A first step in monumental Italy gives great finalists

A first step in monumental Italy gives great finalists

  • Posted on: November 3, 2012
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The organizers in Italy had to come a long way – but it was definitely worth it. While the jury has identified many winning pictures in different categories, you will find below the 10 nominations it has made to the international jury. A great selection of Italian heritage.

Probably it is good to realize how hard it was and is to organize this contest in Italy. Where in most countries it is allowed to photograph any building you like as long as you’re on the public road – this is not the case in all countries. In some countries, there is no Freedom of Panorama, which means basically that you need permission of the architect of a building to publish a photo of it. Because of copyright. In Italy, there is an even more restrictive law, which requires permission to publish photos of any ‘monumental building’ – including ancient buildings, which forms an obstacle for organizing Wiki Loves Monuments. You can read more about this in our previous blog post.

But in collaboration with several municipalities, councils, officials and monument owners such permissions have been collected for thousands of buildings. This is an ongoing process, and work is already being done for collecting such permissions for the 2013 competition (for more information, see the Italian website). This resulted for 2012 already in more than 7000 images, which is very promising for next year! We hope sincerely that we will be able to enjoy even more Italian heritage in such great quality.

1st place: Ancient Capua Roman amphitheatre, Santa Maria Capua Vetere

1st place: Ancient Capua Roman amphitheatre, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, by Nicola D’Orta

2nd place: Galleria Alberto Sordi shopping arcade in Rome: main entrance, arches and stained glasses

2nd place: Galleria Alberto Sordi shopping arcade in Rome: main entrance, arches and stained glasses, by Bernardo Marchetti

3rd place: Ferrara communal theatre: overview of the Foschini rotunda's circle

3rd place: Ferrara communal theatre: overview of the Foschini rotunda’s circle, by Andrea Parisi

4th place: Ponticello (small bridge) at Garden of Ninfa, Latina

4th place: Ponticello (small bridge) at Garden of Ninfa, Latina, by etfruscoloni

5th place: Baptistery of St. Peter, San Pietro in Consavia church, Asti: interior view

5th place: Baptistery of St. Peter, San Pietro in Consavia church, Asti: interior view, by Marco.odina

6th place: Arco di Traiano (Arch of San Damiano), Carsulae archaeological park, Terni

6th place: Arch of San Damiano, also known as Arch of Trajan, Carsulae archaeological park, Terni, by Milarix

7th place: Salt ponds in Trapani: harvesting salt. Windmill in the background

7th place: Salt ponds in Trapani: harvesting salt. Windmill in the background, by Algor7

8th place: Sarno archaeological museum: staircase interior

8th place: Sarno archaeological museum: staircase interior, by Skledy

9th place: Fénis castle by night, Aosta

9th place: Fénis castle by night, Aosta, by Rosario Lepore

10th place: Neptune fountain in Bologna main square

10th place: Neptune fountain in Bologna main square, by Giacomo Barbaro

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Lodewijk "Effeietsanders" Gelauff has been an active member of the Wikimedia community since 2005; over the years, he helped out as a steward and an administrator of several wikis as well as a board member of Wikimedia Nederland, member of the Chapters Committee and organiser of various internal Wikimedia activities. In 2010, he led Wiki Loves Monuments in the Netherlands together with Maarten, and was mainly responsible for the community-related part of the contest as well as for documentation, and internal and external communication. In 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the international organizing team.