Open House New York and Wikimedia NYC partnered during the 2016 Open House New York Weekend to present the 2016 Wikipedia at OHNY Weekend Photo Competition. Budding and experienced photographers were invited to submit their best OHNY Weekend visitors photos via Wikimedia Commons for a chance to win prizes. Photo submissions were not only reviewed by a panel of expert New Yorkers, but they also are now part of one of the largest collaboratively compiled and edited media projects in history!

More than 1,200 photos were submitted to the competition, all of which are now part of Wikimedia Commons, the online repository of free-use public domain images that are used across Wikipedia. A select number of photos taken during OHNY Weekend are already being used to illustrate Wikipedia articles including New York City Hall, FDR Four Freedoms Park, and Eldridge Street Synagogue.

Photo submissions were grouped into three categories – Details, Exteriors, and Interiors – and judged by a panel of jurors including Whitney Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director, Museum of the City of New York; Pat Kiernan, Morning Anchor, NY1 and Author, Good Morning, City; Sylvia Kollar, Director, Municipal Archives, New York City Department of Records and Information Services; Christopher Payne, Photographer; Frank Rocco, Photographer, New York City Photo Safari; and Saundra Thomas, Vice-President of Community Affairs, WABC-TV, and Open House New York Board Member.

Winners were selected in each category, one of which was also selected as the Grand Prize Winner. Based on the number of votes received by the jurors, additional photos in each category were also recognized with an Honorable Mention. Prizes awarded to winners include a $100 voucher for New York City Photo Safari and a copy of 100 Years, 100 Buildings by John Hill. The Grand Prize Winner also receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card a brand new Tamrac HooDoo 20 camera backpack.

Congratulations to winners and warm thanks for all who participated!





Category Winner and Grand Prize Winner: Brooklyn Army Terminal by Ailin Jin



Honorable Mention: General Grant National Memorial by Ellen Bryan



Honorable Mention: Ellis Island by Rich Lemonie






Category Winner: Westbeth Artist Housing by Ofer Maor



Honorable Mention: Ellis Island by Rich Lemonie






Category Winner: United Place by Alex Fortney



Honorable Mention: Gould Memorial Library by Peter Halikias



Honorable Mention: Ellis Island by Rich Lemonie


Want to learn more about Wikimedia NYC? Join them on Sunday, January 15 at Wikipedia Day 2017, one of several worldwide Wikipedia Day events. Highlights of photographs part of Wikimedia Commons, including photos submitted to the Wikipedia at OHNY Weekend Photo Competition will be displayed at the daylong celebration and mini-conference.

Open House New York gratefully acknowledges the generous support of New York City Photo Safari for this year’s competition prizes.