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International jury[edit]

Meet seven members of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 international jury who evaluates the photos:

Fiona Ayerst[edit]

Fiona Ayerst has been a professional underwater photographer for 13 years. She shoots  lifestyle, environmental and sports imagery, with a specific interest in anything related to water. Fiona has contributed articles and imagery to many local and international magazines and contributes to stock photography.

In 2003 Fiona was chosen as the South African Wildlife Photographer of the year. Fiona runs training programs for underwater photographers.

Mher Bekaryan (Beko)[edit]

Mher Bekaryan is a designer with 15-years of experience and the experience of drawing. Known as Beko on Wikimedia projects, he is a Coordinator of Armenian GLAM-wiki projects, where he frequently deals with photography. In his volunteer Wikimedia capacity, he promotes photographing among members of the Armenian wiki-community and contributes to organizing Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) in Armenia. In 2017, he was a member of Norwegian WLM jury.

Dave Currey[edit]

Dave Currey is a British environmentalist, writer, and photographer. He co-founded the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in 1984 and was its executive director for ten years, as well as a senior campaigner and board member for twenty-five years. His photo spreads appeared in magazines such as LIFE, The Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife and The Telegraph Magazine. His photo spread on the plight of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India acted as a catalyst to raising over £80,000 for the park, its forest guards and communities, further protecting the rhinos, tigers and river dolphins. He has worked on film documentaries for BBC and National Geographic.

Dave was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Medal in 1990 for his "work in protecting elephants and dolphins". and EIA was awarded the Global 500 Roll of Honor by UNEP for "outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment" in 2001.

Volha Kaskevich[edit]

Volha Kaskevich is the founder of the Belarus-based organization Bahna, ecological engineer, expert on sustainable management of natural areas, environmental protection and advocacy. She is also a coordinator of several public campaigns, coordinator of Belarus Wildlife Protection Working Group; member of the International Mire Conservation Group, member of the Council on Pripyat River Basin; member of the Council on Biodiversity in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; Secretary of the Scientific and Public Advisory Council on Ecosystem Services and Biological Diversity in the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources, Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Besides, Volha is a journalist and a founder of the news media; photographer and podcast creator.  

Rathika Ramasamy[edit]

Rathika Ramasamy is a wildlife photographer. Based in Chennai, she has been dubbed "first Indian woman to strike an international reputation as a wildlife photographer". Rathika focuses on photographing birds, and she is notable for her photos from various national parks in India and other countries. Rathika frequently participates in wildlife exhibitions, as well as conducts workshops on wildlife photography. Among other awards, Rathika received the International Camera Fair (ICF) award for her excellence in wildlife photography in 2015. She had been a jury member for various national and international photography award competitions.

Kristoffer Vaikla[edit]

Kristoffer Vaikla is an interior designer and photographer coming from Tallinn, Estonia. For the last ten years, he specializes in adventure and exploration photography, helping the world to discover the nature of his home country. Six of his photographs were featured by the famous National Geographic website, and one was published in National Geographic's book 'Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-to Tips, and Endless Inspiration From the Pros'. 

Besides that, Kristoffer won recognition in several national and international photography competitions. In 2016, his photo of Vääna River got to the seventh place in the top fifteen winning photos from Wiki Loves Earth.

El Golli Mohamed[edit]

El Golli Mohamed is a Tunisian ornithologist and wildlife photographer, who has been awarded in national and international photo contests a number of times. He is working on the conservation of Tunisian birds and their habitats, which includes writing a book ‘100 birds of Tunisia’. 

Photos of birds by El Golli were on the top-10 in Tunisia in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Some of them got to the top-15 of the international round in 2015 and 2019.

Additionally, he has been contributing to Wikimedia Commons since 2015 as Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments participant.