Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Ireland

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Ireland

Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 in Ireland is focusing on Ireland's missing monuments! Check out this site to find an interactive map of Ireland. There you will find all the Irish monuments eligible for inclusion, and those with no photograph. Once you have snapped our missing monument, upload your images to Wikimedia Commons through the map by clicking on the individual monuments.

Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is a public photo competition around cultural heritage monuments, organized by Wikimedia chapters and groups around the world. In 2010 it was organised in the Netherlands, and was followed by a Europe-wide 2011 edition. Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 went global and was organised in several countries around the world.

The aim of the contest is encourage the participation of professional and amateur photographers to contribute to Wikimedia Commons, whilst showcasing their local built heritage to an international audience.

Rules[edit]

The rules are simple:

  • Photos must be taken and uploaded by you. Videos and other types of moving image, non-photographic works such as drawings or computer-generated works are not eligible. You cannot use a photo that you have previously uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
  • Photos must be uploaded beginning on 27 August 2017. It doesn’t matter when they were taken. The deadline for the final upload is 30 September 2017, 11:59 p.m. GMT
  • Photos must be freely licensed with no watermarks, advertisements or signatures in the images. By using the Wiki Loves Monuments Image Uploader a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) licence will automatically be entered.
  • The subject of the photo must be one of the monuments listed on this site.
  • You must be a registered user of Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons. This is the website that acts as a repository for photographs and other images that can be freely used on Wikipedia and elsewhere. You can do this straight away, or you’ll be prompted to register when you upload images.
  • You must have a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!

Top tips[edit]

Criteria[edit]

The jury will judge individual entries based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality
  • Originality
  • Potential usefulness and overall value of the image (including its licensing) to the Wikimedia projects

Out and about[edit]

  • Please be respectful and considerate to your fellow photographers, and to others.
  • If you are photographing building interiors, stop straight away if you are asked to do so. Some places prohibit interior photography, but in others you may be allowed to continue if you ask for permission.
  • Do not trespass on private property (it is perfectly OK, though, to take photographs while standing in a public place such as the street).
  • Try to avoid taking photographs in which individual people appear prominently. You may not be able to avoid people entirely, for examples at tourist attractions, and where you have to you can include crowds or groups of people provided they are not a main part of your image.
  • Where possible avoid photographing vehicles, and particularly vehicle numberplates.
  • Please do not upload photographs of posters, noticeboards, signs, modern murals, or anything else having text or two-dimensional images that might be copyright-protected. That applies even to text or images that are in a public place and that everyone else is taking pictures of. Ancient wall paintings in churches are fine, as are photos of stained glass windows of any date.

FAQs[edit]

Below are some frequently asked questions about Wiki Loves Monuments.

I am a professional photographer. Should I take part? Yes, your photography expertise will help lift the quality of the images of Ireland’s cultural heritage significantly and contribute to the Wikimedia global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world.

I am NOT a professional photographer. Should I take part? Yes please! Your entry helps to document Ireland’s cultural heritage, and your image will be freely available for future generations. By contributing your image, you become part of a growing community that believes in making knowledge freely available to all.

How many images can I enter? There is no limit to how many images you can enter. We would advise however, that you be selective and only upload your best shots!

Why are some monuments in my county not included in your list? We have based this competition on a specially selected list of publically accessible national monuments kindly provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and input from local councils. The list now includes 970 monuments recognised as structures of cultural significance either by the National Monuments Service or the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

What happens to my image once I've uploaded it? Our volunteers will verify the image is eligible (ie. one of the monuments listed on this website), and it will be passed on for judging.

I didn't include my e-mail upon registration, or want to change it. How can I configure it? Go to Wikimedia Commons Preferences page http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Preferences and at the bottom, you’ll find an option to change your email address.

How do I find out if I won? Winners will be notified by email and announced at the Awards Ceremony in November 2017, then published on this website, on Facebook, Twitter and the Wikimedia Community Ireland mailing list.

Can I enter photographs of monuments in other countries? Yes, but you'll have to find out if that country is participating in 2017 and you cannot enter the image through this website. To upload images to other sections of the contest, please visit the international upload page. Note that many countries start their upload period from 1st September.

I've got some photos that would be great for Wikipedia, but they aren't eligible for this competition. Do you still want them? Yes please. This particular contest is targeted at protected buildings, but there are many other monuments and indeed subjects which we would welcome photographs of. You can upload them via this link.

Can I edit Wikipedia myself to add my photo to an article that doesn't have images? Yes, we'd be delighted! If you are not already a Wikipedia editor, see here to get started. Don’t forget to log in – see the very top right corner of your browser screen. If you’ve already uploaded your image, it can easily be re-used on Wikipedia just by adding a link to the page in the format. This guide explains more.

I've taken a much better photo than the one in the Wikipedia article. Can I replace the image in the article with mine? If yours is quite clearly much better in all respects, then yes. But if there is any doubt at all it’s polite to post a message to the article’s talkpage and say something to like "I think this photo is better than the current one. Does anyone mind if I replace the one in the article?" Add a link so that people can see your suggested image. Then come back a week later and make the change if no-one has objected.

Will my photo be entered into an international competition? Yes! Countries around the world as well as Ireland are also running their own national competitions, and the top ten entries of the Irish competition will be entered into the international competition for the best monuments photo from around the world.

Prizes[edit]

  • 1st place: €200
  • 2nd place: €100
  • 3rd place: €75
  • 4th-10th place €25

Partners[edit]

  • Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht
  • The Heritage Council
  • National Heritage Week
  • Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland