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 theme is sustainable cultural heritage.

You can participate in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition with photographs depicting human-made spaces, landscapes or buildings, provided that they display a protected building or a cultural heritage site otherwise defined as valuable. You can find these sites in the map of the competition. This year we focus on sustainable cultural heritage which is also the theme of the European Heritage Days 2022.

Which building or landscape would you like to preserve for future generations? How has it sustained time? Do you miss a place that has already disappeared?

Furthermore, it is possible to participate by rephotographing an old picture that reveals how a place has changed. We also encourage you to skim through your photo archives for existing images as well as to think about new angles from which to photograph, such as aerial or drone images.

We especially encourage you to take pictures of previously unphotographed places or buildings. They are marked with red on the map of cultural heritage sites.

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 2022 or earlier.

Please note these aspects:

1. Flying drones is regulated, remember to take the relevant regulations into account.
2. 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 European Heritage DaysFinnish Heritage Agency, Historical Museum of RiihimäkiHyvinkää City Museum, Kerava museum servicesLapua City MuseumsNurmijärvi Museum, Tuusula Museum. The competition runs in Finland for the sixth time, with a goal to inspire everyone to see and appreciate the cultural heritage around us.