Fancy yourself a photographer? Or just someone who wants to help preserve memories of cultural heritage? Well, break out the cameras and dig through your old albums, because as you read this here comes the world’s largest photo contest…
On September 1, Wikimedia volunteers around the world will start the 2017 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. This is the eighth year for the world’s largest photo competition, with over 45 countries this year.
You can join the competition by submitting a photograph of a nationally registered monument on Wikimedia Commons before September 30, following the instructions for your country. Your photograph will help illustrate the more than 1.4 million monuments on Wikipedia, and help more people around the world to learn about history and national heritage from your country. The winning entries in Wiki Loves Monuments can receive national and international prizes, as well as significant exposure.
Wiki Loves Monuments is an annual photo competition celebrating built cultural heritage. It is organized by volunteers around the world, and top ten photographs from each country are selected for an international finale. The winners from 2016 included a district court in Berlin, a concert hall in London, as well as other stunning monuments from the United Kingdom, Italy, Thailand, Pakistan, Brazil, and elsewhere. These may be regular sights for some people, but thanks to Wiki Loves Monuments photographers, they will be more documented on Wikipedia and more accessible to everyone around the world, free of cost, forever…
So you’ve got a great cause to contribute to, and prizes to win to boot; what more could you ask for?
– Head on over to maps.wikilovesmonuments.org to find monuments that pictures are being solicited for
– Check in at Participating Countries for the rules governing uploading for that country’s monuments
– Upload your pictures from the Upload Wizard
– Hopefully win an award … and if not, simply bask in the warm glow of having contributed your bit to mankind’s freely available cultural resources!