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An X-masy Wiki

In an atmosphere where everybody is getting ready for the Christmas, last evening we opened the photo exhibition for Wiki Loves Monuments in Romania. There I didn’t have any picture, as I was one of the organizers and part of the jury. It was the time for other people’s pictures to shine.

an x-masy wiki


Wiki exhibition

This is kind of an unusual post for my photography blog, since the spotlight is not on my photos: yesterday evening, a photo exhibition with top pictures from the Wiki Loves Monuments Romania photography contest opened (I was part of the organizing team). The exhibition will stay open at the National Library in Bucharest for about 3 weeks and then will move at the Universitatea de Vest in Timișoara for a couple more weeks. Come and see the top 10 images from this year and highlights from the previous editions.

wiki exhibition

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Another walk for wiki

After the fruitful photo walk I managed to return to the area for yet another solo picture gathering for Wiki Loves Monuments. This time I ventured on smaller streets with lower car traffic, so I was a bit more efficient, taking more pictures in a comparable time frame. Unfortunately, the time is closing up, so I wont be able to return once more for this year’s edition.

wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments

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A walk for wiki

Part of my contribution to this year Wiki Loves Monuments (Romanian edition) I made a solo photo walk to gather some pictures representing historical monuments for sharing on Wikipedia. My route was around an old street in Bucharest, Calea Călărașilor, an area with a huge number of buildings from the XIX century which are considered monuments but few people know about them . It was fruitful, I came back with over 150 photos, but a large part of the area is still uncovered, hopefully I may be able to return. Below are a few samples: 3 of what I found the better looking of them and 3 in the most deplorable state.

walk for wiki
walk for wiki
walk for wiki
walk for wiki
walk for wiki
walk for wiki

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Halfway

The first half of the Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 is done: photo submission ended, not is the time for the second half, jury enters the action to select the winners.

So far it exceeded the expectations, in Romania we collected over 8750 images from about 270 participants, a significant increase from around 5800 images in the previous year. The international contest is also well, the grand total is over 360000 images and still counting (some imports are undergoing), more than double compared with the previous year.

Some serious ass kicking happened!

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A last sprint for Wiki Loves Monuments

I have queued for editing and upload around 75 pictures taken in the last week-end, I will add them to my other contributions to Wiki Loves Monuments, is the last week and my hope is to exceed the numbers from the last year, when the total was close to 5800 pictures (this morning we were at just a bit over 5000)

wiki loves monuments

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Let’s get out in Bucharest, celebrate with WLM

Those days, 13-16 September 2012, is the celebration of Bucharest, called “Bucharest Days”, 553 years of known existence. Is a very good opportunity for us to get out in the street, take photos with some historical monuments and put them in the Wiki Loves Monuments photography contest.

WLM de Zilele Bucureștiului

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Cârța reloaded

After a hurried visit a few months ago, I had the opportunity to re-visit the ruins of the Cârță Cistercian monastery, for a deeper research and some Wikipedia photos.
I was impressed to see how trusty and open the people there are: the monastery is locked, so a neighbour just gave me the key so our small group was allowed to roam free inside the ~700 years old historical monument, we had only to give it back when done. I guess we look trusty.

carta
carta
carta

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Wiki, Wiki, Wiki

In the last few days I was silent, with no pics posted here, that’s because I was busy with the Wikipedia photography contest, uploading my own pictures (as I am a member of the national jury, my photos won’t run for any prize, just enrich Wikipedia and illustrate the historical monuments in Romania).
Most of my picts are about cave churches in the Argeș county, medieval fortified monasteries in the Sibiu county, cave sites in the Buzău county, but there is also some Brâncovenian architecture and some other things (Sighișoara, wooden churches and such).
Hopefully while the campaign last, until the end of the month, I will be able to take and upload a few more, but don’t expect the number increase to be dramatic, currently I am at the count of 365 images, which gave my 15 minutes of fame (I briefly was one of the 10 top world uploaders) and raised the Romanian quote close to 1000 pictures (hopefully, we will reach this milestone later today, in less than one week after the competition started).
I did my share and will work more on this until the end, how about you? Come and take part of the fun! wiki loves monuments
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Photowalk in Bucharest for Wikipedia

Part of the Wiki Loves Monuments campaign, we had this week-end an event called “Wiki Takes Bucharest” (it also happened in many other European cities), gathering together 7 contributors walking for a couple of hours trough the city and taking pictures of historical monuments for Wikipedia. I made a more in-depth account of it on my blog. It was fun and, I hope, productive:

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Starting to put pics to WLMRO

It was kind of frustrating to promote the Wiki Loves Monuments, make video tutorials, organize photo walks, but not upload any photo (I can’t and I won’t enter the contest, since I am organizer and judge). Until the solution stroke: there can be a photo category for organizers, which is counted for the total and seeding data, but not entering in the contest. Relief! A first batch is up, more are to come 🙂

wiki loves monuments
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Wiki Loves Monuments

Ramping-up the launch of the Wiki Loves Monuments contest (Free photography for Wikipedia):

Stay tuned.