Wiki Loves Monuments

Photo by Federico Di Iorio, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

In September, we love monuments

Today marks the start of the sixth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world. Thousands of Wikipedia readers and contributors from more than 30 countries around the globe will be taking part in the contest, hoping to document their local heritage, contribute to Wikipedia, and perhaps win a little prize. Here’s a preview of the competition with a special focus on a long-term participant, Italy.

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Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Ukraine unlocks ‘secret’ cultural heritage lists

Wikimedia Ukraine needed to start and win a legal case in order to obtain state lists of cultural heritage sites.

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Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events were six times as likely to be rated as featured pictures, such as this one. Main du juive à Tikjda, 5º prize on Wiki Loves Earth Algeria 2014. Photo by Chettouh Nabil, freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

First 2015 Wikimedia Programs Evaluations reports examine Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events

What is the impact of Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events? The first two Wikimedia Programs Evaluation reports show that these programs contributed 14% of the media uploaded to Commons from September 2013 to September 2014.

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"Järnvägsmuseet, Kristianstad - 2013-05-03 - 10" by Haxpett, under CC BY 4.0

Photos aside, how else does Wiki Loves Monuments deliver?

For the past four years, Wikimedia Sverige has organized the photo contest Wiki Loves Monumentsin Sweden. Besides getting great photos to showcase Wikipedia and involving many new photographers, we have noticed another benefit from the contest that has received little attention.

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For Rexford Nkansah, Wikipedia represents the future of education for his country

Despite its growing economy, Ghana is not the first place one would associate with technology, but for 20-year-old native Rexford Nkansah, it’s second nature. Wikipedians attending WikiAfrica’s Open Africa 2014 course in Cape Town in February of 2014. From left: Abel Asrat, Rexford Nkansah, Michael Phoya, Cyriac Gbogou, and Erina…

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The Winner of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 Is…

  1st prize winner: Picture of a locomotive with a push-pull train crossing the monumental Wiesener Viaduct over the Landwasser river in Graubünden, Switzerland. Guest post by Lodewijk Gelauff. You can read the original post on the Wiki Loves Monuments blog. Lodewijk “Effeietsanders” Gelauff has been an active member of…

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Wiki Loves Monuments Israel – A chance to showcase the country’s historical significance

All good things must come to an end, in this case it’s this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments contest. Last year Israel decided to join the international competition. The effort was organized by Wikimedia Israel volunteer Deror Avi, whose astute leadership and exceptional understanding of crowd sourcing transformed the world’s largest…

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German war cemetery photo wins special award in Wiki Loves Monuments 2013

Cemetery of German soldiers in Tişiţa Though the global results for the world’s largest photo contest, Wiki Loves Monuments, have not yet been announced for 2013, many of the participating countries have been naming their domestic winners. What’s more, Europeana, an official sponsor of Wiki Loves Monuments since 2011, has…

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As Arab countries participate in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time, stakes are especially high in Syria

Khan As’ad Pasha in the Old City of Damascus Damascus, Aleppo, and Homs are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The monuments in these cities are among the oldest on the planet. There are buildings, churches, theaters, and gates that date back to the second century. Unfortunately,…

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Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Day: Roman Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain

As an active contributor to Wikimedia Commons, Spaniard David Corral Gadea understands the advantages of taking part in a community of fellow photo enthusiasts. For him, the project serves as a tool for sharing the wonders of his own culture and history with the rest of the world. Although he…

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