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2013 Award ceremony

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.

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.

2012 Award ceremony

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.

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!!

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