Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 is an international photo contest about cultural heritage monuments, which is open to everybody and is organised by the local chapters of Wikimedia and volunteer groups from different countries.
With this initiative we encourage anyone to upload images of monuments under a free license for use in Wikipedia articles, in other Wikimedia projects, and elsewhere. We want to offer a global and quality vision of the cultural heritage of each country, which is an outstanding part of human knowledge; for this, the images are worth a thousand words and do not require knowledge of a certain language. Participate and help improve Wikipedia and spread free knowledge!
Wiki Loves Monuments is organised in Spain by Wikimedia Spain Association, which promotes and spreads Free Knowledge on Spain. IF you are interested in colaborating on contests or other activities, you may associate or donate.
Rules to participate
The basic rules for this contest are as follows:
- Photograph monuments, whether or not they have a previous photo (may be done at any time).
- Upload them to Wikimedia Commons between the 1st and 30th September of 2022.
- The photographs must have been taken by the participants and must have been loaded by themselves.
- The monument identifier must be provided with the photographs (with help of the existing listings.
- There's no limit of the number of images that you can upload. What are you waiting for to go out and take photos? (read the complete terms of participation)
History of the contest
In June 2009, Wikimedia Nederland (the Dutch chapter of Wikimedia) organised a first photo contest of this kind, under the title Wiki Loves Art. 20 participants were invited to take pictures of works of art held by some 40 partner museums and upload their photographs to Wikimedia Commons. Given the success of this contest (more than 4,000 images uploaded), Wikimedia Nederland renewed the experience in September 2010, on the occasion of the European Heritage Days, with Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM). In 2011 the contest was renewed, taking place in 18 European countries and attracting more than 150,000 photos, and in 2012 it reached an international scale with 34 countries involved and was registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world, attracting more than 350,000 photos. In 2013, 53 countries totalled 363,000 photographs, in 2014, 41 countries totalled more than 300,000 photographs, in 2015, 33 countries achieved 225,000 photographs, in 2016 42 countries achieved more than 270,000 photographs, in 2017 52 countries achieved almost 245,000 photographs, in 2018 a total of 56 countries achieved more than 257,000 photographs, in 2019 48 countries achieved almost 213,000 images, in 2020 40 countries totalled more than 170,000 photographs, and in 2021 37 countries achieved more than 172,000 images. Overall, more than 2,800,000 images have been collected since the first edition.
The contest is composed of 2 different phases, the first one takes place within Spain with a national jury and with our prizes; in the second phase, of international scope, the best 10 photographs of each national contest will participate with an international jury that will select the best pictures of monuments in 2022 worldwide and will also grant important prizes.
Participating in the contest is very easy, you may do so through Wikimedia Commons
by following these steps:
Everyone may participate in this contest.
Try to take original pics.
There are many interesting places, take advantage of your free time!
Monuments may be nearer to you than you think.
If you are going to be travelling to one of the countries that participates in this contest, do not forget your camera…
And focus on the details!
If you have any doubts, you may contact us.
By participating in this contest, you accept its terms and conditions.
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