WLE-2015 active users – Spas from Bulgaria

Bulgarian national team continues to acquaint us with their most active users.

We asked Spas to shortly present himself in a couple of sentences, and here is what he said:

I am interested in geography and history, love travelling and taking pictures. I’ve been editing Wikipedia since the beginning of 2008, and for the last two or three years I’ve been working on the digitalization of documents and images from Bulgarian Archives State Agency, with which Wikimedians of Bulgaria work together.

Vihren, Pirin National Park| by Спасимир – CC-BY-SA-4.0

Spas, you took part in the competition with more than 250 pictures of Bulgarian nature sites. It seems you have travelled across the whole country with a backpack. Tell us more about that. Have you visited all those places with the purpose to take pictures for Wikipedia?

It seems like that, but it is not quite so. One life would not be enough to visit all those places in Bulgaria, and the world is so much bigger. During the recent years, I have combined the pleasure of travelling, experiencing and photographing. I always travel with a digital camera, but I do not think of myself as a photographer. I find it good to save what has been seen in this way. Yet, to hold these pictures only for myself is pretty egoistic. Therefore, I upload them to a safe and useful place like Wikipedia, and more exactly in the multimedia repository – Wikimedia Commons. This is the images, which are of encyclopaedic value, and which could be used for illustrating articles, of course.

You have been contributing to Wikipedia and have donated thousands of your images to Wikipedia before the contests. Why is this important for you? What motivates you to share your works under a free licence? Continue reading “WLE-2015 active users – Spas from Bulgaria”

WLE-2015 active users – Iliana Teneva from Bulgaria

Bulgarian Iliana Teneva is the participant who contributed with the largest number of submissions in the Bulgarian edition of the “Wiki Loves Earth” contest in 2015. 449 out of the total number of 1617 uploads were delivered by her.

We asked Iliana to shortly present herself in a couple of sentences, and here is what she said:

My name is Iliana Teneva. As long as I remember, I have been taking photos, but a couple of years ago, I discovered that my life is complete only when I am with the camera and the backpack, heading to some new undiscovered place. Then I started reading and learning about photography, and taking photography courses. I still have lots to study, it’s a life-long learning. But my desire is to turn travel and photo shooting into my occupation and destiny.

Kamenshtitsa| by Iliana Teneva – CC-BY-SA-4.0

Vladi: How did you learn about the contest “Wiki Loves Earth”? Why did you decide to take part in it? Continue reading “WLE-2015 active users – Iliana Teneva from Bulgaria”

WLE 2015 – Scenes from movies and TV series

WLE team loves good movies especially if there is beautiful natural landscapes. We decided to collect some photos from the contest that could be good illustration for well known films. Enjoy!

Game of Thrones

Ubsunur Hollow State Biosphere Reserve, Russia| by Александр Лещёнок – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Gorgany Nature Reserve, Ukraine| by Михайло Пецкович – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Beautiful scenery along the path towards the top of the mountain Pelister Baba, Macedonia| by Darkocv – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany| by Jens Perschke – CC-BY-SA-3.0

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WLE 2015 – Colors of Nature

What is your favorite color, time of the year and what kind of landscape you prefer the most? What if we combine all the things above in one shot. Take a look at one of the most memorable and bright photos of the contest.


Abottabad Green Mountains| by Saad Naseer – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Kappelberg| by Dagmar Dinkelacker – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Canyon Fortaleza| by Francielle Garcia Moreira – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Ukrainian Carpathians| by Штец Крістіан – CC-BY-SA-4.0

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WLE 2015 – Art photos

Wiki Loves Earth is a photo competition. Nevertheless you can enjoy not only natural sights but also the art of photography. We collected some of the most original shots before the end of the competition.


Remote views of Norderney from Baltrum| by Gisbert1 – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Bislicher island| by Michael and the Birds – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Farol da Barra Salvador| by Marcio Salata – CC-BY-SA-3.0


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WLE 2015 – Flowers and Herbs

What kind of pictures you like the most? As for us we enjoy every single picture of the contest. WLE 2015 has a lot of panoramic pictures of natural sights and resorts, so we decided to show you those objects in different perspective. WLE team absolutely loves photos of flowers and herbs. Take a look at these shots.


Spring in Guelma| by Yaco24 – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Grüner See| by Engelmeier Andreas – CC-BY-SA-3.0-AT

Andorra and Catalan area

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WLE 2015 – Cloudy and Foggy Nature

Fog and clouds just emphasize the beauty of nature. WLE participants took a lot of photos of foggy mornings, cloudy mountains and wide fileds. Take a look!


Narcissus Valley| by Larisa Uhryn – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Dsembronja| by Naumenkophotographer – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Buzkiy Gard| by Khoroshkov – CC-BY-SA-4.0


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WLE 2015 – Boats on water

Participants of WLE 2015 give us an opportunity to see the nature in different dimensions with different perspective. Man and its activity became an integral part of nature, so we collected a bunch of photos that pictures of boats on water, fishing and inspirational sea views.


Lake Saif ul malok| by Sana muhammad naeem – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Paraíba| by José rafael mendes barbosa – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Santa Catarina| by Francielle Garcia Moreira – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Superagüi National Park| by HenriqueRosaFotografia – CC-BY-SA-3.0


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WLE 2015 – Black and White nature

WLE 2015 contestants keep proving the fact that nature is beautiful even in black and white colors though their photos. Take a minute and look at quiet and peaceful nature on the photos.


The Beauty of Pakistan Muree| by Adeel.rana2740066 – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Passu Cathedrals, Passu Gojal|by Wajidkarim – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Nathiagali, Abbottabad, Pakistan| by Umairthealpha – CC-BY-SA-3.0


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WLE 2015 – Winter is coming

Wiki Loves Earth is usually held on spring and summer time. Nevertheless our contestants provide us with cool shots of winter landscape and landmarks. We put the best pictures of winter nature all together. Enjoy!


Chyvchyno-Hryniavskyi Reserve| by Михайло Пецкович – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Waterfall Shypit| by Khoroshkov – CC-BY-SA-4.0
Carpathian National Park| by Krasnickaja Katya – CC-BY-SA-4.0

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