Wiki Loves Heritage 2018

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Wiki Loves Heritage

This page documents the project of the photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 organised in Belgium during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH).


During the European Year of Cultural Heritage we organise the photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. Heritage in this contest includes:

  • Immovable heritage
  • Movable heritage
  • Immaterial heritage
  • Maritime heritage

During the contest period we invite all heritage related organisations to organise activities to allow participants to take photos as well as (outside the contest) to upload images (but also sound and video files) of heritage themselves.

Within the photo contest of Wiki Loves Heritage, the Flemish government organised a Flemish jury and winners, in East Flanders the local government organised a local jury and winners, and the Architecture Archive Flanders organised a contest around the architect Léon Stynen.

History and background[edit]

Every year the European Commission chooses a topic what in that year there is special attention for in the member states of the European Union. For 2018 the European Commission has chosen for the topic of cultural heritage. Each of the member states has there own implementation of the topic of the European Year, resulting in a large variety of activities organised.

Every year Wikimedia Belgium organises a photo contest to enrich Wikipedia with photos of a certain subject from Belgium. In Earlier years the photo contests Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Art and Wiki Loves Public Space were organised.

In the following year Wiki Loves Heritage 2019 is organised.



  • Flemish Government
  • PACKED vzw
  • Onroerend Erfgoed
  • Herita
  • Faro



  • 4 December 2017 - Meeting with the Ministry of Culture of Flanders about the organisation of a photo contest in 2018 around heritage as part of the European year of heritage   (Romaine & Beireke1)
  • 31 January 2018 - Opening session, European Year of Cultural Heritage, Brussels City Hall  (Twitter | Europa Nostra | photos)  (Geert)
  • 27 April 2018 - Meeting about photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage in Brussels   (Romaine & Rwmv & Sam.Donvil)
  • 15 May 2018 - Meeting about photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage in Brussels   (Romaine & Rwmv & Sam.Donvil)
  • 22 May 2018 - Mailing about info sessions in Flanders sent out by Flemish Government
  • 25 May 2018 - 14:00-16:00 - Infosession onroerend erfgoed: Samenkomst OE-gemeenten en IOEDen (BXL), Herman Teirlinckgebouw – 1.43 (Klein auditorium), Havenlaan 88 bus 5, 1000 Brussels
  • 28 May 2018 - 14:00-16:00 - Infosession region Brussels: King Baudouin Foundation, Rue Brederodestraat 21, 1000 Brussels
  • 30 May 2018 - 10:00-12:00 - Infosession region Brugge: Groeningemuseum (Vriendenzaal), Dijver 12, 8000 Brugge
  • 1 June 2018 - 13:30-15:30 - Infosession region Antwerpen: Rubenianum (Burckhardzaal), Kolveniersstraat 20, 2000 Antwerpen
  • 4 June 2018 - 13:30-15:30 - Infosession region Hasselt: Bibliotheek Hasselt Limburg, Martelarenlaan 17, 3500 Hasselt
  • 7 June 2018 - Landing pages ready in English, Dutch and French   (link)
  • 11 June 2018 - 10:00-12:00 - Infosession region Gent: De Krook, Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent
  • 15 June 2018 - Start photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage in Belgium   (website for participants | participating images)
  • 1 July 2018 - Sending out invitations for the photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage   (English | French | Dutch)
  • 7 September 2018 - Sending out reminder for Wiki Loves Heritage and the upcoming heritage days in Belgium   (e-mail & fr-wiki & nl-wiki) (AnneJea & Romaine)
  • 6 October 2018 - Photography workshop in Maison Losseau in Mons   (info)
  • 13 October 2018 - Photography workshop in Maison Losseau in Mons   (info)
  • 20 October 2018 - Photography workshop in Maison Losseau in Mons   (info)
  • 15 November 2018 - Last day of the photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage in Belgium   (website for participants | participating images)
  • 30 November 2018 - Invitation send out for the end of year drink and award ceremony of Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 in Dutch, French and English   (info)
  • 4 December 2018 - Meeting about the jury and award ceremony of Wiki Loves Heritage in Flanders   (Romaine)
  • 18 December 2018 - End of year drink and Belgian award ceremony Wiki Loves Heritage Belgium 2018   (invitations: Dutch & French & English | winning photos | jury report | photos contest | photos event)
  • 11 January 2019 - Wiki Loves Heritage evaluation with Flemish partners in Brussels + decision to organise new edition in 2019    (Romaine)
  • 14 February 2019 - Jury Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 - Oost-Vlaanderen in Gent   (Geertivp)
  • 23 February 2019 - Award ceremony for the Flemish winning photos in the PhotoMuseum in Antwerp, coordinated by the Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en Media of the Flemish Government   (winners Flemish jury | Flemish jury report | photos)
  • 22 March 2019 - Announcement winners of Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 in East Flanders   (winners Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 in East Flanders)



Outside the contest also institutions joined the Wiki Loves Heritage project and made images available.

Explicitly in context of Wiki Loves Heritage:

  • MOT (museum of old techniques): (crowdsourcing images though unsuccesful)
  • Vlaams Architectuurinstituut (data donation + crowdsourcing images)
  • FelixArchief (image and data donation > moved to 2019 as pilot in structured data op commons project)
  • Jakob Smits Museum (image and data donation: to be uploaded soon)
  • STAM (crowdsourcing images though unsuccesful, no promotion)
  • De Wereld van Kina (crowdsourcing images though unsuccesful, no promotion)

There are of course images that depict institutions and collections which did not explicitly participate: example Hof Van Busleyden

In period of contest, therefore included:

  • MAS (independent image and datadonation)
  • Antwerpian Baroque in the context of After sumer open data bootcamp for heritage institutions: ie. Museum Mayer van den Bergh (independent image and datadonation)
  • KMSKA (independent image and datadonation)
  • Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerpen (image donation PDMD)
  • King Baudoin Foundation (independent image and datadonation)


The metrics and statistics of this project are:

  • Number of people registered: 192 participants registered in the photo contest
  • Number of participants uploading photos: 155 people uploaded photos as part of the contest
  • Number of newly registered users: 124 newly registered
  • Number of content pages created/improved: 4348 files uploaded in the contest + ... by institutions
    • By December 2018 975 of the 4348 (= 22%) uploaded photos used on Wikipedia
  • Number of edit-a-thons and workshops: 3 photography workshops
  • Number of other activities: 6 info sessions
  • Number of people present with Belgian award ceremony:
  • Number of people present with Flemish award ceremony:

Jury report[edit]

Wiki Loves Heritage 2018 was organised as one large photo contest for the whole of Belgium. A national jury chose the winning photos. On top of the national jury, also regional and local governments could organise their own jury for a subset of the images. The jury reports:

Related links[edit]

Belgium cultural heritage on Wikimedia projects[edit]



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Announcement & reports WMBE[edit]

Other announcements and notices[edit]