Wikipedia brings world’s biggest photo competition to Chile

After two successful European versions in 2010 and 2011, Wiki Loves Monuments is going global and will run in Chile through the month of September. 

Are you a budding photographer looking for the break you need to land that dream travel magazine gig? Want to travel the length and breadth of Chile without having to leave your bedroom? Because both categories are being covered this September thanks to the launch of a  hugely exciting photography competition.
After two successful versions in Europe in 2011 and 2012, the Wiki Loves Monuments competition is going global in 2012, running concurrently in 25 countries around the world, including Chile.
The competition, organized by Wikimedia Chile and sponsored by the Fundación Imagen de Chile and the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, asks individuals to take a picture of a Chilean National Monument and upload it onto the Wikimedia Commons.
At the end of the contest, the top ten photographs from every country will be selected to go on to a second round which will determine the best photographs in the world.
The contest’s objective is both to celebrate Chilean heritage and to make it accessible not only to everyday Chileans, but to people all around the world.
“Wiki Loves Monuments is an invitation to be part of the biggest platform of free content on the internet, which is Wikipedia,” said Juan David Ruiz, Vice President of Wikimedia Chile. “This competition aims to contribute, through photographs, to the promotion of our National Monuments, giving a complete and unique vision of this cultural, architectural and historical heritage.”
“Last year, 18 European countries participated and received more than 168,000 photos from more than 5,000 participants,” added Ruiz. “In Chile, we hope to gather more than 5,000 images of our national monuments.”
Photos will be judged on their artistic quality and capacity to reflect national heritage of Chile, as well as for their utility for the Wikipedia website. Judges include: Emilio de la Cerda, secretary general of the Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, Eduardo Testart, director of Wikimedia Chile, Samuel Salgado, director of the Centro Nacional de Patrimonio Fotográfico, Rodrigo Farriol, Director of the Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes and Rodrigo Guendelman, journalist and host of the program Santiago Adicto on Chile’s Canal13C.
When and where
The competition will open on September 1 and close the final day of the month. Photographers can choose from one of 806 National Monuments in Chile, including 659 historic monuments, 40 nature sanctuaries, and 107 historic districts. For a full list of the monuments arranged by geographic location, click here.
The contest is completely free and open to everyone, providing the perfect excuse to get out and travel to Chile’s rich array of National Monuments. To register and for more information, head to to the Chilean Wiki Loves Monuments website.