Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 in Bulgaria
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Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia this September. Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers.
Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. Everybody can contribute images as well as write articles. An image is worth a thousand words, in every language at once and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighbourhood.
Every national contest will be able to nominate some of their winning pictures for the international contest. These nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury, which will then award extra prizes to the best images from all participating countries.
Any support is welcome: from uploading a single image, spreading the word about the contest, to becoming a partner or sponsor. This September, cultural heritage will be in the spotlight on Wikipedia – from Brazil to Malaysia, from Norway to South Africa.
History of the contest
The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands, which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images of monuments that can now be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any purpose. The 2012 contest in 35 countries resulted in more than 350,000 images submitted by over 15,000 participants, adding to the sum of all human knowledge gathered on Wikipedia.
In 2013 and 2014 volunteers are enthusiastically paving the way to make participation easy for others. In 2015, in nearly 40 countries all over the world, a national contest will be organized with their national monuments, partners, rules, events and winners.
This year, Bulgaria takes part in this contest for the first time.
Participate: Locally or Globally
If you have ever taken pictures (or videos!) of cultural heritage monuments of Bulgaria, we encourage you to upload them under a free licence in Wikimedia Commons - Wikipedia's multimedia repository. This way it will be able for your works to be used for illustrating encyclopaedic articles and enlarging the range of digital content under free licence. Eligible for the contest are images, uploaded between 1st and 30th September, but they might have been taken before this period.
Furthermore, if you have taken images of monuments of the cultural heritage of another country, you have the right to participate in the corresponding national part of the contest "Wiki Loves Monuments". The sole requirement is that the contest is conducted in this country during this year (2015). Please check the time frame of the contest in that country, because it might be slightly different. In the square further down you will see a full list of the countries, in which the contest takes place this year.
According to the same principle, foreigners, who have visited Bulgaria, are welcome to participate with their free images in the Bulgarian phase of the contest.
In any case, in order to upload an image for participation in the contest, you need a registration in Wikimedia Commons and a valid e-mail, stated in the preferences. With this registration you can log in afterwards in all language versions of Wikipedia and its sister projects of Wikimedia. Please, upload only images, of which you are the author.
The jury for the national phase of the contest will consist of at least three jurors with different abilities and experiences, and is being chosen and will be announced before 30th September 2015. The jury has to choose ten images which will participate in the international phase of the contest. The international jury will rank the winners among the nominated images and will present the prizes.
The national juries have to send their results to the international team before November 1st. The results from the international round of the contest will be announced on 15th December 2015.
The national juries will nominate photos for the international contest, which has its own jury.
The main prize will be a trip to Wikimania in Esino Lario, Italy, in June 2016, including travel and accommodation. Wikimania is the annual meeting where users from Wikipedia and Wikimedia from all over the world meet each other and discuss the global movement.
This prize has a maximum value of €2000.