As we celebrate World Environment Day, there is no better time to reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us and the importance of preserving it. This year, Wikimedia Community Ireland is excited to promote the Wiki Loves Earth photo competition—a unique opportunity for photographers of all levels to showcase Ireland’s breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems.

World Environment Day 2024 focuses on land restoration, halting desertification and building drought resilience under the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration.”  We cannot turn back time, but we can grow forests, revive water sources, and bring back soils. We are the generation that can make peace with land.

A portrait of a deer with its eyes covered by a green sythetic net in the wild.

A winning photo from the Wiki Loves Earth International Photography Competition 2023. This powerful photograph was taken at Phoenix Park in Dublin Ireland by MetAddyOliver and won a special prize in the “Human Rights and Environment” category.

What is Wiki Loves Earth?

Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photo competition that aims to highlight and document the world’s natural heritage. Organized by Wikimedia chapters and groups, it encourages participants to capture and share images of protected natural areas, thus contributing to the documentation and preservation of our planet’s beauty on Wikimedia Commons, a repository of freely usable media files.

Why Participate?

Ireland is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, from the rugged cliffs of Moher to the serene lakes of Killarney, the mystical Giant’s Causeway to the lush landscapes of Connemara. By participating in Wiki Loves Earth, you can help ensure that these precious landscapes are well-documented and accessible to people around the world. Your photographs can inspire others to appreciate, respect, and protect our environment.

How to Get Involved:
  1. Capture Ireland’s Natural Beauty: Grab your camera and explore Ireland’s national parks, nature reserves, and other protected areas. Whether you’re an experienced photographer or a passionate amateur, your unique perspective is valuable.
  2. Upload Your Photos: Visit the Wiki Loves Earth Ireland page to find detailed instructions on how to upload your photos to Wikimedia Commons. Ensure your images are well-captioned and categorized to help others discover them.
  3. Spread the Word: Share your participation in the competition on social media using the hashtag #WikiLovesEarth and #WLEIreland. Encourage your friends, family, and fellow photographers to join in and contribute their own photos.
  4. Win Prizes: By entering the competition, you not only contribute to a global effort to document natural heritage but also stand a chance to win exciting prizes. The best photos from Ireland will compete for recognition at the international level.
Tips for Capturing Winning Photos:
  • Plan Your Shoot: Research the best times to visit your chosen location. Early mornings and late afternoons often provide the best lighting conditions.
  • Focus on Diversity: Ireland’s natural heritage is diverse. Capture landscapes, flora, fauna, and unique geological features.
  • Respect Nature: While photographing, always adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace. Avoid disturbing wildlife and their habitats.

This World Environment Day, let’s celebrate the natural splendour of Ireland by participating in the Wiki Loves Earth photo competition. Your photographs can play a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and can help others discover the magic of Ireland’s natural heritage. Join us in this global initiative and contribute to a lasting legacy that honours the beauty of our planet.

For more information and to start uploading your photos, visit Wiki Loves Earth Ireland. Let’s capture the essence of Ireland’s natural landscapes and share it with the world!

Happy World Environment Day!

Have you listened to our Podcast?

World Environment Day is the perfect time to take listen to our latest podcast, where we spoke to climate activist Catherine Cleary of Pocket Forests. Learn more about why the soil is the environment’s digestive system, why planting native forests is important for sustainability and how you can create a garden that supports biodiversity, no matter how small your garden, balcony or even your windowsill!

Listen to “Roots and Rights” with Catherine Cleary from Pocket Forests. 

For more resources on World Enviornment Day and how to get involved visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

A winner from Wiki Loves Earth 2023, Slieve League by Z thomas, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons