Israel Heritage in Spotlight in International Photo Contest

Aug. 28, 2012

Source: Jerusalem Post


Ruth Eglash writes in the Jerusalem Post about an international photography competition taking place next month which aims, among other things, to capture and make available for free download hundreds images of modern and ancient heritage sites in Israel. The event in Israel, which will span one month and include a wide variety of free events at local heritage sites as well as technical workshops in photography, is part of the global “Wiki Loves Monuments” photography competition that was launched last year and will take place in an additional 32 countries worldwide.

In Israel, the contest is being managed by a team of volunteers for the non-profit online encyclopedia, Wikimedia Israel, in cooperation with the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites and with sponsorship of the Israel Internet Association.

All images submitted for the competition will be posted on to the Wikimedia Commons Israel Heritage Site, an Internet photo archive that hopes to provide free information and images to the public on more than 600 physical sites in Israel. 

The competition runs September 14 through October 14, 2012. Any photographs submitted will be freely licensed as Creative Commons, allowing the public to use the pictures free of charge as long as the photographer is credited.  

A special team of professional Israeli photographers will then judge all the images and chose 10 to be put forward for the global part of the competition.  

The best local photos will also win cash prizes of up to NIS 5,000.

Updated: Oct. 14, 2012