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Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa
The photo competition for monuments and heritage sites.
Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 Award Event
The first Wiki Loves Monuments competition in South Africa and the African continent was held in September 2012 with the award ceremony taking place in November of that year. Out of 1861 images submitted three winning entries were selected and were further submitted for the international competition round.
Below is a photo of all 5 Winners during the prize giving function held at the OR Tambo Premier Hotel on the 17th November 2012.
Below are the Winning photographs of South African monuments available on Wikimedia Commons.
McClean Observatory Cape Town.jpg
1st Prize McClean Observatory Cape Town by Wimfilmalter
Mosaic walkway at the Donkin Reserve Port Elizabeth South Africa.jpg
2nd Prize Mosaic walkway at the Donkin Reserve Port by Kay-africa
Swartberg Pass 01.jpg
3rd Prize Swartberg Pass 01 by Chris Snelling
There was a last minute change to the prizes with a decision to award a runner-up prize for most uploads for the competition. Because the first and second placed entrants were so close (Roche Pietersen on 198 pictures and Rute Martins on 180 pictures) we awarded prizes to both of them. We would like to thank all participants and encourage everyone who will be in South Africa during September 2013 to have a camera handy and click away!!
About Wiki Loves monuments
The Wiki Loves Monument Photographic Competition launched at the beginning of Heritage Month ran throughout September. You can see the photos that have already been uploaded here
It is easy to take part: go to a heritage site near you, take the photo, and upload!
Uploading is simple and can be done either by using the mobile/tablet app (for android, download here) or by plugging your camera into your computer and using our upload wizard. Remember that you have to register first, and all entries are released under the CC-BY-SA licence. For more information on this licence, click here.
Taking and entering award-winning photographs will give you the extra edge. Click on these links for tips on composing photos, taking photographs of buildings and landscapes.
If there is a notable heritage site that you think is worthy of national recognition, please take a photograph of the existing site and nominate it for consideration by the National Heritage Council and the South African Heritage Resource Agency. This is your chance to keep Heritage alive!
This competition is now officially the biggest photo competition in the world according to the World Guinness Records!!
Introduction to Wiki Loves Monuments
Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is an international public competition where you can photograph symbols of our cultural heritage (buildings, statues, shipwrecks, etc.) and share the photos with the world by uploading them to Wikimedia Common. Wikimedia Commons is a database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute and which anyone can use. Wiki Loves Monuments is organised separately in every participating country by the local wikimedia community. The top photographs from South Africa will receive national and provincial prizes. The best photographs from participating countries will be entered into an international contest. One lucky photograph will win a ticket to Hong Kong.
Wiki Loves Monuments began as a pilot project in the Netherlands in September 2010. Over 12,500 photos were entered by more than 250 participants. Due to this huge success, the project was rolled out to 18 European countries in 2011. More than 165,000 pictures of European monuments were entered for the 2011 competition. This year, the competition is going global and is being held in 35 countries!
Connect with your Heritage. Get your camera, phone or tablet, visit a heritage site and start clicking! Read more on Commons...
Wikimedia South Africa
Wikimedia South Africa is a Wikimedia chapter for the Republic of South Africa. It is incorporated as a Section 21 non-profit-making organisation under South African law. It was founded locally on 25 February 2012 after being approved as a chapter by the Wikimedia Foundation on 26 March 2011. This chapter will promote local awareness of the projects and their proper academic use, encourage translation efforts into local languages, support the creation of local free knowledge and media and offer scholarships for promising local students. Please visit our website if you are interested in joining us.
Wikimedia South Africa is an independent organisation for Wikimedia volunteers.