Wikipedia Launches “Wiki Loves Monuments” Photography Competition

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Looking to make a little bit of extra cash? Live near a historical monument in the United States? Then Wikipedia’s “Wiki Loves Monuments” competition might be something you want to check out.

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Photo by Hanna Khanenia

Launched as part of an effort to expand Wikimedia’s archive of photographs of historical places, the competition asks users to submit photos along with a short caption the includes any relevant historical registries and other data about the site.

If you’re wondering whether or not a relevant monument is near you, you can check out the official list over on the National Register of Historic Places at this link right here.

Don’t see the historical site you had in mind on that list? Don’t worry, the competition also “accept[s] photos of historic sites that are recognized by tribal, state, and local governments, as well as historical societies and related organizations.”

The competition will run throughout the month of October.

Naturally, as part of a Wikipedia competition, your photos will be “under a free license that allows anyone to use them, you help document our history and share it with the rest of the world to enjoy through the internet, and get a shot at winning a prize! We will explain below how to participate, what you can win and what monument sites are eligible.”

As for prize amounts, the first prize gets you $USD 500, while second and third get $USD 350 and $USD 200 respectively. Fourth through tenth gets the photographer $USD 50.

Of course, rules such as the photo must be your own work and not overly edited are also part of the deal.

Check it out at this link right here.

Do you like near a historical monument? Care to take Wikipedia up on their offer? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.

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