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Doors Open Day & Scottish Archaeology Month – a great WLM opportunity!


With the competition kicking off tomorrow, I’m reminded that September is not only WLM, but also Scottish Archaeology Month (coordinated by our friends at Archaeology Scotland), and Doors Open Day (shout out to our friends at the Scottish Civic Trust), across Scotland.

These events offer some great opportunities – and good excuses – to go explore some of Scotland’s incredible cultural heritage, and get some unusual and surprising WLM entries while you’re at it.

Picturing Scotland

Scottish images have historically won high accolades in the competition, including Paul Stümke’s image of Glenfinnan Viaduct at Loch Shiel (below), which was awarded second place in the UK final in 2017. (Not that they’re competitive, of course, but the #ScotWiki team would love to see more Scottish images coming in…)

This year we’re delighted to say that in addition to the overall prizes for the UK, there will also be prizes for the top three images in Scotland, including a special prize for the best photograph of a site in Scotland, kindly sponsored once again by Archaeology Scotland.

Read our blog post, Picturing Scotland.

Prizes for “missing” monuments

There are also prizes for the photographers who capture images of the greatest number of “new” monuments – those that are lacking an image on Wikidata.  This is a great opportunity to improve the coverage and representation of Scotland’s rich heritage to a global audience.


Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like to know more about organising WLM activities in Scotland, please email our Scotland Programme Coordinator Sara Thomas –

Commended and best image from Scotland 2017: Smailholm Tower, by Keith Proven
Commended and best image from Scotland 2017: Smailholm Tower, by Keith Proven, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Eilean Donan at Dusk – Syxaxis Photography, Highly Commended by UK Judges in 2016. Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0
Awarded 2nd place by UK judges in 2017, Glenfinnan Viaduct at Loch Shiel by Paul Stümke, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 4.0

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