Wiki Loves Monuments will return to the UK, 1–30 September 2014!

Welcome to Wiki Loves Monuments, the UK section of the world’s largest photography competition!

Winner of the 2013 UK competition: Monument to the Fallen Soldier, Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, by Tim Firkins

Winner of the 2013 UK competition: Monument to the Fallen Soldier, Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, by Tim Firkins

The winner in the 2013 international competition: Wiesen Viadukt, Switzerland, by David Gubler

The winner in the 2013 international competition: Wiesen Viadukt, Switzerland, by David Gubler

Wiki Loves Monuments is an annual event which takes place across the globe every September. This year, the UK is taking part for the second time. The competition is designed to bring together people who value their local historic environment with amateur and professional photographers alike to capture images of the world’s historic monuments.

These photos are then shared with the world under free licences via Wikimedia Commons, a free media repository which amongst other things provides most of the images for Wikipedia. The competition is supported by the charity Wikimedia UK, the local chapter of the global Wikimedia movement.

Entries can be images taken specially for the competition, or photographs you have taken in the past.

Entrants from outside the UK are most welcome to enter photos that were taken in the UK.  Entrants in the UK but with photographs from abroad are welcome to participate in any of the other national contests.

There are many things that make Wiki Loves Monuments special:

  • The competition is led and driven by a global network of volunteers
  • The competition is open to absolutely everyone, and participation is completely free
  • Over 40 countries participated in 2013 across six continents
  • Over 368,000 photos were entered in the competition in 2013
  • The winners (and indeed many non-winners) will see their photos used in Wikipedia articles with a potential audience in the hundreds of millions
  • All entrants help to provide a range of locally-sourced images that are available for use on Wikipedia and elsewhere.

Aside from being great fun, Wiki Loves Monuments is a way of capturing a snapshot of our nation’s cultural heritage for future generations, documenting our country’s most important historic buildings. Over time, the collections gathered throughout the competition will become an incredibly useful historical resource.

Taking part is easy. Check out the blog, then simply follow the guide here (don’t forget to look at the very simple rules) – and get involved!

Our team of volunteers is happy to help in any way they can. Just complete the form below and someone will be in touch.

Press and media enquiries: Please see the media page.

64 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Hi

    I was going to upload some pictures of Burghley House in Lincolnshire but it appears that it isn’t in your lists (there are stories that it was refused Listed status after the owners refused to hand it over the English Heritage /} ).

    The house is one of the most spectacular ancient monuments in the country, built in the 14C and kept in exceptional condition by the owners. If it’s not included than the “official” list is sadly unrepresentative of English monuments. I find it disquieting that an institution such as Wiki* would slavishly follow an “official” list as to what is a UK monument and what is not. I understand that this may be just for the competition but I see no reason why it should be that way.

  2. I have a photograph taken while on holiday in the Algarve of an old Roman bridge and I cant remember the exact spot where it was taken. Would it be of interest to Wikipedia. Perhaps some of your staff would know the whereabouts.

    • Roman bridge in Algarve is possibly Silves?

      I have some great photos of Leptis magna Libya, volubllis morocco, lots of fantastic places in Sicily, would like people to benefit, get an idea if what is worth seeing. Is there some copywrite issue?

  3. Am I missing something here or is Wiki Loves Monuments completely missing out the Scheduled Ancient Monuments of the British Isles? Grade I and II* ‘monuments’ are listed buildings and listed buildings only and it seems to be a shame to be missing out on a whole wealth of other monument here…?

    • You’re right, Scheduled Ancient Monuments aren’t included in the competition. This year at least, we’re thinking about adding them for 2014. In part this was because we weren’t sure how well the SAMs which are just earthworks would photograph. And with 20,000 sites on the schedule it would have increased the amount of work needed to put the infrastructure in place on Wikipedia. Watch this space though, SAMs are nationally important and not as well represented on Wikipedia so would be great to cover in the future.

      • Lots of the ancient (neolithic) monuments in the UK are stone structures – standing stones, fogous, dolmens – they photograph beautifully. It would be great to have them included in the competition at some point.

  4. I have mistakenly uploaded a photo to the Commons site generally as I misread the instructions (at 3AM!). I cannot see how to delete or remove it & when I try to upload the pic to the “monument” page it tells me it is duplicate content. I also made a spelling mistake in the title of the page I erroneously created (sticking key). Can’t seem to “save” any changes. Any way out of this mess of my own making? :P (Pic is my own creation). Thanks.

    • 3AM is tricky at the best of times! Are you saying you uploaded the wrong picture and now want to upload the correct one with the same title? If so, scroll do the file’s page on Commons and under ‘file history’ should be a link which says “Upload a new version of this file”. If I’ve got the wrong end of the stick, feel free to email me at richard.nevell@wikimedia.org.uk with a link to the image on Commons and I’ll see what we can do.

      • Thanks Richard; no I’ve uploaded the correct picture to the wrong place. I have sent an eMail accordingly. Thanks.

  5. Can I send you a pic of our terrific local listed monument on top of a dramatic hill, the Fyrish Monument above Evanton, Easter Ross?

  6. I have photographs of a cemetery monument which honours people lost in a maritime tragedy. It is not a listed building per say, however it is typically what one might refer to a true monument. This being the case might I ask if it would be acceptable, it would be sad if by monument the competition only applies to buildings.

    • Please do upload it. Your photo won’t form part of the competition, as it is not of a listed building, but we would welcome it anyway as an interesting and useful subject. You can upload it via this link. Unfortunately, the international rules of this competition mean that we are allowed to accept as entries only structures that have some sort of official listing.

  7. I’m quite interested in the statue of William Leggat (b.1718) at Cavers church in the Scottish Borders. It’s one of the only monuments that I can think of, that marks the life of someone with a mental disability. It is remarkable for it’s history and subject. I have no idea if it is listed, in the manner that you want, but it should be.

  8. I am having a difficulty as one Monument at least seems to have a double listing. Both as Grade 1 and Grade 11*. Granary 1294589 Grade 1 and Dovecot and Granary Grade 11* 1044441. I am trying to supply Photos where none are showing on the lists but cannot upload in the two places. I understand the work is done by volunteers but are these connections being made?

    • Looking at English Heritage’s descriptions of the two places you mention, the ‘dovecot and granary’ mentions a barn and stable range, but not a granary. It could be that there is more than one granary involved, but I will email English Heritage to see what the answer is and be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

      • English Heritage have replied to my email to let me know they’ve passed the query on to the local designation team, and will be back in touch once they have an answer.

        • Excellent. In the meanwhile, perhaps my Granary image which is almost certainly of 1294589 but is being used on 1044441, should be removed and perhaps my Dovecot one used instead? Part of the Dovecot file name is DSC_1606 .

  9. Is there a convention for indicating the direction of view of the Photographer. eg facing Northeast or taken from the Southwest?

  10. I’ve tried to find out the relevant information, and have failed thusfar, is Dudley Castle classed as a listed building?

    • If you only need the official listing numbers, and don’t need an upload link, the best approach would probably be to use a map and check out all the buildings in a particular area via English Heritage Map Search. Using the ‘map contents’ menu you can restrict to just listed buildings, though bear in mind that many will be grade II and thus not eligible for this contest. To get more details of a building, including the number, select one of the query tools at top left, then select the building(s) of interest.

    • See the ‘Buildings’ tab for the structures that are eligible. They must be officially listed (Grade I in II* in England). So, if the steeple you have in mind is listed that’s OK. You need to check out the listings pages on Wikipedia as mentioned on the ‘Uploading’ tab.

      • With all due respect, the best place to look up the UK’s Listed Buildings is on the source site, not on Wiki which of course is a secondary source of information. For instance, the National Heritage List for England is the official and up-to-date database for all nationally designated assets, including Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Registered Battlefields and Protected Wreck Sites. It can be found on the English Heritage professional Site; http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/protection/process/national-heritage-list-for-england/

        • That is indeed the place to check out the official listing. The advantage of uploading via Wikipedia, though, is that the upload wizard can auto-fill all the necessary information for you, including listed building number and geolocation.

  11. How is a castle or the Eiffel tower a monument? And how did last years second place qualify? I thought …….. then i read Wiki …. “A monument is a type of structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event or which has become important to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, or simply as an example of historic architecture”.

    One reason why I donate each year to keep it running!

  12. Many countries have laws that state that photographs taken of modern buildings, monuments,sculptures, artworks, etc., are the property of the creator of the object (such as the architect or artist or designer, or their heirs) and cannot be reproduced without permission. Although, so far, and excluding the infamous Atomiun, the only place I’ve seen these laws used on Wikipedia were attempts by some Armenian Genocide deniers to remove pictures of Yerevan’s genocide commemoration monument by quoting Armenian laws on image copyright.

    • You are right that that is indeed the law in some countries. Fortunately for us, the UK has full ‘freedom of panorama’ under section 62 of the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which allows photographers to take pictures of any building without infringing any copyright in the original design that may be held by the architect. The law is the UK is in fact much more favourable to the photographer than that in most other countries, as the right applies to interior shots as well as exterior. You can read more about this aspect of copyright at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:FOP#United_Kingdom.

    • Yes, each country in the competition has its own definition of what qualifies as a ‘monument’. It can cover any type of historic structure, provided that it has been recorded as such on some sort of official list. In the UK, we are concentrating this year on officially listed buildings.

  13. I love going outdoors and have seen some beautiful monuments, n new built monuments of the future so now have more reason to get out that n get snap happy, x

  14. Took a few photos today, most of which discarded immediately – perhaps one worth uploading, had to be taken whilst laid on a path and holding my breath so my gut didn’t get in the shot! At least I’ve got the rest of the month to improve! :)

  15. What a lot of work has gone into these pages and the preparation for Monuments. I am so pleased the UK is part of this at last so thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen – can’t wait for September 1st.