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Winners of the first Wiki Loves Monuments in the Dutch Caribbean are:

Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is a public photo competition around cultural heritage monuments, organized by Wikimedia chapters and groups. 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, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Panama, Ghana, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa and the United States.

The aim of the contest is to ask the general public—readers and users of Wikipedia, photographers, hobbyists, etc.—to take pictures of cultural heritage monuments and upload them to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia.

Aruba joined the competition twice already: in 2013 and 2014. We now are organizing it on all of the islands of the Dutch Carribean: Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba. This competition is organised in close collaboration with the Dutch WLM team.

Main Rules

The basic set of rules or "recommendations" to run the contest are:
  1. All photos participating in the competition should be self-taken and self-uploaded;
  2. Upload is made possible in September only (extraordinary cases will be evaluated individually), both to Wikimedia Commons and an interim external website, e.g. Flickr or Google Picasa;
  3. The default licence is Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0);
  4. All eligible pictures should have an identifier, given by the participants during upload;
  5. Participants should have their e-mail function enabled on Wikimedia Commons (or the platform they uploaded their photos to) to be eligible for prizes;
  6. Every country is able to nominate 10 pictures to the international stage of the competition.

Lists of monuments per island

Joining the competition

Flow of Wiki Loves Monuments

Joining Wiki Loves Monuments is easy!

Before uploading:

  • You need a (free) account on the Wikimedia projects. You can log in with your Wikipedia account, or register at Special:UserLogin/signup. 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 photo" text. Some fields will now be pre-filled.
  • Make sure you use a descriptive file name while uploading (no DSC_73482.jpg)

You can only upload through the list, when there is no picture yet. If there is a picture already on display, or you want to upload more pictures simultaneously, then go to Wikimedia commons.

  • Make sure you're logged in (otherwise you cannot upload)
  • Look up the number of the monument in your picture in the lists at Wikipedia
  • Click here to 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 file 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. Please be aware this only is valid for photo's taken outside (Panorama Freedom) and from the open road. For taking pictures inside you need the permission of the owners of the property. Click "Next".
  • 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.


  • First Prize: Amazon gift card €150* & glossy Historical Walking Tour Guidebooks (glossy sponsored by the St. Eustatius Monuments Foundation)
  • Runner up: Amazon gift card €100*
  • Third prize: Amazon gift card €50*
  • Special prize: an architectual-historical walking tour in Otrobanda Curacao, by architect Anko van der Woude for 20 persons, incl. a drink at the Netto Bar (nafl 300,- (about 150 euro)

* These prizes are generously offered by the Dutch Chapter Wikimedia Nederland.

The top 10 pictures will be nominated for the International Competition and have a chance to win even more prizes!

Extra prize for Wikivoyage banner

Would you like to win an extra prize, a gorgeous photo book related to cultural heritage?

This year we invite you to contribute page banners for Wikivoyage as part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2017. It is simple:

  • Crop your WLM photo such that it has the 7:1 aspect ratio
  • Upload the cropped file here. Don't forget a short description!
  • If you like, propose your banner on a talk page of a Wikivoyage travel guide. Local community will then decide on its usage.

Click here for more information on this special Wiki Loves Monuments prize.

Winners 2017

Winners of the first Wiki Loves Monuments in the Dutch Caribbean are:

Winners Aruba 2014

Winners Aruba 2013