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Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the United Kingdom

Photographing the UK's heritage

Wiki Loves Monuments ( is an annual international photography contest and crowdsourcing event in which participants photograph and upload images of historic monuments to Wikimedia Commons. These images are then available for free use on Wikipedia and beyond. More details about this year's annual competition can be found at Wiki Loves Monuments 2014. The competition takes place throughout the month of September each year.

Wiki Loves Monuments

Last year, the UK contest focused on historic buildings of significant importance. This year (2014) we expect to be able to allow a greater range of heritage subjects, including scheduled ancient monuments. Everyone is welcome to get involved, whether as a participant (photographer), organizational volunteer, or both. There is no requirement for participants or volunteers to be from the UK. The UK part of the competition is volunteer-led, with significant support from Wikimedia UK.

The main competition website (for competitors) is at


About the 2014 contestEdit

  WLM-UK 2014 links:

For organizers & helpers

For competitors

Participants upload pictures taken by themselves of eligible UK heritage subjects and upload them to Wikimedia Commons during the month of September under a free licence. Uploaded photographs do not have to be taken during September 2014, but they must not have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons before. Participants are free to upload photographs of any eligible subject, even if Commons already has one or more photographs, but of course a new angle or a new detail is more useful to the project than simply repeating what has been done before.

For more details, see Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the United Kingdom/Eligible subjects. Please join the discussion there about which types of heritage subjects we will allow into the competition this year.

Get involved!Edit

If you would like to help organize the contest, think you might like to take part in September, or would just like to register your support, please add your name at Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the United Kingdom/People.

Remember to subscribe to the Wiki Loves Monuments UK mailing list as well. The list admin is Katie Chan (WMUK).

Work to be done (planning)Edit

Top-level timeline for UK competitionEdit

For details of current work, and names of responsible volunteers, see Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the United Kingdom/planning.

Due time Task  Status 
- start early discussions   Done
- make the final decision on running the contest this year in the UK
- set up a portal page for Wiki Loves Monuments in the UK on the English Wikipedia
- start preparing a task management system, divide the work between the people
- contact the four listing authorities
- create a page on Wikimedia Commons (see the portal page) and fill in the table for the UK   Done
- have all main organizers subscribed to the global mailing list
- contact other partner organizations or institutions
- start advertising the project to local Wikimedia community
- start a discussion on defining communication channels (including outside ones)
- have the list of monuments received from the official listing authorities in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
- have some structured lists ready
- create environment where people can report errors in the lists
- create a helpdesk (including legal questions)   Done
- Seek official backing from the listing organizations
- decide on RL meeting with volunteers; identify problems & possibilities
- start working on the official (external) website
- start working on documentation
- start looking for sponsors to provide awards
May 1 start thinking about some promotional materials and goodies to give to the participants
May 13 set up category structure for UK monuments on Wikimedia Commons
May 16 start working on events programme
May 23 join the work on a pre-announcement to be sent to all Village Pumps
May 30 have the official website up, running and shining
May 30 have an OTRS queue set up with at least two-three people with access
May 31 have the pre-announcement posted to the Village Pump
June 1 partners should be ready, participating & informed about the goings-on
June 2 write an announcement asking people to submit nominations for the jury
June 10 start processing already existing pictures on Wikimedia Commons
June 17 have the promotional materials and goodies designed and at least being produced if you want to distribute them
June 30 have the rules of the contest set up and posted to the external website
July 2 have somebody join PR team to work on press releases and external outreach
July 29 sponsors should be ready & informed about the goings-on
July 30 have the main website and other materials translated into Welsh
July 31 have jury fully formed and set up judging criteria
August 1 start preparing Commons infrastructure (UploadWizard) and CentralNotice in Welsh
August 7-11 go to Wikimania and take over the world take part in RL discussions about Wiki Loves Monuments
August 11 finalise events programme
August 12 monuments lists should be finished; finish processing already existing photos on Wikimedia Commons
August 15 have promotional materials and goodies sent out to volunteers around the country
August 16 decide if you want to hold an awards ceremony and (if agreed on) start preparations
August 19 have PR people start working on an announcing press release
August 24 have all upload environment tested
August 25 start sending invites to Flickr users in relevant groups to join the contest
August 27 have UploadWizard and CentralNotice all ready
August 28 have the announcing press release ready; send it to the media!
August 31 have all crucial infrastructure and pages on Wikimedia Commons as well as the tools fully documented
September 1 start the contest!
September 9 have PR people start working on a middle-of-the-contest press release
September 12 have the middle-of-the-contest press release ready; send it to the media!
September 16 have the awards ceremony confirmed
September 25 have PR people start working on a final press release
September 30 finish the contest!
October 1 have the final press release ready; send it to the media!
October 9 have the participants survey ready
October 31 Hard deadline: have the final decision of the jury; send nominations to the international level
October 31 have your winners informed about the results of the UK contest
November 27 have a press release about the results of the contest ready and sent out to the media
November 4 send thank-you letters or e-mails to the volunteers, partners and sponsors and invite them to the awards ceremony
November 11 start working on the evaluation of the project
November 18 (if applicable) hold awards ceremony
November 25 make sure all photos are in the lists and are properly categorized on Commons
November 30 have the evaluation ready & posted to Commons/English Wikipedia/WMUK website
December 1-31 get some rest! well done! :-)
Wiki Loves Monuments 2014

Timeline - Progress - Tools - FAQ - Media - Sponsors - List of landing page, monuments and uploadlink - Winning photos

Participating countries: Albania & Kosovo - Algeria - Aruba - Austria - Azerbaijan - Belgium & Luxembourg - Canada - Colombia - Czech Republic - Egypt - Estonia - France - Germany - Hong Kong - Iraq - Ireland - Israel - Italy - Jordan - Lebanon - Macedonia - Nepal - Norway - Pakistan - Palestine - Poland - Romania - Russia - Serbia - Slovakia - South Africa - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Syria - Thailand - Tunisia - Ukraine - United Kingdom

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