I wish to update regarding WLM in Israel.
The competition took place during the month of Tishrei (mid September to mid October) ,
during which 6,097 images were uploaded to the commons.
The most photographed monuments were, as expected, the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, the Tower
of David in Jerusalem, and Jaffa Port.
During the month of the competition we also held 20 events including two photography
workshops (sponsored by the Galitz school of photography), 18 guided tours (sponsored by
the Council for Heritage Sites in Israel), and two tours at the Israel Museum (the museum
allowed free entrance to the participants). about 400 people participated in the events.
Our volunteers chaperoned the tours ready to answer all questions about the competition.
500 people visited our both at a photography fare, 800 people wrote to us requesting
information about the tours, 600 joined our mailing lists.
We also had 20 newspaper articles (some of which internet newspapers and some printed),
participated in 6 radio shows and 2 television programs, talking about the competition.
Following the competition a Portal was created in Hebrew Wikipedia to host the lists of
sites, and the best images taken.
As to the judging - our volunteers shifted through the 6,000 uploads choosing 250
photographs for the 9 judges (three professional photographers, two of which from the
Galitz School, two professional site conservation experts from the National council, and
four Wikipedians). The judges rated the photographs choosing 30, and then from
those chose the top 10. The three images that got the highest points will receive
monetary prices (NIS 5,000 (about $1,250), NIS 3,000 and NIS 2,000). The Israeli Internet
Association conducted its own judging allowing the general public to vote on its most
favorite image, which will receive NIS 2,000.
The results will be published at our awards ceremony which will take place on 7th November
and will include a tour of old Jaffa, a cocktail and an exhibition of the 10 winning
photographs and the people's choice.
Following the awards ceremony, the exhibition will be hung at the gallery of the
Diezengoff Centre shopping mall in Tel Aviv until 1st December.
We wish to thank our volunteers who helped with the tours, and with creating the lists of
monuments (as you may recall we had to create the lists for the competition - none exited
before it). We especially want to thank Yan who has created the judging system used by us
and other countries.
We further wish to thank the international competition team for their support and
assistance, and their patience with our many questions.