Wiki Loves Monuments Aruba is back!

This year Monuments fund Aruba will once again celebrate our monuments during the monument’s month of September. Normally they organize activities that connect the community with monuments. This year due to the Covid crisis they have decided to only organize Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM).

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest for monuments, organized by Wikimedia this September. Wikimedia is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers.

Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. Everybody can contribute images as well as write articles. An image is worth a thousand words, in every language at once and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighborhood.

In more than 40 countries all over the world, a national contest will be organized with their national monuments, partners, rules, events and winners.

Every national contest will be able to nominate some of their winning pictures for the international contest. These nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury, which will then award extra prizes to the best images from all participating countries.

The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands, which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images of monuments that can now be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any purpose. Since then, the project helped to collect information on 1,5 million monuments from 76 national competitions − with more than 1,7 million pictures submitted by over 60,000 participants, adding to the sum of all human knowledge gathered on Wikipedia.

This year will be the fifth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments Aruba and to participate is very easy, just upload your best pictures of Aruban Monuments on Wikimedia between September 1 and 30. You will be automatically participating with WLM Aruba.

A jury of three will choose the winning picture and nominate the ten best pictures to participate with the international competition.

For more information about the competition follow our Facebook page Stichting Monumentenfonds Aruba or our website www.monumentenfondsaruba.com.