Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Australia

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 - 1st to 30th September, 2019
Photograph Australian cultural heritage for Wikipedia and win!

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.

This year, Australia participates again, and you are encouraged to submit any photos of monuments in Australia between 1 and 30 September. By submitting your photos to the competition, you share your heritage with the rest of the world to enjoy through the internet. We will explain below how to participate, what you can win and what monument sites are eligible. There are dozens of other countries that you can participate in, please check out the international website.

Participate

Find a monument, take a photo and upload it to Wikimedia Commons:

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Find monuments
There are plenty of cultural heritage monuments in your region. Check the list of monuments and note the monument ID!


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Take photos
Make as many and as good photos as you can, try different angles. Even if the photo doesn't win you a prize, it may help Wikipedia!


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Describe them
Write down what you photographed. Record the site's name, the monument ID, description, and date of photo.


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Upload to Commons
Upload your images to Wikimedia Commons between 1st and 30th of September. Create an account, if you don't have one already.

Contact us!

Bidgee - robert.myers@wikimedia.org.au

Why participate?

Participate in Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photography competition in the world, and help Wikipedia document monuments and heritage buildings.

Participating is fun! By photographing and sharing images of heritage nearby you, you can explore more about Australia's heritage and learn about it. It's a nice challenge to improve your photography skills, and you can of course be in the top ten finalists and win a $100 gift card or voucher and a certificate of recognition. The national jury will select up to 10 images that will represent Australia in the international finale. These images will compete for the international awards. More information about the international competition is available on www.wikilovesmonuments.org .

You can also upload images that you may have taken already during one of your travels to the national competition of that country. Check if your travel destination participates in Wiki Loves Monuments this year.

Competition rules

We try to keep the competition clean and simple to participate. There are only a few rules for photos to participate in the contest in Australia. Let's quickly go through them. Every submission should be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded during September 2019;
  • During the upload process, you give permission with a CC BY-SA license to re-use the image;
  • Contain a listed monument, which you have identified using the monument identifier (see elsewhere on this page);

Next to that, there are a few practical rules:

  • You should have an activated e-mail address on Wikimedia Commons;
  • If the photo gets deleted for any reason, it is automatically disqualified from the competition;
  • You are responsible for following the law while taking and uploading the photo.

In September, you may upload as many pictures (old or new) as you want of monuments that you have visited. At the end of the month, the national jury will evaluate the photographs and select the best 10 pictures of the monuments in Australia to submit to represent in the international finale. The international jury will then announce the international winners in December.

More about Australia's monuments

A list of heritage places can be found at List of Australian heritage sites

The Jury

Our jury will process the images through two or three rounds during October. At the end of this process, the jury determines the top-10. If there are any doubts about the implementation of the rules, the jury decides.

Judging criteria

The jury will determine the winners of the international contest taking into the consideration the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality (sharpness, use of light, perspective etc.);
  • Originality;
  • Usefulness of the image for Wikipedia.

Other things considered include placement within the subject's local environment, unique perspective especially for the more commonly photographed places.

Images that reach a top ranking of the international finale, will typically at least fulfil the technical criteria of the ‘Featured Image’ process at Wikimedia Commons. But feel free to submit many images, and let the jury be concerned if they are good enough.

Note: Wikimedia Australia along with the whole Australian community acknowledges Indigenous heritage sites and their importance. As such we will select the 10 best images regardless. To comply with WLM International judging requirements WMAU may substitute some images to enable 10 images meeting their definition of built structures to be entered into the international judging.

2019 Winners