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Winners Announced in World’s Largest Photo Contest: Wiki Loves Monuments

*International jury selects top 10 photos from more than 321,000 worldwide.
Over the four past years, more than 1.1 million images have been submitted
to the contest.*

The international jury for Wiki Loves Monuments 2014
<> announced today the 10 winning
photographs from the world’s largest photo contest, which ran from
September 1 - 30 this year. More than 9,000 photographers uploaded over
321,000 freely-licensed photographs of historic buildings, monuments and
cultural heritage sites in 41 countries to Wikimedia Commons
<> for use on Wikipedia and
other free knowledge projects.

This year, the grand-prize winning photograph is an image of the Holy
Mountains Monastery <>, a
complex of architectural monuments of national significance in Sviatohirsk,
Ukraine, taken by Konstantin Brizhnichenko
<>. The first written
mention of the monastery was in 1526. In 1624, the monastery was officially
recognized as the Sviatohirsk Uspensky Monastery. Before World War I, the
monastery was inhabited by approximately 600 monks. During the 1930s, it
was destroyed by the Soviets, along with other numerous religious sites
throughout the Soviet Union. Today, the monastery community consists of
more than 100 people, a number that increases each year.

(Photo link:,_Lavra_3.jpg)

The winner will receive flight and accommodations in Mexico to attend
Wikimania, the international conference of the Wikimedia movement, to be
held in July 2015 in Mexico City.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Wiki Loves Monuments is
the world’s largest public photo competition. In it, people are asked to
take pictures of monuments from participating countries and to upload them
to Wikimedia Commons, enabling the photos to be used to illustrate
Wikipedia in articles about these monuments and other subjects.

“With over one million free images of heritage sites across the world, Wiki
Loves Monuments is one of the world’s most important history projects
today,” says Deror Lin, the international coordinator of the competition.
“Year after year, volunteers document hundreds of thousands of heritage
sites across the world and upload the images to the internet under a free
license for the benefit of the current andnext generations. These people
display the splendor of creativity and culture in their countries.”

The competition is organized in 41 participating countries, each focusing
on their national monuments and with their own national prizes. This year,
every participating country submitted 10 nominations to the international
jury who chose the winning pictures for the competition. A number of
countries participated in the competition for the first time, including:
Albania, Kosovo, Iraq, Ireland, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan and the
Palestinian Authority.

The contest was first organized in 2010 in the Netherlands and resulted in
more than 12,500 pictures of Dutch monuments. Over the past four years more
than 1.1 million images have been submitted to the contest.

*2014 Wiki Loves Monuments Winners:*


   1st Place - the Holy Mountains Monastery, Sviatohirsk, Ukraine by
   Konstantin Brizhnichenko -,_Lavra_3.jpg


   2nd Place - Gare du Nord in Paris, France, by MrsEllacott (his image
   ranked 7thin the French national competition) -

   3rd Place - Jøvik and Great Cormorants near Ullsfjorden, Troms, Tromsø,
   Norway by Siri Uldal (7th place in Norway’s national competition) -øvik_handelssted_04.jpg


   4th Place - Alte Sennalpe Batzen (literally: Old Dairy Mountain Pasture
   Batzen) at Bregenzer Forest in Schröcken, Vorarlberg, Austria by Böhringer
   Friedrich (9th Place in the Austrian national competition) -


   5th Place - Montfort Castle at Sunrise, Israel, by Eran Feldman (1st
   Place in the Israeli national competition) -מבצר_מונפורט_בזריחה.JPG


   6th Place - St Michael’s Mount, Marazion, Cornwall, UK by Fuzzypiggy
   (1st Place in the UK competition) -'s_Mount_II5302_x_2982.jpg


   7th Place - Tower Bridge at Dawn, UK by Fuzzypiggy (3rd Place in the UK
   competition) -


   8th Place - Victorian Valves at Victoria Baths, Manchester, UK by:
   RevDave (8th Place in the UK competition) -

   9th Place - Interior of the Romea Theatre, Murcia, Spain by: Pedro J
   Pacheco -


   10 Place - View of the Interior of St. Peter's Church, Teruel, Spain.
   by: Diego Delso -,_Teruel,_España,_2014-01-10,_DD_11-12_HDR.JPG

*For more information: *

*Itzik Edri, Spokesperson for the international jury - +972-54-5878078
<%2B972-54-5878078>, <>*
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