Wiki Loves Monuments report
The world's largest photography contest has struck again, but missed many countries
Wiki Loves Monuments' goal is to enrich Wikipedia and her sister projects with photos and articles about the worldwide cultural heritage. Volunteers from 52 areas and countries organized this year the fourth edition of this event. Thanks to all their work we managed to have more than 370,000 photos uploaded by participants. This number of uploads is higher than the 2012 edition and is a new record. The 2012 edition is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
- Random selection of photos
Discovery Hut or Scott's Hut built (Antarctica)
The Reunification Monument (Cameroon)
Chyasaldewal (Krishna Temple) (Nepal)
Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity (United Kingdom)
Results in numbers
In 2013 11,942 participants uploaded in 52 countries/areas more than 370,000 photos as part of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013. All together with the previous editions Wiki Loves Monuments made people upload more than 900,000 photos of monuments.
Statistics for each country:
- Algeria: 1046 images by 48 participants
- Andorra: 1064 images by 11 participants
- Antarctica: 22 images by 4 participants
- Argentina: 4104 images by 151 participants
- Armenia: 23923 images by 176 participants
- Aruba: 258 images by 30 participants
- Austria: 11157 images by 190 participants
- Azerbaijan: 490 images by 24 participants
- Belgium: 3202 images by 121 participants
- Bolivia: 2380 images by 156 participants
- Cameroon: 655 images by 28 participants
- Canada: 2555 images by 226 participants
- Chile: 4049 images by 154 participants
- China: 2880 images by 214 participants
- Colombia: 1251 images by 82 participants
- Czech Republic: 6427 images by 167 participants
- Egypt: 599 images by 101 participants
- El Salvador: 1117 images by 123 participants
- Estonia: 1583 images by 67 participants
- France: 21207 images by 642 participants
- Germany: 35590 images by 555 participants
- Hong Kong: 477 images by 48 participants
- Hungary: 3217 images by 137 participants
- India: 11718 images by 1485 participants
- Israel: 4730 images by 177 participants
- Italy: 8083 images by 528 participants
- Jordan: 1377 images by 56 participants
- Luxembourg: 252 images by 12 participants
- Mexico: 6794 images by 629 participants
- Nepal: 2621 images by 84 participants
- Netherlands: 7103 images by 166 participants
- Norway: 2493 images by 46 participants
- Panama: 1880 images by 113 participants
- Philippines: 6052 images by 92 participants
- Poland: 47976 images by 562 participants
- Romania: 4978 images by 123 participants
- Russia: 18833 images by 912 participants
- Serbia: 2691 images by 99 participants
- Slovakia: 2731 images by 76 participants
- South Africa: 6421 images by 89 participants
- Spain: 23126 images by 400 participants
- Sweden: 4037 images by 109 participants
- Switzerland: 3985 images by 192 participants
- Syria: 1494 images by 63 participants
- Taiwan: 2839 images by 151 participants
- Thailand: 1762 images by 181 participants
- Tunisia: 1555 images by 65 participants
- Ukraine: 35666 images by 604 participants
- United Kingdom: 12001 images by 573 participants
- United States: 10189 images by 872 participants
- Uruguay: 7615 images by 502 participants
- Venezuela: 836 images by 64 participants
Results in statistics
Missing countries / half the world
Map of the 52 participating countries in Wiki Loves Monuments 2013
The Global North (in green) and the Global South (in grey).
In the 2013 edition of Wiki Loves Monuments 52 countries and areas participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. Large parts on the map are coloured red, but also large parts are white. The world has 195 international recognized independent states, but has also many dependent territories. Only less than a quarter of these countries and territories participated in Wiki Loves Monuments.
- The largest area that isn't covered is Africa. In a few countries Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized, but in most of them we have do not have any lists of cultural monuments on Wikipedia and no participation in the contest. Only in 7 of the 54 independent states Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized and we miss much of the African cultural heritage.
- With the 2013 edition the first Arab states discovered Wiki Loves Monuments and made their first steps in the contest. Only in 5 of the 22 states of that region Wiki Loves Monuments has been organized. But the interest in the contest is growing in the Arab world thanks to the first pioneers in 2013 who bridged the cultural gap.
- In 2013 the area of the Caucasus two of three countries started with Wiki Loves Monuments, including the area of Nagorno-Karabakh. Only Georgia did not participate.
- In Central Asia there is no participation at all and we do little know about their cultural heritage.
- In other parts of Asia the participation is fragile. Several countries indicated the wish to participate, but only a part of them were ready to do so. Especially the countries of southeast Asia are missing, while they do have a rich cultural history which deserves more attention.
- In Oceania none of the 14 countries and 13 territories participated (besides Hawaii as part of the United States contest). The whole cultural heritage of the island nations are missing.
- Besides the three largest countries, almost all the countries of North America (including the Caribbean region) are missing with their cultural heritage. From the 23 countries and more than 14 dependencies and other territories in North America, only 6 participated: Aruba, Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and the United States. The rich cultural heritage of this area asks to be mapped.
- In South America the participation began in 2012 with 3 countries and grew in 2013 to 6 participating countries out of the 12 countries and 3 dependencies on the continent. We also explored in 2013 Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. What do we know about the cultural heritage of Brazil and French Guiana?
- In Europe most countries have participated in Wiki Loves Monuments. The most empty part of this continent is in the southeastern part with the Balkans, Cyprus and Turkey. Other countries that are missing are Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and most of the small states: Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City and Malta. Another point of attention are the areas of Greenland, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands.
- Around the world are a lot of other islands and dependencies with a small cultural heritage we have almost no knowledge of.
In the first four editions of Wiki Loves Monuments we focussed on the participation of those countries who were able to organize a local contest with lists of monuments, a jury and prizes. In all those countries all the volunteers did a great job and did a lot of work to make this event happen. But I think our responsibility goes beyond only the area where we live. The Wikimedia movement should focus in the coming years on all those other countries around the world to enable them to participate in one of the most simple way of participation (with uploading pictures). We should reach out to those who have more difficulties in participating and making it easier for them to join the world's movement of expansion of free knowledge.
The judges of each country have until the end of the month October the time to select the 10 winning photos. In most countries a prize giving ceremony will be held where the winners get their prizes. In November the international jury will select out of those 520 photos the best 10 photos of Wiki Loves Monuments 2013.
As the 2013 contest broke the record of the 2012 edition in number of photos, the international team will submit the new record to the Guinness Book of Records.
In the rest of the year we work on writing articles about these monuments and translating existing lists of monuments to especially Spanish and/or English to enable the rest of the world to learn about these hidden heritage. Also we need to create new lists of monuments for other countries to get a better view on the world's heritage.
Already several users/teams indicated their interest to participate in a next edition of Wiki Loves Monuments. Users can already start with preparing Wiki Loves Monuments by searching for lists of monuments in undiscovered countries and/or contacting the local institutions who are responsible for keeping a list of their cultural heritage. The users from already participating countries can help the Global South otherwise only half the world is covered. The Wikimedia movement should actively support projects like Wiki Loves Monuments in participating, so that the world's cultural heritage fully gets covered and participation is enhanced.
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