Bangladesh has taken part in the international Wiki Loves Earth (an annual international photographic competition around conservation areas of the participating countries) photography competition for the first time in 2017. The main motivation behind participating the competition is that most of the protected area in Bangladesh don’t have photographs under the free license and we wanted to create a database of freely licensed photographs of all the protected sites of Bangladesh in Wikimedia Commons; Wiki Loves Earth offered a unique opportunity in this regard.
During the competition, a total of 191 Bangladeshi participants uploaded more than 2000 freely licensed photographs of 40 (of the 51 government listed protected sites of Bangladesh) different protected sites in Wikimedia Commons. Out of the 2000+ photographs, the jury[note1] of the Wiki Loves Earth Bangladesh contest have selected the 10 winning photographs.
All the 10 winning photographs are stunning, extraordinary and, of course, released by their authors under the free license. The global winners will be announced later in this year and we have to wait to see whether any of these 10 winning photographs from Bangladesh makes it to the top list of the global winner's list. To view the winners of other participating countries please visit: Wiki Loves Earth 2017 winners. Here are the top 10 photographs that will represent Bangladesh as the finalists of the international contest, as decided by our jury: