Project: Global Cemeteries/September 2014 Tombstone Photo Challenge

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The Challenge

Photograph as many tombstones as you can during the month of September 2014!

The idea behind this challenge is that in a lot of places it is difficult or impossible to photograph tombstones during the winter. For a lot of the northern hemisphere, September is the last good month for actually getting out to the cemeteries. So by taking as many pictures as we can in September, we'll give ourselves plenty to do in the long winter months, transcribing the photos and creating WikiTree profiles for them.

The Winners

For those of us who love a little friendly competition, here are the categories you can win in:

  • Overall Winner (most tombstones photographed overall): Martha Riley - 2502 tombstones
  • The Completionist (most cemeteries completely photographed*): Liz Parker - 14 cemeteries

What will you win, you ask? Fame, glory, and bragging rights, of course! Also, there will be a badge for the winners.

The country that photographs the most tombstones will also be recognised.

  • Note: For the Completionist award, it's OK if a cemetery was started before September. It just needs to be finished in September! This is to motivate us to finish all those cemeteries we're in the middle of.

Leaderboard

This table will be updated throughout the month with the top 3 participants for total tombstones photographed.

Rank Name # of Tombstones
1st Martha Riley 2502
2nd Liz Parker 2033
3rd Julia Wharton 1674

The Rules

  1. All rules of the Global Cemeteries Project apply. No copying of pictures from other websites. No damaging tombstones (eg. by attempting to clean them, doing rubbings, etc.).
  2. Only photographs taken between (inclusive) September 1 and September 30, 2014, count towards the challenge.
  3. Please be honest! We're not requiring photos taken for this challenge to be uploaded to WikiTree during September, because we want you to be able to spend all your time out there taking pictures! So we're relying on all of you being honest about how many pictures you take for the challenge.
  4. The number that counts is the number of tombstones photographed, not the number of photographs. So if you take two pictures of every tombstone to get different angles, those two photos count as one.
  5. Each tombstone counts as one tombstone, regardless of the number of people listed on the tombstone.
  6. Be respectful of mourners! Give a very wide berth to funerals, and to people visiting graves.

Participants

You can join at any time, even after the challenge has started! As long as you're signed up before the end of the challenge, and count the tombstones you've photographed during the month of September.

Please add a subsection here with your name and a link to your profile ID. Once you've started taking pictures for the challenge, you can list the cemeteries you've worked on (please include links to the free-space pages), along with the number of pictures you took at each cemetery. Lianne will keep a list of people currently in the lead updated periodically throughout the month, based on what you enter below.

Lianne Lavoie

Participating in: Manitoba, Canada

Cemeteries Visited:

Total cemeteries visited: 5
Total tombstones: 1036
Total cemeteries completely photographed: 1

Tom Shaw

Participating in: Florida, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Kim Fulford

Participating in: Indiana, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Julie Ricketts

Participating in: Illinois, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

Total cemeteries visited: 2
Total tombstones: 47

Erin Breen

Participating in: British Columbia, Canada

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Lola Kelley

Participating in: Alabama, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Liz Parker

Participating in: South Carolina, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

Total cemeteries visited: 14
Total tombstones: 2033
Total cemeteries completely photographed: 14

Michele Bergin

Participating in: Kent, England

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Stephanie Jewers

Participating in: Nova Scotia, Canada


Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited: 0
Total tombstones: 0

Susan Tye

Participating in: Washington and Idaho, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

Total cemeteries visited: 3
Total tombstones:500

Cemetery completed(?) A tiny one Genesee Valley Lutheran (But I need to go back for all the ones with bad photos.)

Matt Pryber

Participating in: Pennsylvania, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited:
Total tombstones:

Martha Riley

Participating in: Indiana, and Kentucky, United States

Cemeteries Visited:


Total cemeteries visited: 10
Total tombstones: 2502
Total cemeteries completely photographed: 8

Michelle Hartley

Participating in: Indiana, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

  • List cemeteries here.
Total cemeteries visited:
Total tombstones:

Julia Wharton

Participating in: Norfolk, England

Cemeteries Visited:

Total cemeteries visited: 2
Total tombstones: 1674

Shirley Davis

Participating in: Indiana, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

I am working in Section M, Memorial Drive, the columbarium at the Chapel of the Woods, and the memorials at the Avenue of Flags.

Total cemeteries visited: 1
Total tombstones photographed: 850

Chris Newcomb

Participating in Texas, United States

Cemeteries Visited:

Total Cemeteries visited: 4
Total Cemeteries completed: 3
Total tombstones photographed: 510


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