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Wiki Loves Monuments in Greece 2020
Wiki Loves Μonuments is an international photo contest about cultural heritage monuments. Wikimedia User Group Greece will run the Greek leg of the competition from October 1st - October 31th, 2020. We have been organizing WLM since 2016 with remarkable success.
targetWikipedia, Wikimedia Commons
start dateOctober 1st
end dateJanuary 31th
budget (local currency)€ 1550
budget (USD)$ 1,846.63
grant typeGROUP
contact(s)• Magioladitis• MARKELLOS
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Community User Group Greece

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Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Add or improve content (mainly photos)
  2. Recruit new contributors to Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia
  3. Engage existing editors

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. What content will the contest focus on, and why is it important to your community?

The overall purpose of this Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest is to increase the amount of freely-licensed material related to Greek monuments in Wikimedia Commons, and improve the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles about them, including the illustration of the articles with the uploaded pictures. If the project is going to be successful, more people will know not only about Wikipedia, but also about Wikimedia Commons and new users will be engaged in the projects also. Additionally, the Wikimedia movement and the local user groups will gain visibility within the involved communities. We have to mention also here that this is the first Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest in Greece. Within this scope, we are asking funding to finance the cost of the prizes for the contest winners, and the cost of promotion for the contest.

2. How will you let people know about the contest?

  1. Launching a website, community notification in the Agora (el.wp village pump), relevant mailing lists, etc
  2. Promoting the competition through the use of social networks (Facebook/Twitter) and photo-oriented web sites.
  3. Press release announcing the competition some days before the starting date (we will try to have press coverage also during the contest)
  4. We will invite previous Wiki Loves Monuments participants to join the contest by posting invitations on their user talk pages.
  5. We will also use geolocated banners to advertise the contest to local Wikipedia readers.

3. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?

Our team has already organized 10 Wikimedia Photo Contests in Greece. First we need to make the selection of the members of the jury committee on time. The entries will be judged by a jury consisting of WMUG members, photography experts and elwiki users. We are especially happy about the jury composition in our previous contests, since we managed to include amateur and professional photographers, field experts e.t.c. Prizes will be awarded to the three best photographs. Photographers in 4th to 10th place will get a poster of their photo and a participation certificate.

4. For photo contests, what is the strategy to get images used on projects?

An edit-a-thon is planned after the competition and in combination to the awards ceremony. We are also going to encourage the Greek editing community to enrich existing articles related to the mounuments, to add pictures to related Wikipedia or Wikivoyage articles. Books will be awarded to the users who made the most contributions.
We will also generate a list of photographed monuments and photos contributed for each of them.

5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

For photo contests:

  • Number of participants: 120
  • Number of photos uploaded: 1700
  • Number of new users: 80
  • 4 months after the contest, 80 or 5% of photos are used on wiki projects
  • 20 new monuments be photographed


Human resources:

  • Members of UG
  • Individual wikimedians
  • Professional and amateur photographers that helped as during the previous contests
  • Friendly organisations will provide visibility and we expect in-kind donations such as free venue for the award ceremony (if the situation allows it to happen) or more prizes.

Our team has organized a multitude of events including Science Photo Competition 2015, Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments every year since 2016, with very good results.

Note: Last year (2019) per WMF's request to all WLM Rapid Grants, we adjusted to a lower budget from previous years (2016, 2017, 2018) and as reported in that report it seems that it did have an impact to the number of photos and participants. Most of our quantitative goals in 2019 were marginally met, when in previous years the same goals were exceeded to more than 200%. Thus, since we want to keep our goals and results high, we adjust the resources to those that seem to have worked before.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Prizes Gift cards for the best photographs/contributors n/a 3 n/a 1000.00 EUR Gift cards will be awarded to the three best photographs (1st prize: €500.00, 2nd prize: €300.00, 3rd prize: €200.00.
2 Posters posters with the logo and the awarded photographs unit 10 25.00 250.00 EUR Top ten winners will be awarded an A1 size poster of their photo with the official logo of the competition.
3 Prizes Books as an award for the illustration marathon n/a 2 30.00 60.00 EUR Books will awarded to two winners of the illustration marathon.
4 Certificates certificates for the awarded photographs and jury members paper & printing pack 20.00 20.00 EUR Certificates with the names of the awarded photographers and their finishing position will be delivered during the Award ceremony. Similarly, certificates will be given to the jury members for their participation.
5 Mailing for awards and thank you certicates n/a n/a n/a 100.00 EUR Prizes and posters, and "thank you" certifates and swags need to be mailed to the winners and jury members. Previous years most of them were awarded during a ceremony which cannot be held now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Exact cost cannot be predetermined.
6 Fees, commissions, etc Banking fees transaction n/a n/a 20.00 EUR Transactions for receiving money, banking fees for payments (prizes and other).
7 Incidentals expenses that are not projected in the budget but may still occur n/a n/a n/a 100.00 EUR This item will be generally used to adjust the changes in prices if they occur or to cover some of the incidental expenses that are not anticipated but may later occur as necessary.

Total cost: 1550.00 Euros (1,846.63 USD on 19 August 2020)


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