The photograph by Ukrainian artist Serhiy Miroshnyk won the tenth international photo contest for natural landmarks, ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ 2023.

This information is available on the official contest website.

The image depicts a beetle — an insect of the species Cicindela soluta. The photo was taken in the Bila Dibrova reserve in one of the districts of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

‘Fantastic photo! It’s like a scene from a microcosm movie. I appreciate the sharpness on the insect’s body with blurred plants around it, as well as the balance between the blue sky and red mosses! The author’s technical skills and creativity deserve an award,’ emphasized one of the members of the international jury, Magdalena Sobolewska-Bereza.

It’s worth noting that Serhiy Miroshnyk has been an active participant in the competition for several consecutive years. Another of his photos also secured a place among the top 10 best photos in the national Ukrainian competition.

In the list of the top 20 photos of Wiki Loves Earth 2023, there is another work from Ukraine. The shot by photographer Mykhailo Petskovych was taken on Mount Shcherban, part of the Marmarosky Range within the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve. The photo shows the blooming of narcissus flowers amid the Ukrainian mountains.

‘A wonderful panoramic shot of the national park, illustrating both individual species and the overall vegetation and relief of the area,’ noted jury member Jan Ainali.

This year, representatives from 50 countries participated in the competition, setting a record. In total, 61,700 photos were submitted to the contest by over 3,300 participants. Ukrainians traditionally excelled, submitting over 4,500 images from 121 participants.

The jury for this year’s competition consisted of 13 experienced photographers, experts, and Wikimedia contributors from around the world who worked on selecting the top 20 international winners.

Wiki Loves Earth is an international photo contest of natural heritage objects to illustrate Wikipedia and other projects, as well as to draw the world’s attention to the state of the environment and the surrounding ecosystem.

Earlier, four design projects from Ukraine — Sivak+Partners, Yod Group, Balbek Bureau, and ISTO — made it to the shortlist of the prestigious Best of Year Awards 2023.

Thus, each of the projects will compete in various categories: ‘Counter Service,’ ‘Small Country House,’ ‘CGI & Visualization,’ and ‘Boutique Hotel.’ In total, the award will recognize innovative developments in 129 categories.

Source: The Gaze