Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 in Malta

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Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 - September 1st to 30th, 2021
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, 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 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:

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

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!

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

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!

Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is organised by Wikimedia Community Malta Contact us on Facebook or at for more information.

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 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 .

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 Malta. Let's quickly go through them. Every submission should be:

  • Self taken and self uploaded;
  • Uploaded during September 2021;
  • 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 - otherwise we may not be able to contact you if you win;
  • 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.

images uploaded from Malta!


You stand a chance to win any of the following items:

  • 1st prize: €400 in photographic equipment from PhotoCity, Valletta
  • 2nd prize: €300 in books from Kite Group, Merlin Publishers and Midsea Publishers.
  • 3rd prize: €200 in box office tickets from Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
  • 4th-10th: A goody bag each containing custom-made Wiki Loves Monuments mementos

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 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

The Jury

Our jury will process 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 2020 were: Angie Balzan, Sarah Borg, Davide Denti, Mario Mintoff, Andrea Stegani, Enriquè Tabone; the judging was coordinated by Toni Sant. Jury members for 2021 will be announced shortly.

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.