Pakistan Wins Top Prize in ‘Wikipedia Loves Earth’ Competition

Wikipedia Loves Earth has been going on since 2013 but this year, it was the first time that Pakistan was included as one of the participant countries. Pakistan is only the third country from South Asia to be a part of this competition. The winners for this annual photography competition, which was held in May, have been finally announced.


26 countries were a part of the competition this time around. The competition aims to photograph as many natural monuments as possible under the free license and also contribute to their preservations by raising public awareness.

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 saw over 100,000 pictures submitted by about 9,000 participants. The competition was organized by numerous national Wikipedia media representatives which held national contests. The national juries from 26 countries submitted top 10 photographs from their country to the international jury. A total of 259 photographs were submitted to the international jury.

Shangrila Lake by Zaeem Siddiq

Shangrila Lake by Zaeem Siddiq was the first placed entry out of 100,000 pictures

The jury consisted of 9 experienced photographers, from different countries, who specialized in nature photography. They selected and ranked the photographs in several stages by utilizing a web tool. The web tool was developed by non-voting jury moderators.

During the first stage, each jury member independently rated all photos with 1 star to 10 stars. 29 images were rated over 5.8 stars and selected for the final round. The jury rated and commented on the 29 images in the final round. The comments were visible to all members while the ranks were hidden. The images were ranked based on points out of 20. All the points were summed up to combine the jury ranking while the initial stages results were used as tiebreakers.


List of Winners:

At the end, it was a Pakistan which took the crown to this year’s Earth photography. Zaeem Siddiq photographed the Shangrila Lake at the Central Karakoram National Park in Gilgit-Baltistan. The jury applauded the scenery for its beautiful composition and nice reflection in the water. The lake is also known as Lower Kachura Lake. Shangrila was named after a book titled “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. The park was founded in 1992 to protect the world’s largest glaciers outside the Polar Regions and is characterized by extreme altitudes of up to 8,000 meters. The complete list of winners is given below:

  1. Shangrila Lake by Zaeem Siddiq
  2. Laurisilva of Madeira by Jorge Nelson Alves
  3. Nationalpark Hohe Tauern by Bernd Thaller
  4. Bratental Nature Reserve by Harald Knoke
  5. Ichkeul National Park by Mohamed El Golli
  6. Carpathian Mountains by Vitaliy Bashkatov
  7. Wolayer See by GeKo15
  8. Etang de Vaccares by Didier Deveze
  9. Anhumas abyss by Caio Vilela
  10. High Tatras by Łukasz Śmigasiewicz

For a more detailed report which consists of all the top 29 images, head to the source link below.

via Wikipedia

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    • “The prize for the winner includes a trip to attend the Wikimania 2016 conference in Esino Lario, Italy, with paid travel and accommodation expenses”

  • i once happened to talk to wikipedia’s founder (on Quora), and asked him to remove the painting of the Prophet S.A.W from wikipedia, and he on a public website, said that he doesn’t give a sh*t if Muslims get hurt by it. And here we are, celebrating for winning an award from this website. great!

    • Grow up, people of different believes will do whatever they like. I would never go and see those pictures but will keep using Wiki as it’s a great resource.

    • bat buhat lambi ho ja gai bas inta kabho ga hum is world ma consumer ha hum tu aisi qoam ha jis ko yeh malom nahi ha ho ja kah raha ha wo halal ha yeh ap sa ikhtlaf nahi kero ga par hum karay tu khya karay

    • Won some Wikipedia award, we don’t care.
      Defeating all other countries by winning the competition and getting to the Top position, Well this is what we are celebrating and are proud of. :)

    • Grow up Mr it’s his believes If we don’t agree with em it do not mean that we should stop using Wikipedia it’s a superb site.

    • The thing with you guyz he you have no respect for the Prophet S.A.W. When muslims first started to rule, they DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING, you know how did they grow? by focusing on improving themselves and doing only what pleases Allah and Prophet S.A.W, they had no regard for other people’s opinion about them.

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