Wiki Loves Monuments 2022 in Malta launch - English
* Ara din il-press release bil-Malti
7th edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta
25 August 2022
Malta will take part in the seventh edition of Wiki Loves Monuments, declared by the Guinness World Record as the biggest photography competition in the world. The competition brings together people from all over the world to take pictures of built cultural heritage to be shared on Wikipedia.
This competition opens on September 1st. Participation is free and open to all. The deadline for all submissions is the 30th of September and submissions can be made throughout the month of September. The photos submitted must be of the individual participants and they must be willing to post them under an open license in Creative Commons.
Towards the middle of September 2022, workshops will be held on how to upload photos, in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Heritage Malta. Details will follow on www.wikimalta.org and via Facebook and Instagram closer to the date.
A jury composed of experts in the fields of cultural heritage, photography and Wikipedia will select the winning photos. The top ten winning submissions will be nominated for the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest, with the opportunity to win more prizes.
Prizes for the 2022 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta are partly funded through a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation:
- 1st prize: €400 worth of photographic equipment and/or services from PhotoCity of South Street, Valletta
- 2nd prize: €300 worth of books published by Kite Group, Midsea Books and Merlin Publishers
- 3rd prize: €200 in cinema ticket vouchers from Spazju Kreattiv for their 22/23 screenings
4th-10th place: A goody bag each containing custom-made Wiki Loves Monuments mementos worth €50
The winners will be announced in November 2022. All submitted photos will also be exhibited permanently online and at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta throughout December. They will also be printed by the Times of Malta.
Speaking during the launch of the online competition, the coordinator of the Wiki Loves Monuments jury, Dr. Toni Sant, explained that this year's competition will take place in about 50 countries around the world, after two unusual years due to the global circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the competition began in 2010, more than 3 million photos have been submitted, with last year's competition gathering around 172,000 submissions from 37 countries. This is the seventh time that the contest will be taking place in Malta as well.
The Artistic Director of Spazju Kreattiv Daniel Azzopardi said that "Spazju Kreattiv is continuing with its commitment to support Wikimedia Community Malta in their efforts to convey various aspects of cultural heritage through digital platforms. Since we the National Center for Creativity, we believe that such ventures within the creative domain are important to promote new exchanges in different community groups."
In addition, Mario Mintoff from PhotoCity Valletta added that "PhotoCity has been supporting this initiative since its inception. We believe that the monuments should be exposed more through photography and digital media."
- PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 Winners
The best photos in last year's local competition included images of the Salina catacombs, the Hermit's Chapel, Ġnejna Tower, the outstanding ceilings of the cathedral of St. George in Gozo and the Co-Cathedral of St. John in the City, among others. A photo of Portes des Bombes in Florianaa, which came in third place in the contest in Malta received global attention as was placed 14th in the international competition, where was a total of 172,379 photos from 37 countries were submitted.
For more information on how to participate, visit www.wikimalta.org/WLM2022 or /wikimalta Wikimedia Community Malta on Facebook.
Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is organized by Wikimedia Community Malta (WCM) with the support from the Wikimedia Foundation, Spazju Kreattiv, PhotoCity, Heritage Malta, Kite Group, Merlin Publishers, and Midsea Books.