The competition consists of a series of national competitions and an international finale. Each national contest is allowed to nominate ten images for the international finale. The international jury, made up of seven members with different skills and backgrounds, will determine the winners of this final round out of the nominated images and award the prizes.
National juries need to send their results to the international team before 1 November 2019, and the are intended to be published at the latest by medio December.
The jury will determine the winners of the international contest taking into the consideration the following criteria (in no particular order):
- Technical quality (sharpness, use of light, perspective etc.);
- Usefulness of the image for Wikipedia.
Images that reach a top ranking of the international finale, will typically at least fulfill the technical criteria of the ‘Featured Image’ process at Wikimedia Commons.
The international team reserves the right to disqualify any images at any point in the process if they are uploaded without confirmed email address in the account on Wikimedia Commons, if the images are deleted or are otherwise ineligible.
Each national competition is allowed to nominate up to 10 pictures from their national winners for the international finale. This results in a pool of 250-500 images. These images are rated 1-5 stars by the international jury members based on the criteria above. Based on these ratings, a ranking is drawn up, and a selection of images is made.
After this first round, the jury has some time to discuss these outcomes, and remove images from the selection or even disqualify them if they feel that they don’t meet a minimum level of quality expected of a top-20 image in Wiki Loves Monuments.
Finally, each jury member will make their ordered top-20 ranking. The total of points will determine the final ranking. Only the final ranking will be published, with comments collected from jurors.
International Jury composition
The international jury for 2020 will consist of several Wikipedia users, heritage experts and professional photographers. The jury members have not yet been confirmed, but for reference, these were the members of the 2019 jury:
- David Iliff is an Australian Wikipedian and photographer with more than 250 featured images on Wikimedia Commons.
- Kalyan Varma is a Bangalore (India) based wildlife photographer, filmmaker and conservationist.
- Ayokanmi Oyeyem is a Wikipedia, photographer and videographer from Nigeria.
- Kafui Doris is a Ghanese photographer, wikimedian and a community activist into product development and program management
- Yan Nasonov is an Israeli Wikimedian and former member of the Wiki Loves Monuments international team.
- Jan Ainali is a Swedish Wikimedian who served in national ‘wiki loves’ juries four times. He previously worked at the Swedish National Board of Heritage and was CEO of Wikimedia Sverige.
- Joel Aldor is a wikimedian, advocate for heritage conservation, member of ICOMOS-CIPA and president of a cultural nonprofit in the Philippines
- Michael Peter Edson is former director of Web and New Media Strategy of the Smithsonian Institution and is co-founder and associate director at the Museum for the United Nations.
- Emma Cunliffe is the Secretariat for Blue Shield International, and a member of the Cultural Property Protection and Peace Team at Newcastle University
- Derek McAllister is a professional photographer and has a strong interest in genre photography, including film-noir, dystopia, and fantasy portraiture, and in landscape photography with particular interests in monuments and cultural locations.
- David Heaton is a photographer for over fifteen years. He is interested in a variety of genres, but specializes in street and architectural photography.