Best competition images are among the Picture of the year winners and finalists

Earlier in May, Wikimedia Commons picture of the year has been announced. It was the eleventh edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons image competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons.

All images promoted to featured picture status in 2016 were eligible for participation which means images from photographers and illustrators that the Wikimedia Commons community has chosen as some of the highest quality on the site.

There were 4765 people who voted in total and 1475 candidate images.

The winning image of Jubilee and Munin, Ravens of the Tower of London, got 615 votes.

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 and 2016 finalists came with second, eleventh, and four more places among 58 finalists. Congratulations!

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Second place: Wild elephants walking up a road in the area of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Photo by Khunkay, CC BY-SA 3.0. The image won the 5th prize in the national contest of Thailand in Wiki Loves Earth 2015.
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Eleventh place: Sunset from top of Hawk’s Eye Rock. Protiate Kaminnia Natural Geological Monument. Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, CC BY-SA 4.0. The image  won the 1st prize in the national contest of Ukraine.
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27th place: Gazelles` silhouettes glazing within the sun rays. Photo by Anass Errihani, CC BY-SA 3.0. The image won the 1st prize in the national contest of Morocco.
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30th place: Khlong Lan Waterfall, Khlong Lan National Park. Photo by Khunkay, CC-BY-SA-3.0. This image won the 8th prize in the national contest of Thailand in Wiki Loves Earth 2015
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38th place: Sunrise in Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf Mountain, seen from Tijuca Park. Photo by Donatas Dabravolskas, CC-BY-SA-3.0. This image was uploaded as part of Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Brazil
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54th place: Sunrise in Meenikunno Nature Park, located in the south-eastern region of Estonia. Photo by Vaido Otsar, CC-BY-SA-3.0.  This image was among top 10 in Wiki Loves Earth Estonia 2016.
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More information on the picture of the year competitions you can also find over on Commons.

How Wiki Loves Earth goes in CEE countries

This year, nine of the Central and Eastern European countries are organizing the national stages of the international photo competition “Wiki Loves Earth“. Six of them are right now in the middle of the one-month contest period, which traditionally starts on 1 May, for one country – Moldova – it starts on 15 May, and the last two – Bulgaria and Georgia – opted to carry out the contest during June.

Although a photo contest, “Wiki Loves Earth” blends well together with the regional article writing contest “CEE Spring”, where one of the categories in each country’s article lists is dedicated to nature and geography. Pictures uploaded to Wikimedia Commons for the photo competition can easily contribute to making these articles better illustrated, both locally and crosswiki. The countries that opted to organize their national stages of WLE in May are Azerbaijan, Greece, Latvia, Russia, Serbia and the WLE inventor Ukraine.

Stopića cave is a limestone cave on the slopes of Mount Zlatibor in the Dinaric Alps, in western Serbia. This was the #1 finalist in the international stage of “Wiki Loves Earth” 2016. (Author: Cedomir Zarkovic. Source: Commons. License: CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Azerbaijan participates in this year’s CEE Spring lists with 37 articles on nature or geography, including the overview articles about “National parks of Azerbaijan” (and 5 national parks) and “State reserves of Azerbaijan” (and 12 out of 15 reserves). 19% of their proposed articles are covered in the rest CEE languages, with Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian having all or almost all of them! The most translated articles across CEE are those about all national parks and the Zangezur National Park, with 11 versions of Wikipedia containing each of them. In the meanwhile, the Azerbaijani WLE page shows all these national parks, state reserves and sanctuaries in a beautiful physical map. The 116 images uploaded so far in the photo competition have been contributed by 14 photographers. Only one of these fresh images has been used in the local version of Wikipedia – and maybe the CEE community can help a bit to change this! 🙂

The CEE Spring organizing team in Greece has proposed 16 topics on nature and geography, almost all of them already written in Russian, Ukrainian and German. 23% of the articles already exist in the 29 CEE language that participate this year. The best covered topic so far is the Lake Trichonida, written in 13 of these 29 languages, while the article about Lake Vouliagmeni still exists only in the local language. In WLE, Greece performs well with 870 uploaded images by now, uploaded by 108 uploaders. 11 of these images are already in use in articles in Greek, English and Portuguese Wikipedia.

Latvia proposed 10 articles on nature or geography, which so far score 29% coverage across the region. Unsurprisingly, all of these articles already exist in Lithuanian and Russian, with Ukrainian and Estonian coming next. The most popular of these is the article about the Gauja National Park, and not only within its category, but also in the whole list of proposed articles. In WLE this year, Latvia so far has registered 105 uploaded photos by 16 uploaders, and 9 total image uses in Latvian Wikipedia and Wikidata. But this is only the first year, in which Latvia joins the photo contest, so these numbers can only increase! Hopefully, after the present report, this statistics may actually change, getting a better cross-wiki usability of the gorgeous Latvian nature photography!

Pobiti Kamani, Varna province, Bulgaria, is considered the only desert-like area in Bulgaria and one of only a few such areas found in Europe. This was the #2 finalist in the international stage of “Wiki Loves Earth” 2016. Bulgaria opens the local WLE contest in June. (Author: Diego Delso. Source: Commons. License: CC-BY-SA 4.0)

In its Nature / Geography section of CEE Spring 2017, Russia suggested 93 articles, including about 30 national parks and reserves. Russian Wikipedia which traditionally offers good coverage of the articles about the rest CEE countries, has only 21% coverage of these topics across the region, with highest performance in the Ukrainian version (78 articles), German (56) and Polish (50). The most popular article of a national park is Sochi National Park with 8 language versions having articles about it. In the local stage of WLE in Russia, 2124 files have been uploaded so far, by 186 distinct uploaders with 101 distinct and 112 distinct image uses. Fun fact: most of these images were used in the Russian version of Wikivoyage (93).

In the local stage of “Wiki Loves Earth”, Serbia has scored so far 301 photos, uploaded by 19 volunteers. According to “Glamorous”, these uploads have about 3.65% usability: 13 total image uses, 12 of which in Serbian Wikipedia. In CEE Spring, compared to the other analysed article lists, the 10 proposed articles about Serbian nature and geography are impressively well covered in the rest CEE languages: 66% of coverage with six languages (apart of Serbian) having all of the ten, and other nine languages featuring 7-9 articles from the list. It’s interesting to analyse whether these topics were so well covered beforehand, or they were massively created during the contest. But whatever the reason, this means one thing: next year, the Serbian organizing team will have a lot of work outlining a new list of topics to feed the CEE community hunger for nature and geography topics. 🙂

Alphabetically last but chronologically first, the inventor of the “Wiki Loves Earth” contest, Ukraine, is traditionally one of the most massive suppliers of freely licensed nature photography in the contest. With their current number of 3689 images, uploaded by 145 volunteers by the middle of the contest, Ukraine are globally the second best performing participant in this year’s WLE, after Germany. 99 of these fresh images are already in use locally, and 1 has been included in English Wikipedia. On this background, the 15 articles on Ukrainian nature or geography, proposed for writing in the frames of CEE Spring, have 30% of coverage across the region, with Russian, German and Belarusian featuring respectively 15, 11 and 10 of the articles. The list includes both the umbrella term “National parks in Ukraine“, as well as articles about several of these parks. One of these parks, Podilski Tovtry National Nature Park, exists in only two of the CEE Spring languages. You may consider writing about it in your language and using some of the contributed WLE images to illustrate your local articles.

Panorama of Tokivske Waterfall, Kamianske Reserve, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine. This was the #9 finalist in the international stage of “Wiki Loves Earth” 2016. (Author: Sergey Ryzhkov. Source: Commons. License: CC-BY-SA 4.0)

All the statistics are generated on 14 May (9 AM CET), using:

Photo Contest 2017 is coming soon!

On May 1, 2017, the Wikimedia community starts the fourth international photocontest aiming to picture under a free license as many natural monuments and protected areas as possible and to promote natural heritage sites around the World through Wikimedia projects. The competition is open to everyone!

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Antichasia mountains and Meteora in Greece. Photo by PP Photography , freely licenced under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Last year the contest attracted more than 13,600 participants.  The competition was organized in 26 countries in the same time, while the additional contest category ‘Biosphere reserves’ was open to participants from all 120 countries that are members of the UNESCO’s world network of biosphere reserves. The top 15 photos came from Serbia, Bulgaria, Nepal, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Thailand.

And again Wiki Loves Earth is set to start crowdsourcing gorgeous landscapes in May. Anyone can take part in the competition; however, registration on Wikimedia Commons is required. To enter the contest, find an item or place you are familiar with from the competition list, submit a picture you have taken (past or present), and upload it to Wikimedia Commons beginning May 1 through May 31, 2016.

The full report of the last year’s international jury, explaining its work, selection process and bringing the results together with comments of the jury, is available here.

We invite everyone to make this year’s contest a great and valuable contribution to free knowledge!

If you would like to join international WLE with your local contest or have any other questions, please, write on wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua.

 

The top fifteen phenomenal winning photos from Wiki Loves Earth

Photo by Cedomir Zarkovic, CC BY-SA 4.0.

First place: The limestone of Stopića Cave, Serbia. Photo by Cedomir Zarkovic, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The tangy butterscotch glow of a limestone cave in Serbia soaking up the slanting sun. The emerald green of lush German forest and pond covered with lush weeds and trees. The stark white and blue of a Ukraine snowscape 2,028 meters above sea level, where snowy peaks meet cloud and sky.

The colors of nature burst from the 15 finalists of Wiki Loves Earth, the photo contest now in its third year of crowdsourcing gorgeous landscapes from more than 13,600 participants. The top 15 photos this year come from Serbia, Bulgaria, Nepal, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Thailand.

National judging in 26 regions sorted through 115,000 photos and sent the best to international judges from Ghana, Germany, South Africa, Kosovo, France, India, Estonia, Indonesia, and Bulgaria.

This year, the contest expanded to include a collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, better known by its acronym UNESCO. Contestants were invited to upload photos in a separate category for UNESCO biosphere reserves in 120 different countries.

You can see more about Wiki Loves Earth on its website, and this year’s jury report on Commons.

Photo by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Second place: Pobiti Kamani, Bulgaria, the only desert in Eastern Europe. Photo by Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Patricia Sauer, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Third place: Tangye, Mustang, Nepal. Photo by Patricia Sauer, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Külli Kolina, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fourth place: Ahja River, Estonia. Photo by Külli Kolina, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Khoroshkov, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fifth place: Biały Słoń, the former Polish Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory, now located in Ukraine. Photo by Khoroshkov, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Tamara Kulikova, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Sixth place: Northern Inland Fuerteventura, Spain. Photo by Tamara Kulikova, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Kristoffer Vaikla, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Seventh place: Vääna River, Estonia. Photo by Kristoffer Vaikla, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Jörg Braukmann, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Eight place: Part of the Schladming Tauern. Photo by Jörg Braukmann, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Ninth place: Tokivske waterfall in Ukraine. Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Joao lara mesquita, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Tenth place: Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil. Photo by Joao lara mesquita, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Taras Dut., CC BY-SA 4.0.

Eleventh place: the same location as #5, but taken on a cold winter day. Photo by Taras Dut., CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Andreas Weith, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Twelfth place: Wettenberger Ried, a protected forest in Germany. Photo by Andreas Weith, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by KOSIN SUKHUM, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Thirteenth place: Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Thailand. Photo by KOSIN SUKHUM, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Rafael Rodrigues Camargo, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fourteenth place: Terra Ronca State Park, Brazil. Photo by Rafael Rodrigues Camargo, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Photo by Vladimir Mijailović, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Fifteenth place: Tara in Serbia. Photo by Vladimir Mijailović, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Jeff Elder, Digital Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

Originally published on the Wikimedia blog at https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/25/wiki-loves-earth-2016-winners/.

Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Serbia

By Ivana Guslarević, Wikimedia Serbia

This year’s Wiki Loves Earth contest in Serbia broke all records since the beginning of its organization in 2014. Over the course of May, 142 participants uploaded 1801 photos of 116 protected areas in Serbia. 115 of the contestants were new participants.

Unfortunately, 196 photos had to be disqualified because they were not marked with a proper template and ID, or images didn’t show natural heritage. Also, many participants had a problem with uploading images to Wikimedia Commons, so many of them were discovered after the end of the competition.

The competition was organized by Wikimedia Serbia in cooperation with the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and Tourist Organization of Serbia. The Institute provided us with the list of natural protected areas. The jury was comprised of experts: a biologist, a geologist and a photographer. It is interesting that the jury in the semifinals selected as many as 94 photos.

The media were very interested in reporting about the competition – over 100 announcements were recorded, and Radio Television of Vojvodina donated the commercial broadcast in prime time slot for 14 days. The commercial was created by WMRS volunteers.

On June 22nd, we held the award ceremony and the opening of the seven days exhibition at the Tourist organization of Serbia in front of numerous reporters. The participants were addressed by representatives of Wikimedia Serbia, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and the Tourist Organization of Serbia.
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The president of Wikimedia Serbia Filip Maljković awarded the winners with a laptop (1st prize), a tablet (2nd prize) and an external hard disk (3rd prize). Also, five more photos received commendations from the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia, while Wikimedia Serbia commended four other participants for outstanding contribution to the competition.
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After Belgrade, the next exhibition was organized during the International jazz festival Nisville in Niš from August 11th to 14th. The third exhibition was held in the winner’s hometown – Požega, from October 12th to November 15th.
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We are pleased to present the 10 best photos of protected natural resources in Serbia.

 

The first WLE postage stamp depicts a griffon vulture in Bulgaria

This year, “Wikimedians of Bulgaria” User Group participates for the second time with a local edition of the photo contest for environmentally protected territories, “Wiki Loves Earth 2016 Bulgaria“. And one of the ten winners in the national stage of the competition will be printed as an official postage stamp of the Republic of Bulgaria. This is the additional ‘surprise’ award, which the organizing team of the competition in 2016 arranged along with the planned prizes – vouchers for photographic equipment shops or bookshops, that will be provided under a project funded by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Which one of the ten photos would illustrate the postage stamp, was a decision taken by the members of the Committee of Postage Issuance under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies. And this choice has already been made. It is the 2nd-ranked photography in Top 10, by Emiliya Toncheva, which depicts a griffon vulture in the Valchi Dol Reserve near the small town of Madzharovo in Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria. Notably, Emiliya was the first volunteer to contribute her photos to the “Wiki Loves Earth 2016 Bulgaria” in the very first day of the contest, June, 1.

Photo credit: Emiliya Toncheva. Derivative work: Vassia Atanassova. License: CC-BY-SA 4.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Committee approved the young illustrator Dilyana Elshishka for designer of the postage stamp, and determined the nominal of BGN 2 (approx. EUR 1), which is the price for sending a postcard from Bulgaria to United States, for example. This stamp will be in valid use and circulation for the next three years. The attempt is to have the stamp ready around October, 1 when the local WLE organizing team is conducting the award ceremony in the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia.

The photograph selected by the Committee of Postage Stamp Issuance is special because it will stay on the very first Wikimedia-related postage stamp in Bulgaria, which also is the first one for the “Wiki Loves Earth” contest globally.

The photo is noteworthy also for touching one of the most important topics of Bulgarian environmental protection: protection of the birds of prey. In Bulgaria, all the three nesting or feeding vulture species – Griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and Cinereous vulture (Aegypius monachus) are rare and protected species, and the Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) has been since 2007 in a re-introduction program, because of being extinct from the territory of Bulgaria. And while the griffon vulture’s population can nowadays be considered stabilized, the Egyptian vulture continues to be the most rapidly declining among all birds of prey in Europe, with more than 80% decreased population in the Balkans for the last 30 years. Poisons intended to kill agricultural pests are the main reason for the extinction of vultures, whose ecologic role is the one of the natural sanitarians of wildlife.

Author: Emiliya Toncheva. License: CC-BY-SA 4.0. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Author and translator: Vassia Atanassova

Editors: Anelia Bobeva, Nikola Kalchev, Stanislav Yordanov

From <https://blog.wikimedia.bg/2016/07/31/wle-postage-stamp/>

The international round has begun

Mount Kanchenjunga seen from Goechala. Photo by Yoghya, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

A record number of over 110.000 pictures, taken by over 13.000 uploaders in 26 participating countries and in biosphere reserves of our partner UNESCO were uploaded during this year’s national round of Wiki Loves Earth! Each of the participating communities chose their best ten pictures which represent them in the international round of the competition. Now the nine-member jury has the hard task to choose the best pictures worldwide.

The jury consist of nine members, who live all around the globe – Dietmar Bartz, Katya Zareva-Simeonova, Besnik Hamiti, Chris Woodrich, Doris Anson-Yevu, Isla Haddow-Flood, Jeevan Jose, Janno Loide, and Qunli Han. They will choose the best pictures, which represent an identified natural monument, natural park, protected area, etc., including pictures of animals taken there. All of the pictures, uploaded during Wiki Loves Earth were published under a free licence.

Lake Ohrid. Photo by Fation Plaku, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Most pictures were uploaded in India – 31.317, followed by Germany with 18.161 and Ukraine with 11.475. The highest number of uploaders was found in India with 6.318, followed by Germany with 1.108 and Pakistan with 1.098. For India this year was the second time it participated and its results have been impressive. Among the newcomers, Australia had the best results with 3.509 pictures uploaded by 595 people. The other states which participated for the first time this year were Greece, Albania, Moldova, and Kosovo.

Wiki Loves Earth 2016 completed successfully in Moldova

The winning image of the Burlănești Defile; Alex Prodan, CC-BY-SA-4.0

This year Moldova had the Wiki Loves Earth organized for the first time. During a span of one month, amateur and professional photographers from Moldova had the chance to upload their photos of natural heritage monuments of the country, in the same time contributing to the scarce free media collection of Moldovan nature online.

Socola, Șoldănești, second placed; Balan Anton, CC-BY-SA-4.0

During a month of contest, the organizers received 600 images depicting 70 natural monuments and protected areas. These are small numbers on a global scale, but decent numbers for Moldova: prior to the contest, only 7 natural monuments had illustrations on Wikimedia Commons. The uploaded files were being added to the corresponding articles immediately, making Moldova the best participating country in terms of media usage (23% of files are used in articles).

A waterfall in Saharna landscape reserve, third placed; Botnari Stefan, CC-BY-SA-4.0

The promotion efforts gathered a small amount of actual uploaders. As much as 17 people had at least one valid upload. The jury, consisting of two local professional photographers and one Wikipedian, identified the ten best ten works and announced them at the end of July.

Awarding the first and second place; Visem, CC-BY-SA-4.0

The winners and participants were invited to attend the awarding ceremony on on July 24 at the Hasdeu municipal library of Chișinău. During the meetup, attendants had the opportunity to see a mini-exposition of winning photographies, chat with some of the participants, and also ask questions about Wikipedia, specifically Wikipedia activities connected to Wikipedia in Moldova. There were voices expressing interest for an eventual possible Wiki Loves Monuments in the country.

Awarding third place; Visem, CC-BY-SA-4.0
Awarding the X-style special prize; Gikü, CC-BY-SA-4.0

Photo contest winners in Morocco

Please welcome the winning pictures of Wiki Loves Earth in Morocco!

Morocco has participated in Wiki Loves Earth 2015 and around 1700+ pictures have been uploaded under creative commons license through this event. This year we received around 3 thousand photos and it’s just great! 19 are already recognized as quality images on Wikimedia Commons and more to come.

577 participants took part in the contest and almost all of them are newbies. We are happy to introduce new people into the wiki world 🙂 Lets work on using these images, we now have, in Wikipedia articles!

Ten best pictures of Morocco this year you see below. You are free to reuse them, but please mention the author and the license.

Best pictures from Thailand

One more country to reveal its top-10 pictures. Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Thailand took place in June. 148 National parks in Thailand were eligible sites to upload their pictures on Wikimedia Commons. 422 new images we now have from these parks — isn’t that great? 🙂

Please, may your eyes rest on these wonderful pictures.