Wiki Loves Monuments invites you to photograph built cultural environments and rediscover the treasures of your picture archives

The world’s biggest photography competition Wiki Loves Monuments is being held again in September. This year’s focus is on sites that previously haven’t been photographed much or at all. The competition is held in Finland and around the world on September 1.-30.9.2021.

You can participate in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition with photographs depicting human-made spaces, landscapes or buildings, provided that they display a registered cultural heritage site. Sites like this include the built environments of national significance and built heritage registered by the Finnish Heritage Agency or buildings protected by the city plan.

This year we especially encourage you to take pictures of previously unphotographed places or buildings. They are marked with red in the map of cultural heritage sites.

Furthermore, it is possible to participate by rephotographing an old picture that reveals how a place has changed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we also encourage you to skim through your photo archives for existing images. You can also think about new angles, such as aerial or drone images. 

How to participate:

Upload images to Wikimedia Commons between  1–30th of September to join the competition. In Wikimedia Commons, the images will be freely available under CC BY-SA 4.0 license for anyone to use. You can participate with images you have taken yourself during 2021 or earlier. Please note these aspects:

  1. Remember to keep your distance to other people while photographing. Follow guidelines.
  2. Flying drones is regulated, remember to take the relevant regulations into account.
  3. Respect the privacy of others. Ask for permission when photographing on private property and remember to ask for consent to publishing when there are people present in your images.

The Finnish competition is arranged by Wikimedia Finland in collaboration with the Finnish Heritage Agency and Kerava Museum Services. The competition runs in Finland for the fifth time with a goal to inspire everyone to see and appreciate the cultural heritage around us.