Pakistani photo tops the Wiki Loves Earth contest 2015
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.