Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Canada
Wikimedia Canada announces its participation for the fourth year in the largest photo contest in the world, Wiki Loves Monuments. Users are invited to take pictures of historic places, then, during the month of September, upload their best shots in Wikimedia Commons.
You have pictures of monuments stalled in your computer since your last trip? This is a great opportunity to give them a second life in this Wiki Loves Monuments contest. In addition to being seen by everyone, your pictures could be included in Wikipedia and contribute to the preservation of Canada's cultural and historical heritage.
Over 12,000 historic places are listed by Parks Canada, but only 20% of these places have freely licensed images to illustrate Wikipedia articles... not to mention that some sites, such as the Port Refuge archaeological site, are inaccessible; even Parks Canada has no picture. Freely licensed photos collected through Wiki Loves Monuments may also be reused elsewhere than in Wikipedia.
Photos may have been taken at any time; last year's winning Canadian photo was a winter scene. The key criteria to be eligible for the contest are that they be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons in September 2017 ... and that they have been taken by you, of course!
You do not know where to go for your holidays this summer? Why not plan your route using the interactive map of Wiki Loves Monuments? The green marks refer to historic sites where no photos under a free licence are known to exist. The locations shown in red already have photos available in Commons, but you can definitely take better pictures or zoom your lens on architectural details.
There is no minimum age to participate, and there is no participation fee. Besides WLM being a competition, it is first a fun activity, ideal for families. The competition also allows us to inform our cultural heritage, while improving our photographic talents!
Launched in 2010 in the Netherlands as "Rijksmonument", meaning "monument of the nation", the contest gave us 12,500 free pictures of Dutch monuments. The success of that competition attracted the attention of several other Wikimedia chapters, and the 2011 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments extended to 18 European countries. Within a month, more than 5,000 participants upload nearly 170,000 photographs under a free licence, a world record, certified by Guinness Book of Records.The 2012 edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments left Europe, and this time 35 countries took part in the competition to beat WLM's own record: 15,000 participants uploaded 350,000 pictures on Wikimedia Commons.
Frequently asked questions
Is the contest free?
Yes, there is no cost to participate. You must only have an account on Wikimedia Commons and upload you pictures.
When can I take pictures?
Any time. The contest takes place during the whole month of September, but you can submit pictures taken at any time, even ones taken several years ago. The only rule is to upload them to Commons between September 1st and September 30th.
Am I allowed to retouch my pictures?
Yes. You can retouch your picture with any software.
Can I submit any type of pictures?
No, they must represent a monument or a historic place on the repertoire of Historic Places of Canada.
Can I submit pictures taken in another country?
Yes, if it is a historic place recognized by the government of that country. However, you will have to upload through the upload wizard of that country and you will be eligible for the contest of that country.
On maps, why are markers not of the same color?
A red mark does not mean Wikimedia Commons will not take more photos of this historic site, a photo in the repository can be improved, whether it is a better picture quality or better weather. The green mark does not mean that there is no picture in the repertory, it simply means that no user has added an image in one of the lists.
If I didn't find an answer to my question
Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition to promote historic sites around the World through Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons). Everybody can participate.
There are a lot of historic monuments in all participating countries. The goal of Wiki Loves Monuments is to encourage people to take pictures of those monuments, and to put them under a free licence so that others may access them through the Internet. To achieve that, an international contest will take place in September 2017. This page introduces the Canadian part of this competition.
In September, you may upload as many picture as you want of monuments that you have visited. Pictures don't have to be taken in September, but must be uploaded that month to be considered. On October 1 the contest jury will begin evaluating the photographs and awarding international prizes for the best pictures.
The competition is organized by Wikimedia Canada.
How to participate
1. Select historical places to photograph, either on the official lists on Wikipedia, or on the map of geolocated places. It is imperative that you take the photos yourself.
Here are some tips to increase your chances of winning the contest.