The world is currently in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As organizers of Wiki Loves Earth in Sweden, our top priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all volunteers in our project, including contestants in Wiki Loves Earth.
This page aims to outline a few rules, and some ideas, for a successful and safe Wiki Loves Earth 2020!
- 1: We cannot fund any offline events.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic all offline public events funded by Wikimedia Foundation grants must be canceled or postponed until further notice. This means that Wikimedia Sverige cannot fund any offline events such as photographic safaris, and recommend NOT to organize any in-person public events until the world health situation gets better.
- 2: Follow the guidelines from Folkhälsomyndigheten.
Folkhälsomyndigheten, the Swedish Public Health Agency, is responsible for guidelines and recommendations on what to do as individual in the Covid-19 pandemic. A summary of the recommendations can be found here. To summarize guidelines relevant for Wiki Loves Earth:
- Keep the distance from others.
- Try to avoid using public transport, and if needed, keep the distance in the public transport.
- We ask you to either use already existing photos, or to visit natural sites only in your absolute vicinity.
Ideas and advice
- 1: Explore your local nature!
- See also: the list of objects in the competition
While we are recommended not to travel long distances, and to distance ourselves socially from others, we are encouraged to enjoy nature. Wiki Loves Earth is a golden opportunity to bring your camera, and with that in hand, explore your local natural reserve, biosphere reserve or natural monument. You find the closest object in the challenge here!
- 2: Use our technology pool!
Wikimedia Sverige has a large pool of camera equipment, especially suitable for taking photos of nature. If you reach out to us well in time, we can send you this equipment, to use in the challenge. Maybe an opportunity for you to experiment with your photographic skills?
- 3: Go through your personal archives!
The photos have to be uploaded in May. They don't have to be taken in May. Maybe, if you are already at home and distancing yourself socially, this is the perfect time to go through your own personal archives? In search of all great photos you had forgot that you had taken?
- 4: Expand the Wikipedia articles!
Maybe you're not into taking photos? Or you are, but prefer staying at home in this context? You can help us with expanding information about natural sites. Many of them have insufficient information – please help us change that!