There are a few simple rules to participate in the contest:
- Photos must be taken and uploaded by you
- Photos must be uploaded in September 2012. It doesn’t matter when you took the photo, only that you upload it during the contest. The deadline for the final upload is Monday, October 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m Hawaiian Standard Time, which is equal to 6:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
- Photos must be freely licensed. CC-BY-SA will be entered automatically for you if you use the WLM uploader. It is the standard license on Wikimedia Commons and is highly preferred. You may also choose to dedicate your photos to the public domain with a CC0 license.
- The subject of the photo must be a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places (an NRHP reference number will be automatically included with the upload).
Please make sure that you are not uploading somebody else’s photos, since you will be giving anybody the right to use these photos freely. Similarly, you can’t upload anybody else’s intellectual property. For example, if a copyrighted modern sculpture is near the site, please do not photograph that as part of the site. If you leave recognizable people out of the photos, you will not have to worry about securing a written release for their picture.
Please drive safely — don’t take photographs while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle.
In addition it is important for you to activate your email on your Commons userpage so we can contact you if you win. To do this, click on the ”My preferences” tab at the top right of commons.wikimedia.org (only for logged-in users) and click “enable email from other users.”
The decisions of the organizers and jury are final. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the contest or modify the rules at their sole discretion.
Besides the regular contest, there are may be special categories on a state or local level organized by – with their own award and jury. Besides that, the normal rules apply.