My favorite nature and wildlife photos of 2015 on Wikipedia

It’s been a while that I presented a selection of my favorite new Wikipedia images here. However, over the past 12 months, volunteers around the world have been out in the field shooting nature and wildlife. By uploading them under a free license, these volunteers made their work available to a broad public.

The results are breathtaking. Not only am I amazed by the quality of the shots, but also by the selflessness of these photographers who shared their photos with millions of Wikipedia readers. Wherever you are on this planet – I wish you a happy New Year 2016 and all the best for your photography and Wikipedia endeavors!

Macaca fuscata in Jigokudani Monkey Park - Nagano, Japan

Macaca fuscata in Jigokudani Monkey Park – Nagano, Japan, by Daisuke tashiro, CC BY 2.0

A look down a steep gorge with European beech (Fagus sylvatica) leading down to the ocean at Møns Klint, Denmark.

A look down a steep gorge with European beech (Fagus sylvatica) leading down to the ocean at Møns Klint, Denmark, by Slaunger, CC BY-SA 4.0

Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea), east of the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

Blue Petrel (Halobaena caerulea), east of the Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia, by JJ Harrison, CC BY-SA 3.0

Morning in Tolkuse bog, Luitemaa Nature Conservation Area, Pärnu County, Estonia.

Morning in Tolkuse bog, Luitemaa Nature Conservation Area, Pärnu County, Estonia, by Märt Kose, CC BY-SA 3.0 EE

Spodoptera eridania - Southern armyworm.

Spodoptera eridania – Southern armyworm, by Sam Droege, CC BY 2.0

Mountain hiking Vens at Bettex in Valle d'Aosta (Italy). Trees along mountain path in dense fog.

Mountain hiking Vens at Bettex in Valle d’Aosta (Italy). Trees along mountain path in dense fog, by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma, CC BY-SA 4.0

Black-winged stilt courtship behaviour (Himantopus himantopus). Kinburn Peninsula, Ukraine

Black-winged stilt courtship behaviour (Himantopus himantopus). Kinburn Peninsula, Ukraine, by Ryzhkov Sergey, CC BY-SA 4.0

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