Acceptable entries

A highly commended image from 2014’s competition: Roof of Bell Harry Tower, Canterbury Cathedral, by Tobiasvonderhaar

  • To be valid, each entry must be a photograph that you have taken and newly uploaded yourself of an eligible subject, either a listed building or a scheduled monument.
  • You must upload your entries to Wikimedia Commons in JPEG format during the month of September 2017. It doesn’t matter when you took the photo, only that you upload it after 00:00 BST on 1st Sept and before the final deadline of 24:00 BST on 30th Sept.
  • You should preferably upload via the official upload wizard, which will automatically do most of the work for you. (Expert users may upload manually, but must use the official template and must identify the specific subject shown with reference to the unique official number maintained by Historic England, Historic Scotland, Cadw, or NIEA).
  • You must supply your entry under a free copyright licence, or release it to the public domain. The preferred licence used by the upload wizard is Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0).
  • To be eligible for a prize you will need to provide and maintain a valid email address.

Not eligible

  • Videos and other types of moving image.
  • Non-photographic works such as drawings or computer-generated works.
  • Photographs that are already on Wikimedia Commons (i.e. re-uploading is not allowed).
  • As the images will be hosted on Commons, all entries must fall within Commons’ scope. Any that do not will be disqualified and may be deleted without notice. (In practice, almost all straightforward photos of listed buildings in the UK will be fine, and you don’t need to read those detailed Commons rules unless you really want to).

Image resolution

Please submit images that are as large as possible and do not “downsize for the web”. Wikimedia Commons is a media repository that values high resolution images for many purposes including print. As a guide, images below 5 megapixels are less likely to be considered for a prize as they lack usability at larger sizes, especially in print.


The contest is largely organised by volunteers, and the organisers reserve the right to modify these rules or to cancel the contest at their sole discretion, if necessary even after it has started. The organisers accept no responsibility for the provision by the sponsors of any prizes, nor of any liability whatsoever in respect of this contest. Neither the rules nor anything on these pages amount to an offer to create legally binding relations with any of the organisers.

The jury may decline to award any specific prize, at their absolute discretion, if they consider that none of the entries is of sufficient merit. The decisions of the organisers and jury are final.

The email address you provide will not be made publicly available to anyone (including the organisers) but will enable registered users of Wikimedia Commons to contact you via an email form. You agree to being contacted via this route by anyone connected with the competition, including Wikimedia UK, the supplier of the prizes.  Members of the jury and trustees/staff of Wikimedia UK are not eligible to receive any award, although they are otherwise welcome to contribute images.

Questions about the rules? Please leave a message on the FAQ page and we will be happy to help.