US PHOTO CONTEST: ATTENTION RUNNERS AND WALKERS
Wikimedia Commons, one of the websites from which Earned Runs gains access to great photos without charge, runs an annual contest, “Wiki Loves Monuments”. This is the first year It came to my attention, just this week.
According to the announcement, the contest is “an international photo competition where participants capture cultural heritage monuments and upload their photographs to the Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects.” It runs through the month of September. “Anyone is welcome to contribute” it says, “by uploading photos they’ve taken of registered cultural and historical sites throughout the United States.”
Cash prizes are awarded for winning entries, which are then submitted for the international portion of the competition. First prize is $200, second is $125, and third is $75. There are links to rules and listings of eligible sites, state by state and county by county. Those interested are instructed on how to participate.
The photos NEED NOT BE TAKEN during the month of September, but must be properly SUBMITTED by the end of this month. Judging is based on “composition, technical quality, originality, and potential usefulness and value of the image to Wikimedia projects”. Very well- known and commonly photographed sites will be scored lower, it seems, which is in line with the purpose of the campaign, which seeks to expand and improve Wikimedia Commons coverage of US cultural and historic sites.
The little known, restored or preserved and officially registered historic courthouse, sawmill, lighthouse, school building, cemetery, homestead, fort, inn, battlefield, or tavern you run past on your routine daily home course or away travel loop may make an excellent object to photograph for this purpose. If it’s image is captured from an unusual angle or in an innovative way the chance if winning is increased.
When out on the road almost daily, runners and walkers have the opportunity to see some structures frequently, from ground level, in various weather and lighting conditions. We can discover beauty at odd moments at these places, whereas the visiting tourist has but one or few opportunities to do so.
I’m going to enter some of the Earned Runs photos. At the very least, more people will be able to enjoy what I see on my runs, walks, and adventures. What about you?
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