[Wiki Loves Monuments] Fwd : The Hindu : "Indians win in Wiki mega photo contest"

Matthew Roth mroth at wikimedia.org
Fri Dec 7 16:35:24 UTC 2012

this is nice coverage.

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*The Hindu : "Indians win in Wiki mega photo contest"*

http://www.twitpic.com/bjqjvm ( Print coverage) - Large coverage on rear
cover page !!

*WLM beat its own record this year with more than 3,50,000 images

Two photographs sent by Indians have won the first and sixth places in what
Guinness World Records has called the largest photo competition. Called
‘Wiki Loves Monuments 2012!’ (WLM), the online competition was organised by
Wikipedians all over the world, Karthik Nadar, secretary and Board member,
Executive Committee, Wikimedia India Chapter, told The Hindu .

Pranav Singh’s photo of Safdarjung’s tomb in New Delhi secured the first
place internationally while Narender Kumar’s photo of the Taj Mahal got the
sixth place. The two photos had been rated ninth and first respectively in
the competition held at the India level. Other Indian finalists sent photos
of the country’s tombs, temples and military forts. Narender Kumar told The
Hindu that most photos of the Taj are “touristy,” so he took an unusual
angle. “Luckily, there was foggy weather,” he said.

A record

While WLM had set the Guinness record for the world’s largest photo contest
with 1,68,208 images in 2011, it beat its own record this year with more
than 3,50,000 images.

India participated for the first time in the competition this year. It sent
the highest number of participants, representing 15 per cent of the 15,000
total contributors from around the world. Over 2,200 photographers
contributed nearly 16,000 photos, according to sources in Wikimedia India

There is no free-to-use image of more than 99 per cent of monuments in
India listed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The aim of the
contest was to encourage people to contribute photos to Wikimedia Commons,
said Mr. Nadar. The Wikimedia Commons is a sister project of Wikipedia. It
is a media file repository that makes available freely licensed educational
content (such as images, sound and video clips) to everyone in the world.
It acts as a common repository for various projects of the Wikimedia
Foundation, including Wikipedia. (Wikipedia.org )

He said anyone could use the photos from the Commons, including for
commercial purposes provided the photographer’s name was mentioned. A
‘Photo Walk’ was organised in Mumbai in September (when the contest was on)
during which participants took photos for the contest.

Naveen Francis, former secretary and board member, Wikimedia India chapter,
told The Hindu that participation from India was “almost uniform” with
photos coming from contestants from across the country. The highest
participation was from Delhi, with more photos taken of the Taj Mahal and
the Qutub Minar. Mumbai followed with photos of Gateway of India.

Mr. Francis said contestants were asked to photograph those monuments
recognised by the ASI. The focus was on structures of national and
international importance. However, some contestants sent photos of
monuments not recognised by the ASI. Those were excluded from the
competition. However, they will be used in Wiki Voyage, a new travel
website that has launched recently.

The international jury considered 324 images from 33 participating
countries in the finale. There were 10 nominations from each participating
country for the international round. The Indian jury for the country round
had six jury members, who nominated 10 photos from 16,000. Three
professional photographers, Gauri Gill, Anup Mathew Thomas and Ryan Lobo,
made up the team along with three Wikipedians Arun Ganesh, Kiran Ravikumar,
and Sreejith K. *

Tinu Cherian
Press Team, Wikimedia India Chapter
press at wikimedia.in

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