In recent years, several national teams have indicated that they
encountered problems that prevented them from being able to participate in
Wiki Loves Monuments. These issues included, but were not limited to, the
definition of a 'built monument', and the possible bias with authorities
that appoints monuments in their country. Issues such as colonial heritage
and indigenous heritage were also often a topic that teams ran into.
The International WLM team therefore sought and received WMF funds to
conduct a research on the diversity, equity and inclusion of the Wiki Loves
Monuments photo competition.
For this, I’d like to introduce to you Mesha, who is the researcher and
consultant that will be advising us on how to make our photo contest more
accessible to everyone.
Mesha will be reaching out to (previous) national organisers, (previous)
international organisers, and others involved with WLM in the upcoming
months. If you want to proactively reach out to Mesha and make sure your
experiences are being heard, she can be reached at
WLM International Team 2021
As the national winners of Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 are coming in, the
international team is working on putting together a good jury for this
year's international round. We will need 3-5 more members to complete the
As in the past years, it is important to aim once again for a jury that as
a whole is neutral and balanced in many ways. This means ideally:
1. A mix of photography experts, heritage experts, and Wikimedia experts
(aiming at a total size of 7-9)
2. Geographically balanced so that no two jury members come from the
3. Balance in many other ways imaginable (while at the same time, one
can never assure a balance in all aspects)
4. The international jury members do not serve on a national jury for
5. At the same time, there are some practical considerations:
- Jury members must be able to understand English.
6. Able to commit to judging 200-500 photos in three rounds over a
period of 3 weeks in November, as a volunteer.
While jury members can participate in a local competition, their photos
cannot participate in the international finale. It would be helpful if the
juror would be willing to share their real name for the jury report.
Do you know someone who would make a good juror? Please contact me or the
jury coordinator Ndahira Derrick (ndahiroderric(a)gmail.com) with the
suggestions. Please reach out along with the potential juror contact
details, and a couple of lines of why they would make a good juror for WLM.
We are specifically looking for jurors from *Latin America, Africa, and
Asia*, as other regions are well covered already.
*on behalf of the international team*
Forwarding from the announcements list.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ndahiro Derrick Alter <ndahiroderric(a)gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Submission of local WLM 2021 winning photos to the international
Cc: Krishna Chaitanya Velaga <kcvelaga(a)gmail.com>
This email contains important information on how you can submit the 10
nominees of your country to the international finale and the deadlines. Please
forward this to your coordinators if need be.]
Dear national coordinators, jury coordinators,
Thank you for an amazing job in the past weeks and months in organizing
what seems to have been yet again an amazing competition in more than 40
countries! It's great to see all the beautiful images that have been
As you know, the international Wiki Loves Monuments competition is based on
a federalized model: there's a national competition in each country, with a
national organizing team, a national jury and national winners. The
national jury determines up to (maximum) 10 images that will be submitted
to the international finale.
These ten images should be submitted via email to the international jury
coordinator via this email (*ndahiroderric(a)gmail.com
<ndahiroderric(a)gmail.com>*) before the deadline (31st November.2021. Unless
you have agreed on a different deadline with Krishna Chaitanya (in cc). But
if you like, please send them at least a few days before that time.
after this deadline are not guaranteed to be included in the finale. When
submitting your finalists, please take these instructions into account:*
* Submit no more than ten images per (national) competition. It is OK to
submit fewer images, for example, if you don't find enough images of high
* Submit the images to:firstname.lastname@example.org, and include in the CC at
least one (additional) jury member besides yourself. Please also include
Krishna Chaitanya in the cc.
* If the results are still not public (if you plan to announce them later
publicly), please add the planned announcement date. Please note that we
will announce the international winners in January, and will not wait for
* Submit for each image: URL, Filename on Wikimedia Commons and Author
* Check basic information about the images. It is NOT possible to replace
finalists after the deadline!
** that the author has activated their email function on Wikimedia Commons.
If we cannot email the user there, they may automatically forfeit any
prize. You can help them by posting a message on their talk page or
tracking them down through social media.
** that the monument on the image is identified (preferably also described
** that the image is freely licensed
Thanks a lot for your cooperation. After all, nominees have been received,
this will result in a pool of some 350-430 images for the international
jury to consider. The international jury is described on this page
<https://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/jury/>. The jury will first-rate all
images with 1-5 stars, from which a top-40/60 will be considered. Then, the
jurors will have the opportunity to remove images from the selection, which
they consider unfit. Finally, they are asked to rank their top-25 images
and share their reasoning. We will create a jury report based on this
information. We expect to announce the results in the first two weeks of
January (depending on the swiftness of jury report creation and media
With warm regards,
*Derrick Ndahiro*, 2021 WLM jury coordinator