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There's just one week left to enter your pictures of Ireland's greatest monuments

Amateur and professional photographers must submit their photos before next Friday to be in with a chance of winning the cash prize.

The statue of the Children of Lir in the Garden of Remembrances - one of this year's entries.
The statue of the Children of Lir in the Garden of Remembrances - one of this year's entries.
Image: Wiki Loves Monuments

PHOTOS OF IRELAND’S national monuments from all over the country have been pouring in for this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition.

With just one week to go before the deadline next Friday, amateur and professional photographers are left with just a few days to photograph national monuments in their local area and submit their photos.

The competition includes a list of each county’s eligible national monuments – with a new category included this year for the top three 1916-related images.

Entries will be judged by a panel and the winners will be announced on Sunday 1 November, before the top ten photographs are entered into the international competition.

The photographs will be judged on three criteria: composition and quality of the image; originality; and encyclopedic worth for use on Wikipedia.

A cash prize of €200 is given to first place, €100 to second place, €75 to third place and fourth to tenth place earns you €25.

Aghowle Church - East Gable Interior by Andreas F. Borchert Aghowle Church, Co Wicklow. Source: Wiki Loves Monuments

Rebecca O’Neill, Wikimedia Ireland explained how the public can get involved.

“People can work alone or in a team and can enter as many [submissions] as they like. All they have to do is register on the contest page on wikilovesmonuments.ie, where they’ll find all the information about scoring and prizes.”

There are no limits to the entries photographers can make – the photographer who won 7th place shot every monument near her, uploading 201 images, whereas the photographer who won first place only uploaded two images.

This year also includes a new writing competition which will run from 1 September until 31 October. The competition is designed to encourage people to create and edit articles on Wikipedia and involves three categories: Irish Monuments, People and Places of 1916, and Vicipéid (Gaeilge for Wikipedia).

Blennerville Windmill by Boodle2000 Blennerville Windmill Co Kerry - an entry in this year's competition. Source: Wiki Loves Monuments

Last year the Wiki Loves Monuments competition in Ireland attracted 293 photographers who submitted a total of 1,659 images. 2015 winners of the Irish competition can be seen here, and the international winners can be seen here.

For full details of the competition see www.wikilovesmonuments.ie and for updates see @wikimediaIE #WLMIE and Wikimedia Ireland’s Facebook page.

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