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8 Out of 10 Shortlisted Entries for Wiki Loves Earth are from Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral (GBC)

Thousands on entries containing landscape photos from across Pakistan were submitted to “Wiki Loves Earth” – the world’s second largest photography competition. Out of the 10 total shortlisted photos from Pakistan, 8 are from Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral.

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hortlisted Entries for Wiki Loves Earth are from Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral

Nature has blessed Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral with spectacular picturesque. Despite a little effort from the governments of both regions, tourist inflow has grown tremendously over the past three years. Alongside improving the economic outlook of the region, tourism has also introduced the unseen beauty of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral to international audiences. Many renowned photographers from across the world have captured scenic moments through the lens of their cameras and shown it to the world resulting in attracting even more tourists to the region. Photographers from many countries consider the region as one of “the most photogenic” places on the earth.

Wikimedia, the parent organization behind Wikipedia, organizes an annual photo-contest in the month of May. Thousands on entries containing landscape photos from across Pakistan were submitted to “Wiki Loves Earth” – the world’s second largest photography competition. Out of the 10 total shortlisted photos from Pakistan, 8 are from Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral. It must be noted that the global winner in last year’s competition was Lower Kachura Lake (also known as Shangrila Lake) in Skardu, Baltistan. The winners of this year’s Wiki Loves Earth competition are still to be announced. Here are the shortlisted photos from Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral:

1. Golden Peak (Mudassir Ahmed)

Golden Peak (Spantik Peak), seen from Duikar Hunza. — Photo by Mudassir Ahmed

Golden Peak (Spantik Peak), seen from Duikar, Hunza. — Photo by Mudassir Ahmed

2. Nanga Parbat (M. Awais)

Nanga Parbat seen from Fairy Meadows, Diamer. — Photo by M. Awais

Nanga Parbat seen from Fairy Meadows, Diamer. — Photo by M. Awais

3. Phandar Valley (Muzaffar H. Bukhari)

Phandar Valley, Ghizer. — Photo by Muzaffar H. Bukhari

Phandar Valley, Ghizer. — Photo by Muzaffar H. Bukhari

4. Katpana Desert (Rgyal Chan Karim)

Katpana Desert at Skardu. — Photo by Rgyal Chan Karim

Katpana Desert at Skardu. — Photo by Rgyal Chan Karim

5. Chitral National Park. (Tahsin A. Shah)

Chitral National Park. — Photo by Tahsin A Shah

Chitral National Park. — Photo by Tahsin A Shah

6. Rama Valley (Faiza Lalwani)

Rama valley, Astore. — Photo by Faiza Lalwani

Rama valley, Astore. — Photo by Faiza Lalwani

7. Karakoram Highway – KKH (Najeeb Mahmud)

Karakoram Highway (KKH) at near Khunjerab Pass — Photo by Najeeb Mahmud

Karakoram Highway (KKH) at near Khunjerab Pass — Photo by Najeeb Mahmud

8. Passu Cathedral (Irfan Tahir)

Passu Cathedral, Hunza Valley. — Photo by Irfan Tahir

Passu Cathedral / Passu Cones, Gojal Hunza. — Photo by Irfan Tahir

Altogether 8,040 photos were submitted from Pakistan out of which the jury selected top 10. Here are the two other photos that have been shortlisted from Pakistan.

9. Naran Valley (Talha Hanif)

Naran, Kaghan Valley. — Photo by Talha Hanif

Naran, Kaghan Valley. — Photo by Talha Hanif

10. Siri Paye, Shogran (Adeel ur Rehman Mughal)

Siri Paye, Shogran, Kaghan Valley. — Photo by Adeel ur Rehman Mughal

Siri Paye, Shogran, Kaghan Valley. — Photo by Adeel ur Rehman Mughal

The winners of the contest will be announced in two weeks time. Winners will also be given prizes.

Wiki Loves Earth (WLE) is an annual international photographic competition held during the month of May, organised worldwide by the Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Participants take pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscape in their countries, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The aim of event is to highlight the conservation areas of the participating countries with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of these sights, and to put them under a free licence which can then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.

Wiki Loves Earth - shortlisted photos from Pakistan

Wiki Loves Earth – Shortlisted photos from Pakistan

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In Pictures: His Highness Aga Khan’s First Visit to Hunza in 1960

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Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
Photos: Abdul M. Ismaily

On this day in 1960, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan made his historic first visits to Hunza and laid down the foundation of what we know as a model valley today. Since then, Hunza has come a long way and developed into a model valley for many. Every year on 23rd October, Ismailis of Hunza Valley celebrate this day as “Salgirah” to commemorate Aga Khan’s visit to Hunza for the first time.

During the first visit of His Highness Aga Khan to Hunza, photographer Abdul M. Ismaily took numerous photos that remained unseen for decades. However, in 2016, Simerg Photos released a number of pictures of this historic visit with the permission of Abdul M. Ismaily’s family.

On this happy occasion for the Ismailis of Hunza, GBee is pleased to share some of the photographs from Aga Khan’s first visit to Hunza in 1960.

Attached by pulley to the third cable was a wooden box, five feet square, with sides rising 18 inches. This was the only way to Hunza. The five journalists which included two Americans were horrified, and despite urging from Pir Ali Allana, the Aga Khan’s advance man, none would get into the box. Far across the river, men pulled on a rope, and, swaying and shaking, the box shot out over the swift-flowing stream of Hunza River. Today, the Nasirabad Bridge stands in this place.
Ismaili Volunteers with community leaders during the preparations to receive H.H. The Aga Khan at Baltit Polo Ground in Karimabad, Hunza.
Col. Ayash Khan, the brother of Mir Jamal Khan, the last royal ruler of Hunza, is seen standing in a uniform with members of the royal family of Hunza outside the royal palace in Hunza where His Highness the Aga Khan resided during his visit in 1960.
Aga Khan first visit to Hunza Valley 1960
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960

H.H. Aga Khan in conversation with Mir of Hunza.
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
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Campaigning in schools for better hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

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Kids perform at Global Handwashing Day 2019 in Gilgit

The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), in collaboration with other agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), government agencies and voluntary bodies, facilitated events in schools across Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. These activities aimed at raising awareness about healthy and hygienic practices including the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Handwashing Day 2019 is “Clean Hands for All,” reminding us that the simple message of proper handwashing for better health has yet to be spread to all. In local schools and communities awareness-raising sessions, handwashing demonstrations and school plays have reached around 5,000 students, parents, and school faculty.

Children and schools play a key role in spreading greater awareness about health and hygiene. In over 600 communities in Pakistan, AKAH has implemented health and hygiene education through its School Health Improvement Programme, benefitting over half a million people.

Nawab Ali Khan, AKAH CEO stated:

“AKAH has reached over half a million people through its health and hygiene education programme focusing on personal, domestic and environmental hygiene and the numbers increase every year. Handwashing is a key component of our health and hygiene programme and this year we are celebrating it as a complement to the prime minister’s vision of clean and green Pakistan.”

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