the natural beauty, totally worthy of winning the most competed category.
The next winner is called Vitaliy Novikov from Russia and he gets $1 800 for winning ‘Heritage’ category.
This is a photo of the wooden domes of the temple near village of Varzuga. The temple dates back to 14th century. It’s an UNESCO world heritage.
The winner there is from India and his name is Debdatta Chakraborty
The photographer took a picture in Bengal, India of an old man working in a boat making factory. Apparently, the guy is really handy and he knows well the craft. Neglecting his age, accepting the circumstances, he continues to work the hard job of wood carving.
Her name is Maria Perlado. What we know about her is two things: that she is from Spain and she is amazing video maker. Opps… there is a third thing that we know - now she is starting to spend the $5000 that she recently received for her winning 1-minute video.
The video itself perfectly summarizes how the wood usage has been changed and kept the same in some ways. It clearly explains that for centuries the wood remains indispensable part of people’s lives. Amazing job - this is how 1-minute can make a change: by inspiration, talent and hard work!
The above mentioned where the TOP winners of the contest and the category. Please see the list of the 30 photographers with honorable mentions and the other 5 video makers who got awards:
300 $ Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar
300 $ Hasse Hamid, Malaysia
300 $ Jason Freeman, Australia
300 $ Alexey Khrushchev, Russia
300 $ Soma Negahdarinia, Iran
300 $ Nimai Chandra Ghosh, India
300 $ Daria Vasileva, Russia
300 $ Stanimir Stanev, Bulgaria
300 $ Yevhen Samuchenko, Ukraine
300 $ Evgenii Soloninov, Russia
300 $ Alexandr Romanov, Russia
300 $ Zay Yar Lin, Myanmar
300 $ Froi Rivera, Philippines
300 $ Indranil Sengupta, India
300 $ Leyla Emektar, Turkey
300 $ Alina Sydykova, Kyrgyzstan
300 $ Froilan Robas, Philippines
300 $ Danilo Victoriano J, Philippines
300 $ Olga Burda, Russia
300 $ Peter Lee, Malaysia
300 $ Andrey Snegirev, Russia
300 $ Alexander Stepanenk, Russia
300 $ Chetan Soni, India
300 $ Andi Nursam Adiputra, Indonesia
300 $ Bernard Recirdo II, Philippines
300 $ Azim Khan Ronnie, Bangladesh
300 $ Fulya Fercan, Turkey
300 $ Mark Anthony Agtay, Philippines
300 $ Erkin Bolzhurov, Kyrgyzstan
300 $ Amitava Chandra, India
We wish you your name to be part of this article next year! Until then, don’t miss a contest on VOUBS where great surprises are waiting for you!