Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Malta launch - English

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Title: Second edition of the world’s largest photography competition held in Malta

1 September 2017

The second edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest photography competition, is taking place again in Malta this year. The competition brings together photographers from around the world to take stunning pictures of our cultural heritage to be shared on Wikipedia. It opens on September 1 and the deadline for submissions is September 30. Participation is free and open to all.

A jury composed of experts within the field of cultural heritage, photography and Wikipedia will be selecting a number of winning entries which will be awarded prizes of up to €400 courtesy of Photocity, Valletta.

Submitted photos will also be exhibited at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta throughout November and December. Ten winning submissions will be nominated for the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest, with the opportunity to win further prizes.

Since the competition started in 2010, nearly 2 million photographs have been uploaded, with last year’s competition attracting over 277,000 submissions across 42 countries. Winning photos from 2016 include the entrance hall to Berlin’s Regional court, the main auditorium in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) in Bangkok. Top entries in the local competition included St Thomas Tower in Marsaskala and the Parish Church of St Catherine in Żurrieq.

This year, the competition will be taking place in over 50 countries across six continents. This is the second time that Malta will be participating Everyone can take part and participation is free. Entrants need to own the copyright of their submissions and release them under an open licence. The overall winners will be announced in November 2017.

For more information on how to participate, visit www.wikimalta.org/WLM2017.

Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is organised by Wikimedia Community Malta (WCM) in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Heritage Malta, and is sponsored by Photocity. A series of photowalks and free guided tours to Heritage Malta sites across Malta and Gozo will be held throughout September as part of this competition. Introductory workshops to Wikipedia editing will also take place throughout the month. More information is available at www.wikimalta.org/WLM2017 or on the WCM Facebook page WCM is a group of active Wikimedians who have come together to encourage and support the uptake of Wiki-related activity among Maltese individuals and communities. Details about upcoming WCM activities are available at www.wikimalta.org.