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Wealthy apples in Piper Orchard, Seattle, Washington taken with a Leica CL. Photo by Dennis Bratland, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

World Camera Day 2015: What’s your favorite camera?

Today is World Camera Day 2015! Have fun taking your own photos or check out Wikimedia Commons for categories of photos labeled by with the camera used.

At the same time learn more about the cameras used by visiting Wikipedia to find an article or start your own!

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Danaus chrysippus, also known as the plain tiger or African monarch, is a butterfly widespread in Africa and Asia. This rare and hard to reproduce picture, showing the butterfly's hair-pencil. Photo by Jeevan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Documenting the world’s biological diversity, one insect at a time: Jeevan Jose

Jeevan Jose has been documenting the flora and fauna of one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world — one butterfly, one insect, and one plant at a time. Five years and a thousand pictures later, he’s eager to get back in the field.

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News on Wikipedia: Charleston church shooting, Pakistan heat wave, Danish elections, and more

This week in the news: Nine people are killed in a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina; In Denmark, the opposition alliance wins by five seats in a general election; Pope Francis's second encyclical, Laudato si', is published; A heat wave in Pakistan kills an estimated 700 people;
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2015 NBA Finals.

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Photo by Dalbera, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

World Music Day: What are you listening to?

Today is World Music Day. What better way to celebrate than by listening to and reading about the cultures and songs that have influenced the music we listen to everyday? Check out Wikimedia Commons for a vast and diverse repository of freely licensed songs, images, and video all related to music.

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Help Wikipedia by uploading your photos of events like this pride parade in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Another Believer, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Loves Pride: Help expand Wikipedia’s LGBT coverage

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities are underrepresented on Wikipedia. In the month of June, help change this by photographing pride parades, LGBT districts and landmarks, and working with us to get your photographs on Wikipedia articles!

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Space, disease and a natural disaster: this week in news on Wikipedia

Here are some of the global news stories covered on Wikipedia this week: the Philae lander awakens from its comet; a MERS outbreak in South Korea kills 19; Flooding in Georgia kills 15 people; Zhou Yongkang sentenced to life in prison; Omar al-Bashir evades arrest for war crimes. This news roundup is a new content experiment for the Wikimedia blog. What do you think about this first example? Please share your comments.

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Sharing images of the earthquake in Nepal: Krish Dulal

A massive earthquake in Nepal has killed thousands of people since a devastating 7.8 tremor on April 25, 2015. Nepalese Wikipedian Krish Dulal shared many photos of this disaster. He invites you to donate to support relief efforts, as well as contribute more images on Commons, so they can be re-used by others.

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[[File:MRT Singapore Destination 13.png|25px]] Pool of Cortalet, marshes of Empordà.Estany del Cortalet, Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.[[:File:Aiguamolls de l'Empordà 2.jpg|Photo]] by [[User:Mikipons|Mikipons]], freely licensed under [ CC BY-SA 3.0.][[:File:MRT Singapore Destination 13.png|“Destination 13.png”]] by [[c:User:Seloloving|Seloloving]], [ CC0 1.0.]

Join Wiki Loves Earth 2015: help capture our natural heritage

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 starts on May 1st, and invites you to contribute photos about the world’s natural heritage. This international photo contest is organized by the Wikimedia community, with the help of its Ukrainian and Polish chapters. We hope you will participate!

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Map by Quibik, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

A Wikimedian asks European Parliament members for copyright reform

European copyright laws are very complex, making it hard to share free knowledge. To address this issue, a longtime Wikimedia contributor traveled to Brussels to meet members of the European Parliament and explain why copyright reform is needed.

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Crop by Andrew Sherman, "Sir Roger Moore 3.jpg" by Allan warren, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

Celebrity photographer Allan Warren has taken portraits of many popular artists and politicians, ranging from Roger Moore to Sophia Loren and Prince Charles. For the past few years, he has uploaded many of his images to Wikimedia Commons. His portraits caught our attention, so we reached out to him for an interview.

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