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Watch: Exhibition of photographs which depict stunning Maltese landscapes

An exhibition of photographs of some of the most stunning Maltese landscapes taken by photographers with an eye for detail, is displayed at the Museum of Archeology in what promises to be a feast for the eyes. Ten photographs – that celebrate the tangible and intangible beauty and cultural heritage of our Islands – were submitted in the international competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, which is organized in fifty countries. In Malta this is held by the Wikimedia Community in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv and Heritage Malta.

Hundreds of photographers took part in the largest photo competition in the world – Wiki Loves Monuments – with photographs that showcase Maltese culture and some of the most breathtaking Maltese landscapes.

It was the Valletta panorama captured by the camera lens of Ukraine photographer, Olga Prystai, that was selected as Malta’s winning entry.

Among the photos classified in the top ten places were angle shots of the Mosta Rotunda, the church of St Catherine of Italy in Valletta, and the main corridor of the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta.

Neville Borg who sits on the organizational committee said that winning photos were chosen by an expert jury panel.

‘The aim of the project is to document history through the Wikipedia platform. Wikipedia is the largest source of online knowledge in the world, and through these photos we can now better document the Malta heritage. ‘

Russell Muscat, Heritage Malta Officer, said that the photographs have a historical and anthropological value because they tell a story about the collective and social history of the Maltese people.

‘They are available for anyone to use according to Wikipedia rules and are yet another way of bringing the people closer to the country’s cultural heritage.’

The president of the Wikimedia Committee Tony Micallef, said that since 2010 more than two million photographs from around the world formed part of the Wiki Loves Monuments competition which displays photographs on one of the most popular web portals in the world.
The winning photographs and the Maltese competition entries are exhibited at the National Archeological Museem in Valletta until the 15th December.

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