We would like to organise a pre-selection committee to help select pictures
that the Ukrainian national jury will then evaluate, and we need volunteers
for that. Please fill in the Google form if you are interested to help
during October and first days of November:
(You can also reach out to me directly at attolippip(a)gmail.com if you would
like to help, but do not want to fill in a Google form)
== Context on why we need your help ==
This is our first time implementing such a step in the process – and we do
it because: 1) we would like the jury to be able to select better pictures
(our usual processes had them looking at ~1500 pictures at a time ''each''),
and more suited for illustrating Wikipedia and other wikiprojects; 2)
“Winter is coming”, as they say in “Game of Thrones”, for real, and we are
bracing up for another complicated period of time, with rockets hitting our
infrastructure, and power outages, and we want to lower the risks of
Ukrainian jury members not finishing pre-selection and evaluation before
the international deadline.
Our contest just started, and we have more than 1400 pictures so far.
Unfortunately the circumstances are very new, so we do not know what to
expect in terms of the number of pictures uploaded, but we are estimating
that we at least can get ~14000 pictures this year like in 2022. So far the
progress has been higher than last year, but we do have harsh restrictions
like pictures need to be taken on or before June 30, 2023, and only in one
special category – interiors of the monuments – we allow uploading of the
currently taken photos.
In case you wonder about these restrictions – we are trying to balance our
needs as organisers to document as much as possible (thus already allowing
pictures created after the full-scale invasion), but also safety of the
participants (people feel really uneasy when somebody unknown goes around
their house taking photos with the war going on), and national security
(most likely pictures taken on or before June 30, 2023, do not risk
revealing any sensitive information).
== What exactly is required ==
Participants submit pictures for the “Quality” category, and we would like
help with pre-selecting pictures for the national jury, so the results of
their work are better.
You would need to look at ~500-1000 photos during October and first days of
November, and select the ones that would go to the Ukrainian national jury.
We are using WLX Jury Tool for our jury selection process, it is quite easy
to use and has an English interface; there are also instructions in
Please feel in the Google form if you are interested to help during October
and first days of November: https://shorturl.at/mqB13
(You can also reach out to me directly if you would like to help, but do
not want to fill in a Google form)
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Ukrainian
contest (we do have a bit of a complicated system developed over the
years). You can read the English page of our contest here , or a diff
post about our 2022 edition here .
Thank you all, and please take care!
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