Ukrainian Wikipedia has given awards to the top 11 photographers in the national segment of the international photo contest “Wiki Loves Earth” which celebrates natural monuments and protected areas.
The award ceremony took place October 7, 2017 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Kiev, and included an exhibition of winning photos.
The Ukrainian section of the worldwide competition received over 15,000 photos depicting over 1,860 natural heritage subjects by 356 participants during the month of May. About a thousand of these pictures are already used to illustrate Wikipedia articles in different languages.
All winners received memorial diplomas and other prizes: souvenirs with the competition logo or gift certificates for online stores.
The prizes went to the authors of the 11 photos that received the highest jury scores, as well as contest participants who photographed the most objects and received the most points in the overall score.
Several other awards were handed out by other organisations who linked up with the competition. For instance the staff of Holosiivskyi National Nature Park, which is located within the Kiev metropolitan area, selected the three best photos submitted to the competition made within the confines of the park.
In addition, the national contest also included several special award categories:
- “Unpleasant Discovery”, documenting destruction of natural habitats, initiated by environmental NGOs.
- ‘Shedding light’ on subjects whose photos were lacking on Wikipedia
- Best photos of wildlife, and
- Best photo from Kiev
Wikipedians from 36 countries took part in the “Wiki Loves Earth” photo competition worldwide. The top winning photos of natural heritage sites – such as nature reserves, landscape conservation areas, national parks and scenic/landscape areas are featured in a joint gallery on Wikimedia Commons.
Organizers and contributors have been using the hashtag #WikiLovesEarth to publish photos and promote a spirit of sharing. They managed to gather over 137,000 photos in total.