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Pakistani photo tops the Wiki Loves Earth contest 2015

A picture of scenic lake in Skardu has been termed best international picture of 2015 in the Wiki Loves Earth contest, organised by the Wikimedia Foundation.

The picture of Lower Kachura Lake, a popular tourist destination in Central Karakoram National Park, Skardu, Pakistan was sent by Zaeem Siddiq.

In the competition, over 100,000 pictures were submitted by nearly 9,000 participants.

The prize for the winner includes a trip to attend the Wikimania 2016 conference in Esino Lario, Italy, with paid travel and accommodation expenses.

Wiki Loves Earth, a competition where participants take photographs of protected natural areas and upload their photos to Wikimedia Commons, was held internationally for the second time in 2015 with 26 countries.

The international jury was composed of 9 photographers from different countries, all experienced in nature photography: 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).

After careful evaluation jury members have selected the following images, in addition to the winning image above.

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 See and surrounding area, Carinthia, Austria. Photo by GeKo15.

Eight place: cormorants at dusk on the pond of Vaccarès, France. Photo by Ddeveze

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.

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