The winners of the fourth annual Wiki Loves Monuments-Israel photography contest received their prizes on December 22 at a ceremony in Tel Aviv.

Some 5,619 amateur and professional photos of national heritage and archaeological sites (600 of them showing synagogues) were entered in the 2015 contest organized by Wikimedia Israel with Israel’s Council for Preservation of Heritage Sites, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jewish World Heritage Fund and Galitz School of Photography in Ramat Gan.

The international Wiki Loves Monuments competition is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest photo contest. More than 230,000 entries from 33 countries were judged in this year’s contest; the overall winner was from Germany, while each country had its own competition. All submitted photos are available on Wikimedia Commons. (Wikimedia sponsors Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia authored by volunteers.)

An exhibition of the winning Israel photos will be displayed in the Marc Rich Library of IDC Herzliya through the end of January.

Yigal Dekel won ₪3,000 for his first-place photo of the Old City of Acre (Akko).

View of Acre from the south. Photo by Yigal Dekel
View of Acre from the south. Photo by Yigal Dekel

Second place (₪2,000) went to Tomer Eliash for his photo of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Photo by Tomer Eliash
Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Photo by Tomer Eliash

Ilia Krivorok won a ₪1,000 third-place prize for his photo of flamingos in front of the ancient Atlit Fortress in northern Israel.

Flamingos in front of the Atlit Fortress. Photo by Ilya Krivorok
Flamingos in front of the Atlit Fortress. Photo by Ilya Krivorok

Dima Galin won ₪1,000 for his picture of the Nimrod Fortress in the snow, chosen as the best photo from the North.

Nimrod Fortress photo by Dima Galin.
Nimrod Fortress photo by Dima Galin.

Nissan Hananya won ₪1,000 for an image from Ein Avdat, chosen as best photo from southern Israel.

Ein Avdat photo by Nissan Hananya.
Ein Avdat photo by Nissan Hananya.

This year’s contest included a Best Synagogue category for the first time, initiated and sponsored by the World Jewish Heritage Fund, and drew 600 entries. Avraham Graicer won ₪1,000 for his shot of the ruins of an ancient synagogue at Arbel National Park.

Ruins of an ancient synagogue at Arbel National Park. Photo by Avraham Graicer
Ruins of an ancient synagogue at Arbel National Park. Photo by Avraham Graicer

All synagogues presented in the photos will have extensive value pages written about them under a special section at the WJHpedia, accessible in more than 80 languages.

Here are the six other top photos from the contest:

Reading Power Plant in North Tel Aviv. Photo by Tomer Eliash
Reading Power Plant in North Tel Aviv. Photo by Tomer Eliash
Jaffa Port photo by Yigal Dekel.
Jaffa Port photo by Yigal Dekel.
The old village of Lifta on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Photo by Yehudit Eliaf
The old village of Lifta on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Photo by Yehudit Eliaf
Rockefeller Museum Courtyard photo by Zachary Ka-Tsun Wong.
Rockefeller Museum Courtyard photo by Zachary Ka-Tsun Wong.
Dormition Abbey photo by Micha S.
Dormition Abbey photo by Micha S.
Church of Notre Dame photo by Vered Pichersky.
Church of Notre Dame photo by Vered Pichersky.

Click here to see last year’s winners.