After more than a year of preparations, in July and August we organised the photo contest Wiki Loves Art, where we asked photographers and art lovers to take photos in the participating museums. Throughout Belgium, in these two months 13 museums and libraries opened their doors to get in this way better described and visible on Wikipedia and to make their managed heritage more accessible to the global audience.
Eventually 13 institutions opened their doors to the volunteer photographers to bring their museum/library and collection on Wikipedia better in the picture and to get it better described. At least 11 articles have been written and 3 been extended during the two writing sessions at the PhotoMuseum of Antwerp and the Royal Library of Belgium. In total more than 3,000 photos have been uploaded of the exhibited works and objects, the buildings of the institutions and the events. The participating institutions (with photo category) were
in the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library in Antwerp
in the Halle Gate in Brussels
in the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels
in the Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels
in the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History
in the Museum of Fine Arts in Gent
in the Bardelaere Museum in Lembeke
in the Library of Université de Liège
in Kazerne Dossin – Memorial in Mechelen
in the Mundaneum in Mons/Bergen
in the Musée Royal de Mariemont in Morlanwelz
Wiki Loves Monuments started!
In September it is traditionally time for the photo contest around monuments in Belgium and Luxembourg. Since 2011 we hold this competition annually to get the cultural heritage of Belgium and Luxembourg better described and depicted on Wikipedia. Also in this edition, anyone can participate by example in his or her area by taking photos of monuments.
This year we especially like to draw attention to those monuments that have not yet been with a photo on Wikipedia. In the tables on Wikipedia quite a few monuments have already a photograph, but many not yet. Help to get these monuments on Wikipedia: take photos and upload them!
To get not photographed monuments more on Wikipedia, we organize four photo tours: