How to enter

Highly Commended from the 2014 competition: The National Wallace Monument, by Photofinger

1. Register as an entrant

Before you can upload photographs you will need to register for an account on Wikimedia Commons, unless you already have one. This is the website that acts as a repository for photographs and other images that can be freely used on Wikipedia and elsewhere.  It’s very easy to do, and you do not need to give your real name unless you want to.

To enter the competition, you must enter a valid email address, even though this is stated on the page as being ‘optional’.

Wikipedia and Commons use a shared login process, so your selected username and password will allow you to login to Wikipedia as well.

2.  Activate your email

Once you have logged in, look for the  My preferences tab at the top right of the page. Click on that, and then on “enable email from other users.”  This will allow us and other registered users on Commons to contact you, but will not make your email address publicly available.

3.  Choose some buildings or sites to photograph in your area

You can use the interactive map to find subjects to photograph in your area. More appear as you zoom in. It shows scheduled ancient monuments as well as the higher grades of listed building (grade II* and above in England, B and above in Scotland, and B and above in Northern Ireland).

The 2nd place winner of Wiki Loves Monuments 2015: The Sacra di San Michele, by Elio Pallard

For lesser-grade buildings (grade II in England and Wales, C in Scotland, and B in Northern Ireland) you can search via the websites of the official listing organisations. If you search via this route, make a note of the official listing number as you will need it to enter the contest.

  • Historic England Map Search. Enable the listed building layer. To get more details of a building, select one of the query tools at top left, then select the site of interest.
  • PastMap, Scotland. Enable the listed building layer. (You have to zoom in to beyond 1:30,000 first)
  • Historic Wales. Enable the listed building layer. (You have to zoom in to beyond 1:30,000 first)
  • NIEA MapViewer. Enable the listed building layer.

4. Take your photographs

You can find advice on how to take good pictures at the Common Photo Errors blog.

HOW TO UPLOAD:

5a. Upload via the interactive map (ONLY for scheduled monuments, grade II* buildings and above in England, B and above in Scotland, and B+ and above in Northern Ireland)

Go to the interactive map and click on the ‘Upload’ link next to the relevant item in the list above the map. Then, follow the online instructions in the online wizard.

The wizard will automatically tag your upload with all the necessary information, including the unique listing number by which it is known to Historic England, Historic Scotland, Cadw, or NIEA. You may need to log in using the id and password you set up in step 1.

To make your image more usable for others, please type in a suitable title, overwriting the default name generated by the camera. Please add a description as well.

5b. Upload manually (ALL OTHER BUILDINGS: ie for grade II buildings in England and Wales, C in Scotland, and B in Northern Ireland)

First, find the official listing number for your building (see section 3, above). Then, click on one of these links to go to the relevant upload wizard. You may need to log in using the id and password you set up in step 1.

To make your image more usable for others, please type in a suitable title, overwriting the default name generated by the camera. Please add a description as well.

That’s it!  Your entry has been submitted.

6. Did you take a photo of a tax exempt heritage asset?

Please add the image to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Tax_exempt_heritage_assets

and include the Unique ID from the HMRC database so we can match the image to the description. You can do this in the description or using a template like this: {{TEHA-image|76759}}

Questions? Having problems entering? Please leave a message on the FAQ page and we will be happy to help.