Capturing heritage

Wiki Loves Monuments announces Chile’s photography finalists

Ten photos of Chilean national monuments in the running for the world’s biggest photography competition, run by internet giant Wikipedia.

Monday, November 19, 2012  
Iglesia de San Francisco, finalist in the Wiki Loves Media competition. Photo: Álvaro Ignacio Mancil Iglesia de San Francisco, finalist in the Wiki Loves Media competition. Photo: Álvaro Ignacio Mancilla Villarroel.

It was dubbed the biggest photography competition in history, open to the general public from 36 countries around the world, and now finalists for the Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition have been announced.


Running for the first time outside of Europe, Wiki Loves Monuments more than doubled last year’s number of entrants, which was a Guinness World Record, reaching a tally of 365,895 entrants, 4,090 of which came from Chile.


Of those, ten photographs were selected from Chile to enter the international competition, with number one position given to Stephanie Fuente-Alba Domínguez for her photo from the ruins of the former mining town and UNESCO World Heritage site, Humberstone.


Among the other Chilean finalists were photographs of; a church in Valparaíso, a fort on the Straits of Magellan, a giant neon sign in Santiago, and a volcanic crater on Easter Island used by the Rapa Nui as a workshop to carve their iconic moái statues.


All ten finalists from the national competition are now in with the chance to take the world prize, a week-long, all-expenses paid photo trip to Hong Kong. Nine other photography related vouchers are also up for grabs.


Now in its third edition, the aim of Wiki Loves Monuments is to increase the amount of images of culturally important sites with Creative Commons licensing, enriching the content of the volunteer based encyclopedia.


In its first Chilean edition, entrants in the competition photographed 465 different national monuments, of which 281 did not previously count on freely available images.


Wiki Loves Monuments Chile was organized by Wikimedia Chile and sponsored by Fundación Imagen de Chile and the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales.


To see the finalists, click here, while for all images entered into the Chilean competition, click here.


Congratulations to the finalists and to everybody who contributed in documenting Chile’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

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