HMNS is participating in Wikipedia Loves Art - a world-wide, museum-based, photo scavenger hunt. It's a great excuse to visit your friendly local science museum, it's fun - and best of all, the goal is to create free content used to better illustrate articles across an almost unimaginable range of topics in everyone's favorite online resource - Wikipedia. More details: here and here.
You can shoot any time in the month of February - but we're also hosting a Wikipedia Loves Art meetup on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. The meetup will include free access to the permanent exhibition halls as well as conservatory and entomology exhibits at the Cockrell Butterfly Center for all registered WLA photographers.
Before coming to the meetup, please be sure to register online . Check in will be at a table in the Grand Hall.
Yes, employees can participate. If you work for the museum, the prize won't be much of a draw, since you have most of those things already - but I'd encourage everyone to participate, so we can get as many great shots for Wikipedia as possible. Thanks for your interest - hope to see you at the meetup!
6 years ago
Really wish I could be there - it sounds like so much fun - can't wait to see everyones photos!
I registered team "Paleopaparazzi" and will be there - who else is in?
Feel free to join the team, and let's shoot some history.
Erin, I could really get some great shots if i could get some of the minerals out of those security boxes? For instance, I'd love to reshoot this gold in quartz you have on display without all that security stuff blocking teh light. ;-)
James, so glad you can make it! I'm afraid I don't have clearance to get those Plexi covers removed for the event, especially since the general public will be around...but we do have a HUGE new geode in the gift shop area that isn't enclosed over the top, so there are a few angles that are Plexi-free.
Erin - I also certainly enjoyed it a lot. I would love to see some more events of this type at the Museum, whether for Wikipedia or for other purposes. I think there's a whole lot we could do together to help educate people - both about the Museum, as well as about science itself. Somehow, I think that photography could be used to help interest the next generation in scientific subjects (I know that, as well as ham radio, were some of the things that drove me when I was growing up.)
etee, I totally agree! If anyone has any specific ideas, I would love to hear them. In general, we are continuing to work out events of this type for the future, and I will definitely keep you guys posted on events as they come up.