Wiki Loves Earth 2023 is an international photo contest about protected natural heritage sites, which is open to everybody and is organised by the local chapters of Wikimedia and volunteer groups from different countries.
Natural Heritage is an important part of the knowledge gathered and spread by Wikipedia. Everyone can contribute, both with images and articles. An image is worth a thousand words, in all languages.
Everyone is invited to upload images of Special Areas of Conservation (ZEC, in Spanish Zonas Especiales de Conservación) included in the Natura 2000 network under a free license. The idea of this project is to get a global and unique vision of the natural heritage of each country.
Joining Wiki Loves Earth 2023 contest you will contribute to improve the contents of Wikipedia and the rest of the Wikimedia projects.
Wiki Loves Earth is organized in Spain by Wikimedia España, a non-profit association which spreads and promotes free knowledge and in particular Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects in the Spanish territory; if you want to collaborate in the organization of the contest or other activities, you can join us or make a donation.
Rules to participate
The basic rules for this contest are as follows:
- Photograph protected natural sites, which can be done at any moment. Images can correspond to two categories: landscapes (including individual trees, if it is a natural monument) and macro/close-up (animals, plants, fungi).
- Upload the pictures to Wikimedia Commons (you will have to sign-up) with a free license between May 1st and May 31st 2023.
- The photographs must have been taken by the participants and must have been loaded by themselves.
- The Special Area of Conservation identifier must be provided with the photographs (with help of the existing listings and the map you will find in each of them). Here you can learn more.
There's no limit of the number of images that you can upload. What are you waiting for to go out and take photos? (read the complete terms of participation). If you still have questions in this video (Spanish) you will find a step by step explanation about how to participate.
History of the contest
The Wiki Loves Earth contest was first organised in 2013 in Ukraine, where 346 participants uploaded more than 9,000 images. In the 2014 edition, the competition expanded to 14 countries around the world, attracting more than 62,000 photographs. Some regions of Spain participated in the 2014 edition, namely Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community.
In the 2015 edition, 25 countries participated and more than 95,000 images were uploaded; in addition, for the first time, the competition covered the entire Spanish territory. In 2016 it was organised in 24 countries, which obtained almost 110,000 photographs, in 2017 participation increased to 36 countries with more than 129,000 images, in 2018 32 countries participated with more than 89,000 images, and in 2019 a total of 37 countries contributed almost 94,000 images. The 2020 edition facilitated the organisation of the competition on different dates than usual, as a measure against the coronavirus pandemic, and in the end 34 countries managed to get more than 105,000 images. In the 2021 edition, 34 countries collected more than 63,000 images, and in 2022, 38 countries, the highest number ever, collected more than 50,000 images.
Selection process and awards
The contest is composed of 2 different phases, the first one takes place within Spain with a national jury and with our prizes; in the second phase, of international scope, the best photographs of each national contest will participate with an international jury that will select the best pictures of protected natural sites in 2023 worldwide and will also grant important prizes. This year, the international winning photos will represent two categories — landscapes (including individual trees, if it's a nature monument) and macro/close-up (animals, plants, fungi):
Wiki Loves Earth 2023 - Wikimedia España - CC-BY-SA 4.0
Participating in the contest is very easy, you may do it via Wikimedia Commons
following these steps:
Everyone may participate in this contest.
Try to take original pics.
There are many interesting places, take advantage of your free time!
Natural sites may be nearer to you than you think.
If you are going to be travelling to one of the countries that participates in this contest, do not forget your camera…
And focus on the details!
If you have any doubts, you may contact us at email@example.com.
By participating in this contest, you accept its terms and conditions.
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