Out of more than 230,000 submissions from nearly 7,700 participants, fifteen winning images were announced today in the eleventh annual Wiki Loves Monuments photography contest.

Thirteenth place winner of the 2020 Wiki Loves Monuments competition. Photo by Teodoro Corbo, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Few people were able to travel in 2020, but Wiki Loves Monuments has some inspiration for your next adventure.

Eleven years since its founding, the world’s largest photography competition attracted over 230,000 stunning submissions from amateur and professional photographers alike for its 2020 edition.

Participants from around the world, representing 51 countries, shared beautiful monuments of cultural heritage on a platform accessed by millions- not just for recognition, but in the spirit of global collaboration.

As part of the competition, photographers donate their images to Wikimedia Commons, the free repository that holds most of the images used on Wikipedia, helping…

Which English Wikipedia entries got the most views this year? Here’s the top 25.

Lieutenant (junior grade) Natasha McClinton, a surgical nurse, prepares a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care. Image by Sara Eshleman/U.S. Navy, public domain.

This is my sixth annual post sharing the list of Wikipedia’s most popular articles of the year, and each year I’ve had to come up with different ways of saying “people really love the latest pop culture.”

Then 2020 happened — and, as with most things this year, the list was very different.

Instead of blockbuster films, bingeable shows, musicians, or celebrities taking the top slots, the English Wikipedia’s most popular article of 2020 was about the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected nearly every single human in the world.

In all, seven of the top 25 articles were directly related…

Photo of an Indonesian bull race is crowned after a multi-round vote by thousands of volunteer contributors from around the globe.

Photo by Rodney Ee/”eastcoastrod”, CC BY 2.0.

The scene is remarkable: two bulls scrabble for footing, sending mud flying everywhere, as they race down a rice field. Behind them, a solitary man is holding onto harnesses for dear life.

(Left unseen is the person behind the camera, standing directly in the path of the bulls.)

Welcome to the newest Wikimedia Picture of the Year, the winner of an annual competition run since 2006.* …

Out of more than 200,000 submissions, fifteen winning images were announced today in the tenth Wiki Loves Monuments photography contest.

The second-place winning image. Photo by Morteza Salehi, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Loves Monuments isn’t your typical photography competition. For starters, it’s the world’s largest, as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s also a platform for global collaboration in making beautiful, significant photos of monuments freely available to anyone, anywhere.

As part of the competition, photographers from around the world donate their images to Wikimedia Commons, the free repository that holds most of the images used on Wikipedia, to ensure that the world’s most visible cultural heritage is documented and held in trust for future generations.

This is a mission that only grows in importance each year, as…

Which English Wikipedia entries got the most views this year? Here’s the top 25.

Billie Eilish. Photo by crommelincklars, CC BY 2.0.

You should see me in a crown
I’m gonna run this nothing town
Watch me make ’em bow
One by one by one

Billie Eilish, “You Should See Me In A Crown” (2019)

Billions of people visited Wikipedia over the course of a chaotic 2019, and we now have the data to say what they were most interested in. Let’s all kneel before Thanos, whose Avengers: Endgame ruled over all of us.

The film, the culmination of over a decade of storytelling across nearly two dozen films, is now the highest-grossing film of all time. …

The child of a monkey holds on to its mother tightly. A lone straw bale stands in a field prior to being collected. A few rays of sunlight filter into a dark, foreboding cave filled with clear blue water.

These are a mere three of the imagination-fueling winners from the international Wiki Loves Earth photography competition, whose results were announced today. The overall winner, seen above, shows a banded demoiselle hovering near a dandelion’s seedhead. …

Photo by Zack McCune/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Today, Tunisian free knowledge advocate Emna Mizouni was named the 2019 Wikimedian of the Year. The award was given in recognition of her inspiring leadership within the global Wikimedia movement, especially within Arab and African communities, and for her tireless work in raising awareness of Tunisia’s extensive history and culture.

Emna is a life-long resident of Tunis, Tunisia’s capital and largest city. Historically, Tunis’ strategic position between the western and eastern Mediterranean Seas led to it being the capital of the Carthaginian Empire, a nation whose settlements dotted the coastline from Spain to Northern Africa and Corsica. …

How do you define “play”? These photographers set out to answer that question.

Photo by Marco Gualazzini, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Children playing around a wrecked airplane. A toddler plays peek-a-boo. Teens play barefoot street soccer.

Welcome to the wonder of Wiki Loves Africa, an annual themed photo contest which aims to re-balance the lack of visual representation and content that Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons hold about the continent.

Over the last five years, Wiki Loves Africa has inspired the donation of nearly 50,000 photographs that depict the life of people on the African continent, with themes including cuisine, fashion, music, and dance.

In this year’s contest, held across six weeks, over 1,300 people uploaded just under 9,000 images and other…

Photo by Sailesh Patnaik, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Five years ago, Manavpreet Kaur administered several tests for entry-level forensics diploma students at Punjabi University, located in Patiala, Punjab, India.

From her vantage point, Kaur — who had recently completed a Ph.D. in forensic science — quickly realized that not all of the students were comfortable with the course being taught exclusively in English. She searched for Punjabi-language documentation to help them but was frustrated to find that very little was available.

That’s when Satdeep Gill, a fellow student in another class, introduced her to the Punjabi-language Wikipedia.

Although the encyclopedia contained only a few thousand articles, Kaur recognized…

The selection comes after a months-long process with votes from thousands of volunteer editors.

First place: The evolution of a tornado. This photo montage actually contains eight different images. Photo by Jason Weingart, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wikimedia Commons, the repository for educational media content that hosts most of the images used on Wikipedia, has announced its photo of the year.*

Nearly 3,500 people chose between 57 images in the final round of the competition. Jason Weingart’s Evolution — a composite timelapse showing the development and frightening expansion of a tornado — took the top prize.

Coming in second was David Gubler’s photo of a lonely bucket train in Chile, and in third was Daniela Rapava’s remarkable shot of a soap bubble being overcome by ice.

I got in touch with all three winners to learn more…

Ed Erhart

Purveyor of knowledge about Wikipedia, naval history, and cats.

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