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Wiki Loves Earth 2015 is an international photographic competition that takes place – with the subject natural heritage (protected areas) – in various countries. For all participating countries there are separate competitions organized by local teams, so periods, rules, prizes etc. might differ a bit. After all country finalists have been chosen, an international jury will again select the overall winners; compare the gallery of 2015 finalists and winners.


Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) was initiated and first held by Wikimedia Ukraine in 2013. In the second year, WLE 2014 took place in 15 countries/regions.

The basic aim of the competition is to collect photos of natural heritage sites – such as nature reserves, landscape conservation areas, national parks, scenic/landscape areas, remarkable gardens, etc. – to illustrate articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. Like Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM), we use official lists of protected areas, usually available from government agencies.

The focus is not only on sites of national importance, but also on those protected at the regional level, and on the widest variety of natural sites possible: forests, parks, gardens, rocks, caves, or whatever part of nature is protected in your country. This means that most users will be able to find several natural heritage sites close to them.

Participating countries 2015

Upcoming competitions

This list includes countries for which it is clear they will participate, where there is already an organization team, and basic Commons pages have also been created.

Country Commons landing page Contest period Page for questions Notes Lists of protected areas/objects Campaign Uploads
Flag of Algeria.svg WLE Algeria contact us WLE 2015 in list of protected sites wle-dz 2,715
Flag of Andorra.svgFlag of Spain.svg WLE Andorra & catalan-speaking areas contact us list of protected sites wle-cat 2,208
Flag of Austria.svg WLE Austria contact us Teilnehmende Objekte National parks: wle-at-nap,
Nature reserves: wle-at-nsg,
Geschützter Landschaftsteil: wle-at-glt,
Geschützte Höhle: wle-at-hoe,
Nature parks: wle-at-np,
Natural monuments: wle-at-nd
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg WLE Azerbaijan contact us list of protected sites wle-az 592
Flag of Brazil.svg WLE Brazil contact us list of protected sites wle-br 12,819
Flag of Bulgaria.svg WLE Bulgaria contact us,
list of protected sites wle-bg 1,610
Flag of Estonia.svg WLE Estonia ? list of protected sites wle-ee 603
Flag of France.svg WLE France contact us list of protected sites wle-fr 2,276
Flag of Germany.svg WLE Germany contact us List of protected areas and objects wle-de
per federal state: wle-de-bb, -be, -bw, -by, -hb, -he, -hh, -mv, -ni, -nw, -rp, -sh, -sl, -sn, -st, -th
Flag of Iraq.svg WLE Iraq contact us list of protected sites wle-iq 36
Flag of Macedonia.svg WLE Macedonia contact us list of protected sites wle-mk 2,074
Flag of Morocco.svg WLE Morocco contact us list of protected sites wle-ma 1,672
Flag of Nepal.svg WLE Nepal contact us list of protected sites wle-np 2,428
Flag of Pakistan.svg WLE Pakistan List of all protected areas wle-pk 10,473
Flag of Palestine.svg WLE Palestine contact us list of protected sites wle-ps 216
Flag of Poland.svg WLE Poland contact us list of protected sites wle-pl 3,960
Flag of Portugal.svg WLE Portugal contact us list of protected sites wle-pt 1,850
Flag of Russia.svg WLE Russia Вики любит Землю 2015 list of protected sites wle-ru 8,285
Flag of Serbia.svg WLE Serbia list of protected sites wle-rs 829
Flag of Spain.svg WLE Spain contact us list of protected sites wle-es 5,019
Flag of Syria.svg WLE Syria contact us List of National parks of Syria wle-sy 375
Flag of Switzerland.svg WLE Switzerland contact us WLE Switzerland list of protected sites wle-ch 1,740
Flag of Thailand.svg WLE Thailand contact us list of protected sites wle-th 718
Flag of Tunisia.svg WLE Tunisia contact us list of protected sites wle-tn 2,739
Flag of Ukraine.svg WLE Ukraine contact us list of protected sites (Списки) wle-ua 14,751
Flag of Uruguay.svg WLE Uruguay contact us Wiki Loves Earth Uruguay in Wikimedia Uruguay list of protected sites wle-uy 1,543

Competitions still in preparation or of unclear status

The list below includes further countries that (maybe) would like to participate in 2015.

Country Commons landing page Contest period Page for questions Notes Lists of protected areas/objects Campaign Uploads
Flag of Australia.svg WLE Australia ? contact us list of protected sites wle-au 0
Flag of Jordan.svg WLE Jordan ? contact us list of protected sites wle-jo 0
Flag of Lebanon.svg WLE Lebanon ? contact us list of protected sites wle-lb 2
Flag of Ecuador.svg WLE Ecuador ? contact us list of protected sites wle-ec 0

If you decide to hold Wiki Loves Earth in your country you need to complete the required steps:

  1. Have or create a list of relevant protected areas (on Wikipedia or Commons). – Different countries have different systems with multiple levels of protected areas (from large National Parks to individual protected trees in the middle of nowhere). All these objects are usually defined by official documents. If there isn't any such list for your country, you can create a public list of areas worth to be called natural heritage site.
  2. Have or create clear recommendations for photos. – Define, what aspects photographers should focus on.
  3. Have a working organization team, and name the responsible contact, e.g. by a list of helping users.
  4. Organize a good jury for your country. At an early stage, please also think about possible prizes for winners.
  5. Create the landing page on Commons for your country (Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2015 in …), and take care for categories, templates etc. (Later on, you might need to ask other users for technical help e.g. for specific campaign adaptions.)
  6. Questions? – please ask :)


  • The set of rules for the international part of the contest.

Help and FAQ

Where to ask questions?

The primary place for questions or suggestions is the WLE 2015 talk page (English language preferred). For country specific issues, please use the contact pages linked in the above section "participating countries" (different languages).

Other places to get help:

Tools and useful links

Familiar tools from Wiki Loves Monuments will be adapted for Wiki Loves Earth. In Ukrainian WLE 2013 we used our own tools, which can also be available internationally. Adaptation progress will be tracked below

WLE upload campaigns
For templates see Category:Wiki Loves Earth templates.
For existing campaings see the wle-xx links in the above lists of participating countries.
WLE organizers with campaign editor rights are:
Jury tool
Other useful things