Wiki Loves Monuments, a photography competition to capture our heritage, launched at the beginning of September, 2017, and runs throughout the month. There are nearly 500,000 scheduled monuments and listed buildings to take photos of in the UK. Take a photo of one of them to enter in the competition. Use this tool to find one near you that does not have a photo: https://tools.wmflabs.org/wlmuk/#/

Archaeology Scotland is sponsoring the first place prize for the best photo from Scotland- 1 year’s membership – as part of Scottish Archaeology Month. Anyone can take part in the world’s largest photography competition, with a prize of £250 for the overall UK winner as well as international prizes.

To take part, you need to register an account on Wikipedia and upload your photos in September. Full instructions are on the competition website wikilovesmonuments.org.uk. The images do not have to be taken in September, so as long as you own the copyright you can submit photos that were taken at any time.

Since the competition started in 2010, 1.75 million photographs have been uploaded. Last year nearly 300 people took part in the UK’s competition, with their photos viewed a million times last month alone.

Wikipedia is a source of information for many people, and Wiki Loves Monuments is an attempt to better illustrate Wikipedia with pictures of castles, bridges, listed buildings and other monuments, large or small, that are part of our collective heritage. By taking part in the competition, people can share their local heritage with a global audience and see their pictures on one of the world’s most visited websites.

In the UK the competition is being organised by volunteers and Wikimedia UK, the national charity for the global Wikimedia movement.

Visit wikilovesmonuments.org.uk for information on how to take part.

Images:

  1. Winchester Cathedral (2016 winner; England; medieval)
  2. Tone Mills Dyehouse (2016 runner up; England; Industrial Revolution)
  3. Eilean Donan Castle (2016 runner up; Scotland; medieval)
  4. Helmsley Castle (2013 runner up; England; medieval)
  5. Gwal y Filiast (2014 runner up; Wales; prehistoric)
  6. Wayland’s Smithy (2014 entry; England; prehistoric)
  7. Victoria Baths (2014 runner up; England; Victorian)