Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2023 in Russia

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With a heavy heart, we start Wiki Loves Monuments in Russia 2023. The genocidal war launched by Russia against Ukraine had a huge and unmitigable impact on the Ukrainian cultural heritage not only near the front lines but all over the country, including the recent barbaric attack on the UNESCO monuments in Odesa. In this situation, we do not feel it is the right time to promote Russian cultural heritage, but we still see the need to document it, because many of the historical sites in Russia see their last years, neglected and abandoned while more and more resources are spent on the war machine.

This year we will not submit Russian photos into the international round, but we nevertheless invite the participants to upload photos of Russian cultural heritage for the local competition. Detailed information is available on our landing page.


  • Take pictures of cultural heritage monuments in Russia and upload them to Wikimedia Commons
  • Lists of cultural heritage monuments are available. You will find an upload link (Загрузить файл) on the right-hand side of the monument's description. This link will take you to the upload wizard with a few important fields already filled, namely, the file description, Commons categories, and monument ID. You are welcome to modify or augment the file description. Please, don't change the monument ID.
  • Note that we excluded monuments in the area of the military conflict. We disabled the upload link for those monuments.
  • You should take photos yourself and release them under a free license like CC-BY-SA-4.0.
  • Photos can be taken at any time, but should be uploaded between September 1, 00:00 and September 30, 23:59 UTC

Ruined gate of the Kamenka estate
short-listed photo from WLM Russia 2022

Last, but not least:

  • If you are new to Wikimedia Commons, remember to update your profile and provide your e-mail address. We will use it for informing you about the prize. A link to "Email this user" should be visible in the left panel of your user page.
  • Photos of any reasonable quality can be uploaded and will be appreciated by the organizers. However, the jury reserves the right to consider only those photos that exceed 2 megapixel in resolution


Have questions? Feel free to ask here, or send us an e-mail.