Wiki Loves Earth is a photography contest of the Wikimedia movement with increadible figures of participation. In 2016 13,600 photographers from amateur to professionals uploaded a total of 115,000 pictures from 27 countries worldwide.
I enjoy nature and of course nature photography but I didn't have in 2016 too many opportunities to take pictures of natural paradises as I had from architectural motifs and in urban environments.
In this year's contest of Wiki Loves Earth I had participated only in Bulgaria with options to get some attention. I visited Bulgaria in May 2016 for a few hours and had to chance to enjoy a place called Pobiti Kamani, and commonly known as the Stone Forest.
The picture on the right was the best one from my short photo session there. I was lucky to see a storm coming and got a pretty dramatic sky.
Ending among the top 10 of a national contest meant that it would also participate in the international contest together with the top 10 of all other 26 countries. The quality of all those finalists was great as you can see here.
The bigger was my surprise when I learnt that my picture of the Stone Forest ended up on rank #2 worldwide after a beautiful picture of a limestone cave in Serbia (the one on the right).
This unexpected result, second among 13,600 participants!, is a great motivation for me to go out and try to enjoy more nature photography. Therefore I promise more nature pictures in the upcoming edition of Wiki Loves Earth.
Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photo contest of the natural monuments, where participants picture protected areas and upload their photos to Wikimedia Commons.
The goal of the project is, on one hand, to picture under a free license as many natural monuments and protected areas as possible, on the other hand, to contribute to nature protection by raising public awareness. These pictures are to be used to illustrate articles on Wikipedia and other Wikiprojects (Wikivoyage, Wikinews, Wikiquote etc.).
After years of successful organisation of Wiki Loves Monuments contest there was an idea of a similar contest for natural monuments. The idea of Wiki Loves Earth was born in April 2012 during a discussion between representatives of Wikimedia Ukraine and Wikimedia RU. The idea was realised for the first time in Ukraine, where the contest was held from 15 April to 15 May 2013. There were 11,736 picture entries at the competition, uploaded from 15 April to 15 May 2013. 1104 natural monuments of Ukraine (out of listed 7384) were photographed and 365 people took part in the contest. Number of newly illustrated articles about the natural heritage sites was 172. The contest was ranked as the 2nd coolest projects of Wikimedia Chapters at Wikimania 2013.
The contest became international in 2014 with 16 countries participating from four different continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Most of countries organised the contest from 1 May to 31 May 2014, while some countries extended the contest period till 30 June, and Serbia was the last to finish on 15 July. During the contest over 70,000 pictures were submitted by more than 3,000 participants. Similarly to Wiki Loves Monuments, the contest was organised through numerous national contests, coordinated by local volunteers. The national juries submitted then up to 10 pictures to the international stage of the contest. With 16 participating countries, the international jury had to consider a total of 156 picture candidates.
Wiki Loves Earth International Logo In 2015 the Wikimedia community with the help of its Ukrainian and Polish Chapters and volunteers held the third edition of the contest. Over 100,000 pictures were submitted by the participants. With 26 participating countries, the international jury had to consider a total of 259 candidate pictures.
Wiki Loves Earth 2016 started on May 1. Here are participating countries: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia and Ukraine. Check local pages for more information about local contests.
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