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Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Sri Lanka

Wiki Loves Earth 2019

Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Sri Lanka

Wiki Loves Earth is an international photographic competition to promote natural sites around the World, through Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons). Everybody can participate.

There are a lot of natural areas in all participating countries. The goal of Wiki Loves Earth is to encourage people to take pictures of those sites and to put them under a free licence to allow others to access them through the Internet. To achieve that, an international contest is taking place in June 2019. This website presents the Sri Lankan segment of this competition.


The goal of the contest is to put online as many pictures of recognized natural areas of Sri Lanka as possible during the month of June 2019 on Wikimedia Commons in order to share them, for free, with the world. The list of recognized natural areas in Sri Lanka is listed on the right.

All pictures will be donated to Wikimedia Commons under a free licence, so they can be used freely around the world. Wikimedia Commons is an online repository hosting free multimedia content. Wikipedia relies solely on Commons as its media repository.

In June, you can upload as many pictures as you want of the recognized natural areas that you have visited. Pictures don't have to be taken in June, but must be uploaded that month to be considered for the contest. Starting on July 1, the contest's Sri Lankan jury will begin evaluating the photographs, and awarding prizes for the best pictures in Sri Lanka, later that month. The Sri Lankan jury will then select the 10 best from Sri Lanka to be sent to the international jury.


Local Contest (Sri Lanka):

  • 1st place: Voucher1 worth LKR 35,000
  • 2nd place: Voucher1 worth LKR 26,000
  • 3rd place: Voucher1 worth LKR 20,000
  • Top 10 winners: Wikipedia branded merchandise: Water bottles, Mugs, Pens, Stickers, Wiki Loves Earth branded tote bags.

International Contest:

  • 1st place winner will get a full scholarship to attend Wikimania 2020 - the largest annual gathering of Wikimedians worldwide - or an Amazon voucher for the same value. Other international prizes are Amazon vouchers (the value depends on the participant's place), and there are also prizes per country.

1 Voucher options include Nikon, CameraLK, or select alternative options.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a limit on the number of photos I can submit?
No, you can submit as many as you like. Some people are uploading photos of hundreds of sites. However, we recommend you upload your best and quality photographs to increase your chances of winning.
  • Can I use Photoshop or a similar program to post-process my photos before submitting them?
Yes. The photos can be edited or processed by using any software. But please avoid the temptation to over-process: this is a photographic contest, not a computer art one.
  • What are the guidelines on image size?
Please submit images that are as large as possible and do not “downsize for the web”. We value high-resolution images for many purposes including print. While images below 2 megapixels may be accepted for the national contest, they will not be considered for a prize as they lack usability at larger sizes, especially in print. Please note we won't contact you and ask you to submit larger resolution photos.
  • Can I edit Wikipedia myself to add my photo to an article that doesn’t have images?
Yes, we’d be delighted! As your competition entry is already on Wikimedia Commons, it can easily be re-used on Wikipedia just by embedding the photo on the page.
  • I am not the world’s best photographer. Do you still want my images?
Yes, please! Even if you don't win in the international contest, your contribution can still give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped document your local environment and natural heritage, and that you have made your images freely available for future generations. Besides, some local organizers might offer special nominations and/or prizes for the highest number of photos uploaded.
  • Areas are too large, how to focus what to photograph?
The most useful pictures are those of wide views and representative biotopes. You can also submit photos of representative or rare species (animals, plants etc.) taken in protected areas, but these photos should be properly identified. If you submit such photos, you are expected to describe them so that we know that a photo was taken in a nature reserve (and not on somebody's own balcony).
  • Can we accept photos without coordinates in local contests?
Yes, photos without coordinates can be accepted in local contests, but should such photo be nominated for the international part, the author or the organizing team will have to add coordinates, or such photos might be disqualified. Sometimes it is easy to do (if it is a very famous and recognizable place), though that's not always the case. Yet, without the coordinates, the international team cannot in a timely manner to check all the pictures and verify if the picture follows the requirements of the contest.
  • My camera does not include the coordinates automatically
Though we (as Wikipedians) would like to have the exact location included in the picture, we understand that it is not always doable: one might easily scan the only printed photo they have left from some trip, for example, or have an older device. In this case, you should add the coordinates of the part or protected area (that would be usually the center of it).
  • What should I do if I have concerns that having coordinates can be bad for endangered species?
If there is a reason to protect endangered species by exclusion of the coordinates, local organizers should send the sensitive info and reasoning to the international team via
  • What shall we do if some areas have an entrance fee?
Photos from the area which have an entrance fee are treated equally with all other photos. We are not going to force someone to pay for a chance of taking photos. On the contrary, people who are going to pay for entrance will do this anyway, and we encourage them to take pictures there.


You can participate in the Wiki Loves Earth contest by taking pictures of recognized natural areas according to the lists and uploading them to Wikimedia Commons during the month of June 2018. For the picture to be eligible, you can take it anytime, as long as you have taken it yourself and you upload it to Commons in June by using the appropriate form.

Rules to be eligible to the contest:

  • You must be the original photographer, and upload the photo yourself.
  • The site on the picture must be in the list of recognized natural areas of Sri Lanka.
  • You must accept to put your picture under the license CC-BY-SA 4.0 (details).
  • The uploaded files must clearly state what it depicts. See Commons:Depicts.

Below are pages that list most of the protected natural sites of Sri Lanka:

To be eligible for the contest, the photos uploaded should present the flora, fauna, or landscapes, of the identified locations.

How to participate

Decide what you want to photograph
To take a photograph of a natural area and be eligible for the Wiki Loves Earth contest, you must first confirm that the area on the photograph is a recognized natural area of Sri Lanka. Different types of natural areas are eligible such as national parks, protected area, etc. If you already have photographs of a recognized natural area, it is not important when you took them, it is only important that you upload them between June 1st and June 30th, 2018.
Take the photograph
Here are some advice to augment your chances to win the contest:
  • Adjust your camera to the highest resolution. Take several photographs of the natural site. Later choose the best pictures or upload them all if they are all good.
  • Remember what natural areas that you photographed because you will be required to identify them at the moment of uploading the pictures.
  • Make sure that the photographs are pertinent to represent the natural areas. For example, a photograph of cars in the parking of a national park doest not represent the natural park, but photographs of landscapes, wildlife, lakes, mountains, etc are all pertinent.
  • Make sure to respect the rules of the park where you are.
Upload your pictures
  • First, you need to have a Wikimedia account. The same account is good for all Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. It is totally free.
  • Second, use the Upload Wizard on Wikimedia Commons while you are logged in to upload your pictures.
  • Make sure to clearly describe what the photograph portrays, in English and any other languages.
  • Also, it is good to note that better categorisation increases the visibility of the same. You may also wish to state what the photograph depicts, though this is not required.
  • Geo-coded images are always welcomed.


WLE Global Participation

Wiki Loves Earth 2019

Winners of Yesteryear

Global Winners

Finalists by country





Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks





















South Korea







See also

Winners of Wiki Loves Earth 2017