WikiVacations (Wikiwakacje in Polish) is an open photo competition. Its aim is to collect a large number of images documenting the cultural heritage and natural treasures of Poland: historical monuments, protected natural areas, and art in public places. Your photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons can be used to illustrate the articles in Wikipedia. The contest is open from August 1st till September 30th, and anyone can participate. Your photographs uploaded to Wikimedia Commons will help improve Wikipedia!.
All photographers and all visitors to Poland can participate in the contest. You can upload as many images as you like. The minimum resolution of an uploaded image to be eligible for the contest is 6mpix. The competition runs from August 1st till September 30th, 2017. The contest is organised by Wikimedia Polska and the National Institute of Heritage, Poland.
The winning photographs will be selected by the competition jury and their authors will receive awards. You can upload your photos using this page (see below) or via the main website. In the sections below you can find more information about the competition, the jury, and the awards, and upload your pictures. Learn more and take part in the challenge. We're looking forward to seeing your photographs!
About the competition
Your photos will help enrich Wikipedia with images of nature and historical monuments. The uploaded pictures can serve to illustrate articles in all language versions of Wikipedia. This contest brings together the themes of competitions run in the previous years: Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth; these competitions resulted in over 100 000 photos of Polish heritage sites and nature areas.
This is a second edition of WikiVacations – see the photographs awarded in 2016 or all photographs uploaded last year. We hope that this year you take and upload even more great images! The competition is run by Wikimedia Polska and the the National Heritage Institute of Poland. 10 best images from the monuments category will also be submitted to the global Wiki Loves Monuments contest.
How to join
To join the competition you can use our interactive map. When zoomed in, it will show a list of all registered monuments of a certain type in the area. On clicking one of the monuments, the map will redirect the user to Wikimedia Commons' upload form and will also pre-fill most fields, including geographical coordinates and suggested categories.
You can also use direct links to the upload wizard for photographs by theme:
monuments on the register of objects of cultural heritage, including buildings and parks
images taken in any protected area such as national park or nature reserve, as well as images of natural monuments located in Poland
images of art displayed permanently in public, such as outdoor statues, sculpture, installations or murals
You may submit any number of images. The minimum photo resolution is 6mpix. Technical requirements are detailed on the Rules and regulations page (Polish).
The award-winning photographs will be selected by the competition jury consisting of photographers, journalists and longstanding editors of Wikipedia. The jury's verdict will be published here, as well as on the website and the Wikimedia Polska blog. Authors of the best photos can select any kind of photo equipment or accessory up to the value set in the Contest Regulations:
- Prize – up to 600 zł
- Prize – up to 300 zł
- Prize – up to 150 zł
historical monuments; long shots of nature or parks, natural reserves, natural monuments; and art in public space (outdoors)
- Prize – up to 500 zł
- Prize – up to 200 zł
- Prize – up to 100 zł
Photo walks: Explore local monuments!
Throughout September, 10 cultural institutions in Polish cities will take you on special photographic walks, giving you a chance to discover the stories of local monuments, explore lesser-known cultural treasures and take photographs. The photo walks will be giuded by experts from 10 museums and cultural centres across Poland: in Gdańsk, Warsaw, Katowice, Kraków, Toruń, Szczecin and other cities. We will publish the full programme of guided walks on August 15th.
- Agata Grzybowska is a graduate of the National Film School (PWSFTViT), since 2012 a photojournalist for Gazeta Wyborcza daily. She co-founded the inPRO photography collective. Author of numerous photo reportages from, among others, Syria, Ukraine, Somalia, Uganda and Egypt. In 2015 she won the Grand Prize BZ WBK Press Photo for her picture of the Black Thursday at Kiev’s Euromaidan.
- Jacek Halicki is a Wikipedian and a prolific illustrator of various Wikimedia projects. He donated over 11 thousand photographs to Wikimedia Commons, including 87 featured pictures, 2415 valued images and over 6000 quality pictures. Pictures of his native Kłodzko Valley were among the winning photos of Wiki Loves Monuments in 2013 and 2014.
- Radosław Jóźwiak is a photographer and photojournalist, a graduate of Łódź-based PWSFTViT.
- Kacper Krajewski is a photographer, photojournalist, journalist and more recently a restaurateur. In early 1980s he collaborated with numerous French newspapers and journals, including Kontakt, Libération and La Croix. After 1989 he worked for Życie Warszawy, Polityka, Wprost and Twój Styl.
- Bartosz Skaldawski is the deputy director of National Heritage Board of Poland and head of the Department of Documentation and Management of Knowledge on Monuments. An archaeologist by trade, he authored and co-authored numerous books and articles on cultural heritage management and dissemination of knowledge of monuments and their values.
- Andrzej Zygmuntowicz is a photographer and educator. A member of ZPAF, the most prestigious Polish association of photography professionals (between 1991 and 1994 he served as its president, and since 2005 he is chair of its artistic board). Apart from his artistic activities he also teaches the history and theory of photography and photojournalism at the Warsaw University and Collegium Civitas. Between 1992 and 2002 he was also the president of the Polish Press Photo Foundation and in 2016 he was a member of the jury for Polish Grand Press Photo competition.
Wikimedia Polska spokesman