The worlds biggest photography competition needs you
Wiki Loves Monuments is back this year, and the race is on to capture spectacular images of Irish landmarks. Last year saw 256 amateur and professional photographers submit 2015 images in total; the results now illustrate 323 different Wikipedia articles. The winning photographs can be seen HERE).
The competition calls for entrants to photograph monuments in their home county and upload them to the Wiki Loves Monuments website, where all the suggested sites are listed.
This year the competition has expanded to include historic houses and graveyards, increasing the number of locations from 530 to 970. Entries will be judged on November 1st, and the ten top-rated Irish submissions will go on to compete internationally.
Rebecca ONeill of Wikimedia Ireland commented, The incorporation of new monuments means that here in Dublin you could spend a day out with your camera and do a photo walk of the city, snapping as many of the Dublin monuments as you can, from the Long Hall in Trinity to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, to Collins Barracks. The images from last year spurred on Wikipedians to write new articles for Irish monuments, and to improve and expand the coverage of these unique Irish structures for the benefit of readers all over the world.
Wiki Loves Monuments is run by the Irish volunteer division of Wikimedia, the collective name for the movement which collectively covers Wiktionary, Wikiquote and, yes, Wikipedia. The photo competition began in 2010 in Norway, and has grown to over 9000 participants and 321,000 photo submissions last year to Wikipedia Commons, where they are public domain and freely licenced for educational use. In 2012, Wiki Loves Monuments was certified the worlds biggest photography competition by Guinness World Records.
The competition is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Heritage Week, the Heritage Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Open Knowledge Ireland and Dimension Data. It will be launched at Archeofest in Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday the 29th of August. The archaeology-themed event also promises family friendly excavation workshops, a pop-up museum and, best of all, a bouncy dolmen (!!!).
Featured Picture: Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, by Antonio Camelo