Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Malta
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, Malta participates again, and you are encouraged to submit any photos of monuments in Malta 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.
Find a monument, take a photo and upload it to Wikimedia Commons:
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 Malta's heritage and learn about it. It's a nice challenge to improve your photography skills, and the top photos in the Maltese competition will compete with the best photos from around the world in the international Wiki Loves Monuments competition! The national jury will select up to 10 images that will represent Malta in the international finale. 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.
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 Malta. 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;
- Photos should not contain watermarks.
- Make sure you use a descriptive file name while uploading
- 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 Malta to submit to represent in the international finale. The international jury will then announce the international winners in December.
You stand a chance to win any of the following items:
- 1st prize: One-year Heritage Malta membership for a family of four & Heritage Malta publications
- 2nd prize: One-year Heritage Malta membership for two & Heritage Malta publications
- 3rd prize: One-year Heritage Malta membership for one
- 4th-10th: Heritage Malta publications
More about Malta's monuments
The list of monuments eligible for the competition consist of structures that are officially recognised within Malta's National Inventory of Cultural Property of Cultural Property as compiled by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. These include monuments and structures that are of social, historical, architectural or artistic importance. The full list of monuments can be found here
Our jury processed the images through 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. The competition jury is composed of experts within the fields of cultural heritage, photography and Wikimedia. The jury members for 2019 were: Mārtiņš Bruņenieks, Glen Calleja, Kurt Meli, Russell Muscat, Letta Shtohryn, Enriquè Tabone; the judging was coordinated by Toni Sant.
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.);
- Usefulness of the image for Wikipedia.
Images that reach a top ranking of the international finale, will typically at least fulfill 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.