Our fourth edition of Wiki Loves Earth, the photo contest for those who love natural spaces, was held between May 1 and 31, 2018. Thanks to Wiki Loves Earth and the people who participate in it, those natural spaces, classified as Sites of Community Importance, are documented and valued. The contest aims to collect images with free license in Wikimedia Commons, which are then used to illustrate Wikipedia content, reused in other platforms and enhance the global and free presence of natural heritage on the Internet.
In this 2018 edition, a total of 230 users have participated in the contest; 171 did so for the first time and the rest had already participated in previous editions. Thanks to their contributions, about 2700 photographs were released that allow us to better understand the biodiversity, landscapes and natural spaces of the Spain. Now these images can be disseminated, modified and reused in different supports and platforms. A hundred of them are already being used to illustrate Wikipedia articles in Spanish, English, Catalan, French, Swedish, Basque, Galician, Portuguese or Polish.
Once the jury’s deliberation was completed, formed by Cristina Vecino (professional photographer), Pablo Bou (oceanographer and photographer), María Bolado (telecommunications engineer and amateur photographer, winner of Wiki Loves Earth 2017), Rubén Ortega (photographer and audiovisual producer) and Luz Rodríguez (official and amateur photographer) we present the winning and finalist images of the contest in its Spanish edition, all of them pass to the international phase of the contest.
Special prize for the largest number of unpublished spaces documented in Wiki Loves Earth 2018 got Olisacu, who contributed 5 different Sites of Community Importance, such as a rainbow on the mountains of Bubierca.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the participants! We wait for you in the next edition to continue constructing free visual imaginaries about our natural heritage!