*DNA: Wikipedia's India chapter preps to participate in the world's largest
photography contest*

The Internet's go-to website for every imaginable piece of information,
Wikipedia, launches its international heritage photo contest in India.

Dubbed as “*Wiki Loves Monuments, India 2013<http://www.wikilovesmonuments.in>
*” the photo contest focuses on the promotion of regional heritage
architecture and cultural monuments of India.

The concept originated in the Netherlands in 2010 with primary focus on
European heritage. It resulted in the creation of a database of 12,500
freely licensed images of monuments that can be used in Wikipedia and by
anybody for any purpose. The subsequent 2011 event, added another 165,000
images submitted by over 5,000 participants, to this.

Incidentally, while the 2011 contest was marked by the Guinness Words
Records as the “largest photography contest” in terms of number of photos
received, the 2012 contest overtook with over submission of over 3,50,000

India's successful entry in 2012 made way for a more locally stratergised
campaign to promote local and regional heritage spots. *Arnav Sonara*, a
country organiser of the contest and an editor of Wikipedia from India,
explains, “The idea is to gather and curate culturally significant images
of heritage structures on Wikipedia. Last year, we had two images winning
the international contest, and the first prize winner was an Indian.”

He attended the annual Wikipedia conference in Hong Kong in August 2013 as
his prize.

*How to participate?
*Organised in association with *Indian National Trust For Art and Cultural
Heritage* <http://www.intach.org>, the Indian franchise of the contest will
send ten best pictures of our monuments to the international contest.

Sonara elaborates, “Every country has a different definition of
“monuments”. For the Indian edition, Archaeological Survey of India has
provided an *official
which the participants must refer, before uploading”

Rules are simple—pictures should contain an identified monument and be
nominated through a national contest, in our case, India. They should be
self-taken, freely licensed and uploaded in September 2013, devoid of
watermarks/ copyright symbols.

Interested participants can submit their entries,

*These are some of the photos received so

To view some of the prominent heritage structures in Mumbai, *click
Tinu Cherian

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