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 around the world on Wikimedia Commons, the media site for Wikipedia.

We are very happy to announce the 10 winning images which will be featured in a blog post on the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere website, 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.

2017 Winning images

All winning images are available under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

2016 Winning images

All winning images are available under the CC-BY-SA 4.0 license.

The judges for Wiki Loves Earth Biosphere Reserves 2016 were:

Toomas Kokovkin has collaborated more than 25 years with the UNESCO MAB (Man and Biosphere) programme, and has three decades of photography experience. He has published several books and participated in a number of international exhibitions and photography projects. Currently works as the director of the Hiiumaa Museum (Estonia).

Melody Esiawonam Boateng joined UNESCO in 2009 through the Young Professionals Programme. Prior to joining UNESCO, she worked in the Climate Change Unit of the Forestry Commission of Ghana. In UNESCO she has been with the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, directly under the Man and the Biosphere Programme.  Melody worked mostly with biosphere reserves in Africa and Asia on issue related to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Ignacio Rodríguez-Galindo is an Expert Associate in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences at UNESCO. He is former Deputy Director of the Regional Network of Protected Areas of Catalonia (Spain) and former Director of several Natural Parks in Catalonia.

Reusing photographs

1000s of images were entered into the competition, below are a small selection of images from around the world, a full list of entries can be found here. Please click on the image to see the full resolution version on Wikimedia Commons. All photographs available on Wikimedia Commons including those created as part of this competition are available to use free of charge, for more information on reusing the images please click here.

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Banner: Grand Cormorans, Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve, Morocco. Photo by Ayman Abdelilah licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0