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 find local sites to photograph using our interactive map.

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

You can also search via the websites of the official listing organisations. If you do this, make a note of the official listing number as you will need it to enter the contest.

4. Take your photographs

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

HOW TO UPLOAD:

5a. Use the interactive tool (most users)

Go to the interactive map.

Find the relevant site on the map, and click on the ‘Upload’ link. Then, follow the instructions in the upload wizard.

The wizard will automatically tag your file 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 modify the description as well, if needed, keeping the part of the text that mentions “{{Wikidata}}”.

5b. Or … upload manually (experts only)

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. Finally, add a description.

You can use other upload tools if you if you wish to do a bulk submission of images with known listing numbers, but please make sure you add {{Wiki Loves Monuments 2017|gb-eng}} (or gb-sct, gb-wls or gb-nir as appropriate) to each file page. Put your images into the Commons category WLM-UK 2017 unfiltered 09-xx where xx is the upload day of the month.

That’s it!  Your entry has been submitted.

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