LAHORE –  The world’s largest online photography competition, Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM), has included three photos of Pakistani photographers.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2016 attracted 277,365 entries from 10,748 participants, the largest pool of submissions of any photo competition.

The top 15 photos in the world’s biggest photography contest, announced yesterday, reveal a world of monuments, lovingly depicted by volunteers.

Lawyer Ansgar Koreng won the first place, Colin’s Royal Albert Hall photo second, Pakistani police chief Tahsin Shah 10th, and Slovakian hiker Vladimír Ruček 13th.

1.District court of Berlin, Germany, by Ansgar Koreng

District court of Berlin, Germany, by Ansgar Koreng
A lawyer carefully studied the arches and staircases of the Berlin district courthouse as he came and went for work, “not always liking the place.” One afternoon the crowds disappeared, the light from the towering windows softened, and Ansgar Koreng captured the courthouse in all its elaborate elegance.

2.Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom, by Colin

Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom, by Colin
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom, by Colin
Colin, from Britain, waited for Open House London to take a photo of Royal Albert Hall. He hauled a tripod to the central box of the grand tier, and set to work, hoping the light wouldn’t change as he pieced together a high-resolution composite image, giving music lovers a glowing view of the legendary venue. The photo took second place.

3.Perch Rock Lighthouse, UK, by Richard J Smith

Perch Rock Lighthouse, UK, by Richard J Smith

Richard, an amateur photographer, went back to the same spot where he started his photographic hobby to get this shot of Perch Rock Lighthouse, United Kingdom.

4.Castle of Torrechiara – Langhirano, Italy, by Lara Zanarini


Castle of Torrechiara – Langhirano, Italy, by Lara Zanarini

5.Wat Arun, Thailand, by BerryJ


The two mythical giant demons Thotsakan (left) and Sahatsadecha (right) guard the Buddhist Wat Arun temple in Thailand. The photographer journeyed to the temple  waited for hours to take this shot of the temple at twilight after a journey via the Chaopraya River. (Janepop Atirattanachai)

6.Pakistan Monument, Pakistan, by Muhammad Ashar


The blooming flower of the Pakistan Monument is seen here during the blue hour. The photographer traveled from Lahore to Islamabad to share this view of Pakistan’s symbol of unity with the world.

7.Palácio do Planalto, Brazil, by Gastão Guede


“At the right place, at the right moment” and many years of experience culminated in this illuminated Planalto Palace at sunset, where the photographer was able to capture the contrast between Brazil’s presidential palace and its surroundings.

8.Tomb of Bibi Jawindi, Pakistan, by Usama Shahid


The octagonal three-tiered shrine of Bibi Jawindi, located in the historical city of Uch, Pakistan, was built in 1493 for the great-granddaughter of a Sufi saint.

9.Roman Catholic parish church Lawrence in Zliechov, Ilava district, Slovakia, by Volodka22


Fog, golden leaves, and the winter atmosphere engulf the fourteenth century Saint Lawrence church in Zliechov, Slovakia.

10.Darawar Fort, Pakistan, by Tahsin Shah

Derawar Fort, Pakistan, by Tahsin Shah
Derawar Fort, Pakistan, by Tahsin Shah

Tahsin Shah, a Pakistani police chief, drove 500 kilometers in pursuit of the “romance and decaying glory” of the ninth century Derawar Fort. He captured a camel caravan strung along its bastions, a scene that could have taken place 1,000 years ago, for tenth place.

11.Crystal Mill Power Plant, United States, by Joe Sparks


A beautiful day in September at Crystal Mill just before sunset. The Mill is an old power generation plant that supplied hydroelectricity to the mining town of Crystal, Colorado in the United States. The road to Crystal Mill is a tricky one to drive; the photographer had to negotiate a narrow road with steep drop-offs to capture this shot.

12.Gravensteen Castle, Belgium, by Davidh820


Gravensteen castle in the center of Ghent, Belgium, has been a witness to history since the Middle Ages. The photographer waited for days for this moment, as it depended on sunset rays that would give the building a warm glow.

13.Čachtice Castle, Slovakia, by Vladimír Ruček

Čachtice Castle, Slovakia, by Vladimír Ruček
Čachtice Castle, Slovakia, by Vladimír Ruček

Beginning photographer Vladimír Ruček likes to hike the mountains of his homeland, Slovakia, sleeping in “a million-star hotel,” alone under the night sky. He photographed the old stone Čachtice Castle greeting the morning sun and took thirteenth place.

14.Rakotzbrücke (a.k.a The Devil’s Bridge), Germany, by A.Landgraf


This photo that won 14th place is a quiet photograph of a serene lake garlanded with lush greenery with the arc of a bridge perfectly meeting its reflection in the water.  His family may be gone from Saxony, but Albrecht returned and left the region a gift. His photo now illustrates the Wikipedia article about the park his family visited.

15.Panama Railway, Panama, by Ivo Kruusamägi


The photographer, a long-time Wikimedian, was traveling in Panama on a rainy day with dim lighting conditions. They decided to take a shot of the Panama Canal Railway, an instrumental component in constructing the canal.