Wikipedia:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places/Fall 2011 Photo Contest

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Nominations/entries now CLOSED

The contest has begun and goes through Sunday, December 4, 2011

WP:NRHP Fall 2011 Photo Contest

If you like taking photos of historical places and buildings, you're in the right place! Photographers new to WP:NRHP are especially encouraged to participate. Challenge yourself and share your passion!

WP:NRHP is organizing this contest to run between 12:01 am (New York Time), Friday, October 21 and 11:59 pm (NYT), Sunday, December 4, 2011. Different editors or Wikipedia projects can sponsor their own photo challenges below. The only rules are that:

  1. Photos must be taken and uploaded during the given time period.
  2. The photos must be uploaded to Commons and include the category Category:NRHP Fall 2011 Photo Contest
  3. All registered users on Wikipedia may participate. If you are not registered, please click here.
  4. The sponsoring editor or project makes their own challenge, sets their own rules, and judges the results.
  5. The challenge must to related to photos of National Register of Historic Places sites.[1]
  6. Prizes (e.g. barnstars) must be offered.
  7. Participants in the contest must report their own results on this page in the form of photo thumbnails or diffs, which should show they they've met the conditions of the challenge.
  8. Judges must announce their decisions on this page before December 10, 2011. Note that judges may not need to check all the self-reported results on this page, but in some cases only the top 2 or 3 self-reported results.
  9. The decisions of the judges are final.

Details and definitions

  • County lists - All NRHP sites are listed by county or sometimes in subdivisions of counties, e.g. National Register of Historic Places listings in Washington County, Ohio, or National Register of Historic Places listings in Evanston, Illinois. All of these are considered to be "county lists" for the purposes of this contest. These lists should be easily accessible by checking the state lists, e.g. List of RHPs in TN, or by a link under "See also" in the main article on the county.
  • National Historic Landmarks are almost all also listed as NRHP sites. Lists of NHLs can be accessed via List of National Historic Landmarks.
  • Non-illustrated site - if the county list does not have a photo or other illustration of a site it is considered to be "non-illustrated."
  • If a site is already illustrated on a county list, and the challenge does not specify "non-illustrated site" then it is eligible if it is included in any Wikipedia article.
  • Address-restricted (AR) site - the NRHP lists some sites as "Address restricted," in order to protect archeological and other sensitive sites from looting. Unfortunately they have made some obvious mistakes on this designation, and have no method of updating this restriction. Therefore WP:NRHP accepts photos of these sites if they are publicly accesible and their location is well-known. If you are unsure whether this is the case, it is best not to photograph these sites. Unless otherwise stated, photos of AR sites may be included in the contest.
  • Diffs - Diffs show the result of your edit. To self-report that you've met the conditions of a challenge, go to your "My contributions" tab and click on "diff" next to the edit where you added photos to an article. Then copy the entire url and place it beneath the challenge you want to self-report on in single square brackets, e.g. [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_South_Philadelphia&diff=prev&oldid=454315954] then add a very brief description and sign with ~~~~ and your self-report is done. See example below Challenge #1, or Help:diffs for more help on diffs.
  • Thumbnails - in some cases, all you need to do to self report is to include a photo within the <gallery></gallery> tags below the challenge.
  • Subjective judging - for some of the challenges, by their very nature, judging must be subjective and you may disagree with the result. Kudos to the judges for taking on this potentially controversial responsibility. Of course, if you really disagree with the result, you may award a barnstar to whomever you consider the winner, all by yourself!
  • Photos may be used to satisfy the conditions of multiple challenges.

Challenge #1 Most Sites added overall[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites on any county lists.

Sponsor: Smallbones (talk)

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[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [25] [26] total=149 sites Visitor7 (talk) 01:07, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

  • If I counted right, 186 sites, all in eastern Massachusetts: Andover(16[52]) Boston(3[53]) Brookline(8[54]) Essex County(1[55]) Lowell(16[56]) Middlesex County(8[57]) Newton(3[58]+10[59]+17[60]) Norfolk County(8[61]) Sherborn(3[62]) Stoneham(6[63]) Reading(42[64]) Wakefield(46[65](diff includes one image not taken by me)) Magic♪piano 02:59, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #2 National Historic Landmarks[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated National Historic Landmarks. See List of National Historic Landmarks for regional listings.

Sponsor: Ebyabe (talk)

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I declare Ammodramus and Smallbones co-champions, since you each added 8. And thank you, Kepper66, for the nice photos of the tugboat and museum it's in. Good work, all! --Ebyabe talk - General Health ‖ 15:38, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #3 Washington DC[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in Washington, DC. Please note that the remaining 33 sites are listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places/unillustrated DC and if you need a map, just click "google" or "bing" on the geotemplate there.

Sponsor: Smallbones (talk)

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Slowking4: 7@1|x 12:41, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #4 Georgia[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in Georgia. See National Register of Historic Places listings in Georgia for county listings.

Sponsor: Ebyabe (talk)

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Congrats, Presidentman, you are the winner! --Ebyabe talk - Union of Opposites ‖ 15:34, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #5 Most Unusual[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds a photo for the National Register of Historic Places site that is the oddest or most unusual.

Sponsor: Niagara (talk)

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File:Lithia Fountain (Ashland, Oregon).jpg from User:Visitor7 the winner, as determined by User:Niagara (whose computer is down) Smallbones (talk) 14:18, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #6 Iconic 20th century architecture[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds a photo of an iconic 20th century building on the Heritage Register, which is subsequently promoted to Featured status. "Iconic" means notable worldwide, usually rated of high importance within the scope of WikiProject Architecture. Suggested subjects: buildings by Mies van der Rohe (860–880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Seagram Building, S. R. Crown Hall, Farnsworth House), Rudolf Schindler (Schindler House), Frank Lloyd Wright (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Johnson Wax Headquarters, Robie House), Gordon Bunshaft (Lever House).

Sponsor: Elekhh (Elekhh)

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  • due to the challenging conditions required, this would take many months to determine if any photos are eligible. Smallbones (talk) 14:18, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
    • Indeed have to admit that I set the bar pretty high. But I am very pleased by the submissions and would like to award a Honourable mention to Smallbones for File:FLW Beth Sholom exterior.jpg which greatly improves the illustration of the article. Congratulations! --Elekhh (talk) 22:14, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #7 Road Trips[edit]

In order to encourage NRHP photographic road trips, a barnstar will be awarded for the two photos, taken by the same photographer during the contest period, that are the greatest distance apart. Please make sure you include the coordinates when uploading to Commons (use the {{Location|dd|mm|ss|N|dd|mm|ss|W}} template) You can copy the coords from the county lists.

Sponsor:Smallbones (talk)

To self-report your two most distant photos, just include both photos in the gallery below, and include the distance calculated from Google Maps.

Challenge #8 Best Photo[edit]

Editors may nominate one of their own photos taken and uploaded during the contest period at Wikipedia:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places/Fall 2011 Photo Contest Best Photo. The winner will be determined by one !vote per editor, with any editor registered on Wikipedia eligible to !vote. The winner will receive a barnstar. Sponsor: Ruhrfisch ><>°°

Full rules are given, and nominations, and !votes taken at

Wikipedia:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places/Fall 2011 Photo Contest Best Photo

Since there are eight photos nominated, we will just have one round of !voting. The photos are below, please !vote in the section below the gallery. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 05:34, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Nominations[edit]

!Votes[edit]

Photo 1[edit]

  • Lighting is everything; isn't it? Good timing! I think I'm particularly drawn to this photo because I'd love to move right in. Kepper66 (talk) 18:11, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
  • This is well done, with excellent lighting. The sunset mood visually integrates the building with the context (yellow lines on the asphalt). Being such high resolution it can be further improved by applying perspective correction. My close second is #8 as it shows the building in its context very well.--Elekhh (talk) 22:18, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Photo 2[edit]

  • Changing my !vote, but only because this is too good to go without a !vote. I also like #7, but it reminds me too much of my mother-in-law. Smallbones (talk) 01:31, 7 December 2011 (UTC)

Photo 3[edit]

  • This and photos 2, 6 and 8 are the only ones to eschew the straight-on view of the subject building for the more dramatic corner angle (which I have always preferred, per what I learned in art class years ago). I like the simplicity of this image compared to the other two: the church and the gravestones in front. And as opposed to 6, I like the colors and lighting better here. The sky is a little dark and noisy, but that's nothing that couldn't be fixed. Daniel Case (talk) 02:30, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
  • There's something I just love about a small church and cemetery. Teemu08 (talk) 17:53, 8 December 2011 (UTC)
  • This one seems to draw me in the most. 25or6to4 (talk) 05:00, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Photo 4[edit]

Photo 5[edit]

  • The building is spectacular, the angle done right but the colors is what does it for me. Royalbroil 00:55, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Photo 6[edit]

  • Hard to pick just one, but I particularly like the soft light in this one: enough direct light to show the flutings of the columns, but not so much that the tree shadows add noise. Nice tight crop, too. Ammodramus (talk) 22:44, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
  • I'm going for this one also. It is a beautiful architectural shot and, in addition to the columns, shows off the frieze and pilasters wonderfully. Altairisfar (talk) 23:19, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
  • My pick--Pubdog (talk) 01:59, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Photo 7[edit]

Photo 8[edit]

I like this best, for the pic quality and its subject, an elegant Federal style house with an octagonal cupola. --doncram 00:11, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Results[edit]

Since there is a tie, I gave best photo barnstars to both Pubdog (for photo 3) and Nyttend (for photo 6) in recogntion of their great photos. Had I been able to vote I would have voted for photo 1 (which would have resulted in a three way tie), so I awarded an honorable mention to Smallbones for the photo and for organizing the contest in the first place. Thanks to everyone who participated, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:12, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #9 Most Sites added in a Single County/Community List[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most of their own photographs to previously non-illustrated sites in any single county. (The county list need not become fully-illustrated.) If the county was divided into lists by city/community on October 1st then that community list is eligible. Sites on community lists may not be added to a county total if they had been on a separate list. State lists are not eligible.

Sponsor: Royalbroil (talk)

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Challenge #10 Arizona[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in Arizona

Sponsor: Buggie111 (talk))

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The pics were contributed to Commons yesterday, have not previously been used/available anywhere. Pics will also be added to List of RHPs in Yavapai and other articles. --doncram 14:15, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks!, Buggie, for the photog barnstar award. :) --doncram 04:37, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #11 Armed Forces[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites related to the United States Armed Forces

Sponsor: Buggie111 (talk))

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Challenge #12 Chicago[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites on each of the following Chicago NRHP lists and in total: National Register of Historic Places listings in Central Chicago, National Register of Historic Places listings in North Side Chicago, National Register of Historic Places listings in South Side Chicago, National Register of Historic Places listings in West Side Chicago and if you need a map, just click "google" or "bing" on the geotemplate there.

Sponsor: TonyTheTiger (talk)

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  • I awarded the Chicago barnstar to User:TonyTheTiger, as he was the only official entry
  • Tony (the actual judge) awarded User:Teemu08 3 Chicago barnstars for the subdivisions and Cook County (see below). Smallbones (talk) 14:18, 8 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #13 Cook County[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites on National Register of Historic Places listings in Cook County, Illinois and if you need a map, just click "google" or "bing" on the geotemplate there.

Sponsor: TonyTheTiger (talk)

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Challenge #14 Evanston[edit]

A barnstar will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites on National Register of Historic Places listings in Evanston, Illinois and if you need a map, just click "google" or "bing" on the geotemplate there.

Sponsor: TonyTheTiger (talk)

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Challenge #15 West Virginia[edit]

A WikiProject National Register of Historic Places Award will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in West Virginia. See List of RHPs in WV for listings. You must post your picture in a gallery along with the page difference link.

Sponsor: Presidentman (talk)

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Challenge #16 Maine[edit]

A WikiProject National Register of Historic Places Award will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in Maine. See List of RHPs in ME for listings. You must post your picture in a gallery along with the page difference link.

Sponsor: Presidentman (talk)

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Congratulations! You win! - Presidentman talk · contribs Random Picture of the Day (Talkback) 21:04, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Challenge #17 Wyoming[edit]

A WikiProject National Register of Historic Places Award will be awarded to the photographer who adds the most photos to previously non-illustrated sites in Wyoming. See List of RHPs in WY for listings. You must post your picture in a gallery along with the page difference link.

Sponsor: Presidentman (talk)

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Challenge #18 State traveler[edit]

In order to encourage NRHP photographic road trips, a barnstar will be awarded for the two photos, taken by the same photographer during the contest period, that are the greatest distance apart but within the same state. Please make sure you include the coordinates when uploading to Commons (use the {{Location|dd|mm|ss|N|dd|mm|ss|W}} template) You can copy the coords from the county lists.

Sponsor:Royalbroil (talk)

To self-report your two most-distant photos, just include both photos in the gallery below, and include the distance calculated from Google Maps.

  • I come up with 577 miles using google maps for the Nebraska places, not 552, so User:Ammodramus gets the barnstar. Royalbroil 05:03, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
    • After contemplation, I decided to give barnstars to both Ammodramus and Visitor7. Google gives different results and it is too inaccurate to be impartial. Both photographs put in yeoman's service and deserve the award. Royalbroil 01:07, 6 December 2011 (UTC)


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Either listed on the National Register of Historic Places, designated as a National Historic Landmark, or other designation by the National Park Service, individually or contributing to one.