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 5 December 2022, and the are intended to be published at the latest by end of February.
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 2022 consists of Wikipedia users, heritage experts and professional photographers:
- Laurie Neale first served on the 2020 WLM International Jury. She is an architect trained in Montreal and London who, from The Hague, has worked over the last decades safeguarding cultural heritage with Europa Nostra. She is also a sculptor and multimedia artist.
- Patricia Díaz Rubio is a Chilean social communicator with passion for local culture and heritage. She is the current ED of Wikimedia Chile.
- Fayçal Rezkallah is a photographer in Oran (Algeria), where he manages a photography agency. He is a portraitist, working on people’s stories, city atmospheres, colors, life scenes… He is the founder of ISOCLUB, a photography club which has been organizing the “Les Journées de la Photo d’Oran” festival for 10 years. He is often a jury for international photo competitions.
- Carla Toffolo is a Board Member of Europa Nostra since 2020, the Head of the Permanent Office of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice since 2008 and a professional conference interpreter since 1992 and a member of AIIC, the Association of International Conference Interpreters since 2021.
- Zack McCune is an American graphic designer and filmmaker. His work has been used by AeroMexico, the National Parks Service, and the BBC. He proudly works at the Wikimedia Foundation as Director of Brand.
- Yuhsien Chen (Joyce, Joycewikiwiki) is an independent media art conservator and the international coordinator of Wikimedia Taiwan. Before joining the Wikimedia Movement, her museum experience went across Taiwan, Hon Kong and New York, focusing on conserving born-digital heritages and exhibiting digital art.
- Santiago Chibán is an architect from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires. He has been teaching there since 2005. In 2013 he co-founded Cohabitar Urbano, an organization that organizes the Open House event that takes place every year in Buenos Aires. In 2016 he founded with Manuela Bresso the architecture studio Bresso-Chibán.