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Greece report: WLM 2017 in Greece awards ceremony
- By Geraki
On January 26, 2018, the award ceremony for the Greek part of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 took place by Wikimedia Community User Group Greece in Athens. Most of the winners, relatives and friends, as well as members of Wikimedia Community User Group Greece and other Wikipedians attended the event. The ceremony opened a WLM photo exhibition in the Trii Art Hub gallery. The ten winning pictures were exhibited at the ceremony where they really took off the impressions.
The event started with a short presentation of the competition. WLM 2017 in Greece was considered successful with its 1118 new images, of witch 120 (11%) are already used in other wikis, and 104 uploaders with 72% of them being new users.
The awards were cash money for the first three winners, and a poster of their winning photo for all ten winners.
Special attention in the presentation was given to Wikimedia Commons. Both winning photographers and all attendees were encouraged to freely upload multimedia files to the Commons even when no competitions are held.
The first winner was a Belgian who was unable to attend. However, we read a message that he had sent, describing how during his holiday in Rhodes last summer he took the photo that won the first place and another one, which was ranked ninth. Then the other winners talked about their works and their engagement with photography. It was very interesting to interact with all these people, of different ages, sharing the same passion for the art of photography. There was also a brief demonstration of how images are placed on the Wikipedia entries as well as an introduction to the basic editing of an entry. The event ended with a small workshop for placing images in Wikipedia articles.