Wiki Loves Earth
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:
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):
|Register||You will need a Wikimedia Commons account with a valid email address.|
|Search||Check the european map (ZECs are marked blue) or the listings with their corresponding maps (links in the right top box)|
to locate nearby protected natural sites and write down their ID number.
|Take a pic||Only the pictures taken by you will be admitted.|
|Share||Upload the pictures during the month of May.|
If you have any doubts, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By participating in this contest, you accept its terms and conditions.