Armenia places 4th at “Wiki loves monuments”

Armenpress 11:17, 1 October, 2013

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 1, ARMENPRESS: The Wiki store has been enriched by about 24,000 photos of the Armenian monuments. In the framework of the “Wiki Loves Monuments” International Photo Contest more than 369,575 photos have been downloaded to the Wiki store from 53 countries. As reported by Armenpress, 23,926 of them are the photos of the Armenian monuments. With this indicator Armenia places the fourth amongst the 53 countries. The leader of the Contest is Poland with 47,966 photos, the second place is occupied by Ukraine with 35,710 photos and the third horizontal went to Germany with 35,590 photos. The Contest was concluded on September 30.

As reported by Armenpress earlier, up to now Armenia had 130 participants who photographed monuments and uploaded them to Wikimedia Commons. Arpine Andreasyan, one of the participants, said, it is such a pity that only a very little part of Armenian heritage can be found in the internet. "This is a great opportunity to improve that, to centre all these monuments in a place which gets a lot of attention". Most of the photographs Arpine uploaded to Wikimedia Commons were from her photo archive. Arman Musikyan, another participant of the contest, started to travel all around the country especially for “Wiki Loves Monuments”. "I found that photographing monuments is like practicing a sport," he says, "to get to a monument you often have to walk for hours, sometimes you need to climb a rock, like for instance the fortress Kayan in Haghpat". According to Arman, the contest is also like a sport because of the competition between the countries: each one of them tries to get more photos than the others. Arman himself already uploaded roughly 3,000 photos and he still makes trips all around Armenia and makes photos.

Armenian coordinators of Wiki Loves Monuments have organized photowalks in Yerevan, Goris, Shushi and Vanadzor to encourage and help everyone who would like to contribute to the contest. Participants of these events walk around their cities, make photos of monuments and upload to Wikimedia Commons. The last photowalk took place on 29 September in Gyumri.

In October, the winners of each country will be selected by a local jury. Then an international jury will select international winners of Wiki Loves Monuments. The budget of 1.7 million AMD is for the awards. The award for the international winner is on the other hand already known: a trip to the Wikimania conference in London.

"Wiki Loves Monuments" is the largest photo contest in the world. It takes place every year on 1-30 September. Armenia joined the contest for the first time this year. Organizer of the contest in Armenia is Wikimedia Armenia. General sponsor is "Ucom". The awards funds are provided by Wikimedia Foundation.

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