Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 in Malta

WCM/WLM Malta 2021
This proposal aims to facilitate the organisation of the sixth edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta. The grant amount will be used for multiple purposes, ranging from awards for winners, to promotional material related to the contest and possibly a small exhibition promoting the entries to the contest (depending upon COVID-related health restrictions). The purpose of organising the contest in Malta is to further encourage the documentation of Malta's vast built cultural heritage as well as to further develop outreach and the uptake of Wiki platforms by local communities and cultural practitioners.
targetWikimedia Commons, English-language Wikipedia, Maltese-language Wikipedia
start date1 September
end date31 December
budget (local currency)€1,425
budget (USD)$1,700
grant typeWikimedia User Group
non-profit statusYes
contact(s)• neville.borg(_AT_)• toni.sant(_AT_)
organization (if applicable)Wiki Community User Group Malta
website (if applicable)Wiki Community Malta website

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Please see the sample Contest application before drafting your application.

Project Goal


Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Add or improve content
  2. Recruit new editors
  3. Engage existing editors
  4. Engage with local cultural & photographic organisations

Project Plan




Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. What content will the contest focus on, and why is it important to your community?

The contest will focus on Malta's extensive built cultural heritage, as listed in the National Inventory of Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands (a list of over 2,400 sites) and the list of properties scheduled by Malta's Planning Authority (which includes Malta's modernist architecture, and other instances of 20th Century architectural heritage). Over the years, Wiki Loves Monuments has become an important fixture in the both the local cultural and Wikimedia scene, as it provides the public with an opportunity to share, discuss and appreciate Malta's built heritage. This will be the sixth year in which the contest is held, and it is coming off arguably its most successful edition in terms of engagement and diversity. We are hoping to use this grant to continue building engagement through this edition, in line with our work on mt.wikipedia, which has seen significant growth over the past year (particularly through the input of editors who have chosen to create articles related to cultural heritage in Malta and around the world). This year's contest will enable us to maintain this momentum and continue growing the local user base.

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

  1. Central Notice across Wikimedia projects;
  2. Social media, including Facebook and Twitter posts;
  3. Outreach activities (including workshops and photowalks, subject to COVID-related health restrictions);
  4. Collaboration with local cultural organisations, most prominently Spazju Kreattiv, Malta's National Centre for Creativity and the Valletta Design Cluster, with whom we are running a Wikimedian-in-residence programme. Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 will feature on their websites, social media and other marketing material.

3. How will you let participants know about the contest? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

Participants will be communicated with primarily through on-wiki spaces and email (in our experience, some participants prefer communication through email). We will also be running regular meetups throughout the competition itself, where we will be inviting participants to join us in an informal setting maintain contact.

4. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?
Note: Grantees, judges, and other contest leaders are ineligible to receive prizes. Grantees who are serving as judges may not receive gifts through grant funding.

  1. Technical/aesthetic quality of photograph (composition, lighting etc.);
  2. Heritage value of subject;
  3. Usefulness of image for Wikipedia.

The jury will be composed of five members, including photographers, heritage experts and an international Wikimedian. Prizes will be awarded to the top ten ranked photographs, as well as to the individual who has contributed the greatest number of entries to the contest. 5. For photo contests, what is the strategy to get images used on projects?

We organise a series of fortnightly open meetups/editathons during which we work to edit content related to the various projects, contests and activities we run (including CEE Spring and Art+Feminism). These sessions have taken place online throughout the pandemic, enabling users who are based in Malta as well as those who are based internationally but would like to contribute content related to Malta, to participate. The meetups/editathons during and in the aftermath of WLM will be focused on selecting the best images and using them in relevant articles. These meetups will also be used to create new articles (in both English and Maltese) or improve existing articles for the relevant sites and monuments. These sessions are led by Nevborg and ToniSant.

6. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

Any in-person events will consist of fewer than 10 people and will be subject to local public health restrictions at the time of the events.

7. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

Each edition of Wiki Loves Monuments in Malta has been accompanied by a physical exhibition, exhibiting physical or digital versions of winning photographs from Malta's contest as well as from international contests. These exhibitions, held as part of our ongoing collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, Malta's National Centre for Creativity and the Valletta Design Cluster, help to further promote the documentation of Malta's built heritage through Wiki platforms. The organisation of a physical exhibition for this year's edition of the contest depends on public health restrictions, however it is planned that if a physical exhibition is not possible, the winning entries will be exhibited digitally with the support of our GLAM partners.



How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

For photo contests:

  1. Number of participants: 60
  2. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons:1,000
  3. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 75

For writing contests:

  1. Number of participants
  2. Number of articles created or improved



What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

We are a core organising team of 3 persons:

This team will be responsible for the planning, logistics, communication and administration of the contest.

We have the full support of Spazju Kreattiv who are our main collaborators on the project, and the Valletta Design Cluster, with whom we are running a Wikipedian-in-residence programme throughout 2021. These organisations will be providing support in kind, particularly online space in which to host and promote activities related to the contest (online workshops and editathons). What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Items Sub-items Amount (in Euro) Total
Promotion Printed material 200 250
Online promotion 50
Prizes (in the form of books and/or photographic equipment i.e. not cash awards) First prize 250 1,175
Second prize 150
Third prize 100
4th-10th prize 175 (25 each)
Maximum contributor 50
Gifts for judges 300
Printing & framing of top three entries 150
Total 1,425



Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I am a member of the Wikimedia Community User Group Malta who appreciates the constant efforts made to produce this annual content in Malta. EnriqueTabone (talk) 16:12, 16 August 2021 (UTC)
  • This is a very exciting project that our community looks forward to every year. Mewga (talk) 17:26, 16 August 2021 (UTC)