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What is Wiki Loves Monuments?

Wiki Loves Monuments is a photographic competition that is active during the month of September. In South Africa September is also Heritage month. Wiki Loves Monuments ZA, the South African component of Wiki Loves Monuments international, celebrates this by inviting members of the public to submit photographs of monuments from across South Africa and upload them to the creative commons.

You can see the photos that were submitted last year 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.

If there is a notable heritage site that you think is worthy of national recognition, please take a photograph of the existing site and motivate for consideration by the National Heritage Council and the South African Heritage Resource Agency. Please send this photograph and motivation to this email address. 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 prize that is still to be determined by the international organisers. Last year the winner went 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. Last year the competition went global and held in 35 countries including South Africa for the first time!

Connect with your Heritage. Get your camera, phone or tablet, visit a heritage site and start clicking! Read more on Commons...

Winning photographs from 2012

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