Irish photographers to prove Wiki Loves Monuments

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Image: Knowth in Drogheda by Przemysław Sakrajda via Wikimedia Commons

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27 August 2014 | 0

The world’s biggest photography competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, is taking place in Ireland for the first time this year.

Initiated by Wikimedia, the movement behind free encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and run in Ireland by the Wikimedia Ireland Community, the competition aims to raise awareness of Ireland’s national monuments and create a crowd-sourced bank of quality photos that will be free to use for education.

Amateur and professional photographers are being invited to photograph the national monuments in their locality and upload their photos. Entries will be judged by a five-person expert panel and the winners will be announced on 31 October.

Certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest photography contest, the competition was started in the Netherlands in 2010 and last year 369,589 photographs were submitted by 11,943 participants from over 50 countries. All images are uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia’s online repository that makes public domain and freely licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) available to everyone.

Sabina Bonnici of Wikimedia Ireland said: “Anyone can take part, so we’re calling on amateur and professional photographers across Ireland to visit the national monuments in their locality, take their best shots and upload them. We are also encouraging people to organise ‘photowalks’ around their country, a fun way to locate and photograph their nearest national monuments.

“The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. The Wiki Loves Monuments competition does exactly that, with the added bonus of creating a freely accessible database of national monument images.”

Wiki Loves Moments is supported by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, National Heritage Week, The Heritage Council of Ireland, The Office of Public Works, Open Knowledge Ireland and Dimension Data.

For full details of the competition can be found at www.wikilovesmonuments.ie.

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