Wiki Loves Bangla has kicked off for the first time!

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Wikimedia’s international photography competition, Wiki Loves Bangla 2024 has kicked off for the first time, inviting participants from around the world to capture and celebrate to enrich the cultural tapestry and culinary heritage of Bengal through the lens. The first edition aims to encourage people to capture pictures highlighting the global diversity of Bengali cuisine and put them under a free license, which can then be re-used not only in Wikipedia but everywhere by everyone.

More details about the contest can be found here.

Logo of Banglar Preme Wiki or Wiki Loves Bangla

Organised by Bangla WikiMoitree as part of the Bangla Culture and Heritage Preservation Program, a collaborative effort between Bangladesh and India, this month-long competition will run from 15 January to 14 February 2024. Wiki Loves Bangla aims to showcase Bengali culture, history, and traditions through the art of photography, with each year focusing on different aspects of Bengali heritage. The inaugural chapter spotlights the delectable world of Bangla Cuisine. If you love Bengali food and are passionate about photography, this is your chance to shine! You can submit multiple entries, so feel free to share your unique perspective on the delectable Bengali dishes.

What’s even more exciting is that fantastic prizes are up for grabs. An esteemed international jury will review the top 100 photographs, and the top 10 photographs will be declared international winners. The 1st place winner will receive a prize worth BDT 35 thousand, the 2nd place will get BDT 25 thousand, and the 3rd place will be honoured with a prize worth BDT 15 thousand. All top 10 winners will also receive certificates and souvenirs. Additionally, the highest number of photos uploader will get certificates and souvenirs. Our jury includes Sumit Surai and photographer Biswarup Ganguly from India and Abdul Momin, a professional photographer from Bangladesh.

Official logo of Bangla WikiMoitree

Bangla WikiMoitree, the contest organizer, is an international network that deals with Bengali culture and heritage or works on thematic-linguistic coordination and collaboration between the Bengali-speaking Wikimedia community, affiliates and informal groups. Established in 2023, this Wikimedia Thematic Hub is a joint initiative of Wikimedia Bangladesh and the West Bengal Wikimedia User Group. This will help build Wikimedia communities from languages and cultures historically closely related to Bengalis in minority languages and regions in the majority of Bengali-speaking regions.

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