Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photographic competition to promote historic sites around the world through Wikimedia projects (mainly Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons). Once again Wikimedia Community Ireland is taking part and the competition is open to all! 

2023 marks Ireland’s 10th year taking part in Wiki Loves Monuments and we want you to upload your photos of monuments in Ireland between 1 and 30 September. Find all the eligible monuments on the an interactive map of Ireland or upload here!

How to Participate:

  • Find a monument, take a photo and upload it to Wikimedia Commons:
  • Upload your photos here  or through the interactive map
  • Make sure to enter your email address on your Wikimedia profile otherwise we may not have a way to contact you if you win one of the prizes
  • If you don’t have a Wikipedia account learn how to create one here
  • See last year’s winner for inspiration here.

    Alanlaighleisphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


You stand a chance to win any of the following items:

  • 1st Prize: €250 Amazon voucher
  • 2nd Prize: €125 Amazon voucher
  • 3rd Prize: €75 Amazon voucher
  • Highly Commended: €40 Amazon voucher

There are also 5 special prizes:

  • Most challenging or obscure monument photograph uploaded for the first time: €25 Amazon voucher
  • In each province, for photograph of a monument previously missing from Commons: €25 Amazon voucher each

Markiemcg1, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


  • Photos must be taken and uploaded by you. Videos and other types of moving image, non-photographic works such as drawings or computer-generated works are not eligible. You cannot use a photo that you have previously uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.
  • Photos must be uploaded beginning on 1 September 2023. It doesn’t matter when they were taken. The deadline for the final upload is 30 September 2023, 11:59 p.m. GMT
  • Photos must be freely licensed with no watermarks, advertisements or signatures in the images. By using the Wiki Loves Monuments Image Uploader a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) licence will automatically be entered.
  • The subject of the photo must be one of the monuments listed on this site.
  • You must be a registered user of Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons. This is the website that acts as a repository for photographs and other images that can be freely used on Wikipedia and elsewhere. You can do this straight away, or you’ll be prompted to register when you upload images.
  • You must have a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!

Top tips


The jury will judge individual entries based on the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality
  • Originality
  • Potential usefulness and overall value of the image (including its licensing) to the Wikimedia projects
Out and about
  • Please be respectful and considerate to your fellow photographers, and to others.
  • If you are photographing building interiors, stop straight away if you are asked to do so. Some places prohibit interior photography, but in others you may be allowed to continue if you ask for permission.
  • Do not trespass on private property (it is perfectly OK, though, to take photographs while standing in a public place such as the street).
  • Try to avoid taking photographs in which individual people appear prominently. You may not be able to avoid people entirely, for examples at tourist attractions, and where you have to you can include crowds or groups of people provided they are not a main part of your image.
  • Where possible avoid photographing vehicles, and particularly vehicle numberplates.
  • Please do not upload photographs of posters, noticeboards, signs, modern murals, or anything else having text or two-dimensional images that might be copyright-protected. That applies even to text or images that are in a public place and that everyone else is taking pictures of. Ancient wall paintings in churches are fine, as are photos of stained glass windows of any date.


Below are some frequently asked questions about Wiki Loves Monuments.

I am a professional photographer. Should I take part?

Yes, your photography expertise will help lift the quality of the images of Ireland’s cultural heritage significantly and contribute to the Wikimedia global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world.

I am NOT a professional photographer. Should I take part?Yes please! Your entry helps to document Ireland’s cultural heritage, and your image will be freely available for future generations. By contributing your image, you become part of a growing community that believes in making knowledge freely available to all.

How many images can I enter?There is no limit to how many images you can enter. We would advise however, that you be selective and only upload your best shots!

Why are some monuments in my county not included in your list?We have based this competition on a specially selected list of publicly accessible national monuments kindly provided by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and input from local councils. The list now includes over 6000 monuments recognised as structures of cultural significance either by the National Monuments Service or theNational Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

What happens to my image once I’ve uploaded it?Our volunteers will verify the image is eligible (ie. one of the monuments listed on this website), and it will be passed on for judging.

I didn’t include my e-mail upon registration, or want to change it. How can I configure it?Go to Wikimedia Commons Preferences page at the bottom, you’ll find an option to change your email address.

How do I find out if I won?Winners will be notified by email, then published on this website, onFacebook,Twitterand theWikimedia Community Ireland mailing list

Can I enter photographs of monuments in other countries?Yes, but you’ll have to find out if that country is participating in 2023 and you cannot enter the image through this website. To upload images to other sections of the contest, please visit the international upload page. Note that many countries start their upload period from 1st September, but not all.

I’ve got some photos that would be great for Wikipedia, but they aren’t eligible for this competition. Do you still want them?Yes please. This particular contest is targeted at protected buildings, but there are many other monuments and indeed subjects which we would welcome photographs of. You can upload them via this link.

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. If you’ve already uploaded your image, it can easily be re-used on Wikipedia just by adding a link to the page in the format.

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 talkpage 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 so that people can see your suggested image. Then come back a week later and make the change if no-one has objected.

Will my photo be entered into an international competition?Yes! Countries around the world as well as Ireland are also running their own national competitions, and the top ten entries of the Irish competition will be entered into the international competition for the best monuments photo from around the world.

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