Wikipedia has kicked off the Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 photo contest, which is aimed mostly at getting images of cultural and historical relevance uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under a free license.
The contest runs for the month of September and, unlike previous outings for the event, there are more than 30 countries participating – including South Africa.
There are national prizes for South Africans, chief among them being a R4,000 voucher from SA Camera but there is also a specific category for images taken in the Western Cape. Winners from these sections may be nominated for judging in the international contest, which carries a further ten prizes for the ten best images. The main prize for the international leg is a trip to Hong Kong for a photo tour and a visit to Wikimania.
There are some rules for the international competition however, most of which also apply at a national level. The images need to be:
- Self taken and self uploaded;
- Uploaded in September 2012;
- Freely licensed;
- Contain an identified monument;
- Nominated through a national contest