Photo of Fore Abbey 'highly commended' in 'Wiki Loves Monuments'

Photo of Fore Abbey 'highly commended' in 'Wiki Loves Monuments'

A photo of Fore Abbey has been highly commended in the Irish round of the Wiki Loves Monuments competition.

The photo is by ‘Olliebailie’ (


A photo of the Metal Man Beacon, County Sligo, by Djedi Guy has won this year's competition. 
The 2018 Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition took place during September 2018. 

Initiated by Wikimedia, the movement behind free encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and run in Ireland by the Wikimedia Community Ireland, the competition aims to raise awareness of Ireland’s national monuments and create a crowd-sourced bank of quality photos that will be free to use for education.

This year the list of eligible monuments grew from 1,214 sites to 6,290.
The following were the winners of the Wiki Loves Monuments competition:
1: Metal Man Beacon, County Sligo by Djedi Guy

2: Famine sculpture, Dublin by AlBa344

3: Muckross House, County Kerry by Ariel Gera

Highly commended: Boat House at Westport House, County Mayo by Mick Reynolds

Highly commended: Newman’s Bridge, Cork by Michael O’Sheil

Highly commended: Balcarrick Martello Tower, County Dublin by Blackvaldaswan

Highly commended: Bunlahinch Bridge, County Mayo by Mick Reynold 

Highly commended: Fore Abbey, County Westmeath by Olliebailie

Highly commended: Mothel Abbey, County Waterford by Alexander Redfern

Highly commended: Dunguaire Castle, County Galway by Ruhrfisch 
Amateur and professional photographers were invited to photograph the national monuments in their locality and upload their photos to 

Entries were judged by a panel from the Irish Wikimedia community. 

The top ten Irish images are being entered in the international competition. 

Certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest photography contest, the annual contest started in the Netherlands in 2010 – and resulted in more than 12,500 images were uploaded. 

Since then it has grown and so far 1.5 million monuments from 76 national competitions have been submitted and more than 1.7 million pictures have been submitted by 60,000 participants from around the world. 

All images are uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia’s online repository that makes public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) available to everyone. 
Rebecca O’Neill, Wikimedia Community Ireland, said: “We were excited to see how many people submitted photos of their local monuments, uploading the first pictures of those sites to Wikimedia Commons. 

“It is always wonderful to show off the diversity of Irish built heritage to the whole world, and to make it all freely available for everyone to enjoy.”

All of the winning photos can be viewed and downloaded here.

In keeping with the Wikimedia’s crowd-sourced philosophy, all of the photos are free to use.  

About Wikimedia Community Ireland
Wikimedia Community Ireland is an active group of volunteers that support and promotes Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons.

Our mission is to help people and organisations create and preserve open knowledge and to help provide easy access for all.

We do this by supporting volunteer editors and contributors, by working in partnership with Irish cultural and educational institutions, by hosting training sessions and editing events, and by promoting the benefits of open knowledge generally. 
You can find out more about us online at on Twitter @WikimediaIE, and on Facebook at

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