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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Expect a windfall of music pics on Wikimedia

Wikinews will be attending the 20th MuchMusic Video Awards this Sunday, thanks to the talented (and surprisingly generous) professional photographer Robin Wong. Robin will be lending his fantastic camera skills to Wikipedia for the night, photographing all of the stars attending this popular event.

Performing at the show will be Avril Lavigne, Fergie, Billy Talent, Hilary Duff, Alexisonfire, Maroon 5, Belly, The Used, and Finger Eleven.

On stage presenting will be Nickelback, Jay Manuel (Canada's Next Top Model, America's Next Top Model), Tara Reid (American Pie, this fall's Land of Canaan), Joss Stone, Sum 41, Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia, Grudge 2), Hedley, Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Sean Avery (New York Rangers), George, Sam Roberts, Emilie de Ravin (LOST), Marianas Trench, and Kardinal Offishall.

Robin first helped Wikipedia out a few months ago, photographing a Hilary Duff appearance at the same station. The images were added to the article on Duff, as well as the CD she was promoting at the time.

Wong's extensive client list includes Fidelty Investments, Flare Magazine, Masterfile, First Light, Fashion Television, FCB Canada, Profit Magazine, Financial Post, and Publicis. His works have appeared in the 2004 and 2005 Applied Arts Awards Annual, the top publication for the creative industry.

The best pics will appear on Wikinews this Monday; additional pictures will be uploaded throughout the week to Wikimedia Commons, and spread onto the English Wikipedia.

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