The Wiki Loves Earth contest, organised by the Wikimedia Foundation, has chosen Zaeem Siddiq’s photo from Lower Kachura Lake, a popular tourist destination in Central Karakoram National Park, Skardu, Pakistan as the best international picture for the year 2015.
The global 2015 edition has seen more than 8,500 contestants participating from 26 countries, with over 100,000 photo submissions throughout the month of May.
From Pakistan alone, over 1500 contestants chipped in from across the country to submit more than 11,000 photographs; making it the country with the fourth largest number of submissions and second largest in the number of participants.
The top 10 pictures as decided by the jury are given below:
First Place: 2015 winner comes from Lower Kachura Lake, a popular tourist destination in Central Karakoram National Park, Skardu, Pakistan. — Image by Zaeem Siddiq
Second Place: A view of the Laurisilva (Laurel Forest) of Madeira, Portugal. — Photo by Jnvalves
Third Place: The Alpine Ibex (Capra Ibex), or Steinbock, in an Austrian National Park in the Hohe Tauern mountain range. — Photo by Bernd Thaller
Fourth Place: A spider (Misumena Vatia) with a freshly killed bee in the Bratental Nature Reserve, near Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. — Photo by Suhaknoke
Fifth Place: A European bee-eater (Merops Apiaster) in Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia. — Photo by Elgollimoh
Sixth Place: Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine. — Photo by Vian and Retouched by Iifar
Seventh Place: Wolayer Sea and surrounding area, Carinthia, Austria. — Photo by Gerald Köstl
Eight Place: Cormorants at dusk on the pond of Vaccarès, France. — Photo by Deveze
Ninth Place: Limestone Stalagmites inside the Anhumas Abyss, Brasil. — Photo by Caio Vilela
Tenth Place: High Tatras as seen from the Polish Spisz, Tatry Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland. — Photo by Łukasz Śmigasiewicz