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.

Malta has been participating in Wiki Loves Monuments through Wikimedia Community Malta since 2016. Entries come from a list of monument in Malta, which is available on Wikipedia, based on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands (NICPMI). Some general for statistic for entries from Malta indicate the number of participants and how many photos they submitted to Wikimedia Commons during each year.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Malta contest is now open until 30 September 2019.

Once the contest gets going in September, here are some pages to visit, directly related to this contest:

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 panel of judges. The judges also nominates up to 10 photographs to contest the international award, where the overall winner is selected by an international jury.

Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is produced in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Heritage Malta, with support from Photocity Malta.

Competition rules

Every submission must be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded during the month of September of the same year;
  • 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.

Important dates

1 September: Contest opens in Malta
30 September: Contest closes in Malta
1 October - 31 October: Exhibition of all Malta entries to WLM 2018
1 November: WLM 2018 Malta top 10 announced
1 November - 30 November: Exhibition of all Malta entries to WLM 2018 with winners


Judges: tba

* Top 10 entries from Malta for 2019 (available from November)

Previous editions


Judges: Charles Coleiro, Isabella Mallia, Mario Mintoff, Rebecca O'Neill, Raffaella Zammit

* Top 10 entries from Malta for 2016


Judges: Sabina Bonnici, Vanessa Ciantar, Charles Coleiro, Patrick Farrugia, Mario Mintoff, Richard Nevell

* Top 10 entries from Malta for 2017


Judges: Mario Mintoff, Russell Muscat, Alexandra Pace, Mykola Swarnyk

* Top 10 entries from Malta for 2018

General statistics