Wiki Loves Monuments

Israeli heritage is calling you

on Oct 13, 2012

It’s the second time that I take part in the world’s largest photography competition: Wiki Loves Monuments. Being German, it was reasonable for me in 2011 to take photos somewhere in Germany. I participated in a special event in Middle Hesse where we took with up to a dozen people more than 5’000 photos in one week and I even won the award for the highest amount of uploaded files in Germany! Unfortunately, I could not join such an event this year but I wanted again to be part of a new potential Guinness World Record that we want to achieve again. So I decided to take older photos of monuments I haven’t uploaded to Wikimedia Commons yet.

Caeserea Maritima. Photo: DerHexer, CC BY-SA

Since all of my files from Europe are already there, I had to take a look at my tourist activities beyond this continent. Luckily, this year’s competition does not only take place in Europe but also in several other countries around the world. But which files should I upload now? The monuments I shot in the United States around this year’s international conference Wikimania, older ones from last year’s Wikimania in Israel or other ones? Being a student of Classics, I decided to upload first the pictures that I’ve taken in the former Roman provincial capital of the Judaea Province, Caesarea Maritima (see the Wikipedia article), to illustrate articles in Wikipedia and throw light on this time and area in general.

Martin in action in Middle Hesse

With these ~350 files I’m so far the top 3 uploader in Israel! Since the contest in Israel runs till Monday, I just have little time to share my sightseeing impressions from this beautiful country, be it Jerusalem or the Sea of Galilee. And I can only encourage you to upload your impressions from Israel too, or take part in next year’s competition around the world!

[blog post by Martin Rulsch]


  • Lodewijk

    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.