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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.


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
  WLE Biosphere Reserves
(120 countries)
(UTC+4) contact us list of protected sites wle-unesco 2,699
  WLE Albania (UTC+2) contact us list of protected sites wle-al 776
  WLE Algeria (UTC+1) contact us WLE 2016 in list of protected sites wle-dz 829
  WLE Australia contact us List of Ramsar sites
Protected areas
wle-au 4,058
  WLE Austria (UTC+2) contact us 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
  WLE Azerbaijan (UTC+4) contact us list of protected sites wle-az 411
  WLE Brazil (UTC-3) contact us,
Wiki Loves Earth Brasil 2016 list of protected sites wle-br 8,442
  WLE Bulgaria (UTC+3) contact us,
list of protected sites wle-bg 2,156
  WLE Estonia contact us list of protected sites wle-ee 236
  WLE France (UTC+2) contact us list of protected sites wle-fr 2,420
  WLE Germany (UTC+2) contact us 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 18,242
  WLE Greece (UTC+3) contact us list of protected sites wle-gr 3,312
  WLE India (UTC+5:30) contact us,
wikilovesearth2016 List of protected areas wle-in 31,064
  WLE Iraq (UTC+3) contact us, wle-iq 781
  WLE Kosovo (UTC+2) contact us list of protected sites wle-xk 357
  WLE Moldova (UTC+3) contact us List of all protected areas
(also in Ukrainian language)
wle-md 602
  WLE Morocco (UTC+1) contact us list of protected sites wle-ma 3,055
  WLE Nepal (UTC+5:45) List of all protected areas wle-np 2,216
  WLE Pakistan (UTC+5) List of all protected areas wle-pk 7,107
  WLE Russia (UTC+3) Вики любит Землю 2016 list of protected sites wle-ru 5,849
  WLE Serbia (UTC+2) Вики Воли Земљу 2016 list of protected sites wle-rs 1,608
  WLE Spain (UTC+2) contact us or list of protected sites wle-es 3,823
  WLE Switzerland (UTC+2) contact us
list of protected sites wle-ch 925
  WLE Thailand (UTC+7) contact us Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Thailand List of national parks in Thailand wle-th 409
  WLE Tunisia (UTC+1) contact us list of protected sites wle-tn 673
  WLE Ukraine (UTC+3) contact us, list of protected sites (Списки) wle-ua 11,485
  WLE Venezuela (UTC-4) contact us,
list of protected sites wle-ve 827


  • 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


  • 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:


  • 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.