Dear all,

It is immense pleasure for me and Naveen to announce that India has won
officially at the photo-contest Wiki Loves Monuments internationally. Two
of the photos from India among 3,60,000+ have made it to the top-10.



1. Tomb of 
Safdarjung<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tomb_of_Safdarjung,_New_Delhi.jpg>
from
Delhi has received from the highest ranking by the international jury, as
the image *wins first prize globally*. The photo plays with the light and
gives a wonderful contrast between the darkness of the room and the lighted
tomb, giving it a dramatic effect. The photographer is Pranav Singh, from
Delhi.

*Safdarjung's Tomb, a garden tomb with a marble mausoleum in New Delhi,
India. It was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style, and was
described as "the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture".*

*Comments from Jury: **The strong light contrast between the lighted tomb
and the darkness of the room emphasizes the monument, and gives it a
dramatic component. The tomb is sharp and detailed, and free of visual
distractions; with gravity and a perfect sense for the angle of view and
light this picture presents the object - the architecture and light forming
a stage for the tomb, focusing on the details of the stone carving. All in
all a nicely framed and executed picture that seems to speak of the
significance of this tomb.*

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2. The Taj 
Mahal<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rear_side_of_Tajmahal.jpg>
is
no where lying behind. The winning photo from India *ranks 6th
internationally*. The photographer is Narender Kumar, again from Delhi.

*The Taj Mahal, is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It
is one of the most famous Indian buildings and considered a symbol for love
world wide.*

*Comments from Jury: **The Taj Mahal is probably one of the most
photographed monuments in the world - and definitely in this competition.
This particular image gives an impressive view of the silhouette, showing
also the adjoining buildings. The complex seems to wake up, out of the
mist. It gives context and mystery at the same time showing just a bit more
than on most pictures.*
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It's happy moment for the Indian community. Congratulations to all winners.
Thanks to the entire Indian community and to the Wikimedia India Chapter
for constant cooperation.

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   - Official announcement:
   http://www.wikilovesmonuments.org/and-the-2012-winner-is/
   - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012_winners(2012
contest finalists)
   - Stats: More than 3,60,000 images was uploaded globally. 15,000
   participants, most of them (2000+) were from India alone.





-- 
Karthik Nadar.
Secretary,
Wikimedia India Chapter.

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