Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in Rwanda

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in Rwanda - October 5th to November 5th, 2020
Photograph your 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, Rwanda participates for the first time, and you are encouraged to submit any photos of monuments in Rwanda between 5th October and 5th November 2020. 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


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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,description, and date of photo.


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Upload to Commons
Upload your images to Wikimedia Commons between 5th October and 5th of November. Create an account, if you don't have one already.

Contact us!

You can reach out to us via wikimediarwanda@gmail.com Or via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WikiRwanda

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 Rwanda heritage and learn about it. It's a nice challenge to improve your photography skills, and you can of course win some nice prizes. We are awarding voucher prizes to the top 3 winners.The national jury will select up to top 10 images that will represent Rwanda in the international finale but ONLY the top 3 will be awarded with prize vouchers. 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 Rwanda. Let's quickly go through them. Every submission should be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded during the contest period (Oct 5 - Nov 5);
  • 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 October, 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 Rwanda to submit to represent in the international finale.

More about Rwanda's monuments

Rwanda has got a good number of monuments located in all parts of the country, some were established centuries ago. You may explore more about Rwanda's list of monuments here

The Jury

Our jury will process the images through two or three rounds during November. 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.

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.