“Uvac” Special Nature Reserve

“Uvac” Special Nature Reserve

“Uvac” Special Nature Reserve is a protected natural asset of great importance, situated in south-western Serbia in the region of Stari Vlah – Raška high plateau, set between Mt. Javor in the Northeast and Mt. Zlatar massif in the Southwest. It has been protected since 1971 and occupies the territory of 7543 ha in total. The minimum altitude in the reserve is 760 m above sea level, and the maximum – 1322 m.

Major morphological feature of the reserve is the Uvac River canyon valley which includes the valleys of its tributaries. The special value of canyon parts of the river valley are curving meanders. The relative height of meander heads is 100 m at places.

The surrounding is characterised by karst surface with numerous karst formations: plains, depressions, sinkholes, rock shelters, caves and potholes. Caves are numerous and vary in size, including Usak Cave System, the largest known cave system in Serbia (6185 m). Caves are very rich in speleothem deposited by the action of dripping water to form stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies etc.

Hanging bridge in “Uvac” Nature Reserve, second placed in Wiki Loves Earth 2015 in Serbia

“Uvac” Special Nature Reserve is distinguished by the presence of 104 bird species. Most important of all is the griffon vulture, one of the two vulture species that are still nesting in Serbia.

Variety of intact habitats, presence of endemic, rare and endangered flora and fauna species have special importance in terms of preservation of biodiversity and geodiversity and, by itself in terms of development and promotion of tourism potential of the reserve.

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Wiki Loves Earth 2015 – Rules

The set of rules for the international part of the Wiki Loves Earth 2015 contest.

To take part in Wiki Loves Earth contest, a submission should:

  • Be self taken
    All entries must be original photographs uploaded by their authors. Photos uploaded by anyone else than author (even with permission) are not accepted.
  • Be self uploaded during the contest period (May 2015);
    You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past. What matters is that photos must be uploaded during the contest period (1st May — 31st May)
  • Be under a free license;
  • Contain an identified natural monument / natural park / protected area etc.;
    Lists of eligible sites are published by each participating country.
  • Be nominated through a national contest;
  • Have at least 2Mpx.

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 Leaders in a Country Raсe

WLE 2015 has just begun but the interest and activity of users is impressive. Such a fast and productive start looks very promising. The international team of WLE really happy that your photos spotted missing articles on Wikipedia and it’s encourages us to provide users with new materials and illustrate them with WLE 2015 shots. Continue reading “Wiki Loves Earth 2015 Leaders in a Country Raсe”

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.

Continue reading “Wiki Loves Earth 2015 expedition to Batna Province”

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 2014 winners announced

Wiki Loves Earth, a photo contest of natural monuments, became international for the first time in 2014 and was held in 16 countries. The contest is over now, and after the careful evaluation the international jury is happy to announce the winners

First prize: Carpathian National Park, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine | by Dmytro Balkhovitin

Wiki Loves Earth is a photo contest of natural monuments, where participants picture protected areas and upload their photos to Wikimedia Commons. The goal of the project is, on one hand, to capture under a free license as many natural monuments and protected areas as possible, and on the other hand, to contribute to environment protection by raising public awareness.
After years of successful Wiki Loves Monuments organisation there was an idea of a similar contest for natural monuments. The idea of Wiki Loves Earth was born in 2012, and it was implemented for the first time in Ukraine, where the contest was held from 15 April to 15 May 2013.
In 2014, Wiki Loves Earth was joined by 15 other countries from four different continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Most of countries organised the contest from 1 May to 31 May 2014, while some countries extended the contest period till 30 June, and Serbia was the last to finish on 15 July. During the contest, over 70,000 pictures were submitted by more than 3,000 participants.
Similarly to Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Earth was organised through numerous national contests, coordinated by local volunteers. The national juries then submitted up to 10 pictures to the international stage of the contest. With 16 participating countries, the international jury had to consider a total of 156 candidate pictures.
The international jury was composed of seven photographers, most of whom were experienced in nature photography: Diego Delso (Spain/Germany), Muhammad Mahdi (Tanzania/India), Julián Monge-Nájera (Costa Rica), Susanne Plank (Austria), Esther Solé (Spain), Oleg Zharii (Ukraine) and Wikimedian Wikimk (Macedonia). Their profiles can be found in the jury report. After several weeks of evaluation they have selected the following images:
The first prize goes to the view of Carpathian National Park from Hoverla, Ukraine by Dmytro Balkhovitin. This photo gives an exciting view from the highest point of Ukraine — Hoverla — towards Carpathian National Park, one of the largest in Ukraine. The jury was particularly impressed by the composition of the photo and its lighting with great crepuscular rays.

Second prize: Serra dos Órgãos, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | by Carlos Perez Couto

The second prize was attributed to the photo of God‘s Finger Rock in the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Brazil. This image by Carlos Perez Couto depicts the best known rock formation in the park, which is also symbol of Brazilian mountaineering and of the entire state of Rio de Janeiro. Breathtaking landscapes are completed with excellent composition that even reminded to one juror of Chinese paintings.

Third prize: Mukri Nature Park, Rapla County, Estonia | by Janno Loide (Amadvr)

An image of Estonia’s Mukri Nature Park by Janno Loide (Amadvr) was awarded the third place. This original almost monochromatic image represents an autumn fog over the marshes of Estonia. In addition, the jury appreciated the good representation of the red colour of the sky together with high level of detail.

The remaining photos receiving the awards are the following:

Fourth prize: Mount Shaan-Kaya, Yalta Natural Reserve, Crimea, Ukraine | by Oleksandr Chernykh (A4ernyh)

Fifth prize: Mount Krchin, Mavrovo National Park, Republic of Macedonia | by Martin Dimitrievski

Sixth prize: Aekingerzand, Drents-Friese Wold National, Netherlands | by Ubrerprutser

Seventh prize: Novyi Svit Sanctuary, Crimea, Ukraine | by Vitaliy Bashkatov (Vian)

Eighth prize: Zuivskyi Regional Landscape Park, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine | by Vitaliy Bashkatov (Vian)

Ninth prize: Haizer, Djurdjura Massif, Bouira Province, Algeria | by Chettouh Nabil

Tenth prize: Aïn Legradj Cascade, Bordj Bou Arréridj Province, Algeria | by Chettouh Nabil

Eleventh prize: Mount Kukul, Carpathian National Park, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast & Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine | by Volodymyr Khirash (Хіраш Володимир)

Twelfth prize: Nationalpark Kalkalpen, Upper Austria, Austria | by Isiwal

Thirteenth prize: Pool of Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l‘Empordà, Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain | by Mikipons

Fourteenth prize: Ezumakeeg, Lauwersmeer National Park, Netherlands | by Bayke de Vries (Baykedevries)

Fifteenth prize: Mount Thaletat, Bouira Province, Algeria | by Chettouh Nabil

Winners were determined by the 7-person jury. Each participating country could nominate one member to the international jury, although only 5 countries used this right. Two further jury members were added by the international organising team to increase diversity of the jury.
156 nominations were submitted to the international organising team by the national juries of the 16 participating countries. Each country was allowed to submit up to 10 images, but some countries decided to submit less images. Andorra and Spain submitted their images in a double nomination. The jury selected and ranked the photos in several stages by means of a dedicated web tool.
The full report of the international jury, explaining the work of the jury, selection process and presenting the results together with comments of the jury, is available here.
Congratulations to the winners and thank you for everyone who worked on organisation of the contest this year!

Mykola Kozlenko,
Wikimedia Ukraine / WLE International team.

All photographs in this post are published by their authors under CC BY-SA 3.0. Click the photos for details.

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

 

Algeria, Germany, Ghana, India and The Netherlands are Closing!

Today is the last competition day for AlgeriaGermanyGhanaIndia and the Netherlands! Last hours to contribute your photos to and to take part in competition in these countries’ contests!

Remember that Serbia will still have their site open until July 16 and Syria till August 1:)

The contest «Wiki Loves Earth» is closed at Andorra & SpainArmenia & Nagorno-KarabakhAustriaAzerbaijanBrazilEstoniaMacedoniaNepal and Ukraine, and first results are coming.

Small Waterfall at Kyabobo National Park.jpg, © Sean Moran, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Small Waterfall at Kyabobo National Park, Ghana
© Sean Moran, CC-BY-SA 3.0

Andorran TOP-10 best photos!

Gorgeous news from Andorra – we can enjoy beautiful pictures from this green country!

Andorran team carries on an intrigue and refuses to give any details such as places of these photos. So, we can show you only winners without prize-list!

Lake “First Circus”. Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0
Pond Meligar, Circus Pessons. Mtpla. CC BY-SA 3.0
First Pond (Ordino). Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Second Pond Juclar. Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0
Engolasters lake. Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0
Sorteny River. Víctor. CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Os river passing through Bixessarri, Sant Julia de Loria, Andorra. Angela Llop. CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Tristaina river. Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0
Inclés Valley, Canillo, Andorra. MARIA ROSA FERRE. CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Pond on Valley Inclés (Canillo). Ferran Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0

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