Uploading for the contest ended on October 1, 2012. Contributions from 2,013 photographers were uploaded, totaling 22,133 photographs in the US. Exactly 30 photographers each contributed 100 or more photos in the US. We are still placing photos in our county lists, but about 4,500 photos were for sites that were not previously photographed for our lists. Worldwide, 15,006 photographers contributed 360,652 photos in 36 countries, which makes this, by far, the world’s largest photo contest. All we can do is say
Thank you so very much!
Please remember that you can still contribute to Wikimedia Commons. Just upload your photos directly to Commons. You won’t win the $700 prize, but you will likely get something even better. You’ll be able to see your photos in the articles and lists on Wikipedia. If you take a bit of time to learn how to edit, you can even put them there yourself. Of course, do please be careful that you don’t delete a better photo from the list or article, and that you don’t overload the article with pictures.
About the contest
Wiki Loves Monuments USA 2012 was a photo contest on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons that ran throughout September, 2012. It is part of an international Wiki Loves Monuments competition organized by the Wikimedia Community in 36 countries. In the U.S., the contest focused on sites on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), which have been organized on Wikipedia by state and county.
Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge Wikipedia collects and disseminates. To improve the number and quality of photos of historic monuments and places, the Wikipedia community started a photo contest in the Netherlands in 2010, which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images of monuments that can now be used in Wikipedia, or by anybody for any purpose. In 2011, 18 countries participated in the contest, which resulted in 5,000 participants submitting more than 165,000 images. If you have any questions about the contest, leave a comment here.