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By Iryna Yehiazarova
This article was originally published on April 26, 2022 in Diff; it is republished here with minor modifications for style. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.E

Since 2014, dozens of countries around the world have organized annual photo contests devoted to their natural heritage within the international Wiki Loves Earth contest. In 2013, we held WLE in Ukraine for the first time, and in 2014 it went international. Overall, WLE collected 767k free photos of protected areas, with around 180k being used in the WikiProjects.

In 2021, we introduced the Human rights and Environment special nomination supporting the initiative Wiki4HumanRights, which partners with the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Its goal is to raise awareness of nature protection and human impact on nature.

The 2021 contest united 34 countries and territories, with 9 of them joining Wiki4HumanRights and receiving submissions for the new nomination. Last week our jurors had a final round evaluating the pictures, and we are delighted to present the top-5 of the Human rights and Environment special nomination!

1st place: Mario Barroso

These pictures taken in the Emas National Park make a powerful triptych referring to the immense challenges Brazil is facing regarding the conservation of its natural ecosystems. The country has experienced unprecedented wildfires in the last decade. The Emas National Park is a part of the Pantanal Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. It covers 1,320 square kilometers of cerrado savannah. Wildfire is a natural factor shaping tropical savannahs and has been present in the cerrado for thousands of years.

Another picture from Brazil depicts a wildfire in Serra do Gandarela National Park. It is situated within the Espinhaço Range and holds the largest intact remnant of Atlantic Forest in Minas Gerais. This transition region between the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biomes contributes to species diversity.

3rd place: User:Olegandros

— tells the author of picture about the “Don’t burn our houses!” action to protect the forests of Polissia, in particular Polissia Nature Reserve.

4th place: User:Paneos77

The author caught a mysterious view of Thousand Trees location, Doiran Lake, Greece. One of the jurors, Monica Iyer, comments: “The image alone conveys a powerful representation of human interaction with nature and the threats posed by rising waters. The lake was in danger of drying out and now is flood-prone because of human manipulation of the water supply”.

The photo shows us a stunning view at sunset from the top of Serra de Montejunto, a protected landscape in Portugal's Montejunto-Estrela mountain range. We can see some wind farms on small neighboring hills and Serra da Arrábida in the distance. This mountain range, Serra da Arrábida, is a part of Arrábida Natural Park, which comes into contact with the ocean.

The 10th edition of the Wiki Loves Earth contest runs through the end of July, and we are happy to say that we will keep the Human rights and Environment special nomination this year!

We are grateful to our amazing jurors:

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Very nice pics! Thanks! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 ---Zemant (talk) 12:29, 31 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]


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