Wikimedia Chile hosts Wikipedia editathon, photo awards ceremony

On 15 December, in the BiblioGAM library at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM Cultural Center), Wikimedia Chile celebrated the prize ceremony of the Wiki Loves Monuments Chile 2012 photo contest, where we awarded prizes to the 10 winning photographs that represented Chile in the international contest, along with the 5 honorable mentions highlighted by the Chilean jury, and a special prize for the participant with the largest amount of images from different monuments.

“This initiative is an opportunity that let us rescue our National Heritage and preserve it for future generations so they can get to know it,” said Eduardo Testart, president of Wikimedia Chile. “We are very proud of the outcome and we look forward to continue fostering Wikimedia projects in Chile,” said Mr. Testart.

The contest was organized by Wikimedia Chile and sponsored by Fundación Imagen de Chile and Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales (National Monuments Council), which helped with media presence and donated prizes to the contest, which had 4,083 photographs uploaded by 330 participants.

After the prize ceremony, the attendees participated of the first Edit-a-thon in Chile guided by volunteers of Wikimedia Chile, who helped participants create stubs and learn how to correctly edit their first words in articles of monuments that were photographed and didn’t have any content on Spanish Wikipedia. After the introduction, the participants, were able to create 3 new articles and enhance and expand some other existing articles. This gave symbolic closure to the contest and allowed Chileans to experience Wikipedia, something that anyone can do, if only they have the will to share knowledge through freely license content.

Dennis Tobar Calderón, Wikimedia Chile
Translation by Wikimedia Chile 

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