From Easter Island to monumental neon signs in Chile

From Easter Island to monumental neon signs in Chile

  • Posted on: November 2, 2012
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The jury of Chile has already announced the winning pictures of their national competition, and managed to include a wide variety of cultural heritage in their selection. More than 4,000 images were submitted by 300+ people. While the first prize winner in the national competition shows a monument in decay – an almost anonymous room spoiled with graffiti in the salpeter mines of Humberstone – the church on the second place seems to be in perfect condition.

The third place shows a monument that probably everybody knows – the famous polynesian statues on Easter Island (also UNESCO world heritage) of more than 500 years old, while at the same time the tenth place shows much more modern history: neon advertizing signs of sparkling wine from the 1950s.

1st place: Office at Humberstone

Office at Humberstone, by Tefy fd

2nd place: Church of San Pedro de Atacama

2nd place: Church of San Pedro de Atacama, by Eduardo Banderas G.

Easter Island, by Javier Ramos Pinochet

3rd place: Easter Island, by Javier Ramos Pinochet

Valle de la Luna, by Davide guallini

4th place: Valle de la Luna, by Davide guallini

The Rano Raraku where the Moai were cut, by Fabián Sepúlveda M.

The Rano Raraku where the Moai were cut, by Fabián Sepúlveda M.

Bulnes Fortress, by Davide guallini

Bulnes Fortress, by Davide guallini

San Francisco Church in Valparaíso, by Naxsquire

San Francisco Church in Valparaíso, by Naxsquire

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Pablo Neruda, by Miguelcarrascoq

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Pablo Neruda, by Miguelcarrascoq

Church of Achauta, by Claudio Cortés Aros

Church of Achauta, by Claudio Cortés Aros

This neon sign (and another sign one block away) was recently declared National Monument by president Sebastián Piñera in May 2010. This sign is a truthful representative of 1950's Chilean advertising. The sign is one of the first

This neon sign (and another sign one block away) was recently declared National Monument by president Sebastián Piñera in May 2010. This sign is a truthful representative of 1950’s Chilean advertising. The sign is one of the first “commercial items” to be declared National Monuments in Chile, by Calr1023

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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 2011-2013, he was a member of the international organizing team. After that, he has remained involved as jury coordinator and advisor.