Participate in the second edition of Wiki Loves Monuments Malta and document Malta's cultural heritage!
Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photo competition in the world will be taking place in Malta for the second time this September! You are invited to take pictures of cultural heritage monuments, buildings and sites, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons throughout the month of September.
Whether you consider yourself a budding photographer or if you would simply like to share those holiday snaps with the world, Wiki Loves Monuments is open to professional and amateur photographers alike. This is a great opportunity for your photos to contribute to the world's knowledge and the preservation of Malta's's cultural and historical heritage and to have your photos used throughout Wikipedia.
Who can take part?
Everybody can take part in Wiki Loves Monments! There is no minimum age to participate, and there is no participation fee. You don't need to be a professional photographer, nor do you need to own any expensive camera equipment. Just visit some of your local heritage sites and start snapping!
In order for your photo to be eligible for this competition, it must be:
Taken and uploaded by yourself;
Uploaded to Wikimedia Commons throughout September 2017;
Must not contain any watermarks or other text overlay.
You are strongly encouraged to list your email address when signing up for a Wiki account. Although this is not a strict requirement, we may be unable to contact you to reclaim your prize if your email is not listed.
Jury & criteria
Entries will be judged according to the following three factors:
Aesthetic quality (quality of photography, composition, lighting)
Heritage value of subject
Relevance to Wikipedia and Wiki
The competition jury is composed of experts within the fields of cultural heritage, photography and Wikimedia:
Sabina Bonnici - Maltese-Australian creative producer based in Dublin. Founding member of Wikimedia Ireland.
Vanessa Ciantar - Trained archaeologist with vast experience in Malta's Cultural Heritage Management sector.
Charles Coleiro - Writer and broadcaster specialising in local heritage and folklore.
Patrick Farrugia - Prominent local photographer and web designer and a member of the Malta Photographic Society.
Mario Mintoff - Photographer and owner of Photocity, one of the prime photography establishments in Malta.
Richard Nevell - Member of Wikimedia UK and administrator of English-language Wikipedia.
Prizes will be awarded as follows (all vouchers are redeemable from Photocity, Valletta):
1st prize: €350 cash or €400 voucher
2nd prize: €200 cash or €250 voucher
3rd prize: €100 cash or €120 voucher
4th-10th prize: €25 cash or €30 voucher
Greatest contributor (awarded to the user who submits the highest quantity of photos): €50 cash or €75 voucher
Wiki Loves Monuments is an annual international photographic competition organised by Wikimedia chapters and groups that aims to promote and share knowledge about heritage sites across the world through Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons). Everybody can participate in Wiki Loves Monuments.
There are many 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 Maltese 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. At the end of the month, the contest jury will begin evaluating the photographs and will choose the best 10 pictures of the monuments in Malta, and ultimately in the world.
Joining the competition
Joining Wiki Loves Monuments is easy!
You need a (free) Wiki account. You can log in with your Wikipedia account, or register here. Don't forget to fill in your e-mail address, otherwise we cannot contact you in case you win!
Uploading through the lists:
The easiest way to upload pictures is to click on the "upload your photos" button below or by finding the relevant monument in the list of eligible monuments and clicking on the "upload photo" button there.
Make sure you use a descriptive file name while uploading (no DSC_73482.jpg).
Make sure you're logged in (otherwise you cannot upload).
The uploading itself:
Click the square "Select media files to shares". Select the images you want to upload on your own computer.
Add more files by clicking "add more files" and selecting the next picture on your computer.
On the second page, you state to release the pictures are you own work and you release them under the Creative Commons license.
On the third page, you can add detailed information on the pictures. Don't forget to mention the monument number! Click "Next".
On the fourth page you can go to the main page of Wikimedia Commons or upload more pictures.