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Monuments photographed for Wikimedia

These are the last few days to visit the exhibition of winning photographs of the very first edition of Wiki Loves Monuments held in Malta.

The international contest brings together photographers from around the world to take stunning pictures of cultural heritage to be shared on Wikipedia. This year’s contest began on September 1 and the deadline for submissions was September 30.

A jury composed of experts within the field of cultural heritage, photography and Wikipedia selected a number of winning entries which will be awarded prizes, courtesy of Photocity of Valletta.

These entries, as well as all those submitted for this first edition held locally, are currently exhibited at St James Cavalier together with the top 10 photographs selected from all the participating 42 countries.

Wiki Loves Monuments is the largest international photo competition in the world and is organised by Wikimedia chapters and groups aiming to promote and share knowledge about heritage sites across the world through Wikimedia projects.

Since the contest started in 2010, nearly 1.5 million photographs have been uploaded. Winning photos from 2015 included an aerial photograph of Westerheversand Lighthouse in Germany, the Museum of the Inconfidência in Brazil and the interior of the Vakil Mosque in Iran.

More than 6,000 people from 33 countries took part in last year’s contest. Aside from Malta, there are another eight first-time participants this year.

■ The exhibition is running at St James Cavalier in Valletta until December 11. For more information visit http://kreattivita.org .

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