Dear Wikimedia colleagues,
After five wonderful editions of Wiki Loves Earth resulting in over 400,000 new photos on Commons (source: http://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/earth ), we are happy to invite you to the 5th edition of Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2018
As a reminder, Wiki Loves Earth is focused on natural heritage (protected natural areas of all possible types) in different countries. Like Wiki Loves Monuments, the contest is organised in a federative way – meaning that it depends only on YOU and your affiliate/group if the contest will take place in your country.
Last year we had 36 participating countries organising local contests. 20 are already on the list for this year's edition.
If you have already added you country to the table, please make sure that all information there is correct: dates of the contest, time zones, landing pages, links to the lists of natural sites etc.
== To join ==
In order to join please add your country on the contest page, you can learn more on how to organise a contest in your country (it’s not that difficult!) here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2018/Organise
== Dates of the contest ==
Of course, if you have everything ready (lists of objects are the most important!) you can start contest on May 1. But if you need to work a bit more on the preparations, you can run a local contest from May 15 to June 15, from June 1 to June 30, or on any other reasonable days within May-June (particularly if your country uses a different calendar). Contact us if you have things to discuss!
== Jury tool ==
Action plan for jury tool is the same as last year : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2017/Jury_tools
== Grants ==
If you need finances to be able to buy prizes and expenses, please try to apply for a rapid grant from the Foundation: WMF disburses grants for up to 2000 USD in this programme. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as the last (really last, there will be no other opportunity before July) day to apply for a rapid grant is May 11: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
For example, have a look at this rapid grant application for Latvia: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/UG_LV/Wiki_Loves_Earth… and Moldova: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Gik%C3%BC/Wiki_Loves_E…
== Blogposts&socia media ==
If you have an interesting story to share, please contact us at wle-team(a)wikimedia.org.ua or on social media.
== Contact us ==
We hope to see many new participants in Wiki Loves Earth this year and we are happy to help you if you have any questions.
Please tell us what kind of assistance you would like to get from the international team! Just email us at wle-team(a)wikimedia.org.ua to tell what you need to start in your country
Mykola Kozlenko (NickK)
Wiki Loves Earth international team
Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
community mailing lists and all previous recipients of a Wikimedia
Foundation Rapid Grant.
We have an announcement regarding the closure of the Rapid Grants 
program between May 14 - June 30, 2018. This year we've received a lot of
interest in the program and this quarter we've almost doubled the amount of
grants offered to the community compared to last year's quarter. You can
look at our spending analysis
reference. Unfortunately, this means we've expended our funds for this
fiscal year. The last date we will be receiving an application for a rapid
grant before the closure will be *Friday, May 11, 2018*.
We encourage *Wiki Loves Earth* participants to apply for a Rapid Grant by
May 11, 2018 to receive support for their project.
The grant program will be open again to receive grant requests starting *July
1, 2018*. At this point we will be implementing the following changes:
1. There will be a minimum of *$500 USD* for grant requests
2. Applications will only be accepted between the *1st - 15th of each month*.
This is to help with our current workflow and to allow us to be more
responsive to your requests.
If you have any questions, please email us at rapidgrants(a)wikimedia.org.
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
User: WJifar (WMF)
Wiki Loves Earth depends highly on the banner above Wikipedia/Commons/etc
in your area so the participants can learn about the photo contest and can
participate. I am this year (again) in charge for creating and maintaining
the Wiki Loves Earth banners for the various countries, but I can only do
that if YOU supply me with the necessary information.
If you are organising a local Wiki Loves Earth contest, please make sure
you supplied me with the minimal information at:
A CentralNotice banner can only be set up for your area, if you also
provided all translations and you made sure all the requirements are
completed as described on:
If you need help or if you have questions, I am currently at the Wikimedia
Conference and I can schedule a meeting with you to help you.
Please make sure you are fully ready at least 24 hours before your contest
starts, but better 3 days before.