Anyone who has recently used Wikipedia must have noticed a banner at the top of every page, mentioning that the world’s largest photography competition has returned for 2015.
‘Wiki Loves Monuments’, aimed at documenting the world’s cultural heritage under a free license, recently concluded after receiving an overwhelming response.
The competition has been taking place since 2010 and has been officially categorised as the biggest photography competition in the world by Guinness World Records.
Pakistan became a part of the competition for the first time last year.
The global 2015 edition has seen more than 6,200 contestants participating from 33 countries, with over 220,000 photo submissions throughout the month of September.
From Pakistan, some 325 contestants participated from across the country, submitting more than 2,200 photographs; making it the country with the sixth most number of participants.
The best thing, of course, is that all the photos have a free license, meaning they can be reused for any purpose (even commercially), as long as the reuser attributes the photographer.
While the international winners of Wiki Loves Monuments 2015 are yet to be announced, the top 10 pictures to represent Pakistan as decided by Pakistan’s jury are here:
Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. —Photo by Ali Mujtaba
Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. —Photo by Muhammad Ashar
Abbasi Mosque in Bahawalpur. —Photo by Usama Shahid
Islamia College University in Peshawar. —Photo by Hamza Niazi
Tomb of Bibi Jawindi in Uch. —Photo by Moiz Ismaili
Government College University in Lahore. —Photo by Umer
Noor Mahal in Bahawalpur. —Photo by Usman Miski
Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan. —Photo by Besal
Jinnah Mausoleum in Karachi. —Photo by M. Irfan
Khaplu Palace in Khaplu. —Photo by Samad Khan
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