Wiki Loves Monuments

A man cycling outside the wall of the Grand Palace, Bangkok – Thailand by Kriengsak Jirasirirojanakorn, CC BY-SA 4.0

A man cycling outside the wall of the Grand Palace, Bangkok – Thailand by Kriengsak Jirasirirojanakorn, CC BY-SA 4.0


  • Winning pictures of Wiki Loves Monuments 2019

    These are the winning pictures of the international finale of Wiki Loves Monuments! After another exciting edition, the jury completed its deliberations in December 2019, and we officially announced the winners before. The winning pictures were selected from over 400 nominees from 48 participating national competitions. For a complete overview of all nominees, winners and […]

    on Jun 27, 2020
  • Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 Is Now Open!

    Wikimedia volunteers around the world started the 10th edition of Wiki Loves Monuments on September 1st, 2019. This is the 10th edition of WLM, a remarkable achievement for a competition that has garnered the status of “the world’s largest open photography contest” in Guinness World Records. We are excited and look forward to running another […]

    on Sep 03, 2019
  • Winners of the Special Awards for European Year of Cultural Heritage

    The European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 has come to an end and has shown us many different ways of how culture and different aspects of European culture are central to all our lives and how cultural heritage belongs to all of us. Operating with the slogan “Sharing Heritage”, Wikimedia Deutschland has participated in […]

    on Feb 12, 2019
  • Presenting the 2018 winners from the world’s largest photo contest

    The top fifteen images from Wiki Loves Monuments contain a treasure trove of the cultural heritage we all share. Alireza Akhlaghi had plenty of time inside the famed Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque to capture the photo that leads this blog post. Why? He walked in at exactly noon, just as the building was about to close […]

    on Dec 20, 2018
  • Winners of Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 in Ukraine

    WLM Ukraine team is proud to have held the contest for the seventh time. 21 thousand pictures were received and are ready to be used in Wikipedia, the most famous encyclopedia in the world. Contest participants took pictures of almost 10 thousand cultural monuments, of which more than 1400 objects previously had no pictures. More […]

    on Dec 19, 2018
  • Winners of Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 in Iran

    Between September 5 (۱۵ شهریور)  and October 7 (۱۵ مهر) of 2018,  close to  1300 people participated in Wiki Loves Monuments in Iran. The local contest, now in its fourth year, has been a force to help enrich Wikipedia with photos of more than 26,000 nationally registered monuments of Iran. Today, we share with you […]

    on Nov 06, 2018
  • In 2016 Nigeria participated in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time. The local organizing team decided to arrange field trips for participants to visit and document monuments in Nigeria. One of these monuments was Ilojo Bar aka Olaiya House or Casa do Fernandez. Little did they know that their visit would be the last time they would […]

    on Jul 03, 2018
  • The main goal of Wiki Loves Monuments is to achieve visual documentation of monuments from around the world on Wikipedia. Monument documentation through Wiki Loves Monuments is not only useful for people to get to know cultural heritage in different regions but also it can prove to be one of the few publicly available and […]

    on Mar 08, 2018
  • If we were to write a book about the experience of Wiki Loves Monuments in Italy, one of the main characters would be Francesco Bini, known to many with his username on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, Sailko. Over 20% of the images collected in the first edition of the competition in Italy were uploaded on […]

    on Feb 21, 2018
  • Banners for Wikivoyage

    In the past year, Wiki Loves Monuments teamed up with Wikivoyage, the free travel guide, to organize a page banner competition; bringing a new twist to our continual quest for cultural heritage. Participants in Wiki Loves Monuments were invited to also upload their photos cropped for the use as headers in Wikivoyage travel guides. Compared to regular submissions, […]

    on Jan 31, 2018
  • Documenting (soon-to-be) lost heritage

    As Wikipedians of Cologne, we are quite sensitive when it comes to the loss of cultural heritage. Almost nine years ago, our city archives collapsed during a subway construction nearby. Although 95% of the archival items have since been salvaged, they are far from being “rescued“; the consequences keep restoration work going for the next […]

    on Jan 23, 2018
  • The winners of 2017

    After another exciting year of Wiki Loves Monuments, the time has come that we share the winners of this year’s international finale. In the 2017 edition, more than 245,000 photos of built heritage sites around the world, from Agra to Zagreb, were submitted to our 54 national competitions. By participating, the more than 10,000 photographers […]

    on Dec 14, 2017