Spring is coming, as well as the *International* *Wiki Loves Earth 2020*!
We are happy to continue our preparations. Challenges, particularly those
related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, await us, but we are looking
forward to working with you on increasing free knowledge on natural
heritage in the nearest half a year.
Many thanks to the teams that are already in for your enthusiasm and
willingness to be a part of the WLE family this year. We are glad to work
with you again, and looking forward to our productive cooperation.
And for those who consider joining: we're reminding that the second biggest
Wikimedia photo contest — Wiki Loves Earth 2020 *—* will happen during *1
May **—** 30 June*, and will gather thousands of pictures of natural
heritage sites from all over the world. You can find all the detailed
information on how to organize the contest in your country at the link —
*== Funding for your contest ==*
If you need some funding for the contest promotion and prizes, we encourage
you to apply for a *rapid grant* (up to 2 000 USD) from the Wikimedia
Foundation. Here you can find more information about it:
1. General guidelines and eligibility criteria —
2. Specific advice for Wiki Loves Earth applications —
We have just expanded this guide with more instructions on WLE-specific
3. Application example —
It's important to apply as soon as possible, and the deadline is the *15th
day of each month*. If you need any help, please contact us, and we'll
support you in every step of the grant application process. (But please
take into account that Wiki Loves Earth organizing team does not run the
rapid grants process and does not decide on which applications get funded).
*== Important updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic ==*
Please note that in the light of the *spread of COVID-19* all offline
public events funded by Wikimedia Foundation grants must be cancelled or
postponed until further notice, and new events should not be planned. Thus,
you should not include any offline public events in your rapid grants
application if you submit one, and you should cancel all public events
funded by other WMF grants (e.g. simple APG). Events funded by your
sponsors/partners or the ones that do not require any funding can be held,
but please respect all relevant limitations imposed in your country.
We recommend you NOT to organize any in-person public events until the
world health situation gets better. Still, online activities should not be
affected by the pandemic, and you can encourage participants to dig through
their archives of photos not uploaded to Commons yet.
Some specific advice on how to handle the situation includes:
— award ceremonies should be either postponed (please note that they
are unlikely to be held before September), or prizes/gifts/certificates
should be sent by post or online instead
— events on increasing contributions (edit-a-thons, upload sessions,
public presentations etc.) should be held online. You may request funds for
online platforms or online promotion if needed and overall put more effort
into online outreach. As outlined above, offline events for general public
cannot be funded by WMF this year.
— group travel such as expeditions or photo walks cannot be funded and
should not be organised this year. Please advice participants to use their
existing photos and increase online outreach to photography communities
instead. Long-distance travel should be discouraged, please advice
participants to focus on documenting local natural sites in their area
(e.g. within cycling distance from their home) instead.
— you may also encourage and give incentives to other activities, which
are related to the contest indirectly and can be done from home; such as
improving Wikipedia, Wikivoyage or Wikidata content on natural sites,
getting permissions on images published online by others, or using pictures
from previous years to illustrate Wikimedia projects in different languages.
You can learn more about the coronavirus spread at
Last year we collected incredible *90k photos from 37 countries* that drew
attention to protected areas and expanded the database of free photos of
natural heritage sites.
We continue, and we need exactly you to make these numbers and impact even
bigger in 2020!
If you have any questions, please, don't hesitate to write to us at
Project Manager for International Wiki Loves Earth 2020
on behalf of the international organizing team