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Wiki Loves Earth 2016

Deadline: 30-Jun-2016

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Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) is an annual international photographic competition held during the month of June, organized worldwide by the Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Wikimedia India? is conducting this competition in India. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscape in their countries, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The aim of event is to highlight the conservation areas of the participating countries with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of these sights, and to put them under a free licence which can then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.


Any person who do photography are eligible to apply.


  • two megapixel minimum image
  • must be self-taken
  • must be of a protected area (or its flora or fauna) in India
  • must be appropriately described and categorized
  • must be uploaded during 1st June -30th June 2016
  • there is no age criterion

Not eligible

  • Pictures with Watermark or image credits on the picture itself or any other kind of editing which associates the image with the uploader
  • Non-photographic works such as drawings or entirely computer-generated works
  • Photographs that are already on Commons (i.e., re-uploading is not allowed)
  • As the images will be hosted on Wikimedia Commons, all entries must fall within Commons scope. Any that do not will be disqualified and may be deleted without notice.

How to apply?

Application can be done online only.

More Information


To take part in Wiki Loves Earth contest, a submission should:

  • Be self taken

    All entries must be original photographs uploaded by their authors. Photos uploaded by anyone else other-- 07:02, 7 June 2016 (UTC) than author (even with permission) are not accepted.

  • Be self uploaded during the contest period (May/June 2016);

    You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past. What matters is that photos must be uploaded during the contest period (in May/June 2016, exact dates listed on the contest page)

  • Be under a free license;
  • Contain an identified natural monument / natural park / protected area etc.;

    Lists of eligible sites are published by each participating country. Photos of representative species (animals, plants etc.) taken in an eligible site also qualify if they are properly identified.

  • Be nominated through a national contest;
  • Have at least 2Mpx.

    Photos under 2Mpx can be accepted in local contests, but should such photo be nominated for the international part the author will have to upload higher resolution or the photo will be disqualified.

  • A participant should have an activated e-mail address via Preferences of his/her account.

Protected Areas in India

All protected or listed areas along with its natural Flora or Fauna in India are within the scope of this competition.


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