We just shared a blog post on behalf of Alexander and Yaroslav (cc-ed)
in Wiki Loves Monuments blog. The blog post tells you about the
experimental contest they are organizing this year as part of Wiki
Loves Monuments called the Banners Contest.
The idea is simple: For every photo that your participants upload as
part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2017, they can crop the photo at a 7:1
ratio and upload it as part of the Banners contest, too. The 7:1 photo
can be used to improve Wikivoyage pages. This contest has its own jury
and award. Please read more about it in the blog post  and/or the
Banners page .
Also, please consider sharing a short description of the Banners
contest along with a link to its landing page from your Wiki Loves
Monuments 2017 landing page.
If you have questions for the organizers, please share them in this
thread or in Commons .
The Wiki Loves Monuments contest has started today, and we are still
short of image reviewers in the UK. Will you help?
The task is to help with reviewing this year’s entries and identifying a
long list of images to be submitted to the three judges who will pick
the final winners. You don't need to be a top photographer, but you
should be able to distinguish good from mediocre images. You'd need to
be able to commit to something like four or five hours work, mostly
during October but perhaps during September as well.
More details can be found at the 2017 competition website
If you can help please let me know.
All the best
Flickr photographers have organized a photowalk in Mexico City to take
photos of the monuments there and upload them as part of Wiki Loves
Monuments 2017. As you may know, Mexico is not participating in the
contest this year. We are happy that we still will get to receive nice
photos of Mexico City's monuments even when they can't participate as
part of the photo competition (big thanks to Flickr photographers for
their willingness to contribute:).
For this, we need to point them to where Mexico City's lists are. Can
someone help me with it? I got this far:
If you have applied for Rapid Grants  or you are considering to
apply for one to support your Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 campaign,
please read on. Everyone else, you can safely stop here.
At least two countries are affected by the delays in processing Rapid
Grants: Ghana  and Greece . We want you to know a few things:
* The international team is heavily discouraged to apply for grants
for emergency cases like this, with the reasoning that WMF can process
Rapid Grants in a week.
* We are going to contact WMF regarding these two country's requests
to ask for immediate attention to these cases.
* If you have applied for Rapid Grants for your Wiki Loves Monuments
campaig or you are planning to do so, we need to hear from you. Please
email on or off-list with the name of your country so we can include
that information in our communications.
* Everyone has the best intentions to help each other. The resources
are limited, and things get dropped (not trying to justify here but to
say that we should all have empathy for each other in cases like
This is a very unfortunate situation for the organizers and our global
efforts for Wiki Loves Monuments 2017. This being said, I'd like to
ask everyone to exercise patience, lend a hand to each other where you
can, and allow the international team to escalate and hopefully
resolve this issue in a timely manner.
September 1 is here and Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 is now live .
Congratulations to all of you who have been working hard to have your
campaign ready for the big launch. A few pointers:
* A twitter announcement has gone out:
retweet and spread the word about the contest.
* We have a blog post for you to read and share:
* If you get media coverage, please help us gather that information at
If you have comments or questions, please keep them coming. Otherwise,
enjoy the ride and we will be in touch with you in the coming days
with more updates and emails, I'm sure. :)
Lily, on behalf of the international team
 The contest in a few countries had started earlier, and a few will
start a bit later, but given that the bulk of countries go live on
September 1, we consider this date as the going live time. :)