Introducing the International Jury

All 16 participating countries have already announced their national winners (you can look at the gallery of nominated photos), so now it’s time to introduce people who will select the winning photos — the international jury!

The international jury is composed of seven people representing different parts of the world and having different backgrounds. What they have in common is their passion for photography and enthusiasm to select the best photos of natural monuments. Meet our jurors:

  • Diego Delso is a Spanish electrical engineer, amateur photographer for 20 years and a Wikimedian since 2007. He has uploaded over 11,500 pictures to Wikimedia Commons. Almost half of those pictures have been recognized as Quality Images and around 150 pictures as Featured Pictures. He was a jury member of Wiki Loves Monuments in Spain (2012) and Thailand (2014) and part of the international jury in 2013.
  • Muhammad Mahdi is a photographer and an avid contributor to Wikimedia Commons. He was born in Tanzania near the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is currently living in Bangalore, India. He has more than a hundred of featured pictures on both English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, especially nature shorts. He was a jury member of Wiki Loves Monuments in 2012.
  • Julián Monge-Nájera is a Costa Rican ecologist, scientific editor, educator and photographer. For many years he has acted as scientific adviser for the BBC and the National Geographic Society. He is regional Editor of the United Nations’ Global Environmental Outlook (“GEO Report”) and author or co-author of 20 books published by several Costa Rican universities, Oxford University, the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) and Tropical Nature Press.
  • Susanne Plank lives in Vienna and loves nature, photography and good looking photos of nature. She is 49 and she is active in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects since 2011, both in writing articles and uploading photos. She is an active of Austrian photography community and was a member of pre-jury at various photo contests.
  • Esther Solé is an art historian and photographer from Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) and active contributor to Catalan Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. She previously served as a Wikipedian in Residence in Lleida’s Museu d’Art Jaume Morera and Barcelona’s Fundació Miró.
  • Oleg Zharii is a professional photographer from Ukraine. Apart of being professor of Mechanics in Kyiv National University, he is an experienced photographer and winner of numerous photo contests. He has authored a book on HDR and panoramic photography, several photo albums and had photo exhibitions in Kyiv, London (UK) and Nairobi (Kenya). He was a jury member of Wiki Loves Earth 2013 and Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in Ukraine.
  • [[User:Wikimk]] is coming from Macedonia and is interested in photography since the age of 15. He is an active contributor to Macedonian Wikipedia since 2008 and its administrator from 2009. He is one of the founders of Wikimedia Macedonia and was a jury member of Wiki Loves Monuments in Macedonia.
  • Awards ceremony in Ukraine!

    Wiki Loves Earth Ukraine Awards Ceremony took place in Golden Gate (Kyiv) on July 12, 2014.

    416 members took part in Ukrainian part of the contest in 2014 and they uploaded more than 12 thousand photographs of 1324 natural monuments.

    The best photograph was a snapshot from Crimea.

    At the ceremony the winners were awarded in the nominations for the greatest number of natural monuments photographed in each of the regions of Ukraine and the best photos from all regions, as well as participants who photographed the highest number of objects in general in the country, and authors of the ten best photos.

    Finally, we announce TOP-10 the best photos. These ten photographs will represent Ukraine at the international stage of the competition.

    1st place. Demerdji Rocks, Crimea. Ukraine, Vitaliy Bashkatov, CC BY-SA 3.0
    2nd place. Carpathian National Park, Ukraine, Balkhovitin. C BY-SA 3.0
    3rd place. Aktovskyi canyon, Granite-steppe lands of Buh. Sak Anastasia, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Volodymyr Hirash, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Aj-Petri Yayla, Crimea, Oleksandr Chernyh, CC BY-Sa 3.0
    Shatsky National Natural Park, Pavlo Mokrytskiy, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Carpathian National Park, Moahim, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Regional Landscape Park «Zuevskiy», Vitaliy Bashkatov, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Carpathian National Park, Robert-Erik, CC BY-SA 3.0
    Novyi Svit Sanctuary, Vitaliy Bashkatov, CC BY-SA 3.0

     

    Winners of Wiki Loves Earth in Brazil!

    Thanks to professional jury and their quick work we already know the winners of Brazilian Wiki Loves Earth photo contest 2014!

    Please, look and relax, because these photos are amazing!

    1 st place. National park Serra dos Órgãos. Автор: Carlos Perez Couto. CC BY-SA 3.0
    2nd place. In “Praia da Feiticeira” beach, in Ilhabela-SP, a large boat seems to sail among the clouds. Roberto Pavezi Netto. CC BY-SA 3.0
    3rd place. National park of Fernando de Noronha. Eduardo Muruci/ CC BY-SA 3.0
    4th place. Forest in Algarobas. Diego Rego Monteiro. CC BY-SA 3.0

     

    5th place. National park of Fernando de Noronha. Eduardo Muruci. CC BY-SA 3.0
    6t place. Ecological park of Chico Mendes. A marijose. CC BY-SA 3.0

     

    7th place. Municipal park in Rio Sucuriú. Bruno Rodrigues Rausch. CC BY-SA 3.0

     

    8th place. Beach in national park of Fernando de Noronha. Eduardo Muruci. CC BY-SA 3.0

     

    9th place. Rio view. Eduardo Gabão. CC BY-SA 3.0
    10th place. Alto Araguaia. Diego Rego Monteiro. CC BY-SA 3.0

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    Photographers are masters of presenting needed information. But … that’s as well as famous historians and financial geniuses. Sometimes it’s difficult to draw a precise line between pure knowledge and manipulation of us – subtle and subliminal or direct and brazen. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, somewhere in the intersection. Therefore we would like to see, not just read. Heard, not just seen. You can go not everywhere, but you can have a pretty full understanding of your own country.

    Synevyr Nature Reserve, Ukraine. Author: Aleksandr t15. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

    On May 1 , in conjunction with the photo contest «Wiki Loves Earth» Wikipedia started a month of articles about nature monuments in Ukraine. In the articles Wikipedians use all that photos from the contest. Sometimes having a good picture prompts for writing essay about an event. Sometimes having the article helps choose a place for a travel.  There is no importance what  the chicken or the egg was the first.  The main thing that we get to pinch more free knowledge .

    Kaski district of Nepal is famous for many Lakes including Fewa. But not every one other to visit other than Fewa. Because of the lack of publicity Begnas lake is barely explored. Author: Gaurab. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

    During these two weeks volunteer editors have created over 75 articles and have improved over 20.

    If you love to travel and take pictures – load your own photos. If you are not too handy with a camera – write articles. Improve the existing text. Loads and write. Share your expertise with others in the hope that both of you share too. Or already shared before.

    Eidapere Park; Eidapere Forest District Park. Author: Ilme Parik. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Estonia license.

    Author: Antanana.