Wiki Loves Monuments

Meet Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 winning photographs!

on Dec 07, 2015

International photo contest ​​Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 has officially ended! We are proud to present you 14 winning pictures from all over the world.

As you know, ​​Wiki Loves Monuments has two noble missions: to draw wide attention to [preserving of] cultural heritage monuments and fill Wikimedia Commons with their free images, ready to use. Wikipedia, of course, receives the main benefit as the photographs uploaded by many participants illustrate then articles in the encyclopaedia.

231,431 files from 6,618 users from 33 countries (while 41 users uploaded over a thousand each)—these are impressive numbers. Clearly, it should have been very hard for international jury members to make their choice, even though they received only best of the best pictures from national contests. There are photos of lighthouses among the winners, mosques, monasteries, castles, a town hall and even an underpass—and how wonderful they are! Not all of the protected cultural objects can or should be beautiful, but these monuments really are.

The international jury’s final report will be issued in the coming weeks. Right now you can also view gallery of the finalists and write a Wikipedia article about the monument you liked best!

Leuchtturm in Westerheversand.jpg
1st place: Aerial photograph of Westerheversand Lighthouse in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany,
by Phantom3Pix, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

La Sacra ammantata dalla neve.jpg
2nd place: Sacra di San Michele (Saint Michael’s Abbey) on Mount Pirchiriano, Piedmont, Italy,
by Elio Pallard, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Neues Rathaus Hannover, Innenansicht.jpg
3rd place: Lobby of the New Town Hall in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany,
by Raycer, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Olympiastadion Berlin Innenansicht.jpg
4th place: View from the Marathon Gate into the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany,
by Jan Künzel, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

5th place: The head of a sandstone Buddha statue in Wat Maha That, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province, Thailand,
by Siripatwongpin, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Château de Chambord - 19-08-2015 - Arnaud Scherer.jpg
6th place: Château de Chambord, Loir-et-Cher departament, France,
by Arnaud Scherer, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Opernpassage Panorama.jpg
7th place: The Opernpassage in the Innere Stadt in Vienna, Austria,
by Thomas Ledl, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Соловецкий монастырь.jpg
8th place: Ensemble of Solovetsky Monastery. Arkhangelsk region, Russia,
by Алексей Задонский, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wat phra mahathat woramahawihan nakhon si thammarat.jpg
9th place: A procession of Buddhists during Hae Pha Khuen That Festival at Wat Phra Maha That Woramahawihan, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand,
by Kosin Sukhum, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Vakil mosque Panorama.jpg
10th place: A shot from the interior of Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, Iran,
by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

مسجد الرفاعى والسلطان حسن ومدفع رمضان بقلعه صلاح الدين.jpg
11th place: View of Al-Rifa’i Mosque (right) and Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan (left) from Cairo Citadel, Egypt,
by Mohamed kamal 1984, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Museu da inconfidencia.JPG
12th place: Museum of the Inconfidência, Ouro Preto, Brazil,
by Ricardotakamura, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Biserica Calvaria de la Cluj-Mănăștur, vedere sud-vestică, 2014.JPG
13th place: Cluj-Mănăștur Calvaria Church, Romania,
by Pan Ioan, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

42 Apollo in bosquet Fächer, gardens of Schönbrunn 03.jpg
14th place: Bosquet “Der Fächer” (hand fan) in the gardens of Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria,
by Herzi Pinki, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.