We are pleased to announce the winner of the Art Nouveau category in the Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition!
This picture of the interior of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest by Csaba Attila Kontar is the winning photo, receiving the most votes on Flickr. The photo beat off competition from 343 finalists, all entries were impressive examples of Art Nouveau monuments from across Europe and in total those images had more than 16.000 views and received over 700 votes.
Kontar was always fancinated by the building and photographed it while visiting an exhibition about the greatest figures of Hungarian Art Nouveau. He chose to create a panorama of the building, but lacked a fisheye lens – so instead he took 5 different images and merged them together. He modified the middle section using software according to how he felt the the interior was “talking to him”.
The Museum was designed by Odon Lechner and Gyula Partos and it was built between 1893 and 1896. The building itself is considered an Art Nouveau architecture masterpiece. Its inauguration was in 1896 by the King of Hungary and Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph, in order to celebrate the new Millennium.
A virtual exhibition with the top images from the Art Nouveau category in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition will be launched on the Europeana portal next week.
Thanks to everybody who entered the competition!