3rd prize 2018: Hardknott Roman Fort by Markas1370. Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Acceptable entries

  • 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.
  • Entries must be received during the month of September 2023, ie between 00:00 BST on 1st Sept and  24:00 BST on 30th Sept. It doesn’t matter when you took the photo.
  • To be eligible for a prize and for entry into the international phase of the contest you need to supply and maintain a valid email address. Entrants who do not supply an active email address may be disqualified.
  • We recommend that you enter via the official upload wizard, which will automatically categorise your entry and tag it with the preferred free licence: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0).
  • Expert users may upload to Wikimedia Commons manually, but must use the official template and must identify the specific subject shown using the unique official number maintained by Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw, or NIEA). You must supply your entry under a free copyright licence (eg CC-BY-SA 4.0) or release it to the public domain.

Not eligible

  • Videos and other types of moving image; non-photographic works such as drawings; or computer-generated works.
  • Images with visible watermarks, advertisements, signatures and the like.
  • You cannot enter a photo that you have previously uploaded to Wikimedia Commons before 1st September.
  • As the images will be hosted on Wikimedia 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 it’s not essential to read those detailed pages).

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. 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. Prizes will not be awarded in any category with fewer than 1000 entries or where the entries are of insufficient merit. The decisions of the organisers and jury are final.

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