Monday, September 17, 2012

Wiki Loves Monuments (historical landmarks) photo contest

Photographers, bloggers, natives, tourists--get your cameras ready!
Or your archives.
Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is in progress!

Wikipedia needs photos, old or new, of your local cultural heritage and the best entries in their big photo contest will get prizes.

I read through the list of moreshet/heritage places in Israel and realized that my archive is already full of such pictures.
Maybe I should upload a bunch and try for the shekel prizes of

  • First place: ILS 5000 (about $1,250)
  • Second place: ILS 3000 (about $750)
  • Third place: ILS 2000 (about $500)
Worldwide, 142,511 images have already been uploaded; and in Israel, 353.

Check the website to see if your country is participating and what the final date is.
In Israel, the contest (like everything else here) starts and ends (Oct. 15) later than in non-Jewish countries because of the chagim, the holidays.

About the contest for Israel
FAQs in Hebrew
Help Desk in English
Wiki Loves Monuments blog
2011 contest jury report (judging criteria, etc.)

I am new to this; does anyone have any advice? It sounds like a good thing to do, this contributing to Wiki and freely sharing pictures of my beloved country . . . . Is it?
It means anyone in the world can use our photographs, for any purpose, including commercial.
UPDATE: See added information in the comments section, e.g. re the Wiki contest in the USA.
UPDATE #2:  The Jerusalem Post writes about the competition in Israel.
(This post can be good for Our World Tuesday.)


Dina said...

BTW, in Israel the year 1700 is the cut-off time. Sites built before 1700 are now protected archaeological sites. Important cultural places built after 1700 are heritage sites (atar moreshet).
The contest is for heritage sites only.

mick said...

That photo with the photographers pointing their camera is interesting - but what were they photographing?

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great post ~ don't have any monument photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Robert Geiss said...

Wonderful where alike is possible, and happening.

Strangely, Greece seems not to participate ...

Please have a good Tuesday, and yes, think, that you should take part.

Tito Eric said...

Many thanks for sharing this information. Truly appreciate it!

Cheers ... visiting from Our World Tuesday

Here’s mine:

Petrea Burchard said...

I can't tell from looking at the sites what monuments they want photos of. Do they want people to just go out and take photos of random monuments, or do they have a list of monuments for which they need photos? I couldn't find such a list.

As far as advice, I think it would be a fine idea, as long as you're not just sending in random pictures and hoping it's what they need.

Kay said...

Oh my goodness! You have so many amazing photos from your file that you could use. Go for it!

Dina said...

Petrea, see

and click on your state to get a list of National Register of Historic Places sites.

Wiki Loves Monuments title is misleading. They mean places, buildings, not just monuments (as in sculptures).

And here is their page for USA:

Dina said...

Petrea, see specifically :,_California


Dina said...

Mick, the two friends in my picture are photographing the ancient olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mt. of Olives.

ArtMuseDog and Carol, maybe you do have some. Click on MA at

Robert, only about 30 countries are participating. It is all run by volunteers. Maybe people in Greece are too busy trying to stay afloat.

Tito Eric, glad to share good news.

Kay, YOU should talk. You are the one who has detailed (and organized) photos from around the world!

VP said...

A photo ontest would be something new for me...

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Dina!

Karl Demetz said...

Thanks for sharing the information, Dina.

JM said...

I didn't know about this. I will check the site now. Thank you, Dina.

Spiderdama said...

I think you have many great photos to use for this!

I can see that Norway is in, but I think the name was too similar to WikiLeaks:-)