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Wiki Loves Earth 2016 is an international photographic competition that took 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. Please have a look at country finalists and international winners chosen by local juries and then by the international jury.

Concept

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 2016

If you want to take part in the contest as a photographer, please, go to the page of your country in the list below.
If your country is not in the list and you would like to organise local contest, go down the page.

Country Commons landing page Contest period Page for questions Notes Lists of protected areas/objects Campaign Uploads
Man and the Biosphere Programme Logo.svg WLE Biosphere Reserves
(120 countries)
(UTC+4) contact us wikilovesearth.bio list of protected sites wle-unesco 2,695
Flag of Albania.svg WLE Albania (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.al list of protected sites wle-al 776
Flag of Algeria.svg WLE Algeria (UTC+1) contact us WLE 2016 in wikimedia-dz.org list of protected sites wle-dz 828
Flag of Australia.svg WLE Australia contact us List of Ramsar sites
Protected areas
wle-au 4,044
Flag of Austria.svg WLE Austria (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.at 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
2,092
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg WLE Azerbaijan (UTC+4) contact us list of protected sites wle-az 412
Flag of Brazil.svg WLE Brazil (UTC-3) contact us,
rodrigopadula@wikimedia.org.br
Wiki Loves Earth Brasil 2016 list of protected sites wle-br 8,453
Flag of Bulgaria.svg WLE Bulgaria (UTC+3) contact us,
wle2016@wikimedia.bg
list of protected sites wle-bg 2,155
Flag of Estonia.svg WLE Estonia contact us list of protected sites wle-ee 235
Flag of France.svg WLE France (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.fr list of protected sites wle-fr 2,430
Flag of Germany.svg WLE Germany (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.de List of protected areas and objects per federal state: wle-de-bb, -be, -bw, -by, -hb, -he, -hh, -mv, -ni, -nw, -rp, -sh, -sl, -sn, -st, -th 18,273
Flag of Greece.svg WLE Greece (UTC+3) contact us wle.wikimedia.gr list of protected sites wle-gr 3,308
Flag of India.svg WLE India (UTC+5:30) contact us,
wikilovesearth2016@gmail.com
wikilovesearth.co.in List of protected areas wle-in 31,326
Flag of Iraq.svg WLE Iraq (UTC+3) contact us, wle-iq 813
Flag of Kosovo.svg WLE Kosovo (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.al list of protected sites wle-xk 357
Flag of Moldova.svg WLE Moldova (UTC+3) contact us List of all protected areas
(also in Ukrainian language)
wle-md 601
Flag of Morocco.svg WLE Morocco (UTC+1) contact us list of protected sites wle-ma 3,040
Flag of Nepal.svg WLE Nepal (UTC+5:45) List of all protected areas wle-np 2,232
Flag of Pakistan.svg WLE Pakistan (UTC+5) pakistan@wikilovesearth.org List of all protected areas wle-pk 7,328
Flag of Russia.svg WLE Russia (UTC+3) wlx-russia@googlegroups.com Вики любит Землю 2016 list of protected sites wle-ru 5,952
Flag of Serbia.svg WLE Serbia (UTC+2) wle@vikimedija.org Вики Воли Земљу 2016 list of protected sites wle-rs 1,605
Flag of Spain.svg WLE Spain (UTC+2) contact us wikilovesearth.es or wikilov.es/earth list of protected sites wle-es 3,815
Flag of Switzerland.svg WLE Switzerland (UTC+2) contact us
info@wikimedia.ch
list of protected sites wle-ch 925
Flag of Thailand.svg WLE Thailand (UTC+7) contact us Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Thailand List of national parks in Thailand wle-th 407
Flag of Tunisia.svg WLE Tunisia (UTC+1) contact us list of protected sites wle-tn 679
Flag of Ukraine.svg WLE Ukraine (UTC+3) contact us,
wle@wikimedia.in.ua
wikilovesearth.org.ua list of protected sites (Списки) wle-ua 11,494
Flag of Venezuela.svg WLE Venezuela (UTC-4) contact us,
info@wikimedia.org.ve
list of protected sites wle-ve 838

Timeline

  • 1 – 31 May and 1 – 30 June: national competitions
  • 31 July: deadline for submissions, e.g. to the Winners page
  • 15 September: deadline for the international results

Rules

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

Help and FAQ

Organise local contest

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 2016 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.)
More about organising see on Commons:Wiki Loves Earth 2016/Organise

Where to ask questions?

The primary place for questions or suggestions is the WLE 2016 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:

Statistics

  • Watchlist – list of latest uploaded images and a table with number of uploaded images per country.
  • Wiki Loves Competitions Tools – a graphic and a table with number of uploaded images per country, number of used images, number of uploaders and number of uploaders registered after competition start.
  • Uploaders in Cat – a tool, which counts the number of uploaders in a Commons category (e.g. WLE 2015 in Bulgaria) and outputs a list with the number of uploaded images per uploader.
  • Unused files – a tool, which compiles a list of images in a category, which have not been used on any or a certain project.