has anyone tried locally to organise something around outreach to
photographers whose pictures were made on photographic films?
we have not had such a campaign in Ukraine before, just individual efforts,
like when a Wikipedian convinced an old photographer to upload his pictures
of lost heritage to Commons, they had to scan his films to do that:
as this year (to make sure people are not roaming around taking pictures
for their own safety) for the Ukrainian part of the contest we decided to
accept only pictures taken before February 24, 2022, we thought of maybe
looking for ways to reach this audience -- photographers whose pictures are
on films, so most probably old enough... but maybe there are some
tips/things to be aware of when dealing with scanned films, and somebody on
the list has travelled down this path already, and can share useful
(sorry for crossposting, i have also asked about this on the telegram
З повагою / Best regards,
Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine
Disclaimer: This letter is sent in my Wikimedia volunteer capacity, not as
a Board member of Wikimedia Foundation
On behalf of the organizing team for Wiki Loves Monuments in Ukraine I’m
writing to inform you of our decision not to submit photos for the
Traditionally, Wiki Loves Monuments in Ukraine has been one of the biggest
WLM local contests in the world, as well as among the biggest projects
supported by Wikimedia Ukraine.
This year, Ukraine and subsequently the contest has suffered from Russia’s
full-scale invasion. Particularly, for security reasons the organizers had
to limit submissions only to photos taken before February 24th, 2022, which
is the date when Russia openly invaded Ukraine.
Despite the limitations, we managed to organize the contest in 2022 and
attract almost 14,000 photos of Ukrainian cultural heritage from almost 300
participants. They illustrate over 5,300 monuments, including 351 monuments
depicted for the first time.
However, the local organizers will not be submitting Ukrainian photos for
the international round because of the international organizers’ decisions
to accept photos from Russia on the international stage. To be clear, we do
not support this decision and had asked the international team not to
accept Russian photos in the international round.
While we fully support the spread of free knowledge in various forms, we
believe that it is not appropriate to promote on the international level
photos from the country that wages a brutal war against Ukraine, kills
thousands of Ukrainians – and systematically destroys and steals Ukrainian
cultural, architectural and archaeological monuments.
Besides, Russia’s war has deprived Ukrainian photos of equal conditions in
the competition. While daily life in Russia continues largely as normal,
Ukrainian photographers have had to operate in extremely difficult
conditions and under many limitations – both the formal ones imposed for
security reasons and the overall situation in Ukraine (power blackouts,
problems with internet connectivity, personal hardship etc.)
Therefore, we cannot accept Ukrainian photos competing alongside Russian
ones – we do not think that in current circumstances it is the right thing
to announce which Ukrainian photos are better and which are worse than
We are grateful to Ukrainian participants and volunteers who have made the
contest possible this year against the odds, as well as to international
organizers for their hard work in supporting the largest photo contest in
the Wikimedia ecosystem.
Member of the organizing committee for Wiki Loves Monuments in Ukraine
(Disclaimer: Antanana is a member of the Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine
organizing committee. Due to her currently serving on the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees she recused herself from taking part in
discussions and making decisions on this topic).
The Wiki Loves Monuments international team has been asked if photographs
from Russia should be allowed or excluded from participating in this year's
international contest. We have been in contact with the organising teams of
Wiki Loves Monuments from Ukraine and from Russia to discuss this and to
find a solution.
We greatly appreciate that the team from Ukraine has organized the local
edition of the competition while there is war in their country! We
understand that there are reservations against seeing images from Ukraine
and Russia presented side by side in the galleries of nominated or winning
The volunteer team organising Wiki Loves Monuments Russia emphasizes to
have no ties to the Russian government or the Russian Wikimedia affiliate.
They are submitting the 10 finalist images to the international final round
of Wiki Loves Monuments 2022, but the occupied areas, including Crimea and
Sevastopol, have been excluded from the Wiki Loves monuments campaign.
Also, in Russia there is no freedom of panorama for works of art. This
excludes, in fact, any images of monuments and statues erected since World
War II, and which for example glorify the war, from being legally uploaded
to Wikimedia Commons.
If images from Russia are excluded because of the war in Ukraine, this
could, without being based on a rule for the competition, set a precedent
for other territories where there is war around the world. Rules would have
to found, before deciding case by case, if a country should not be allowed
to send its nominations to Wiki Loves Monuments international.
With these considerations in mind, the WLM organising team does not see a
reason to exclude the submission of Russian finalists images to the
international final round.
On behalf of the WLM 2022 organising team,
International jury coordinator, Wiki Loves Monuments 2022
I am a Brazilian monument conservator, who lives in Germany. Recently I
joined Wikimedia and as a member of the Project Let's go digital, Beuron Art
I am photographing German murals outside Germany and writing new articles
about Churches with this style of mural painting.
I identified that in Rio de Janeiro there is a chapel with extremely rare
frescoes in this style, which is abandoned and in need of restoration. It
so happens that the *US Embassy in Brazil* has a call for funding
for restoration projects. At the request of the chapel owner, I wrote a pro
bono project to submit for this funding. :)
However, a *non-profit* *international institution* or *organization* is
required to be the *legal candidate* for this project at the *US embassy *in
Brazil*.* *No financial assistance is required,* but support from a
non-profit institution. Can anyone with experience in this area suggest any
institutions? Could Wikimedia Deutschland e.V through WikiLovesMonuments
Historian | Heritage Conservation
Wilhelmsruher Damm 100 | 13439 Berlin
Tel.: +49 175 4465034
The WLM Suriname team will soon be evaluating this years competition, and
we have two questions we would like to ask your advice on:
1. The winner of this year's competition was not from Suriname, but from
the Netherlands. This has caused some criticism from the local community.
Is it possible to only accept contributions by natives of Suriname?
2. This year's top ten has 7 pictures from the same uploader. How would we
go about avoiding this next year?
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!
Michelle van Lanschot
(ma, di, wo, do)
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So far, we have received correct submissions for 15 countries.
That means the following countries are still missing: Armenia, Austria,
Bangladesh, Egypt, Finland, Ghana, Ireland, Latvia, Malaysia, Nigeria,
Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda,
South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE and United Kingdom.
For most of these countries, we have not heard back yet at all. Please make
sure that your jury coordinator is at least in active contact with either
myself or Krishna!
The deadline is 5 December 2022. After this date, we may not be able to
still accept the nominees. If you have any doubts that your country may
meet the deadline, let us know as soon as possible.
Looking forward to many thrilling nominees,
International jury coordinator, Wiki Loves Monuments 2022