Photos will be judged on the following criteria
- Technical excellence of the photograph
- Originality and creativity
- Encyclopedic value for Wikipedia
Wiki Loves Monuments USA receives a lot of uploads, so experienced editors at Wikipedia will be reviewing the photos before the jury. Editors will nominate images and then top photographs selected by the Wikipedia community will be nominated for jury review. The jury will select the top 10 photos from a group of 500-550 photos selected by the community and rank them.
- Amy Ballard, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist, Smithsonian Institution, is the co-author of A Guide to Smithsonian Architecture and author of the website St. Petersburg Music Guide. Her travels have taken her to seven continents and to Russia over twenty times. She is on the boards of Historic Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C. and the US National Committee of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
- Jeff Gates is constantly exploring new platforms with which to engage the public. He received his Master of Fine Arts in photography and graphic design at UCLA and a BA in international relations at Michigan State University. In the 1980s and 1990s he created the photo documentary called “In Our Path” about the neighborhoods affected by the building of Los Angeles’ “last freeway,” I-105. He received a National Endowments Visual Artist Fellowship for this work. And recently the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, bought the images for their collection of Southern California historical photographs. In addition to his photography, he has recently been working on a series of posters which deal with the rancor that is so prevalent in American political discourse. He does this under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party. He taught college photography and computer graphics for twenty years before coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum where he is now the Lead Producer in New Media Initiatives.
- Carol M. Highsmith specializes in capturing America with her camera. Her collection at the Library of Congress is one of six featured photographic collections alongside those of Mathew Brady, Dorothea Lange, and the Historic American Building Survey. It has over 20,000 photos that she has donated to the public domain. She plans to document every U.S. state over the next 15 years and donate over 100,000 images to the Library of Congress during her lifetime. Full bio
- Heather Moran is the photographer and archivist of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) where she photographs and works to digitize the Muni collection. She has worked to make the collection available online through the SFMTA Online gallery, Flickr, and Historypin. She is co-creator of “Treasures from the Muni Archive,” a city walking tour with site-specific historic images posted on bus shelters, open areas and store windows which are linked by QR codes to Historypin, which includes additional images of each location.
- Daniel Case has been a Wikipedia editor since 2005, and is now an Administrator. He has focused on WikiProject:NRHP, photographing and writing articles about historic sites including those in in New York’s Hudson Valley, and Aspen, Colorado, as well as sites in the country of Jordan. He has worked as a journalist, and wrote a weekly feature on local landmarks. He also wrote and illustrated “AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near New York City.”
- Howard Cheng, Administrator at both Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons who works on the “Picture of the Day,” and “On this Day…” features on Wikipedia’s main page.
- Daniel Schwen, Administrator on Wikimedia Commons and contributor of numerous Featured Pictures. He develops and maintains gadgets (WikiMiniAtlas) and bots(GPS,Quality Images) and is active in geographic coordinates project. In real life he works in a laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.
- David Shankbone, one of Wikipedia’s most influential photographers, whose photos appear in over 5,000 Wikipedia articles in 200 languages. These include pictures of Shimon Peres, Woody Allen, Madonna, Walter Mosley, and Salman Rushdie. His work as a writer for Wikinews was reviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review.