Given that photographers (at least in Austria) usually do not roam around in herds, we plan on doing the usual contests this year too, starting in July. Of course the situation differs from country to country.

It might make sense to emphasise uploading old/historic pictures of monuments or as Lodeweijk mentioned focusing more on the data level internationally. 


On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 20:59, effe iets anders <> wrote:
Hi Nicolas, all,

thanks for bringing up the question, which may well be on the minds of many. I have not coordinated this response in the international team, but this is based on my best understanding of our situation.

You're entirely correct that there are many uncertainties. It's hard to look ahead more than a week or two, let alone 4 months. At this point, I don't believe that it's wise to make assumptions where we will be in September, or make decisions based on those assumptions. Because things may be better (we all hope!) but they may also be much worse. Over the next months, the international team will keep a close eye on the situation and develop scenarios what we can do, and what we can't. I expect that we will make some kind of decision by early July.

I want to acknowledge that this brings an extra layer of uncertainty for all the hundreds of volunteers involved with Wiki Loves Monuments across the world. Unfortunately, we're currently not in a position to make a clear cut decision. I do want to make clear that of course we would never ask or encourage anyone to go against shelter orders or otherwise endanger people - and I expect the national teams will feel the same about this. 

If you're looking for things that you can do at this time in preparation that will be worthwhile irrespective of the outcome of WLM 2020, I encourage to take the time to reflect on your data infrastructure. How can we improve the data quality, how can we establish better uniformity? If people are interested in that, we should spin up a separate thread, and see how different countries can help each other on this. This kind of data structures are useful no matter when it becomes sound again to go out and take photos. 

I hope everyone is safe and stays safe - no matter what the situation in your country looks like. If there are specific concerns you have aside from these, please do reach out.

With warm regards from California,


On Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 12:27 PM Ilario valdelli <> wrote:

The opening will not be "go out" for everyone and in every condition.

Probably during summer there will be a lot of limitations too.

KInd regards

On 11/04/2020 15:16, WereSpielChequers wrote:
Given the timings, it is very possible that some countries will be out of lockdown in time for a photography contest in a few months.

But a great contest for lockdown would be a contest for scanning and uploading ones pre digital photographs.


On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 12:53, Nicolas VIGNERON <> wrote:
Hi all,

Given the current situation, has anyone (in the international tema or in local team) explored how and if Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 would happen?

We start to think about it in France, there is a wish to make it despite the COVID. But for now, we are mainly looking at options as there is a lot of uncertainties.

PS: Can anyone make a script counting how many photos submitted at WLM are taken before september? Our assumption is that a lot - most ? - photos are taken long before september, which can be a good thing - people have a "stock" of photos on their hard drive - or a bad thing - people usually take photo now, but most countries are in lockdown now... So, it depends on the statistics.

I hope you're all well and safe.

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