[Wiki Loves Monuments] Article draft for Europa nostra. please proofread!

elya ew_wp at web.de
Sat May 14 08:38:37 UTC 2011

Wiki loves monuments
European photo contest runs in more than 10 countries.

Wiki Loves Monuments is a europe-wide photo contest around monuments in
September, organized by Wikimedia, the movement behind Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the popular free encyclopedia with more than 400 million
visitors per month - collaborativly authored by volunteers.

Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia aims
to collect and disseminate. Everybody can contribute, not only in
writing articles, but also with taking pictures. An image tells more
than a thousand words and can be useful in many different languages at
the same time.

Cultural heritage is around the corner - almost everywhere. And
everybody can participate easily by raising awareness of monuments
nearby their home. And even locals can (re-)discover the cultural,
historical or scientific significance of their neighborhood.

Wikipedia volunteer communities in more than 10 countries joined this
initiative enthusiastically and pave the way to make participation as
easy as possible. The contest is inspired by the highly successful 2010
pilot in the Netherlands, resulting in more than 12.500 new images under
a free license, which can be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any

Any support - from a single image in the contest to spreading the word
or becoming a partner - is warmly welcomed. The coming September,
cultural heritage will be in the spotlight of Wikipeda from Portugal to


Winning photo of 2010

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