In an effort to improve the images in posts about landmarks in South Africa, the Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa initiated a drive to have as many monuments documented for Wikipedia entries as possible.

The initiative came to an end in late September, but the winners of the best submitted photographs for South Africa in each category were announced over the weekend.

“We would like to commend this year’s participants for the high quality of their photographs. The quality of photographs submitted has been increasing every year, and this year was the best we have had in terms of quality since the South African competition started in 2012,” Wikimedia’s South Africa chapter said in a press statement.

A wealth of photographs were submitted, but due to the Copy Right Act of 1978 only images of some of the older statues could be included in Wikipedia.

“We are deeply disappointed that we could not accept photographs of recently built monuments. Most of these monuments commemorate South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid, and it is very unfortunate that photographs of these important historic places cannot be submitted or used on Wikipedia.”

Over 4 000 photographs were submitted this year, which is only slightly less than when the competition was run last year – which was over 6 000. But even though there were less images submitted, “the quality of submissions was much higher than in previous years.”

The winners for the South African edition are:

First Prize: Women’s Memorial Under Rainy Sky by Leanri van Heerden

Women's Memorial Under Rainy Sky by Leanri van Heerden
Women’s Memorial Under Rainy Sky by Leanri van Heerden

Second Prize: R Aspeling Union Buildings by Robbie Aspeling

R Aspeling Union Buildings by Robbie Aspeling
R Aspeling Union Buildings by Robbie Aspeling

Third Prize: Old Dovecote. Farm Onverwacht, (Die Bos), Somerset West. by Chris Snelling

Old Dovecote. Farm Onverwacht, (Die Bos), Somerset West. by Chris Snelling
Old Dovecote. Farm Onverwacht, (Die Bos), Somerset West. by Chris Snelling
[Images – CC by 2.0/Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa, Header image -Bloemfontein Women’s Memorial by Carl Viloria ]
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