Share your photos of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks on Wikipedia to inspire the world.


Wiki Loves Earth has partnered with UNESCO to create Wiki Loves Earth Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks, a photography competition to create free to use images of Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks around the world on Wikimedia Commons, the media site for Wikipedia.

10 winning images will be featured in a blog post on the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere and UNESCO Global Geoparks websites, shared by UNESCO social media accounts and go through to the international Wiki Loves Earth competition.

Wiki Loves Earth

Wiki Loves Earth is an annual international photo contest of protected natural sites, in 2015 over 100,000 images were entered from 26 participating countries. Wiki Loves Earth is also taking place for all protected areas in some countries, click here to find out more and take part.

Biosphere Reserves

Biosphere Reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems or a combination thereof, which are internationally recognized within the framework of UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biopshere (MAB). Each Biosphere Reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. Today there are 669 biosphere reserves in 120 countries belonging to a World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks are areas that feature sites and landscapes of outstanding geological significance and embrace a holistic concept of planet Earth through protection, education and sustainable development. UNESCO Global Geoparks actively promote community empowerment and sustainable tourism while exploring and celebrating the links between Earth and all aspects of our natural, cultural and intangible heritage. At present the network of UNESCO Global Geoparks includes 140 sites in 38 different countries worldwide.

Kosciuszko Biosphere Reserve ,  Australia .      Photo    by   Faj2323, freely licensed under      CC-BY-SA 4.0   .

Kosciuszko Biosphere ReserveAustralia. Photo by Faj2323, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Take part

Wikipedia is one of the most used educational resources in the world, receiving over 15 billion page views per month. Wikipedia lets us work together to educate people about the natural world and how we can live sustainably. You can take photos of any subject within the Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks including species, landscapes, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development and cultural diversity.

You can also help more people to take part by:

  • Sharing this Facebook message.

  • Retweeting this tweet.

  • Contact the Biosphere Reserves or UNESCO Global Geopark in your country to tell them about the competition.

  • Share the competition with photography clubs, universities and any other groups you think may be interested. The competition is an amazing opportunity for communities and visitors to Biosphere Reserves to create photographs of the sites and learn more about them.

There are many other ways for Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks to work with Wikimedia, for more information please click here. A press release for this competition is available on the UNESCO website here and on the Wikimedia Foundation website here.

How to enter

Click on a site on the map below:


  1. Click on point on the map to go to the UNESCO page for the site to find out more about the site and links to the website and a map where available.

  2. Click Enter Competition to be taken to Wikimedia Commons to upload your images for that site.

  3. Create a username on Wikimedia Commons or log in to your existing account, please do not use the name of an organisation as your username.

  4. Attach an email address to your Wikimedia Commons account in the preferences section.

  5. The upload wizard allows 50 images to be entered at a time. If you wish to enter more images please click the link on the map again. There is no limit to the number of images that can be entered.

Note: many sites cover large areas so points on the map do not represent the whole site, more information is available by following the site link.


All images must be:

  • Self taken; All entries must be original photographs uploaded by their authors. Photos uploaded by anyone else than author (even with permission) are not accepted.

  • Uploaded during the contest period (June 1st - June 30th 2018); You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past. What matters is that photos must be uploaded during the contest period

  • Be under a free license;

  • Contain an identified Biosphere Reserve or UNESCO Global Geopark: a lists of eligible sites can be found on the map below and on the Man and the Biosphere and UNESCO Global Geoparks websites.

  • Images can be any resolution, however the images must be at least 2 Megapixels (1600x1200) to be entered into the international competition.

  • Uploaded using the map below; images uploaded using the standard Wikimedia Commons upload wizard will not be entered into the competition.

  • Participation in the competition is free of charge and there is no limit to the number of images that can be entered.

  • The 10 winning images will be entered into the international competition, the rules for the international competition are available here.

  • Images can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons at any time but will not be entered into the competition outside of June 2018.

 Fray Jorge Biosphere Reserve , Chile.      Photo    by   Thasebas, freely licensed under      CC-BY-SA 4.0

 Fray Jorge Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Photo by Thasebas, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

Other activities

In addition to Wiki Loves Earth Biosphere Reserves and UNESCO Global Geoparks, UNESCO have made all official descriptions of the Biosphere Reserves available under a Creative Commons license and are working with the Wikimedia community to convert them into Wikipedia articles for all Biosphere Reserves. Find out more here.

If you are involved with a Biosphere Reserve and would like more information on other activities please click here.

Reusing photographs

All photographs available on Wikimedia Commons including those created as part of this competition are available free of charge, for more information on reusing the images please click here.

For questions and further details please email

Banner: Tassili n'Ajjer Biosphere Reserve, Algeria. Photo by Hamdanmourad, freely licensed under CC-by-SA 3.0.