Last day of the contest

  • Posted on: September 30, 2013
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After a month of enthusiast uploading, the last day of the 2013 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments is there – in a few Asian countries the contest even already (almost) ended. More than 10,000 people have already uploaded hundreds of thousands of pictures of monuments in more than 50 countries. You can still upload pictures until midnight in the time zone of the country where the monument is located. Find more information about the different upload venues on this page.

Maybe it is good to correct also a few common misconceptions:

  • You can upload monument photos, independent of when you made the photo. It is only important when you upload the photo. This is until 30 September, 23:59 local time – with the exception of Israel, for which you can upload until 15 October.
  • You can upload monument photos for every country that participates. You do not have to live there
  • You can submit as many photos as you like. Some people have uploaded thousands of photos

If you used the default upload wizard for Wiki Loves Monuments, and correctly tagged the photo identifying the monument, we will take care of categorization of the photo and adding it to the articles in Wikipedia where relevant.

Do you make a chance to still win a prize? Oh yes, because every country will select their own national winners. It depends on the country how many submissions there are. Every country will be allowed to submit maximum 10 pictures to the international finale – they will do this before 31 October. In November, the international jury will consider these nominees, and select the best pictures from an international perspective. In this selection, there are three criteria that will be considered: Technical quality, usefulness on Wikipedia and originality. You can expect the international jury report in the beginning of December.

We hope to see a lot more exciting pictures representing the amazing heritage – from Antarctica to Norway, from Chile to India – in the coming hours; and that you enjoyed it.

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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.


  1. rajesh dogra · October 1, 2013

    dear sir
    we did not know about this contest till yesterday. the internet is very slow here so could not upload. we request you to please please extend the date for India till 15 the October.
    the site WLM is wonderful ….LIKE a world heritage site .
    I suggest please also include a category for monuments not having an ASI number.
    yours sincerely
    Dr Rajesh Dogra

    • Lodewijk · October 1, 2013

      Dear mr. Dogra,

      Thank you for your enthusiasm and contributions. Unfortunately it is not possible to extend the competition to 15 October because the competition is supposed to last one month. Israel only goes until 15 October because they also started later, on 15 September. India started like the rest of the world on 1 September.

      Of course also after the competition it is possible to submit your photos to Wikimedia/Wikipedia, but without the possibility of winning a prize.

      Thank you for your compliments on the website, and we hope you will keep an eye out for possible future contests.

      Kind regards, Lodewijk Gelauff

  2. Havang(nl) · October 6, 2013

    Hello, I noticed much false uploads for wiki loves monuments due to the use of WLM-upload wizards. Will those be corrected?

    • Lodewijk · October 6, 2013

      I’m not entirely sure what uploads you’re referring to. All uploads go through the usual scrutiny processes of Wikimedia Commons – nothing more, nothing less. Depending on the country there might also be a cleanup of ‘non-monuments’ from the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, but this depends on what is possible on a national level (how organized things are etc.).