Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photographic competition. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage in their countries and upload them to Wikimedia Commons, a sister project of Wikipedia. In 2021, the contest is held for the 9th time.
In each country, the contest is organized by separate local teams. In 2020, 34 countries participated in the contest and we are looking forward to welcoming teams to WLE 2021. The contest runs throughout May – June and other dates suitable for local teams close to this timeline, with different dates for each country. Check Participating countries to learn whether & when your country took part. See also detailed rules and FAQ, as well as Blog for news and stories about the contest.
This year, the international winning photos will represent two categories — landscapes (including individual trees, if it’s a nature monument) and macro/close-up (animals, plants, fungi):
- the international jury will choose up to 20 photos, not more than 10 photos from each category.
- on the local level, there are up to 15 winners with not more than 10 from each category. Local organizers can choose not to divide local winners into categories and/or can submit fewer photos (such as 10).
Every year participants compete for prizes on the local level (each local team determines their own rewards) and get a chance to win an award on the international level. The overall winner gets a fully funded scholarship to attend Wikimania or an Amazon voucher for the same value; other international-level winners get Amazon vouchers as well. (UPD: Due to the pandemic, it is not certain when the next Wikimania will take place. Therefore an Amazon voucher is the prize for the 1st place winner).
The 1st place winner of WLE 2020: chestnut-tailed starling (Sturnia malabarica), Satchari National Park, Bangladesh, photo by Touhid Parvez Biplob, CC-BY-SA 4.0.
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