Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photographic competition. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage in their countries and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. For all participating countries, there are separate competitions organized by local teams.
This year, WLE also will take place between the 1st of May and the 31st of July. We have a flexible approach regarding local dates, and local organizers decide when exactly to hold their contest within the international timeframe.
How can you join the contest this year as an organizer?
For that, you need the following:
Team of volunteers with clear roles and timelines;
Defining eligible natural sites (must be officially protected);
Preparing a landing page for the local contest;
Promotion for the contest in social networks;
Jury to evaluate the photos (select top-15 local winners for an international contest);
Awards for your winners.
Find out more about the process in our detailed guidelines for the local teams.
This year, we also continue to raise awareness about environmental problems so that we will launch our special nomination “Human Rights and Environment” for the 4th time.
And one more new special nomination, which can represent natural heritage in a wider way!
Stay tuned for the announcements soon!
Follow our channels for local organizers to receive the most important information:
The most awaited moment of the international annual photographic competition devoted to natural heritage has come. We are delighted and proud to present the top 20 best images of Wiki Loves Earth 2023!
This year, the contest was held for the 10th time, lasting from May 1st to August 31st. We had a record number of participating countries, which reached 50. Many countries that started WLE last or a few years ago continued organizing the contest in 2023. And 11 of them joined the contest for the first time this year.
Overall, we received more than 61,700 submissions from over 3,300 uploaders. 42 countries submitted their local winners and moved to the international level, and we have got 492 local winning images.
As usual, each country has chosen up to 15 local winners in two categories – not more than ten from each of the two categories:
Landscapes (including individual trees if it’s a nature monument);
Macro/close-up (animals, plants, fungi).
This year, we gathered the international jury team, which consists of 13 experienced photographers, experts, and Wikimedians from all around the world who worked on selecting top-20 international winners. You can read more about the jury team here. We are thankful to them for their time and effort in judging the best images of the contest worldwide!
And we are ready to announce the top 20 best images in two categories, which present an interesting world of animal & plant species and breathtaking landscapes!
1st place: The first place is taken by the beautiful image in the macro category, which shows an insect of the species Cicindela soluta in Bila Dibrova Zakaznyk in Kyiv, Ukraine.
2nd place: A small baya weaver (Ploceus philippinus), also called the engineer bird, is really common all around the world. The weaver is found to be making its nest on a tree in this interesting photo, captured at Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
4th place: A tiny black-tailed skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) in the Gülper See nature reserve in Germany. As the author mentioned, the picture was taken in the morning after dawn, which is why the dragonfly is still covered with dew, which looks so magical.
5th place: Amegilla Cingulata cingulate is a native blue-banded bee found in the Philippines; they are a sub-species of the Australian blue-banded bees (Amegilla cingulata). This species is found in lowland area of Northern Negros Natural Park, Philippines. These native bees are one of the most colorful and beautiful bees.
6th place: The photo represents a common bee-eater (Merops apiaster) who, after having captured a golden Cetonia (Cetonia aurata), turns it over, making it fly so it can swallow the insect better. This moment was captured in Greto dello Scrivia, in the municipality of Novi Ligure, Italy.
9th place: This photo represents a beautiful scene of a colorful couple of birds: the European Bee-eater (male) provides food for the female in order to have her permission to mate later on. Location — Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal.
10th place: This scene is so powerful! A black kite adapting to the habitat and becoming an excellent fish hunter on a cold February winter morning in Taudaha Lake, Kirtipur, Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
11th place: The category of landscape images opens a breathtaking view taken in Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park in Portugal. It captures a nest in the moonlight near powerful rocks and water.
12th place: This photo shows an interesting scene of silk sheets: сloaks of cobwebs are created following prolonged periods of drought followed by heavy rains, which cause water levels to rise suddenly. Location — Fucecchio marshes, Italy.
18th place: An unbelievable nature dichotomy, which shows how Calabria and Aspromonte are engulfed in flames. This phenomenon was taken in Aspromonte National Park, in the municipality of Roccaforte del Greco, Italy.
In 2023, the Wiki Loves Earth International photo contest supported the initiative Wiki4HumanRights in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Its goal is to raise awareness of nature protection and human impacts on nature.
Within the special nomination “Human Rights and Environment”, we accepted images that capture the impact of human activity on the environment from the whole world.
As a result, we received over 8,500+ images in the nomination, the highest-ever number.
After a review by the organizing team and the round of jury evaluation, we have the top 10 best images for the special nomination. And we are ready to present them!