Wiki Loves Monuments is the photographic competition organized by Wikimedia, an association for the dissemination of free knowledge, which every year awards the best shots to allow you to learn more about our immense cultural heritage. Since 2012, the winning photos have the honor of being able to be admired on the pages of Wikipedia and to be used freely. This year, the Italian 2020 edition, which ended with an online award ceremony given the health emergency on November 26, sees 3 shots all from Puglia on the podium and, in the top 10, 4 villages well known to us.
A competition that takes place in 50 countries, Wiki Loves Monuments this year also saw an Italian participation such as to place it among the three most participatory nations globally behind the US and Iran. Our more than 700 photographers have sent 15,000 photos following the invitation of the organization to immortalize their own monument of the heart. To our surprise and pride we found that 4 of the top ten Italian photos represent villages that we would like to share with you:
1st place - Polignano sea storm by Nicola Abbrescia - Polignano a Mare (Main image above)
3rd place - All Pink by Alberto Busini - Lesina
5th place - Pietrapertosa in white by Teodoro Corbo - Pietrapertosa
7th place - VARENNA - the tricolor arrows by Achille Ballerini - Varenna
Although Puglia has conquered the podium, it is Tuscany that has been portrayed several times, with over 4000 shots, followed by Lombardy, Basilicata and Emilia-Romagna. In addition, the association has received over 300 requests for authorization to include new monuments in the Italian list of those that can be photographed, bringing the number of these to 15312 which can be reproduced in shareable shots under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. In fact, in Italy, only the monuments included in this list can be photographed and shared freely.
Matteo Ruffoni, president of Wikimedia Italia, commented:
“Thanks to Wiki Loves Monuments we have managed, even in such a complex year, to continue the work of enhancing our artistic heritage, increasing the number of monuments freed and photographed. Everyone has the right to admire and appreciate Italian and world beauties, especially in this 2020 which has confronted us with the impossibility of traveling and with the opportunity to admire art for free through a simple click "
Now, our 10 best shots will have to compete worldwide by participating in the election of the best photograph that will be judged next January.