Fancy taking part in the world’s largest photography contest? Here’s what you need to know.

Ireland will once again be taking part in the global Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest this year. Run locally under the auspices of the Wikimedia Ireland Community, the contest is open to members of the general public.

The idea is that people will upload their photographs of local monuments (but only those included on the official lists of monuments) to the Wikimedia Commons site, and in doing so, will hopefully give them a greater appreciation and understanding of local culture, heritage, and the built environment.

The original photo contest took place in the Netherlands back in 2010 with 12,500 freely licensed images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. In 2013, things had really taken off with nearly 370,000 photographs being submitted by almost 12,000 participants from over 50 countries.

Rathfarnham Castle in Dublin
The courtyard at Dublin Castle
The Wiki Loves Monuments photographic contest runs until 30th September, with an awards ceremony taking place in November. Last year, there were over 2,000 Irish entries in the contest, and the winning photos are available to view on the Wiki Loves Monuments website.

Each entry in the contest helps to document our cultural heritage, both locally and nationally, and your image will be freely available for future generations to enjoy. By contributing, you become part of an ever-growing community that believes in making knowledge freely available to all.

For further information on how to enter the contest or any other queries, check out the FAQs on the Wiki Loves Monuments site. You may also email the organisers if you have a more specific query.

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, so get snapping, people!


the thin grey line

Lead image Casino at Marino by Sandra Ryan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons; photos of Rathfarnham Castle and Dublin Castle © DUBLIN BUZZ



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