Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2023 in Turkey

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June 1st to 30th 2023
Wiki Loves Earth 2023 in Turkey

Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photographic competition held during the months of May or June, organised worldwide by the Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage sites in their region and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The aim of event is to highlight the natural heritage sites of the participating countries with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of these sites and to put them under a free licence which can then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.

This year, by organisation of Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey's members, Turkey is participating in the competition for the fourth time.

Join us contribute free-licensed photographs of the Protected Areas in Turkey!


Find a natural heritage or monument site from the given list, take a photo and upload it to Wikimedia Commons:

Find an object!

Find natural heritage or monument
There are plenty of natural heritage or monument sites in your region!

Capture Images
For example: Here are the uploads from previous events.

Upload your photograph of natural heritage.

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Please visit the winning photographs from this year's competition at the end of July, 2023.


The top 15 photos qualify for the international final. The Turkish jury also awards national prizes:

1. Place (landscapes): 5000 ₺ (TL) Gift Card
1. Place (macro/close-up): 5000 ₺ (TL) Gift Card
2. Place: 3000 ₺ (TL) Gift Cards
3. Place: 2000 ₺ (TL) Gift Cards

International competition 1. place prize:

Full scholarship to Wikimania 2023 or an Amazon voucher for the same value

Why participate?

Turkey is a large country, covered with nature. In every corner, there are spots in the nature well worth a visit. This competition is a great opportunity to bring your camera, go to the natural heritage sites listed, take some photos and show the planet from your point of view to the rest of the world!

Participating in the competition is a great way to experiment and learn which photos that gain recognition. You certainly don't need to be a professional photographer to take photos useful for Wikipedia. Here's a great chance to try it out! Entries to the local competition are eligible for selection to the international finale and did we mention there are prizes to win?

Competition rules

We try to keep the competition clean and simple to participate. There are only a few rules for photos to participate in the contest in Turkey. Let's quickly go through them.
BKV m 1 jms.svg All entries must be original photographs uploaded by their authors.
BKV m 2 jms.svg All photos must be uploaded within June 2023, to be eligible
BKV m 3 jms.svg All photos must be under a free license
BKV m 4 jms.svg Participants must have an active email account.
BKV h5 jms.svg Lists of eligible sites are published on Turkish and on English. Photos of representative species (animals, plants etc.) taken in an eligible site also qualify if they are properly identified.
BKV h6 jms.svg Captions and description are required
BKV h7 jms.svg Make sure that there are no visible watermarks
BKV h8 jms.svg All photos must have at least 2Mpx.

Next to that, there are a few practical rules and advice:
BKV m 1 jms.svg Sign in or Create a New Account on Wikimedia Commons
BKV m 2 jms.svg Name your photos well
BKV m 3 jms.svg Use the Find an object! button above or, if you already know the identifier of the depicted site you can Click here to upload the images
BKV m 4 jms.svg Do not forget to add categories to your picture – it will be helpful to everyone looking for it!
BKV h5 jms.svg Share your upload success on social media with our hashtags: #WLETurkey #WLE2023.
BKV h6 jms.svg And wait patiently for the results! All the best!

Contact the organizing team

* Wikimedia UG Turkey

  • Jury
    • Cem Bayoğlu
    • Hakan Tokuç
    • Nevit Dilmen
    • Banu Nazikcan
    • Engin Tavlı
    • Murat Özçelik


Please visit our Twitter page for updates and other news.

The Jury

In June, you may upload pictures (old or new) as you want from the given list that you have visited. At the end of the month, the national jury will evaluate the photographs and select the best 15 pictures of the natural monuments in Turkey to submit to represent in the international finale. If there are any doubts about the implementation of the rules, the jury decides.

Judging criteria

The jury will determine the winners of the international contest taking into the consideration the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality (sharpness, use of light, perspective etc.);
  • Originality;
  • Usefulness of the image for Wikipedia.

Local organizer

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