30 fascinating pictures from the winners of Wiki Loves Earth contest
To take part in this contest, photographers from 37 countries of the world took mesmerizing pictures of their local natural heritage. Let's see these amazing photographs of unique nature's moments.
The project started in 2013 in Ukraine and became international in 2014. By 2015, the contest has seen participants from 26 countries. The last competition held in 2019 united talented photographers from as many as 37 countries.
Participants put their beautiful works under a free license, which means they can be legally re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.
The pictures you are going to see today were winners in different years. Enjoy!
#1 Dawn on Ai-Petri Mountain, Crimea, Ukraine by Katya Krasnickaja - 1st place, 2013
#2 Upper Cretaceous rock exposure, Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine by Balkhovitin - 3rd place, 2013
#3 Khapkhalskyi hydrological nature reserve (zakaznik), Crimea, Ukraine by Balkhovitin - 7th place, 2013
#4 Töpe Oba Massif botanical nature reserve (zakaznik), Crimea, Ukraine by Slava Leontiev - 8th place, 2013
#5 Bily slon, the building on the peak of Pop Ivan, Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine by Mykhailo Petskovych - 11th place, 2013
#6 View of Carpathian National Park from Hoverla, Ukraine by Balkhovitin - 1st place, 2014
#7 Rocks formations and the Dedo de Deus (God's Finger) peak in the background, at the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil by Carlos Perez Couto - 2nd place, 2014
#8 Peak Krcin, part of the Mavrovo National Park, the Republic of Macedonia by MartinDimitrievski - 5th place, 2014
#9 Carpathian National Park, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Ukraine by Хіраш Володимир - 11th place, 2014
#10 A night view of several villages of Tizi Ouzou, a city in north central Algeria by Chettouh Nabil - 15th place, 2014
#11 View of Shangrila Lake in Central Karakoram National Park, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan by Zaeem Siddiq - 1st place, 2015
#12 View of the Laurisilva (Laurel Forest), island of Madeira, Portugal by Jorge Nelson Alves - 2nd place, 2015
#13 The Alpine ibex in Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Carinthia Austria, by Bernd Thaller - 3rd place, 2013
#14 A Spider (Misumena vatia) killed a bee in Bratental Nature Reserve, Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany by Suhaknoke - 4th place, 2015
#15 European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) in Ichkeul National Park, Bizerte Governorate, Tunisia by Mohamed El Golli - 5th place, 2015
#16 Stopića Cave, Sirogojno, Zlatibor District, Serbia, by Čedomir Žarković - 1st place, 2016
#17 Ahja River Valley Landscape in Põlva County, Estonia by Külli Kolina - 4th place, 2016
#18 Barranco de los Encantados, Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve, Canary Islands, Spain (Biosphere Reserves nomination), by Tamara Kulikova - 6th place, 2016
#19 Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand by Kosin Sukhum - 13th place, 2016
#20 Ogoy Island in Russia’s Lake Baikal by Sergey Pesterev - 1st place, 2017
#21 A jaguar in the Pantanal Conservation Area of Brazil by Leonardo Ramos - 2nd place, 2017
#22 A pair of Eurasian spoonbills in the Danube Biosphere Reserve, Ukraine by Ryzhkov Sergey - 3rd place, 2017
#23 Columnar basalt after sunset at Cape Stolbchaty, Kunashir Island, Kurils Nature Reserve, Russia by Ekaterina Vasyagina - 1st place, 2018
#24 Bell Island of Franz Josef Land and Eira Lodge of Benjamin Leigh Smith expedition, Russian Arctic National Park by Timinilya - 2nd place, 2018
#25 Satchari National Park, Bangladesh by Abdul Momin - 3rd place, 2018
#26 Hoggar National Park, Assekrem, Tamanrasset, Algeria by Mohammed Amri - 4th place, 2018
#27 Autumn at its boom in the valley of Hunza, Gojal Conservancy, Pakistan by Nasr Rahman - 5th place, 2018
#28 Banded demoiselle at NSG Gülper See lake. Brandenburg, Germany by Sven Damerow - 1st place, 2019
#29 Hoggar mountains in Sahara Tamanrasset. National Reserve, Algeria by Aboubakrhadnine - 2nd place, 2019
#30 A kayak at the National Park Torres del Paine. Patagonia, Chile by Pablo A. Cumillaf - 8th place, 2019
Wiki Loves Earth is held every year throughout May and June.
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