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Wiki Loves Monuments international press advisory[edit]

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  • Please feel free to use the following text as a mold for your own press release.
  • Please make sure before publishing the press release that you check the marked parts in orange.
  • Please feel free to choose and alter the headline and paragraphs more suitable to your own press experience
  • Please make sure have some photos at hand. You may want to select some photos from the list
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  • We will update the advisory press release as soon as we have news like the approval of the claimed Guinness Record as the world’s largest photo contest probably in mid September

Take a photo and upload the monument right next to you


Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 global photo contest to document historic sites, monuments, and cultural heritage in more than 30 (please revise the number before publishing) countries.[edit]


In the world’s largest photo contest, more than 10.000 volunteers will add hundreds of thousands of freely-licenced and re-usable photos to Wikipedia throughout September.[edit]

[City, Country -- xx August 2012] -- Wikipedians around the world are now participating in the world’s largest photo contest, Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. Thousands of volunteering participants in more than 30 countries will upload photos of historic sites, monuments and cultural heritage subjects throughout September, making hundreds of thousands of photos of their country’s cultural heritage available under a free license on Wikipedia’s image database, Wikimedia Commons.

Building off the remarkable success of Wiki Loves Monuments in 2011 -- when 5,000 photographers from 18 countries in Europe uploaded more than 168,000 photos -- this year’s contest will occur in nearly twice as many countries globally and many for the first time. The contest is being organized by volunteers in the Wikimedia chapters and affiliated groups in each country, with the winning photos from national contests considered by an international jury in late October. The top-ten international photos and the overall winner will be announced by the beginning of December.

Freely available photos to document heritage around the world

Because the photos are being submitted under a free license, they will not end up on a shelf or behind a paywall. They will be available to the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia and many of the photos will be used in its articles. They will also be reusable by anyone in the world for any purpose, so long as they are under the same free license.

“There are millions of historically and culturally significant monuments and buildings around the world, though most of them still have no freely-available images on the Internet. These important structures are often unknown to most people, who often don’t have the opportunity to visit them.” said Lodewijk Gelauff, one of the founders of the first Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest in 2010. “Wiki Loves Monuments is an important way for volunteers around the world to showcase the cultural heritage in their countries and share these images with everyone through Wikipedia.”

The Wiki loves Monuments App download for free

Turn around and photograph the monument right next to you with the Wiki loves Monuments App. This year, the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, has also developed a Wiki Loves Monuments mobile application for Android smartphones, available in the Google app store. For iOS there is an free app in the iTunes store. With these apps, Wikipedians for the first time will be able to upload photos to Wikimedia sites through their mobile devices. It will show which monuments are nearby and the app will be available in many different languages. The app is available through the Wiki Loves Monuments website.

Photo tour to Hong Kong grand prize

The top 10 photos and grand prize winner of the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest will be announced in beginning of December. The grand prize winner will be invited to a photo tour to Hong Kong for the annual meeting of Wikipedia editors, photographers, and collaborators: Wikimania 2013. Further information on the awards is available on the contest website.

Thanks to all the volunteers and partners

All over the world volunteers worked hard to collect the data of their national heritage and transfer it into lists on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. They created local websites and organized photo tours in their region to invite everybody to take part. The contest is also supported by many partner institutions and sponsors sharing in the goal of making cultural heritage accessible to everybody. See the full list here.


Media contact for international contest: Lodewijk Gelauff
Barbara Fischer
Phone:+49(0)30 219 158 26 18
Email: or

About Wikimedia

Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, supporting the same goals on realizing a world where all knowledge is freely available for every human being. This is possible through the US-based Wikimedia Foundation and a network of national associations called chapters which co-operate closely with the volunteers on the Wikimedia projects, such as Wikipedia.

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia and the related sites operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 490 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property world-wide (July 2012). Available in more than 280 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 23 million articles contributed by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

List of countries participating

in Africa

  • Ghana,
  • Kenya,
  • South Africa

in the Americas

  • Argentina,
  • Canada,
  • Chile,
  • Colombia,
  • Mexico,
  • Panama,
  • United States

in Asia

  • India,
  • Israel,
  • Philippines,
  • Russia

in Europe

  • Andorra,
  • Austria,
  • Belarus,
  • Belgium,
  • Czech Republic,
  • Denmark,
  • Estonia,
  • France,
  • Germany,
  • Italy,
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Netherlands,
  • Norway,
  • Poland,
  • Romania,
  • Russia,
  • Serbia,
  • Spain,
  • Sweden,
  • Switzerland,
  • Ukraine

More information about the contest is found at: