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WZCongress 2022 – Design A Logo Contest


In 2018 Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY), a member association of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)  was selected to host the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress 2022 (WZC2022).

The organizing team of the WZC2022 would like to announce a competition to design a logo for the Congress.

The new logo will become the official logo of WZC2022 and will be used on the Congress website, social media sites, business cards, letterhead, posters, souvenir trinkets and gifts, or anywhere else WZC2022 chooses.  This document describes the official requirements and rules of the competition.

By entering, participants agree to be bound by these contest rules.  Violating any rule or not following instructions may eliminate participants’ eligibility.  WZC2022 and ZAGNY has the right to disqualify any entrant at any time at its sole discretion.


The contest is open to citizens of any country. The contest is not open to WZC2022, ZAGNY or FEZANA office bearers, Members of the judging panel and their immediate family members.

Contestants are permitted to work in groups. The maximum size of the group will not be more than 3 persons.  However, only one (1) prize will be awarded regardless of group size.

Submission Guidelines and How to Enter

The contest is open from 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time and closes at 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time.

Late submissions will not be considered.

The winner(s) will be selected and announced at the unveiling of the logo at an event yet to be determined.

All entries must be submitted electronically to WZC2022 by uploading the files using the form at the end of this page.

Submissions must include the full name(s) of the person(s) who designed the logo, email address, postal address, and telephone number.

One or more submissions per person is acceptable.  Each submission must be sent as a separate entry submission.

There is no fee to enter the contest.

 Logo Design Guidelines and Parameters

The purpose of this contest is to design the official logo of WZC2022.

The logo should have a Zoroastrian theme and reflect WZC2022’s Mission, Vision, Theme and Goals and Objectives, as stated below. It may reflect any aspect of Zoroastrian religion, culture, architecture, iconography, social custom, tradition, philosophy, etc. that the artist chooses.  It should be professional in appearance and appropriate for a World Congress.  It should have universal appeal, but be of relevance – stylistically and otherwise – to the Zoroastrian religion and its followers worldwide. The logo could also allude to the host city New York in some way or form.

Participants are encouraged to view the promotional video on our website to get a further understanding of what the Congress aims to be.

Notwithstanding these requirements, young artists who may not have the technological tools to create professional looking logos are encouraged to participate. If the artist’s concept and design win the competition, WZC2022 will assist in transforming the design into a functional logo. As such, artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in the competition.


To nurture a caring, compassionate, harmonious, altruistic, observant and prosperous community, with respect for diversity in belief and practice and to move together towards a glorious and united future for our worldwide community.  


To create an atmosphere of opportunity at the WZC 2022 for the worldwide Zarathushti brethren to come together and work together in Hamazori for the mutual benefit of their communities while celebrating their diversity.

THEME: Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.

A theme that reflects the aspirations and challenges of the larger Zarathushti community on the cusp of emerging from the first quarter of the twenty-first century.

Our goal is to ensure that we bridge Zarathushtis from across the world, but also bridge the age, gender, cultural and spiritual differences. Our community today is truly global, spread across the world and represents a diaspora that brings with it unique challenges.  The World Zoroastrian Congress will give us the opportunity to strengthen connections and build bridges while respecting our diversity.

Our Zarathushti Existence is not static, but ever changing.  As we stand here in 2019 and look forward to 2022, three years from now, we should expect continued evolution of our state — demographics, geographies, social media — all of these will influence our world community and continue to pose the question — Who Are We?  What Do We Represent?  What Will We Be?

We hope that our agenda and program content will raise these questions and leave the attendees with a renewed sense of pride and purpose that we will endure.


Our goal for the 2022 World Zoroastrian Congress is a truly World Congress with active World Participation in keeping with our theme of Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.  To this end, we will strive to involve Zoroastrian Associations and ‘Emerging Zoroastrian’ Groups across the world well in advance of the Congress to ensure and encourage their engagement and participation.

We would welcome creative input, content leadership and participation to make the program representative of our far-flung community and create the basis for an integrated program that will appeal to all attendees from the youth to young parents to seniors, and all in between.

A final and key objective would be to use our program, technology and social media to generate increased interest and awareness of the Zarathushti religion, faith and global existence.

Submission Formats

Entries must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, AI, CDR or EPS files.  Entries can be in color or black and white.  No color gradients and half-tones within the artwork.  The logo must be easy to use, handle, resize, and manipulate for all reproduction purposes.  It should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.

Intellectual Property

Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.

Submissions become the sole property of WZC2022 and may be used for any WZC2022 purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, business cards, letterhead, posters, and other materials.

WZC2022 shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.

WZC2022 reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.

WZC2022 reserves the right to use any other entry for promotional or business purposes in the future.

If the winner is determined to have violated any rules, he/she will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.

Determination of Winner and Prize

The winning entry will be selected by a panel of design, marketing and public relations professionals.  Their decision will be final, and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, adherence to the concept prompting the contest, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.

The prize for the winning entry is US$ 501.  This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry.

The winner will be notified via email and announced on WZC2022 website, and at the unveiling at an event yet to be determined and possibly through other media.


WZC2022 is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.

WZC2022 reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by WZC2022, including after the submission window has closed.

WZC2022 is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

Judging Panel

Our distinguished Panel of Judges include

  • Tinaz Karbhari
  • Alisha Shroff
  • Karl Desai
  • Rayomand J. Patell
  • Shazneen Gandhi


For any inquiries, clarifications, questions or comments please email WZC200 at


For more details –

World Zoroastrian Congress Awards – 2018

The World Zoroastrian Congress Awards – 2018 were given away at a glittering ceremony in Perth on 3 June 2018. The following is the list of awardees, along with a brief description of each awardee :

Category Winner Short Description
Zoroastrian Icon Award Dinshaw Tamboly

Dinshaw Tamboly is an eminent personality in India. He is well-respected for furthering the cause of Zarathushtis regionally and internationally. He possesses excellent traits of leadership, honesty, parsipanu and community service. He is a role model for many. He is the Trustee of the WZO Trusts in India, which undertakes diverse projects that have resulted in qualitative improvement in the lives of many Zarathushtis and seeds entrepreneurship in the community.
Community Service Award Meher Medora

Meher Medora is the founder and Managing Trustee of “Ushta-Te foundation” in Ahmedabad, India, that promotes advancement of religious, social and cultural activities in the Zoroastrian Community. Meher also works with under-privileged and physically and mentally challenged persons. She harnesses her time, talent and capacity in identifying problems faced by the local Zoroastrian community and provides effective initiatives to bring meaningful changes.
Science & Medicine Award Dr. Keki Turel

Dr. Keki Turel is one of the finest Neurosurgeons in the world. He is well-known for setting up the Microsurgery unit at the Masina Hospital in Mumbai and other GCC countries like Oman, Sharjah (UAE) and Bahrain. He provides free service to Parsi Priests, teachers and those in low-income group. He holds free camps in Mumbai, Gujarat and neighboring countries including Africa. He has been decorated with several awards and trophies. On the fateful night of 26/11 he was the only Surgical Consultant attending scores of injured persons brought to the Bombay Hospital after being attacked by terrorists and continued treating several more for three more days and nights. He also organizes world events benefiting the neurosurgical community.
Social Entrepreneur’s Award Khushroo Poacha

Khushroo Poacha is a firm believer in promoting social entrepreneurship as a key element to advance societies in an innovative and effective manner. He launched the helpline in 2000 to connect blood donors and patients. In 2014, he set up a kitchen for serving meals to patients and later instituted “Seva Kitchens” in 5 cities in India. In Dec. 2016, he introduced the concept “Fridge of kindness” for providing nutrition to poor patients in hospitals. Today there are 10 fridge’s in 7 hospitals and 3 schools in India.
Woman of Distinction Award Dr. Pheroza Godrej

Dr. Pheroza Godrej is an advocate of fine arts and history. She is a cultural icon of Mumbai and India. Her interest in art includes specialized knowledge of modern Indian paintings, prints and drawings. Over the last 4 years she has curated exhibitions ranging from colonial period to contemporary both in India and abroad. In 2013, she was invited by 3 leading UK organisations – The School of Oriental & African Studies London University, The British Museum and The British Library to co-curate “The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History & Imagination exhibition.” The success and acclaim earned by this exhibition led to the Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Ministry of Culture to sponsor “The Everlasting Flame exhibition” at the National Museum in New Delhi from 19 March to 29 May 2016. Pheroza is the Honorary Director of F.D.Alpaiwalla Museum in Mumbai. She is also a nature conservationist and the Chairperson of the Godrej Archives council.
Young Zarathushti Award Ziba Colah

Ziba Colah is a bright star among young Zarathushtis in Houston. She has not only achieved high grades in her scholastic studies but also been a winner of several scholarships from prestigious Medical Institutions and Colleges in Houston. Currently, she is doing her MD. Since 2010, Ziba has been making  substantial contributions to the Zoroastrian Association of Houston and has helped the Zoroastrian community in that area in many ways.
Special Award Dr. Esfandiyar Ekhtiyari
In recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the Zoroastrian community in Iran and worldwide

The WZC Awards Team thanks the Sponsors and Nominees for their participation in this program.

World Zoroastrian Congress – Early bird closes on 21 February 2018

Just Informing everyone that the 11th WZC speakers & programme has been uploaded on website. There will be new & innovative subjects & speakers.
Do check it out!

Early bird closes on 21 February 2018. Price for the normal registration will be $575 from 22 February 2018 (early bird is $499).

Please do inform your family and friends also. Thanks and hope to see you there!!

Report – 9th World Zoroastrian Congress, Dubai, Dec.2009

Dear Friends,
Happy 2010 and here’s wishing you all the best for the new year! For those of you who are interested in the Zoroastrian religion, please check out my recent article for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” about last week’s World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai.  Feel free to distribute the link:
Warm regards,

Deena Guzder
Freelance Reporter
Work: 917-285-7275
Mobile: 832-725-4611

9th. World Zoroastrian Congress – Nominate Awardees










Details of rules & procedure for nominations are on the website –

Nominations to be sent to on or before 31 March 2009. (DEADLINE TO BE EXTENDED  till May 2009) 


Representatives for the awards in North America


The World Zoroastrian Congress Awards for 2009 will be awarded to five recipients, which will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony during the Congress.

Category A – Outstanding Zarathushti Award :

To recognize a Zarathushti who has made outstanding and well-recognized contributions to further the cause of Zarathushtis regionally and internationally through outstanding leadership and service.  Such contributions could include setting up of Community Organizations, promoting Zarathushti Philosophy, Culture and advancing social and humanitarian causes.

Category B – Excellence in Performing Arts, Painting or Literature Award :

To recognize a Zarathushti who has excelled in the field of performing arts (dance, music and drama) or painting or literature and whose achievements have been recognized by peers within the country of residence and internationally.

Category C – Community Service Award :

To recognize a Zarathushti who has identified a local community need or issue and has provided effective initiative to inspire and pioneer meaningful change. He/she is recognized as a source of strength and heart in her community, and harnesses the time, talent and capacity of others. Minimum service 5 years. 

Category D – Technology & Engineering Award :

To recognize a Zarathushti who is dedicated to the advancement of Technological, engineering or industrial discovery or application. Whose efforts have forged new roles for people and created opportunities for future generations in such fields as Engineering, Natural Resources and Information Technology.

Category E – Excellence in Medicine Award :

To recognize a Zarathushti who is dedicated to the advancement of Medicine. Whose efforts have forged new roles for people and created opportunities for future generations in the field of Medicine. 


Call for World Zoroastrian Congress Proposals

Dear Friends,

Greetings! At the “Coming Together Roundtables” held each year since the World Zoroastrian Congress in London, matters pertaining to our worldwide Zarathushti ‘Community without Borders’ are discussed and actions proposed.  The topic of establishing a process involvement, for the selection of a host and venue for the World Zoroastrian Congresses, has been on the agenda of the Roundtable for some years.

The attached docoument, “World Zoroastrian Congress Guidelines and Selection Process for Host/Venue”, inspired by the Coming Together Roundtable, has now been prepared, enabled by the persons listed below:
Rohinton Rivetna (North America)
Behram Pastakia (North America)
Firdosh Mehta (North America)
Rustom Kevala (North America)
Minoo Shroff (India)
Meher Bhesania (UAE)
Dorab Mistry (UK)
Paurushasp Jila (UK)
Mehraban Firouzgary or delegate (Iran)
Sam Kerr (Australia)
Tehmus Mistry (New Zealand)

We are requesting that you urge the organizations that you may be associated with, to submit a proposal to hold the next World Zoroastrian Congress, following the Congress in Dubai in December 2009.  Congresses are generally held at intervals of 4 to 5 years.  The process and guidelines are described in the document.   Proposals may be sent to Rohinton M. Rivetna,  preferably by email to, by November 30, 2008.  They will then be forwarded by the Coming Together Roundtable administrator, to a Selection Committee for evaluation.

Please feel free to forward this request to the media and email lists, for wider circulation.

Best regards,
Rohinton M. Rivetna
5750 South Jasckson Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 325-5383,

Please click here for the Guidelines Document

World Congress Guidelines 28Jul08