From churches to bridges, canal locks to market halls, every red dot on our interactive map is a piece of Ireland’s built heritage that needs a photograph, which means we need your help.
Entry into the 2021 competition runs from 1 to 30 September.
Taking in the world’s largest photography competition is easy
- Find your nearest eligible national monuments from the map. Red dots are monuments with no photograph yet.
- Have a read of the rules and tips.
- Go out and take your best shots.
- Upload your images to Wikimedia Commons through the interactive map.
You’ll be asked to register an account with Wikimedia Commons, if you haven’t already. Then follow the steps in the uploader.
Wiki Loves Monuments is an annual international photographic event which takes place every September around the world. The competition aims to bring together people who value their local historic environment, calling on amateur and professional photographers alike to capture images of the world’s historic monuments. Ireland’s list is compiled from sites that are either publicly owned or are available to visit, and are listed by either the National Monuments Service and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Visit the interactive map to see all 6500+ eligible monuments here.
The photos are then shared under a free licence via Wikimedia Commons, a free media repository which along with other things provides most of the images for Wikipedia.
Entries can be images taken specially for the competition, or photographs you have taken in the past.
- 1st Prize: €250 Amazon voucher
- 2nd Prize: €125 Amazon voucher
- 3rd Prize: €75 Amazon voucher
- Highly Commended: €40 Amazon voucher
In 2021, we also awarded 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
- 1 September: The contest officially opens, and uploading of photos begins.
- 30 September: Contest closes, uploading of photos ends.
- December: Winners will be announced.
- Dr Ruth Carden
- Dr Rena Maguire
- Emma Gilleece
Got a question? Please have a read of the FAQs, and if your question isn’t already answered, email us firstname.lastname@example.org
What makes Wiki Loves Monuments special
- The competition is led and driven by a global network of volunteers
- The competition is open to everyone, and participation is free
- Since the global competition began in 2011, there have been more than 1 million entries
- Ireland took part for the first time in 2014, which saw over 30 countries participating across five continents
- Participants will see their photos used in Wikipedia articles with a potential audience in the hundreds of millions
- All entrants help to provide a range of locally-sourced images that are available for use on Wikipedia and elsewhere.
Aside from being great fun, Wiki Loves Monuments is a way of capturing a snapshot of Ireland’s cultural heritage for future generations. Over time, the collections gathered throughout the competition will become an incredibly useful historical resource.
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