Wacom Presents "A Thousand Forests" Contest

A Thousand Forests

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Call us crazy, but we like the idea and thought we'd try it out. With you and your own ideas about creativity. And see if we can make something big of it.

Start by sharing something, your art, photo, or anything that expresses your creativity and passion to create. It can be small like an acorn, but not really an acorn. You know, maybe a landscape or image you took of your kid. Or something you drew. Artwork. A painting. Or something you made with your own two hands. And then, tell us a little something about it.

Once we get all your great work (whether you use a tablet or not), we will take the most voted-on submissions to make something bigger. But you have to come back on January 2, 2012, to find out what it is.

Here is the exciting part! Because we’re keen on creativity, because we want others to find their inspiration, we’re making a donation to the International Child Art Foundation. For every person who participates, we'll donate $5 to help make a difference for the future acorns (ahem, children) of our world. So you are making a difference too!

Hold on! Check out other great prizes. From the top voted entries, we will choose three winners from the Americas for an all-expense-paid learning experience at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

So what are you waiting for? Get in there and plant some trees, and let’s see what happens!

3 reasons to enter

  • Support Creativity for Future Generations
    Let’s help support art. Wacom will donate $5 to the International Child Art Foundation for every participant in this contest. Learn more >>

  • Build Something Big
    Just for fun, let’s take the top voted submissions and turn them into something BIG. Bigger than each piece by itself. We’ve got a plan, so come back on January 2, 2012 to see what it is.

  • A Few Prizes Too
    From the pool of top 200 vote-getters, a panel of judges will select three top choices for a wonderful, experiential multi-day workshop from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Further your own education. Learn more >>

Top prizes

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, an inspirational resource for photographers and artists, offers year-round intensive multi-day excursions into the world of image making.

Year-round, image makers of all disciplines and media travel to magical Santa Fe to engage their imaginations and rekindle their passion for expression. In the beautiful and serene setting of the campus at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, the senses are stimulated and creativity flourishes. The workshops encourage participants to create work that truly bears their signature by making images that flow from their hearts and souls, as well as their eyes.

Contest Requirements

Due to legal reasons, this contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada (not open to residents of Quebec).

• Select a photo you've taken, a piece of artwork you've made, or some other project that expresses your creativity and reflects your passion to create.
• Complete the entire entry form
• Answer several questions about your artwork
• Submit your artwork as an image (.jpg or .png format)
• Entrants must be 18 years of age or older
• You can submit up to five pieces


1. Create a username and password by clicking the "Enter Now" button at the top of the home page. Once you've registered, you'll receive an email verifying your registration. Click on the link in the email to log in.
2. Submit your image: photo, artwork, of anything that represents your creative passion. File must be in .jpg or .png format.
3. Write a catchy title. The more creative the better; this will increase your likelihood of capturing votes.
4. Please answer the following questions in 100 words or less:
A) What does creativity mean to you?
B) What do you love about art, photography, or your own creative passion?

Your answers will appear under your submission and be visible to anyone viewing your entry, so think carefully about your responses:


After you have submitted your entry, tell your friends, family, and fans to vote for you. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs, or wherever you’re followed. This will give you the boost you need to be in the top 200 finalists and in the running for one of the grand prizes at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops!
You can vote once. Additionally, one vote is allowed per registered voter, so each of your friends and contacts will have one vote. The top 200 entries with the most votes become the semi-finalists who progress to the final judging round.


Just to be on the safe side, review our contest rules at the bottom right of each page, check the box in agreement, and select continue.


The contest runs from Monday, October 3, 2011, through Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at midnight (PST). Voting begins November 19 and extends through December 16 at midnight (PST). Winners will be announced on January 2, 2012. Visit the link to the contest timeline found on the home page to keep track of what's happening.


he 200 entries with the most votes become the semi-finalists (see VOTING PROCESS) and progress to the final judging round. Wacom representatives will choose the three Grand Prize winners from these semi-finalists based on whose works are judged to be the “most inspirational.” Grand Prize winners will get to choose a workshop experience from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. See PRIZES for all the details.


From the 200 semi-finalists, Wacom representatives will make its final decision based on the entry requirements stated above and the sole qualitative criteria of “most inspirational.” Three Grand Prizes total will be awarded.


Three Grand Prizes total will be awarded. Each includes a $1,000 tuition credit toward any of the workshops offered at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. In addition, Grand Prize winners get round-trip airfare to Santa Fe New Mexico from anywhere in North America (some restrictions apply), a housing credit of $600 for workshop on-campus housing (or alternate in-city accommodations), plus a Visa gift card for $800. Unused portion of tuition credit, housing credit and airline credit will be forfeited and not refunded as cash. Visit our "Prizes" link at the top of the home page for more details.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundOctober 3, 2011 @ 7:00 AM (UTC)December 1, 2011 @ 7:59 AM (UTC)
Voting roundNovember 19, 2011 @ 8:00 AM (UTC)December 17, 2011 @ 7:59 AM (UTC)
Judging roundDecember 18, 2011 @ 7:59 AM (UTC)January 2, 2012 @ 7:59 AM (UTC)