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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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Nestlé Pakistan to recycle 220,000 kgs of plastic waste in Hunza

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Nestlé Pakistan Clean Hunza Valley campaign
Photo: DC Hunza Office

Nestlé Pakistan, District Council Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan Waste Management Company (GBWMC) and Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) have signed an MOU for “Clean Hunza Project”. The project is supported by the company’s NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS and NESTLÉ PURE LIFE brands.

Clean Hunza Project” shall focus on infra structure development for a waste segregation, management and recycling system for Hunza – a popular tourist destination – with District Council Hunza, GBWMC and support from KADO for raising awareness in the communities.

The collective action initiative will encourage waste management of 150,000 kgs of plastics annually in Phase I, followed by collection of 50,000 kgs paper packaging (used beverage cartons) in Phase II in the area with an increase of 10% annually.

Nestlé Pakistan Clean Hunza Valley campaign

The Project’s focus shall be on the segregation of Plastics and paper packaging at the waste site which, after the compressing and bailing process, shall be brought down the country for recycling. Nestlé Pakistan shall provide a compressing and bailing unit to the Hunza district government. The company will also be distributing 10,000 reusable bags in the community during 2020 as part of the project. KADO will extend support for different community awareness activities.

Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan, while highlighting the company’s global commitment to tackle plastic waste, said, “This project marks the beginning of Nestlé Pakistan’s journey to reduce the environmental impact of plastic packaging by improving the management and recycling of various kinds of plastic packaging, in line with UN SDGs. Globally we aim to make 100% of our packaging recyclable and reusable by 2025.”

He further added, “The Clean Hunza Project is a pilot project with a focus on streamlining the management and recycling of plastic waste, with a forecast of increasing waste collection to 220,000 kgs by 2024. This project will result in lesser plastic ending up in water bodies downstream.”

Commending the cause, Babar Sahibdin, Deputy Commissioner Hunza District, said, “We applaud support from Nestlé for providing us with 10,000 reusable bags, which will create awareness amongst the locals to stop using plastic bags and incline them towards a more environmentally friendly solution. We appreciate Nestlé’s for providing the Compressor, Bailing and Recycling infrastructure and capacity building of our staff on waste segregation site.”

Talking about the initiative, Ghulam Mustafa, Chairman KADO said, “We fully support District Government Hunza and Nestlé Pakistan partnership and are proud to collaborate with them in reaching our shared goals.”

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Nestlé Pakistan is also a signatory of “Clean Green Pakistan” initiative.

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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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