Ghana’s exotic beauty

Ghanaian team of  Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest has decided to continue acceptance of photos up to June 30, 2014. So, all participants who want to take part in it have a chance to upload their works during this month.

The contest started May 1, 2014. During this time we received 540 beautiful photos.

Ada river, Ghana. Author: Dieu-Donné Gameli. CC BY-SA 3.0

Terms of participation are samr for all countries. Only sites of natural heritage can be different. In Ghana there are:

  • National Parks
  • Forest Reserves
  • Protected areas
  • Beaches
  • Mountains
  • Caves
  • Waterfalls
  • Rivers, Lagoons, Ponds and lakes
There are fantastic prizes to be won by the top 10 pictures. All these 10 pictures will qualify for the next stage Wiki Loves Earth (World) prizes when they fall in the top15 photos they are once again awarded with prizes from the Wiki Loves Earth International team.
Visit one of amazing Ghanaian national parks, take photos and upload them to the Wikimedia Commons.
Boti Falls, Eastern Region, Ghana. Author: magwanwagwan. CC BY-SA 3.0

 Mole National Park is Ghana‘s largest wildlife refuge. The park is located in northwest Ghana on grassland savanna and riparianecosystems at an elevation of 150 m, with sharp escarpment forming the southern boundary of the park. The park’s entrance is reached through the nearby town of Larabanga. The Lovi and Mole Rivers are ephemeral rivers flowing through the park, leaving behind only drinking holes during the long dry season. This area of Ghana receives over 1000 mm per year of rainfall. A long-term study has been done on Mole National Park to understand the impact of human hunters on the animals in the preserve.

Mole National Park. Ghana. Author: Sean Moran. CC BY-SA 3.0

The Bui National Park is found in Ghana. It was established in 1971. This site is 1820 km². The reserve is notable for its Hippopotamuspopulation in the Black Volta. The endangered black and white colobus monkey and a variety of antelopes and birds are also present. Part of the park will be inundated by the reservoir of the Bui Dam, which has been under construction since 2009. The filling of the reservoir is expected to begin in 2011.

The Bui bayou is a wet land found in the brong ahafo region of Ghana. Author: Kelsdark. CC BY-SA 3.0

Digya National Park is the second largest national park and the oldest protected area in Ghana. It is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region. Digya National Park was created in 1900 as a protected area, the first in Ghana. The park is home to at least six primate species and elephants belonging to some of the less studied species in Africa. The elephant population in the park is the second largest in Ghana. There are also manatees and clawless otters in arms of Lake Volta that extend into Digya National Park. More than 236 species of birds live in the park. This park is the only wildlife territory in Ghana to border on Lake Volta, the largest man-made body of water in the country.

Campfire at the White Volta, Ghana. Author: Sean Moran. CC BY-SA 3.0

Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana.The most notable endangered species of fauna in the park are Diana monkeygiant bongo antelopeyellow-backed duiker andAfrican elephant. It is also an Important Bird Area recognized by the Bird Life International with the bird area fully overlapping the park area. The bird inventory confirmed 266 species in the park, including eight species of global conservation concern. One of these species of concern is the white-breasted guineafowl. Nine species of hornbill and the African grey parrot have been recorded. It is very rich in butterflies as well, and a new species was discovered in 1993. As of 2012, the densest population of forest elephants in Ghana is located in Kakum.

Bia National Park is a national park in the Western Region of Ghana. It is also a biosphere reserve with a 563 square kilometer resource reserve. It has some of Ghana’s last remnants of relatively untouched forest complete with its full diversity of wildlife. Some of the tallest trees left in West Africa are found in this national park.

Kyabobo National Park, Ghana. Author: Sean Moran. CC BY-SA 3.0

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The Netherlands is waiting for more photos!

The contest Wiki Loves Earth will focus on the National Parks in the Netherlands. Pictures  from those areas (if submitted between May 1 and June 30, 2014) will compete for the prizes. Join! We look forward to your contribution.

Netherlands has twenty national parks. Together they tell the story of the Dutch countryside. The parks are full details of the Dutch nature to be found: dunes, woods, moors, fens, tidal water, stream valleys and lakes. And the residents vary by park: special birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, like red deer, badgers, beavers, otters and seals their place in the parks.

Lytse Mar in the Alde Feanen. Author: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma. CC BY-SA 3.0

17 specific sites in the Netherlands designated as a national park. In addition, there are also two private national parks (NP and NP De Hoge Veluwe Veluwe) and the cross-border park Zoom Kalmthoutse Heath. The nature reserves are each contiguous and cover an area of ​​at least a thousand acres. For the Dutch nature they form a whole: the system of National Parks in the Netherlands. The owners, managers and other stakeholders of the parks are jointly responsible for the protection and development of the quality of nature.

Jan Durkspolder, Dominicus Johannes Bergsma, CC-BY-SA 3.0

The national parks focus on:

Protection and development of nature and landscape
Outdoor recreation
Education and information
Research

Early in the morning of October, sun coming up, at the Hoge Veluwe. Author: Ruby van Assendelft, CC-BY-SA 3.0

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The contest as a new challenge for participants

The contest was a real challenge with new experience and opportunity for all international participants. We receive a letter from our Spanish colleagues in which they tell us about their work, first results and emotions during May.

«I have been involved in four editions of Wiki Loves events. After monuments and public art, Wiki Loves Earth was a new challenge with new partners, new audience and new targets to develop on Wikipedia. In summary, I love it and really worth it. I am still amazed by the results.

Bosc del Montseny. Author: Víctor. CC BY-SA 3.0

There are motivated Wikipedians who like to complete with photos almost anything you propose. There is also a large community of Flickr users that do not edit Wikipedia but they are eager to help with their expertise on photography. But it is amazing that after four years of annual photo competitions, 60% of the participants are new users. This is an important outreach goal.

Vinyes al peu del Montmell. Author: Angela Llop. CC BY-SA 3.0

A nice story of an unknown participant sums up the spirit of Wiki Loves Earth. After a month of competition, the last day a new participant registered his or her account and uploaded wonderful pictures. What surprised me most is that he only uploaded photos of sites that had no images after a month of competition. Althougt Val d’Aran, a remote valley in the Pyrenees, has got a good participation, some alpine sites are particularly difficult to get and they are pretty unknown. This last minute participant completed all the sites of Val d’Aran with valuable and well documented pictures. I do not know what was his motivation and he probably should have more photos of other sites already covered. His interest in completing all sites with photos denotes an interest beyond pure competition, more probably an interest in sharing the nice sites of Val d’Aran and showing them to the world. There is some local pride, some eager to collaborate and lots of love for nature.

Vall de Sant Miquel (Vallès Oriental). Author: Mikipons. CC BY-SA 3.0

The jury will have a lot of work to review more than 7,000 photographs submitted by nearly 100 participants. At the international level have been uploaded 59,000 photographs so that Andorra and Catalonia areas is in the third position.

Pedraforca. Author: Mikipons. CC BY-SA 3.0
Raft of the valley Inclés (Canillo) by Fernando Llorens. CC BY-SA 3.0

Thankfully the involvement of all participants, some from the special group of Flickr, other veterans of previous contests, but it is remarkable that 60% of new participants have been taken part in it during a month.

Tramuntana Mountains (Mallorca). Author: Rosa Maria Ferré. CC BY-SA 3.0

The most popular has been the Sierra del Cadi-Moixeró with 12 participants, and  the most photographed place is Collserola with 473 photos. The Montseny massif is in second place both in participation and in photographs.

Cliffs Collsacabra. Author: Rosa Maria Ferré. CC BY-SA 3.0

Now we need time to digest all this volume, the Wikipedians to develop information on natural heritage motivated by new pictures, and the jury to decide who are the winners. Good luck to all participants and thank who have contributed to the spread of natural heritage».

Text by   , Spain.

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The land of contrasts

Algeria is the only country that started the contest on June 1 (as you remember GermanyGhanaIndia and The Netherlands have just continued it from May to June).

Algeria is a land of contrasts. Look as beautiful are its mountains, lakes, desert and green oases!

Location : Djurdjura Mountain, Tizi Ouzou, Algeria Author: Zoubir Benali CC BY-SA 3.0

Algerian land is rich with national parks, nature reserves and Ramsar sites.

52 photos were already uploaded with beautiful mountains, snow peaks, sand dunes and amazing lakes.

Sand dunes at Taghit in Algeria. Author: Cdnawel CC BY-SA 3.0

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Fort in Santa-Cruz, Algeria. Author: Thebobbilal CC BY-SA 3.0

International part of contest isn’t closed

The contest «Wiki Loves Earth» is closed at Andorra & SpainArmenia & Nagorno-KarabakhAustriaAzerbaijanBrazilEstoniaMacedoniaNepal and Ukraine.

But some participants continue to accept photos for contest during June (from 1 to 30). There are AlgeriaGermanyGhanaIndia and The Netherlands.

Serbia and Syria have their sites opened from June 15 to July 15.

We have the first statistics from chapters that took part during May.

So in the first place is Macedonia which snatched victory in the final minutes from Ukraine. So Macedonian contest collected 12.695 photos against to Ukraine with 12.089 pictures.

Third place was taken by Andorra& Spain. Their result is 7.515 photos.

But this is only preliminary results. Finally, we are able to see the other winners. Pay your attention that  the object on the photo is the most important.

Aïn Defla Province, Algeria. Author: Thebobbilal. CC BY-SA 3.0
Hill of Padmanabham in Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Author: Adityamadhav83. CC BY-SA 3.0

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Contest in June

The contest «Wiki loves the Earth» is opened  only until 31 May in Ukraine, Andorra & Spain, Macedonia, Armenia & Nagorno-KarabakhAustriaAzerbaijanBrazilEstonia,  but in June there is the opportunity to participate in other countries!

So, Serbia and Algeria are ready to open receptions of photos from 1 to 30 June. But in Germany, the Netherlands, Ghana and India contest lasts two whole months – May and June.

Participation in competitions in all countries are identical. So if you have pictures of the natural heritage or if you  plan to visit them – download your own photos to Wikimedia Commons and win!

Gudalur, India. Author: Manoj K. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The middle of the contest

These days we are at the middle of the contest, so we’re able to draw the first conclusions.

We came to an inference that Wiki Loves Earth is interesting for many countries. It’s not only a great opportunity to show the charms of nature, but also a huge chance to draw public attention to the environmental problems and Wikipedian activities. The focus is not only on the sites of national importance, but also on the areas protected on the regional level, and on the widest variety of natural sites possible: forests, parks, gardens, rocks, caves and whatever is protected in the participating countries. This makes that most users will be able to find several natural heritage sites close to them.

Blue Lakes, Bilohiskyi region. Ukraine. Author: Oksana Golovko. CC BY-SA 3.0

More than 20 countries were ready to organize «Wiki Loves Earth». There are: Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Iraq, FYR Macedonia, Nepal, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.

However, only 13 of them were ready to start May 1. The reasons were different: from lack of time to governmental bureaucracy (as in some countries it was too hard to gain the lists of natural heritage sites from public authorities).

Matka (Macedonian: Матка, meaning “womb”) is a canyon located west of Skopje, Macedonia. Covering roughly 5,000 hectares, Matka is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia and is home to several medieval monasteries. Author: Miljovska. CC BY-SA 3.0

Nevertheless, Wiki Loves Earth is successfully going at 13 countries: Andorra&Spain, Armenia, Austria,  Azerbaijan, Brazil, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Macedonia, Nepal, the Netherlands and Ukraine. A few days ago India has also joined the international contest.

Massive Cadiretes. Author: Enfo. CC BY-SA 3.0

So far nearly 30 000 photos from all over the world were uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons under a free license. All photos will be freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work.  Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these. It’s a good opportunity for Wikipedia to collect more free photos and use them as illustrations.

Now the first three leaders are Ukraine (6572 photos), Macedonia (4730 photos) and Andorra&Spain (4404 photos).

Write an article about the nature heritage

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.

Congratulate India on a start of «Wiki Loves Earth» and Macedonia with second ranking place!

«Wiki Loves Earth» international photo contest has a new participant – beautiful and ancient India. It already has 28 first photos at the Commons.

Macedonia is a great country with active and talented people. Now it is in the second place with 3265 uploaded photos.

Views of Mavrovo. Author: MacedonianBoy. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

In Twitter @WikiLovesEarth you can find the most interesting facts from the each country. For example, Darco Nikilovsky from Macedonia uploaded near 1000 photos from his native country!

So, we congratulate our colleagues from India and Macedonia!

Coast near the village Dolno Dupeni. Author: Bijonse. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

Contest’s statistics

Today we have only 12 countries that started «Wiki Loves Earth» 2014. Unfortunately, Greece isn’t in this list now, but we hope they will be there soon.

Ukraine is in the first place with 1996 photos. Austria has 1899 photos. The third place has 1885 photos. Here’re Spain&Andorra.

The other countries are in the following order:

4. Macedonia with 1259 photos

5. Germany (1102)

6. Armenia (858)

7. Brazil (533)

8. Nepal (251)

9. Azerbaijan (192)

10. Netherlands (180)

11. Ghana (91)

12. Estonia (78).

Some beautiful photos from this year contest:

Artificial lake Mladost , Veles, Macedonia. Author: Bijonse
Aragats mountain, Aragatsotn, Armenia. Author: Alexander Mkhitaryan B
Cataratas – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Author: Rodrigo28
The view of the Himalaya seen from Phoolbari Village, Nepal. Author: Skrissh2013
Azerbaijan. Author: Alikooo.
Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, Netherlands. Author: Bnms
Mountain Afadjato, Ghana. Author: General DeLa Rey
Oru Landscape Protection, Estonia. Author: LeaRand

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