Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 exhibition at Warsaw Central railway station
On the 8th 2013, in Galeria OPEN belonging to the Warsaw Central Railway Station, the exhibition of works of the finalists of Wiki Loves Monuments Competition 2012 was opened.
Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is a worldwide photo competition around cultural heritage monuments, organized by Wikimedia chapters and groups. In 2010 it was organised in the Netherlands, and was followed by a Europe-wide 2011 edition. In 2012, Wiki Loves Monuments went global and was organised in several countries around the world, including Canada, Chile, Ghana, India, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa and the United States of America. In 2012, 33 countries participated, with more than 350,000 submissions by more than 15,000 people in 33 countries.
The aim of the contest is to ask the general public – readers and users of Wikipedia, photographers, hobbyists, etc. – to take pictures of cultural heritage monuments (or "heritage sites", depending on the local name) and upload them to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia.
The Polish edition of the contest – Wiki Lubi Zabytki, had 679 participants who uploaded to Wikimedia Commons – the free media repository, over 51 thousand photographs of Polish monuments. Owing to this great input, Poland took the first place among all the countries taking part in the contest in respect of the number of submitted photos.
The jury of the Polish contest awarded the first three prizes as follows: Tomasz Okoniewski (Scots) for the photograph of Saint John of Nepomuk Church "On the Island" in Zwierzyniec (Lubelskie Province, Poland), Paweł R. Schreyner for the photo of the Main refectory of The Cistercian Monks Abbey in Lubiąż (Dolnośląskie Province, Poland) and Łukasz Śmigasiewicz whose photo of Castle ruins in Ogrodzieniec (Śląskie Province, Poland) won him the third prize.
Wiki Lubi Zabytki, 1st place:
Saint John of Nepomuk Church "On the Island" in Zwierzyniec (Lubelskie Province, Poland). Author: Scots (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Wiki Lubi Zabytki, 2nd place::
Main refectory of The Cistercian Monks Abbey in Lubiąż( Dolnośląskie Province, Poland). Author: P.R.Schreyner (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Wiki Lubi Zabytki, 3rd place:
Castle ruins in Ogrodzieniec (Śląskie Province, Poland). Author: Łukasz Śmigasiewicz (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Seven participants were granted a distinction: diplomas and Wikipedia gadgets. Three special prizes were awarded for the overall number and quality of submitted photos to Hubert Głos (Fotonews), Bartłomiej Zieliński (Bazie) and Barbara Maliszewska.
Adam Kliczek, Wikipedian, one of the members of the contest jury said: "I’m happy that so many people participated in this year’s edition of Wiki Loves Monuments contest. Wikipedia resources have been enriched with over 50 thousand photographs of Polish monuments, many of which of a very good quality, which made it quite difficult to choose the winners."
The jury consisted of professional photographers, representatives of photography-related institutions and three Wikipedians.
The commissions in all the participating countries have selected their winners, whose photographs also entered the finale of the international contest. The international jury had to assess 324 photos from 33 countries. The first prize was taken by Pranav7 from India and his photograph of the Safdarjung tomb in New Delhi. The second prize was taken by the photo of acqueduct in Segovia in Spain whose author is David Corrala Gadea and the third went to the photographer Captaincida who depicted rice terraces in Batad, Filipines.
Wiki Loves Monuments, 1st place:
Safdarjung tomb in New Delhi. Author: Pranav7 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Wiki Loves Monuments, 2nd place:
Acqueduct in Segovia in Spain. Author: David Corral Gadea (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Wiki Loves Monuments, 3rd place:
Rice terraces in Batad, Filipines. Author: Captaincid (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Authors of best photos have won very attractive prizes: the winner of Polish edition has won 2000 PLN and the award in the international contest was the participation in Wikimania-conference of Wikipedians from all over the world, which this year will be held in Hong Kong. Polish chapter is proud to inform you that the jury of the international competition have appreciated a Polish photographer – Marek Ząbczyk (Zetem) whose photograph depicting Ruins of a manor complex in Komorniki, Dolnośląskie Province, Poland got 12th place.
Wiki Lubi Zabytki: 6th place; Wiki Loves Monuments: 12th place: Ruins of a manor complex in Komorniki, Dolnośląskie Province, Poland. Author: Zetem (CC BY-SA 3.0).
The WLM images are displayed on B1 size posters placed on six rectangular holders, standing in the main hall of the station, next to the stairs leading to the platforms. The exhibition consists of 10 posters with winning pictures of Polish monuments, 13 posters with pictures of monuments from all over the world, and two information boards, one describing the Wiki Loves Monuments competition and the second advertising participation in Wikimedia projects. Posters with photos are accompanied by QR-codes directing to the relevant Wikipedia articles. Photos can be viewed in Warsaw until 27 January, then they will be transferred to the railway station in Gdynia or Wroclaw.
Stowarzyszenie Wikimedia Polska (Wikimedia Polska Association) is a membership organization created to promote and support the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation and to foster the community of those projects. The association's goals include equal access to knowledge, promoting free licenses and supporting the growth of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and other projects. Internet site: http://pl.wikimedia.org
Galeria OPEN (OPEN Gallery) is an initiative of Polish State Railways that presents open cultural events at selected train stations in Poland. Internet site: http://dworzecpolski.pl/galeria-open
- Adam Kliczek
- Member of Wikimedia Polska Association
- tel: (+48) 519 520 107
- e-mail: adam.kliczekgmail.com
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