Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia this September. Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers.
Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. Everybody can contribute images as well as write articles. An image is worth a thousand words, in every language at once and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighbourhood.
In 2016, more than 40 countries all over the world, a national contest will be organized with their national monuments, partners, rules, events and winners. Every national contest will be able to nominate some of their winning pictures for the international contest. These nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury, which will then award extra prizes to the best images from all participating countries.
The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands, which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images of monuments that can now be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any purpose. The 2011 contest in 18 countries resulted in more than 165,000 images submitted by over 5,000 participants.
Any support is welcome: from uploading a single image, spreading the word about the contest, to becoming a partner or sponsor. This September, cultural heritage will be in the spotlight on Wikipedia – from Chile to India, Russia and the Netherlands.
To take part in Wiki Loves Monuments contest, a submission should:
- Be self taken
All entries must be original photographs uploaded by their authors. Photos uploaded by anyone else than author (even with permission) are not accepted.
- Be self uploaded during the contest period (September 2016)
You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past. What matters is that photos must be uploaded during the contest period (1st September — 30th September); avoid reuploading already existing images from Commons database.
- Be under a free license
- Contain an ASI identified monument (Both National importance & State protected)
Lists of eligible sites are published by Archaeological Survey of India.
- Be nominated through a national contest; Have at least 2 MP.
Photos under 2 MP can be accepted in local contests, but should such photo be nominated for the international part the author will have to upload higher resolution or the photo will be disqualified.
- A participant should have an activated e-mail address via Preferences of his/her account.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- I am not the world’s best photographer. Do you still want my images?
Yes please! Even if you may not be entering in the expectation of winning one of the prizes, your entry can still give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to document your local built environment and natural heritage, and that you have made your images freely available for future generations. That you have contributed to or even become part of a growing community (Wikipedia) that believes in making knowledge freely available to all.
- What are the guidelines on image size?
Please submit images that are as large as possible and do not “downsize for the web”. We value high resolution images for many purposes including print. While images below 2 megapixels may be accepted for the national contest, they will not be considered for a prize as they lack usability at larger sizes, especially in print. Please note we won’t contact you and ask you to submit larger resolution photos.
- What if my image contains border, watermark and date embedded in it?
Borders and watermarks are not acceptable in Commons.
Embedded date in images is a way to remember the past but it doesn’t look good when submitted in a competition.
Hence, we request not to upload images with borders or watermarks.
- Can I use Photoshop or a similar program to post-process my photos before submitting them?
Yes of course. The photos can be edited or processed by using any software. But please avoid the temptation to over-process: this is a photographic and not a computer art contest.
- Is there a limit on the number of photos I can submit?
No, you can submit as many as you like. Some people are uploading photos of hundreds of sites. However, we recommend you upload your best and quality photographs and increase your chances of winning.
I’m in India but I have some photographs that I have taken abroad. Can I enter them as well?
Yes if they were taken in one of the participating countries. But you will need to enter that country’s section of the competition as this section is just for images of India. To upload images to other sections of the contest, please visit the international upload page.
Can I edit Wikipedia myself to add my photo to an article that doesn’t have images?
Yes, we’d be delighted! If you are not already a Wikipedia editor, see here to get started. Don’t forget to log in – see the very top right corner of your browser screen.
As your competition entry is already on Wikimedia Commons, it can easily be re-used on Wikipedia just by adding a link to the page in the format
[[File:NameOfYourFile.jpg|thumb|Some text to appear below the image.]]
This guide explains more.