The photograph by Cedomir Zarkovic showing the limestone terraces of the Stopica Cave has been declared the world’s most beautiful photograph of a protected natural area at the 2016 international photo contest organized by Wikimedia’s Wiki Loves Earth. Serbia also placed 15th with the photograph of the Raca River Canyon by Vladimir Mijailovic.
The nine members of the international jury chose the most beautiful of the 270 winning photographs from 26 countries and and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves project.
More than 13,600 people sent their photographs of gorgeous landscapes to this year’s Wiki Loves Earth photo contest, which is now in its third year of crowdsourcing. The top 15 photos this year come from Serbia, Bulgaria, Nepal, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Thailand.
National judging in 26 regions sorted through 115,000 photos and sent the best to international judges from Ghana, Germany, South Africa, Kosovo, France, India, Estonia, Indonesia, and Bulgaria.
This year, the contest expanded to include a collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, better known by its acronym UNESCO. Contestants were invited to upload photos in a separate category for UNESCO biosphere reserves in 120 different countries.
The Wiki Loves Earth project was initiated by Wikimedia Ukraine in 2013, but it quickly spread to other countries of the world where there are branches of the Wikimedia Foundation. The project aims to make as many free license photographs of natural monuments as possible and to contribute to increasing the public awareness of the preservation of nature.
(eKapija, Wiki Loves Earth, 28.11.2016)
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