Kylemore Abbey features in the top 10 of this year’s Irish round of the world’s biggest photography competition dedicated to natural heritage., Wiki Loves Earth. The breathtaking image entitled Kylemore Abbey Reflections by Diego Lopez has now been entered into the international competition!
Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) is an annual international photographic competition held throughout May and June, organized worldwide by Wikimedia chapters, groups, and local Wikipedia volunteers. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes in their countries and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. For all participating countries there are separate competitions organized by local teams, so periods, rules, prizes, etc. might differ a bit.
2020 is the first year that Ireland has taken part in Wiki Loves Earth, with the photography competition taking place during July.
Initiated by Wikimedia, the movement behind free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and run by the Wikimedia Community Ireland, the competition aims to raise awareness of Ireland’s protected sites and habitats and create a crowd-sourced bank of quality photos that will be free to use for education.
Amateur and professional photographers were invited to photograph national parks, nature reserves, and Special Areas of Conservation in their locality and upload their photos to Wikimedia Commons. Entries were judged by science communicator Dr. Niamh Shaw, academic at NUIG Dr. Caitriona Carlin, and Axel Pettersson of Wikimedia Sverige.
Dr. Shaw commented: “It was initially overwhelming to select the top 10 images. There were so many great images captured in Ireland.“It’s been so long since I’ve been in the real outdoors because of the lockdown, and reviewing all these stunning images, I had forgotten how beautiful our country is, even if the weather is a bit rubbish. So that was nice. Terrific standard of entries this year and congratulations to all involved.”
Check out the top 10 Ireland entries here: