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Commended 2018: Wemyss Bay railway station concourse, by Colin, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0
Commended 2018: Wemyss Bay railway station concourse, by Colin, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

How can I improve my chances?

Be original. Avoid taking standard tourist shots of well-known buildings or sites – we already have plenty of tourist shots of London’s Tower Bridge for example.   See our tips for more interesting angles. One of our judges has also written a useful blog post.

What are the guidelines on image size?

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. Images below 5 megapixels are less likely to be considered for a prize as they lack usability at larger sizes, especially in print.

I am not the world’s best photographer. Do you still want my images?

Yes please! Even if you may not be entering in the expectation of winning a prize, your entry can still give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to document your local built environment and cultural heritage, and that you have made your images freely available for future generations. Your entry may even end up on Wikipedia, especially if you have gone to the trouble of photographing a lesser-known site.

Can I enter as professional photographer?

Yes, professional entrants are welcome.

Do I have to give up the copyright in my entries?

No, as photographer you still retain copyright and moral rights in your submissions. However, as we want to encourage wide re-use of the images, we ask that you release your entries under a free licence (typically CC BY-SA 4.0).  That means you can’t charge people a fee for re-use, whether on Wikipedia or elsewhere, but you can require re-users to attribute you as the photographer.

How many photos I can submit?

You can submit as many as you like. Some people are taking photos of hundreds of buildings, and they will all be considered. Please be selective, though, and enter only your best shots: we don’t want large numbers of near-duplicates!

Can I use Photoshop to post-process my photos?

Yes of course: minor post-processing is encouraged. Building images can often be improved by judicious cropping, rotating, colour correction and so on. In some cases correction of converging verticals can also improve an image. But please avoid the temptation to over-process: this is a photographic not a computer art contest.

What are the red and blue pins on the map?

Red pins are sites where we don’t yet have an image which has been linked to our Wikidata database. Blue pins are where we do have a linked image. But new photos are welcome in both cases.  Eventually, red pins will turn blue as we get more images, but this does not happen in real time so don’t worry if you uploaded a photo and the pin stays red for a day or two.

How do I quickly pan across the map?

Zoom out, pan to the area of interest, then zoom back in.

Can I enter the UK contest via the international map that’s used in other countries?

Some countries use an international map called Monumental to accept entries.  You can use that map aif you want to, but be aware of a limitation:  the filename is pre-defined and can’t be edited on entry.

I took some photographs outside the UK. Can I enter them as well?

Yes if they were taken in one of the participating countries. But you will need to enter that country’s section of the competition as this section is just for images of the UK. Please visit the international upload page.

Can I enter even if I am not based in the UK?

Yes, of course! Please feel free to submit any photos you may have taken in the UK, for example during a previous holiday here.

What about structures that are neither listed buildings nor scheduled monuments?

This particular contest is targeted at listed buildings and scheduled monuments, but we more than welcome submission of photographs of non-listed structures, archaeological sites, and the built environment generally.  You can upload them via this link.

I’ve taken a much better photo than the one in the Wikipedia article. Can I replace the image in the article with mine?

If yours is quite clearly much better in all respects, then yes. But if there is any doubt at all it’s polite to post a message to the article’s talk page and say something to like “I think this photo is better than the current one. Does anyone mind if I replace the one in the article?” Add a link (using the format below) so that people can see your suggested image. Then come back a week later and make the change if no-one has objected.

Can I edit Wikipedia myself to add my photo to an article that doesn’t have images?

Yes, we’d be delighted! If you are not already a Wikipedia editor, see here to get started. Don’t forget to log in – see the very top right corner of your browser screen.

As your competition entry is already on Wikimedia Commons, it can easily be re-used on Wikipedia just by adding a link to the page in the format

[[File:NameOfYourFile.jpg|thumb|Some text to appear below the image.]]
This guide explains more.

Questions? If you have a question that is not covered by the FAQ, please ask below.


31 thoughts on “FAQ”

    1. Hello, there isn’t a way for users to change the pin size at the moment. That might be something that could be added for the future, so it’s useful to know about this kind of thing. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

    1. Thank you for coming back to the competition! I think I know what the issue is. The map database the map works on needs some updating before the pins show change colour. If you look again now, there should be a lot more blue pins.

      1. Thanks Richard, You are correct – the red pins are changing gradually. Could I ask you a question about something else? The data about the property (from Wikidata?) can be out of date. For example, one listed building I added was listed as a Museum https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q26601505. I found from locals that it was a museum but is now a private residence. And it’s obvious from looking at the building that it was a chapel before being a museum.

    1. There isn’t a minimum size as such, it just needs to appear on one of the registers we’ve based the competition on. ‘Monument’ is used very broadly to cover any listed building or scheduled monument. You can get some which are quite small, such as a postbox or bollard. I think there might even be a small statue of a dog that’s eligible!

    1. If you don’t have an email address then we can’t contact you if you have a winning photo. You are welcome to take part in any case, though it may cause some headaches if you win and there’s no email address!

  1. I uploaded several images over the last 5 days and the marker on the interactive map went orange (red for no image, blue for image already in the system.) Then today the orange ones have gone back to red. I had assumed an orange marker meant there was an upload yet to be processed, but clearly not. Seeing orange markers for my own uploads (and other peoples) could save a lot of duplication of effort.


  2. How do I enter a photo of a French monument? I’m in the UK, and when I go to the French Wikipedia site and click to enter an image, it takes me to the UK monument page.

  3. Sorry guys, I would love to participate in this (just to contribute photos for wikilovesmonuments rather than to compete), but the software behind wlmuk.toolforge.org is so slow that it is completely unusable – and I can do anything else I want to on my PC. It has 2 x 3.4GHZ processors and 4GB RAM, running Linux Ubuntu 20.04.
    (I’ll also report it to Ubuntu just in case it’s that.)

    1. Hi Chris, sorry to hear it’s being slow. We’re taking a look to see if there’s anything we can do to speed things up but it might not be a quick fix.

      If you still want to take part, you can do so without the map if you know that you’ve got a picture of a listed building or scheduled monuments. The links below will take you to the upload forms for each country of the UK:

      England https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UploadWizard&campaign=wlm-gb-eng
      Scotland https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UploadWizard&campaign=wlm-gb-sct
      Wales https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UploadWizard&campaign=wlm-gb-wls
      Northern Ireland https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:UploadWizard&campaign=wlm-gb-nir

      1. Thanks, will persevere with it and hope it improves in future. Problem probably worse in an old city like mine where almost every building needs a photo, than out in the countryside.

  4. I entered Wiki loves Monuments in 2018 and wish to enter this year. Unfortunately I cannot remember my password. My user name is my name as below but cannot access it. I want to keep the same user name and locate my 2019 page. please help. Regards Jackie R.

    1. For the competition it is anything which is either a listed building or a scheduled monument. ‘Monument’ is used very broadly! It covers a huge range of things from castles and cathedrals to 16th-century barns, Victorian lamp posts, and industrial sites. And yes, some milestones are scheduled monuments or listed buildings so would be eligible!

  5. On the web site its says “How to Enter”

    and step 1 says ” Register as an entrant”

    … but no link to show you “How to Enter”

    ie. 1. Register as an entrant …. where, when, how ?


    1. Hi Roger, when you click on that part the instructions expand. That might not have been clear, so I’ve removed the formatting that collapsed the instructions. Hope that helps, and let me know if you run into further issues.

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