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Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa
The photo competition for monuments and heritage sites.

Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa 2013

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Nick Roux (centre) accepting the first place and most uploads awards on behalf of Leo-za1 from event organisers Dumisani Ndubane (left) and Douglas Scott (right).

On Saturday the 23rd of November 2013 Wikimedia South Africa hosted the awards gala for the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments Photographic competition. We wish to give our warmest congratulations to this year's winners.

Additionally we would like to thank everyone that attended this year's award gala held at the Midrand Premier Hotel in Midrand, Gauteng Province. Around forty people attended from across the country representing all walks of life and all with an interest in South Africa's heritage.

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Event MC and Wikimedia ZA director Bobby Shabangu starting off the award ceremony.

We would also like to thank our sponsors and organisational supporters. Without them this event would not have been possible. This year we would like to welcome Orms as our newest partners for Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa moving forward.


Submissions for the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments photographic competition in South Africa has come to an end.

This year 6,432 photographs were submitted to Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa. This is a fantastic increase from the 1,858 submitted last year. We have also noted that the quality of pictures submitted this year in South Africa has greatly increased. We would like to thank each of the 89 participants that submitted photographs in 2013.

If you missed this year's competition or would like to participate again in next year's competition then start taking photographs now to submit in Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in September 2014.

  • You can view all of the photographs submitted during Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa 2013 on Wikimedia Commons here.
  • You can view all of the photographs submitted globally during 2013 on Wikimedia Commons here.

International competition
This year a grand total of 369,589 photographs were submitted by 11,943 participants from all over the world totalling 1,287.9 gigabytes of submitted pictures. This is a slight increase of 4195 photographs from the 365,394 submitted globally in 2012. Thereby once again making this year's competition the largest photographic competition in the world.


The winners for the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments ZA photographic competition are:

Vouchers from Orms to the value of R7,500.
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R4,000.
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R2,500.
  • Most Entries Prize: with a staggering 1,677 photographs goes to Leo za1
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R3,000.

Congratulations to our winners!

Our top three winning photographs have been submitted with seven other submissions as part of the ten top photographs submitted by South Africa into the international Wiki Loves Monuments competition. All of the competing photographs for the international competition, including the South African entries, can be viewed here.

South African Monuments

Find your monument's SAHRA-ID

The 3614 national heritage estates in South Africa are categorized into three grades:

  • Grade I:
Heritage resources with qualities so exceptional that they are of special national significance. There are 18 sites in this category.
  • Grade II:
Heritage resources which, although forming part of the national estate, can be considered to have special qualities which make them significant within the context of a province or a region. There are 3019 sites in this category, of which 1500 sites are unmapped.
  • Grade III:
Other heritage resources worthy of conservation. There are 39,145 sites in this category, all of them unmapped.

This competition will target photographing, uploading and categorizing grade I and II monuments. Read more on Commons…

A list of grade I through to grade II monuments in your province and their respective SAHRA ID can be found here.

Suggested monuments

Below is a list of some suggested monuments for participants to photograph of both listed and unlisted locations. As always participants are encouraged to photograph widely as they like and also consider photographing other listed and unlisted locations.

Suggested listed monuments

These locations are all listed grade I and II monuments in South Africa. You can see a list of other monuments nearby by clicking on their respective links.

Suggested unlisted monuments

Unfortunately a number of the suggested unlisted monuments we had recommended previously might be subject to Freedom of Panorama issues. We have therefore asked that pictures of monuments that were built recently not be submitted. We are sorry for the confusion.

Days Left to Wiki Loves Monuments 2015

Competition Rules

  1. The pictures have to be your own work and uploaded by yourself.
  2. Only pictures uploaded during the month of September 2015 are eligible. Uploaded photographs do not have to be taken during September 2015.
  3. Pictures must not have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons before.
  4. Only pictures released under a free license are eligible to participate.
  5. All uploads must show its SAHRA ID number. If they are proposed monuments, use the code "New".
  6. You need to have account at Wikimedia Commons.


National awards

The prizes for Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa are:

  • First Prize
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 8,000.00
  • Second Prize
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 4,000.00
  • Best media/video documenting a heritage site (national)
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 3,000.00
  • Best Photographic Submission in the Western Cape
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 6,000.00
  • Best use on of WLM submissions on Wikipedia
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 3,000.00
  • Best use of WLM content to document heritages sites in the Western Cape on Wikipedia
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R 4,000.00

To enter the “Best use on Wikipedia” categories please add the following categories to the photograph/media pages on Commons after that media has been used on Wikipedia: “Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 South Africa used on Wikipedia

International contest

The national juries will nominate photos for the international contest. International awards can be found here.

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