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Wiki Loves Earth 2015 Winners: Pakistani Photo by Zaeem Siddiq Wins 1st Place

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(Last Updated On: 17/10/2015)

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 has released the list of winners of the 2nd International Photography Competition. Good news for Pakistanis is that it is the picture of Lower Kachura Lake, taken by Zaeem Siddiq, which got the first place in 2015 competition. Lower Kachura Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Central Karakoram National Park, Skardu, Pakistan.

Lower Kachura lake

Lower Kachura lake, Skardu, Pakistan

It was the second photography competition that was held by Wiki Loves Earth in which photographers of 26 countries participated including Pakistan. The contest has been closed now and the results are out and Pakistani photo emerged as the winner.

In 2015, almost 8,500 photographers of 26 countries participated that sent over 100,000 photos till the month of May 2015. From Pakistan side, there were 1,500 contestants that submitted 11,000 photograph. This makes the Pakistan 4th largest in term of submission and 2nd largest in term of participants.

For the knowledge of readers, the idea of Wiki Loves Earth was kicked off in Ukraine in 2013 that got the practical shape in 2014 in which 15 countries participated. Now the participated countries has reached to the 26.

The jury that declared the 16 photos the most beautiful photos in 2015, was Dmytro Balkhovitin (Ukraine), Matthew Buck (Great Britain), Dietmar Bartz (Germany), Walaa Abdel Manaem (Egypt), Alex Wang (USA), Katerina Zareva-Simeonova (Bulgaria), Zeynel Cebeci (Turkey), Susanne Plank (Austria) and Yathin Krishnappa (India).

Here is Zaeem Siddiq 12032026_10153647209828245_2433049925075150468_n

Sharing his feelings over winning the contest, Zaeem Siddiq posted on his Facebook wall,

“It gives me an immense pleasure to announce that my photo won the best picture award in Wikipedia Wiki Loves Earth 2015. This picture secured 1st place among 100,000 photographs by contestants from 26 countries.”

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Here is the tweet by Wiki Loves Earth 2015.

What is for Winner of Wiki Loves Earth Contests 2015?

Winner will not go unrewarded. Winner will be presented an offer to attend the Wikimania 2016 conference in Esino Lario, Italy. All travel and accomadation expenses will be paid by the Wikimedia Fpundation.

Well beloved Pakistan has got the first place, however, remaining 15 in the list are as bellows:

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Second place: a view of the Laurisilva (laurel forest) of Madeira, Portugal. Photo by Jnvalves

A view of the Laurisilva (laurel forest) of Madeira, Portugal. Photo by Jnvalves

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The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), or Steinbock, in National Park “Hohe Tauern“, Carinthia, Austria – Photo by Bernd Thaller

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A spider (Misumena vatia) killed a bee, via Wikimedia Commons

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European bee-eater – Photo by Elgollimoh

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Червоні_карпатські_гори

Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine. By Vian, via Wikimedia Commons

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WolayerSee

Nature reserve Wolayer See and surrounding area, Carinthia, Austria. By GeKo15, via Wikimedia Commons

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Camargue_Étang_de_Vaccarès

Cormorants at dusk on the pond of Vaccarès, France. By Ddeveze, via Wikimedia Commons

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Limestone stalagmites inside the Anhumas abyss, Brasil. By Caio Vilela, via Wikimedia Commons

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High Tatras as seen from the Polish Spisz, Tatry Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland. By Łukasz Śmigasiewicz

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Flamant_rose_Salines_de_Thyna

Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus), Thyna, Tunisia. By Elgollimoh

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Khlong Lan Waterfall, Khlong Lan National Park, Kamphaeng Phet Province, Thailand. By Khunkay

Khlong Lan Waterfall, Khlong Lan National Park, Kamphaeng Phet Province, Thailand. By Khunkay

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Malakatyn river at Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, part of Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve, Sakha, Russia. By Boris Solovyev

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Roosa_hommikuudu_Tolkuse_rabas

Morning in Tolkuse bog, Luitemaa Nature Conservation Area, Pärnu County, Estonia. By Märt Kose

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SkiLines

Lines left after skiing on the snowy slopes of Baba Mountain below the peak Pelister, National park Pelister, Macedonia. By Ptahhotep

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Special nomination: Apis Mellifera drone—moment at birth, Ribeirão Preto, Brasil. This image received a high rating from the jurors, but as it was not taken in a protected area, it was not eligible for an award. Photo by Jonathan Wilkins

Want to know more about Pakistan…..?

Here are other 9 pictures from Pakistan that participated in the competition. Total 10 photos were from Pakistani side including winning pictures.

Autumn_color_in_Hunza_Valley

Autumn color in Hunza Valley| by Ghazi Ghulamraza

Baltoro_Glacier,_Pakistan

Baltoro Glacier| by Thsulemani

Dudipatsar_Lake

Dudipatsar Lake| by Hamzaniazii

Jabba_Zomalu_Lake,

Jabba Zomalu Lake| by K.Night.Visitant

Nanga_Parbat_Rupal_Base_camp,_Gilgit_Baltistan

Nanga Parbat Rupal Base camp, Gilgit Baltistan| by Muhammad Ashar

Nanga_Parbat_The_Killer_Mountain

Nanga Parbat The Killer Mountain| by Tahsin Anwar Alim

Rakaposhi_peak

The Rakaposhi Peak| by Rizwan Karim

Shgraan_Valley

Shgraan Valley| by DanialYaqub

Shounter_Vally_2

Shounter Vally| by Zahidgenio

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