Hello Wikimedians,

FYI, Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in India has ended on September 30, 2020. This year around 4500 images were submitted, which is lower than previous years but the low number was expected as COVID-19 has led to the restriction of movements preventing people from going outside of their homes and taking photographs.

We have managed to increase the list of the non-designated monuments even during the competition. Thanks to Subodh Kulkarni who had held meetings with different municipal corporation authorities, heritage organizations and other like minded organizations from Maharashtra to help us prepare lists of monuments from Pune, Solapur, Ambajogai, Ichalkaranji, Satara etc. Thanks to Shyamal, who helped to connect with Uday Kumar PL from the group Inscription Stones of Bangalore, who are meticulously documenting inscription stones from all over Bangalore; WLM now have a list of around 50 non-designated inscription stones from there too.

We have already started primary sorting of photographs from the organizer's side taking care of certain criteria and will continue to do so upto 15th October.  We will then forward all the sorted photographs to the jury team, who will take another 15 days to complete the judging process and declare results by the end of the month. As always, jury decisions will be final.

Categorization of the images properly and data related works are also going on simultaneously and will be done throughout the year.

Like previous years, we will finish the entire judging process within the set deadline.

(on behalf of WLM team)

On Mon, 31 Aug 2020 at 11:17, Bodhisattwa Mandal <bodhisattwa.rgkmc@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello Wikimedians,

We are very happy to announce that the Wiki Loves Monuments 2020 in India is starting from tomorrow and will continue for the entire month of September.

As this year, we are facing devastating effects of COVID-19,  we urge you to stay inside your home to avoid exposure to the deadly virus. You do not have to go outside of your safe zone to photograph monuments. We are completely okay if you can upload old photographs taken by you. Please be safe first!

We are also expecting lesser participation than previous years due to the restriction of movement due to the pandemic. So, to increase awareness about the competition, we have created a promotional video at the last moment (special thanks to Ananya and Rahul) and boosted it on Facebook. Thanks to CIS-A2K for sponsoring the promotion part.
You can find the video on Commons here - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2020_in_India_(Promotional_video).webm
and on Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1616065545227639

Regarding the list of monuments, it will grow even during the competition as the data entry is a continuous work for us throughout the year. We heartily welcome Wikimedians from different parts of the country to work on monuments protected by different local agencies and inform us in the event talk page. We will find ways together to include them in the master list.

Just like previous years, we again promising to wrap up everything within the expected timeline after the competition ends and we are going to keep our promise again. :-)

Welcome you all in the competition,

(On behalf of WLM India organizing team)