World’s largest photography competition launched in Malta


The fourth edition of ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’, the Guinness World Record holder for the largest photography competition, is currently taking place in Malta. The competition brings together photographers from around the world to take stunning pictures of our cultural heritage to be shared on Wikipedia.

This competition was launched on September 1st, while the deadline for submissions is September 30th. Everyone is encouraged to take part and participation is free of charge. Participants are required to own the copyright of the photos they submit and release them under an open licence. The overall winners will be announced in November 2019.

A jury composed of experts within the field of cultural heritage, photography and Wikipedia will be selecting a number of winning entries. Ten winning submissions will be nominated for the international Wiki Loves Monuments contest, with the opportunity to win further prizes.

Submitted photos will be exhibited at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta throughout November and December. They will also be displayed at Spazju Kreattiv.

Speaking at the competition launch at the National Museum of Archaeology, Wikimedia Community Malta President Tony Micallef explained that this year’s competition will be taking place in over 50 countries across the world. Since the competition started in 2010, over 2 million photos have been submitted, with last year’s competition attracting over 250,000 submissions across 49 countries.

Winning photos from 2018 include the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Iran and the Al-Khazneh temple in Petra, Jordan. Top entries in the local competition included photos of St John’s Co-Cathedral and the Chapel of St Anthony of Padua at Fort Manoel, amongst others.

Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta is organised by Wikimedia Community Malta (WCM) in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Heritage Malta. More information is available on their website or on the WCM Facebook page.