As some of you might already know, I’m into wildlife photography. For me, spending some time outdoors and taking photos of animals is the best way of recovering from the stress of my job. Now, one thing I’ve learned about wildlife photography is that this specific type of photography is extremely challenging. In order to create a stunning image of a wild animal, you not only need to be a seasoned photographer, you also need to know some facts about that specific animal’s behavior. And finally, the weather and lighting conditions have to be favorable. In the end, it’s a certain amount of luck that separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to getting the perfect shot.
Over the course of 2013, people around the world have been uploading wildlife photos to Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia’s image repository. Their volunteer efforts help Wikipedia’s many authors in the field of biology to illustrate their articles. Here’s a selection of my favorite wildlife photos that have been promoted to “featured picture” status on Wikimedia Commons this past year: