Last month, the international winners of Wiki Loves Earth were announced, and Čedomir Žarković from Serbia took first place with his photo of the Stopića limestone cave.
The announcement made Žarković into a viral TV and social media star for a short time, and we hope that the resulting media coverage of him and his photo will encourage future participation in similar free knowledge sharing events.
People in Serbia have seen this success as a matter of national pride. Over 46,000 people viewed our blog post announcing the results, and 30,000 saw the post on our Facebook page, all in addition to thousands of visits and shares other news websites received.
The attention was contagious as it traveled from social media to classical media channels. Wiki Loves Earth was the topic on fourteen TV shows, three radio interviews, five papers and magazines (including covers and front pages), in addition to sixty-five posts on blogs and news websites.
The awards ceremony was held at the National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, covered by several news agencies. Žarković was awarded a plaque and a voucher to attend Wikimania, the annual conference of the Wikimedia movement. Filip Maljković, the president of Wikimedia Serbia, handed out the prizes and took the opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of all participants in promoting the value of free knowledge and the natural heritage of our country.
Local cultural organizations didn’t miss the opportunity to lionize Žarković. The Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia awarded the winner with the monograph Protected Cultural Heritage of Serbia, in addition to a stay at Tara National Park to give him inspiration for other work to promote the nature of Serbia. Moreover, the National Tourism Organization will invite Žarković to participate in the organization’s winter campaign and have him travel through Serbia.
Finally, Žarković’s winning photo was displayed on eight billboards across Serbia in the following month, thanks to the donations from Alma Quattro and Babbler Media Group.
We believe that the media coverage of the winning photo was a great tool to promote Wiki Loves Earth in Serbia, as well as promoting the culture of free knowledge in our country.
Ivana Guslarevic, Communications Manager
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