Special Award for Arabic speaking countries

Special Award for Arabic speaking countries

  • Posted on: December 9, 2013
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We are happy to announce the prize winners for the Special Award for Arabic speaking countries! With the support of Guiddoo, the personalized tour guide, we were able to set up this special prize category to stimulate  participation in those countries – the prizes are awarded for the best picture from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Syria or Tunisia and consist of vouchers.

A special jury with one member from each of the five participating countries in this special category has considered the nominations made by each of the five national competitions to the international finale. More information about the process followed will be published in the international jury report expected tomorrow.

The first prize winner in this Special Category (shown at the top) is a classic picture from the monumental Ad Deir (The Monastary) in Petra, Jordan photographed by JoTB. This remote “Monastary” in Petra was probably in use as a temple, and later used as a church or hermitage – which is visible from the crosses inscribed in the interior. It may have been originally dedicated to the deified Nabatean king Obodas I, who reigned in the 1st century BC.

The second prize in this category (see below) is a shot from a statue of Ramses II in Luxor, Egypt. The Luxor temple was built with sandstone from the Gebel el-Silsila area, which is located in south-western Egypt; founded in 1400 BCE. The blue paint is still visible on the photo. The photo has been made by Mohammed Moussa.


2nd prize: Statue of Ramses II in Luxor, Egypt. Photo: Mohammed Moussa, CC BY-SA

And finally, the third prize in this category (below) is another photo from Petra, Jordan – but this time Al Khazneh, one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient city. The photo was made by Faraheed. Al Khazneh was originally built as a mausoleum and crypt at the beginning of the 1st Century AD during the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris.


3rd prize: Al Khazneh in Petra, Jordan. Photo: Faraheed, CC BY-SA

We would like to thank the jury members of the national juries and the Special Award jury for their work and especially their coordinator Mohammed Bachounda. Also, thanks go to the sponsor that made the Special Award possible, Guiddoo.

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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.


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  2. AndreasP · December 9, 2013

    It’s a bit unfortunate that all of these images are of monuments that have been photographed and uploaded to the Internet a million times before. “Wiki loves Monuments” is best when bringing unknown monuments to the attention of a worldwide audience, and would be pretty superfluous if concentrating on major tourist spots in the world.

  3. Lodewijk · December 9, 2013

    Hi Andreas,
    It is indeed a major added value that little known monuments are photographed during Wiki Loves Monuments. However, this is currently not one of the judging criteria. Maybe something to keep in mind for a future contest. However, it should be noted that it differs a lot from country to country how famous vs not-so-famous monuments are valued. In many countries the number of monuments is simply much smaller because there’s a cost attached to listing them (they have to be protected!)

  4. bachounda · December 9, 2013

    wel Kuczynsky in 7th photo relate exactly the idea of andreas but

    the tourist photo removed all the originality of the building there remains nevertheless a great monuments – the pyramyde example remain irremplaçableent you just need to find the right angle

  5. Sylvain Verlaine · December 21, 2013

    Congratulations to the “Arabic speaking selection” winners (and participants !).

    From my point of view, the best selection, showing really beautiful historical monuments.