WLE 2015 – Sunsets and Sunrises

The great variety of photos uploaded for WLE 2015 gives us opportunity to see natural sights in different day time. We get used to seeing things in a day light, so let’s try to take a look on the same places at dusk.

Poland

The Vistula Lagoon| by Alan Szmyt – CC-BY-SA-3.0-PL
The Vistula| by Alan Szmyt – CC-BY-SA-3.0-PL
Lagoon of Szczecin| by Tomasz Przywecki – CC-BY-3.0

Thailand

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WLE 2015 – Wild Life

We have a lot of pictures of natural sites. Wild life is also a part of Wiki Loves Earth 2015. This time we decided to collect best shots of animals, birds, insects and amphibians.

Poland

Silesian Beskids Landscape Park| by Tynf1973 – CC-BY-SA-3.0-PL
Special Protection Area for birds Vistula Lagoon| by Alan Szmyt – CC-BY-SA-3.0-PL

Austria

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Wiki Loves Earth 2015 – Waterfalls

WLE 2015 contestants are uploading hundreds of photos every day. It’s hard to show you all the shots but we can make some top-charts of the best landscapes and places from the contest. Today we want to share with you best pictures of waterfalls.

Pakistan

Mehdiabad| by Qammer Wazir – CC-BY-SA-3.0
Shingrai Water Fall, Swat Valley| by Asif Shahzad – CC-BY-SA-3.0

Russia

Waterfall Corbu| by Konstantin Smirnov – CC-BY-SA-4.0

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Wiki Loves Earth 2015 expedition to Batna Province

Reda Kerbouche| by Reda Kerbouche

It’s always a pleasure to know that your initiative is a triger to another one. Today we want to tell you a story from Algeria about expedition to Belezma National Park.

Algeria participated in WLE for the second time. As a part of preparation for WLE 2015 Reda Kerbouche co-organiser of Wiki Loves Earth Algeria decided to organise expedition.

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How to shoot great photos for WLE?

Wiki Loves Earth is a photo competition. So it’s not a surprise that international jury will be judging participant’s photos. Some of our contestants are worried about the quality of images and their skills as  photographers.

Our first tip is – have fun and enjoy the nature and its landscapes.

Second of all – remember there is no wrong or right photo. It’s all about your vision. Don’t stress attentions on the fact whether your camera is professional enough or it’s not. Just feel it.

And for those of you who want to raise their professional photographer level, we’ve collect some video manuals “How to…”. Continue reading “How to shoot great photos for WLE?”

Wiki Loves Earth community

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 is growing and spreading all over the world. We are really happy with such a big interest to the competition. WLE becoming a movement and treated not only as competition, but also as a prestigious way to tell about a country and beauty of its natural objects and zones. National committees of Wiki Loves Earth 2015 launch new channels for users to stay in touch with all updates. We advise you to follow all these pages/groups not to miss most interesting, trilling and significant photos of 2015. Enjoy! Continue reading “Wiki Loves Earth community”

Riding on a roller coaster in Wiki style

We recieved a letter from Wiki Loves Earth in Andorra & Spain. Here our colleague tells us why he does it, how he justifies his volunteers and himself. So, have a fine ride… or read.

Organizing a photography contest with thousands of participants pursuing thousands of proposed targets is complex. Doing this with volunteers is even more interesting. It is difficult to coordinate schedules with volunteers, but it motivated contributors bring plenty of great surprises. Lots of participants engage in our Wiki Loves initiatives for the first time, unfamiliar with the concept of open knowledge, freely licensing their pictures with enthusiasm. The result is something that still amazed me.

I have been involved in three editions of Wiki Loves Monuments and one of Wiki Loves Public Art. When Wiki Loves Earth was announced last year, my fellow organizers and I hesitated to commit to it. We were a small team covering a linguistic community, and each contest requires lots of energy. Suddenly, someone said “Be bold! I will go ahead; anyone else?” This is the wiki style, and here we are; our small team is excited to start another round.

Organizing Wiki Loves contests is like riding on a roller coaster: unbalanced, unpredictable, but absolutely worthy — not unlike Wikipedia itself. Some activities may reach a featured outcome, while others remain as stubs, and others suddenly appear without any prior plans.

Wiki Loves Earth focuses on pictures of Natural Heritage sites. We found that the legal concept of Natural Heritage is still under development in Andorra. In Spain, its interpretation is left to each of the autonomous regions with inconsistent results. Some regional governments have good information online; others have different inventories from different offices. Sometimes, the same region can have three, four, or more different types of classifications. However, Wikipedians are intellectually promiscuous and motivated to tackle challenges like these. At the end, our research is useful to clarify concepts and to improve related articles in Wikipedia.

Each Wiki Loves edition has concluded with the understanding that promotion requires future improvements. We expect to promote the contest through the organization of local activities involving sponsors and media partners, in order to reach specific audiences beyond Wikimedia.

Now comes the time for managing surprises. Any day, someone could appear with a new sponsor contacted through a friend, or someone else could tell us that they are organizing a photographic expedition with their local library. This is unpredictable; there is no way to plan for it. Perhaps a group of friends may compete among themselves to take more photos of different places, or a teenager could write to us explaining his story biking uphill to achieve a picture just as desired.

I love this, and I am grateful for sharing the ride with my fellow volunteers and colleagues.

Vicenç Riullop

Organizing committee of Wiki Loves Earth in Andorra & Spain

Member of Amical Wikimedia