Wikipedia receives large number of new heritage photos with competition
The winners of the Special Award for European Heritage of Photographic competition Wiki Loves Monuments have been presented. Organised by the German edition of the open source encyclopedia, this year saw a Special Award linked to the European Year of Cultural heritage 2018 for pictures that show an interesting perspective on European cultural heritage.
The Special Award wants to draw attention to the value of European Cultural Heritage and enhance the understanding for the subjects of European cultural history, monuments, as well as the Wikimedia projects. By allowing global submissions and inviting everyone to deal with European culture in a creative way, the project is supposed to help foster a better understanding on European culture across borders.
2nd prize Marian Naworski Power Plant in Łódź (Poland)
3rd prize Mikhail Prokhorov Church and Bridge close to the Kenozersky National Park (Russia)
Competitors from the entire world had sent in their favourite photos in the month of September, after which a jury selected the winners of every country. After all the winners for each country were presented in December, the separate Special Award winners were presented this February.
Wiki Loves Monuments (from Wikipedia)
Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is an annual international photographic competition held during the month of September, organised worldwide by Wikipedia community members with the help of local Wikimedia affiliates across the globe. Participants take pictures of local historical monuments and heritage sites in their region, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons. The aim of event is to highlight the heritage sites of the participating countries with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of these monuments, and to put them under a free licence which can then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.