Wiki Loves Monuments

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Wiki Loves Monuments is an annual international photographic competition based upon the topic of built cultural heritage. It is one of the largest photographic competitions in the world, with the 2014 edition attracting the submission of over 300,000 photos from over 8,000 participants in 41 countries across the world.

To participate, please visit the Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Malta project page.

How does it work?

Participants submit photos of relevant monuments/buildings to Wikimedia Commons using a Creative Commons licence throughout the competition. Local winners are then selected by a local jury. This jury also nominates up to 10 photographs to contest the international award, where the overall winner is selected by an international jury.

Competition rules

Every submission must be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded in September 2017;
  • Freely licensed;
  • Contain an identified monument;

What can be photographed

The subject matter of photos submitted to Wiki Loves Monuments must be related to monuments, understood to be any physical structure that was created to commemorate a person or event, or any physical structure of particular significance and relevance to a locality's cultural heritage. The below are examples of structures that are eligible for this competition (the list is not exhaustive):

  • Monuments & statues
  • Church-related/religious monuments (e.g. effigies, temples)
  • Cenotaphs & memorials
  • Fountains
  • Graves, tombstones & mausoleums
  • Historical landmarks
  • Buildings, palaces, bastions, castles etc.

For more information, please refer to the list of eligible monuments.

Statistics from last year's competition