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Photo Challenge


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The Photo Challenge inspires photographers to take great pictures and upload them to Commons. Monthly thematic competitions encourage participants to try new subjects, new photographic or processing techniques, and to develop skills while improving Commons' repository of free images. Photographs entered into a competition must be new to Commons and taken by a Commons user.

Formal things[edit]

Challenges[edit]

Challenges are based on a theme and run for a month. The theme may be a concrete subject, an abstract concept, a photographic technique or artistic style.

Participation[edit]

Everybody can participate in challenges open for submission. You simply

  1. Choose one or all of the current challenges
  2. Read the challenge description(s), which may vary in their rules (e.g., some place restrictions on when the photos are taken)
  3. Take picture(s) for the challenge(s) during the challenge period (or, if allowed, select from your own existing pictures that are not yet on Commons)
  4. Upload your picture(s) during the challenge period
  5. Submit your candidates at the bottom of the current challenge gallery during the challenge period. To do that you click the [Edit] button of the Entries section of your chosen challenge and insert the File name above File:-Insert image here-.svg.
  6. Do not sign your submission(s)
  7. If you want, you can have a look at previous challenges and vote

Challenges are open to any Commons user. Submissions must be your own work, not previously uploaded to Commons prior to the challenge date and should illustrate the challenge theme in the opinion of the photographer. Please read the challenge descriptions, as there may be additional rules or explanations for specific challenges. There is no limit on the number of submissions per user, but please choose from among your best and most varied images.

To submit pictures, you edit the gallery of the contest and add your candidate(s) to the bottom of the challenge page. Please also add the category for the specific challenge to each image file.

Assessment[edit]

After the challenge has closed to new submissions, the pictures will be assessed by popularity voting in the subsequent month. You are allowed to vote for images submitted by others if your commons account is at least ten days old and has more than 50 edits or if you participated in one of the challenges. Challenges open for voting can be found here.

Winning[edit]

The best three pictures will be awarded first, second and third place. They will be displayed on the Photo challenge page and may use the template {{Photo challenge winner}} on the file description page.

Table of contents[edit]

New media viewing experience[edit]

Please note users can disable the new media viewing experience for all images on Commons when logged in (uncheck "Enable new media viewing experience" under Files and click Save in Preferences, Appearance).

Challenges open for submission[edit]

2014 - August-September - Holidays/Vacations

The second August challenge features Holidays/Vacations. The focus is on the act of going or being on holiday/vacation, NOT PICTURES OF SITES AND SCENERY.

Ideally, each submission should contain a summary description of the subject in the file information, including the location of the subject, and relevant categories should be added to the files to enable other Commons users to find them and use them. Please take care not to violate copyright in respect of non-free creative works, and observe our educational project scope and the personality rights of identifiable people, or your files may be subject to deletion.

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout August–September UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. August–September 2014.
  • Submissions must be added to the bottom of the Entries section below.
  • Restriction: The photos must be taken in July, August or September 2014.

Please note we are no longer using photo challenge categories.


Entries[edit]

2014 - September - Light on the move

The first September challenge features Light on the move with long time exposure by night or day. The image should contain one or more luminous objects, which are moving relative to the camera.

Ideally, each submission should contain a summary description of the subject in the file information, including the location of the subject, and relevant categories should be added to the files to enable other Commons users to find them and use them. Please take care not to violate copyright in respect of non-free creative works, and observe our educational project scope and the personality rights of identifiable people, or your files may be subject to deletion.

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout September UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. September 2014 (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the bottom of the Entries section below.

Please note we are no longer using photo challenge categories.

Entries[edit]

2014 - September - Big and small

The second September challenge features one contrasting pair of subjects (comparative concept) Big and small, thick and thin, fat and skinny, long and short... - images should be selected and framed to include just the two subjects for illustration.

Ideally, each submission should contain a summary description of the subject in the file information, including the location of the subject, and relevant categories should be added to the files to enable other Commons users to find them and use them. Please take care not to violate copyright in respect of non-free creative works, and observe our educational project scope and the personality rights of identifiable people, or your files may be subject to deletion.

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout September UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. September 2014 (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the bottom of the Entries section below.

Please note we are no longer using photo challenge categories.

Entries[edit]

Challenges open for voting[edit]

Voting is open to all registered contributors who have held accounts for at least 10 days and made 50 edits, and also to new Commons contributors who have entered the challenge with a picture. Users cannot vote for their own picture. Voters may select up to three photographs in each theme to award points and can give praise to other photos without awarding points.

August 2014[edit]

Previous challenges[edit]

July 2014[edit]

Primary colors in manmade objects: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
Image Marennes 17 Bidons eaux pluviales La Cayenne 2014.jpg Chateau Oleron cabane detail.jpg Sandakan Sabah Fishmarket-in-Sandakan-Harbour-02.jpg
Title Tanks for rainwater harvesting,
Marennes, France
Detail of an old oyster farmers' hut,
Le Château-d'Oléron, France
A woman in red is negotiating the catch of the day in
blue and yellow baskets (Sandakan, Sabah)
Author JLPC Myrabella Cccefalon
Score 42 12 12
Tools of the trade: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Lijiang Yunnan China-Naxi-people-carrying-baskets-01.jpg Germany Plane-with-wood-shavings-and-carpenters-pencil-01.jpg Fish-hook.JPG
Title Naxi people carrying their typical baskets in
Yunnan Province, China
Plane with wood shavings and carpenter's pencil Fish-hook, Sri Lanka
Author Cccefalon Cccefalon AntanO
Score 34 16 11

June 2014[edit]

Time for sports: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Meeting d'Athlétisme Paralympique de Paris - Iris Pruysen 01.jpg W1769-Vallet BMX N 82131.JPG Archer carquois.jpg
Title Long jump,
Paris Athletics
Paralympic Meeting
"I believe I can Fly..." BMX show at Vallet. Quiver of an archer
during a meeting
Author Pyb Llann Wé² Myrabella
Score 20 19 12
Wiki Loves Pride 2014: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image EuroPride 2010 Warsaw Poland 03.jpg EuroPride 2010 Warsaw Poland 15.jpg Life Ball 2014 red carpet 115 Conchita Wurst Jean Paul Gaultier Gery Keszler.jpg
Title EuroPride 2010
in Warsaw, Poland.
EuroPride 2010 in Warsaw, Poland.
Author Nikodem Nijaki Nikodem Nijaki Tsui
Score 13 12 9
Ruins, cemeteries and ghostly places: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Church Of The Holy Rude Churchyard - 01.jpg Cimetiere saxon Sighisoara.jpg Eggenburg Karner.jpg
Title Church Of The Holy Rude Churchyard,
Stirling, Scotland.
German cemetery in Sighișoara,
Romania
Skulls and bones in the
Ossuary of Eggenburg,
Austria
Author Kadellar Myrabella Linie29
Score 22 16 14

May 2014[edit]

Politics and politicians: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Inauguration EYE2014 Parlement européen Strasbourg 9 mai 2014.jpg Roland Ries Conseil municipal Strasbourg 5 avril 2014.jpg UN-Sicherheitsrat - UN Security Council - New York City - 2014 01 06.jpg
Title Inauguration of EYE2014 at European Parliament,
Strasbourg, 9 Mai 2014.
Roland Ries, mayor of Strasbourg,
(5 April 2014)
United Nations Security Council
on the United Nations Headquarters in
New York City
Author Ctruongngoc Ctruongngoc Neptuul
Score 25 17 15
Flowers AND insects: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
Image Macroglossum stellatarum in flight near lavender.jpg Bee on whitehorn.JPG Ceriagrion coromandelianum male 26052014.jpg
Title Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)
in flight near lavender
Bee on whitehorn - Biene auf Weißdorn-Blüte Ceriagrion coromandelianum on Catharanthus roseus
flower bud
Author Thorsten Denhard Lesekreis Joydeep
Score 21 18 18
Bridges: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Borgo a Mozzano Ponte della Maddalena.jpg Leshan Sichuan China-Old bridge-02.jpg Columbus and Greenville Railway bridge over Yazoo River.jpg
Title Ponte della Maddalena (Borgo a Mozzano, Tuscany, Italy) The old stone arch bridge at Leshan, China Columbus and Greenville
Railway bridge over Yazoo
River, Leflore County,
Mississippi.
Author Myrabella Cccefalon Magnolia677
Score 19 18 17

April 2014[edit]

Traditions: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
Image Easter bunny.JPG Lego Easter Bunny drowning in eggs.jpg Girl with Vishukkani.JPG
Title Easter bunny after work. Lego Easter Bunny minifig drowning in chocolate minieggs Little girl praying in front of Vishukkani on Vishu
Author Lesekreis Mightyhansa Clockery
Score 37 19 19
Four Elements: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Burned candle and spilled wax.jpg Water droplet on a leaf.JPG Mount Merapi in 2014.jpg
Title Burned candle and spilled wax Water droplet on a leaf Fire sleeps within the bowels of the Earth (Merapi, 2014)
Author Nikodem Nijaki Mightyhansa Crisco 1492
Score 19 17 15
Food and drinks worldwide: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Octopus arms suntanned.jpg Filet de bœuf.jpg Oysters lemons basket.jpg
Title Octopus arms suntanned - Thasos, Greece. Filet mignon with potato and string beans Oysters and lemons in a basket
Author Nikodem Nijaki Nikodem Nijaki
Score 36 15 14

March 2014[edit]

Proverbs and idioms: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Ossuary in Sedlec.JPG Nothing ventured, nothing gained.JPG Fire in Olomouc, Gorazdovo náměstí.jpg
Title Dead men tell no tales Nothing ventured, nothing gained Fire is a good servant but a bad master
Author Jan.Kamenicek Lesekreis Jan.Kamenicek
Score 45 18 16
Surface textures: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Texture old wall.jpg Backlit ficus elastica leaf texture 2014 02.jpg Salton City shore (March 2014) 04.jpg
Author Nikodem Nijaki Julian Herzog Nandaro
Score 20 18 13

February 2014[edit]

Newsworthy: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image 140202 Afe-Tower Blasting.jpg Ash in Yogyakarta during the 2014 eruption of Kelud 07.jpg Venezuela protests against the Nicolas Maduro government, Maracaibo 03.jpg
Author Sven0705 Crisco 1492 Wilfredor
Score 49 46 38
Two of something: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Mandarin Pair.jpg
Deleted
(File:Murano Campiello della Pescheria 2014 02.jpg)
Kevadised lehed.jpg
Author Baresi franco Joadl Abrget47j
Score 50 26 12

January 2014[edit]

January: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Kakerdaja raba talvine maastik.jpg Boats Tuira Oulu 20140119.JPG Porto Covo January 2014-10a.jpg
Author Abrget47j Estormiz Alvesgaspar
Score 35 26 20
A bunch of stuff: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Sellin, Strandkörbe am Hauptstrand -- 2009 -- 1.jpg Puesto de frutos en el Zoco -- 2014 -- Marrakech, Marruecos.jpg Lámparas, Djemaa el Fna -- 2014 -- Marrakech, Marruecos.jpg
Author XRay Alurín Alurín
Score 35 19 15

December 2013[edit]

Coloured light: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Plasma globe 60th.jpg Recklinghausen, Stadtmauer -- 2013 -- 2.jpg Spinning LEDs - Side.jpg
Author Colin XRay Colin
Score 35 25 20
Silhouette: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Blériot XI Thulin A Mikael Carlson OTT 2013 10 silhouette.jpg Mystischer Sonnenaufgang im nördlichen Waldviertel.jpg Gulf of Tallinn.jpg
Author Julian Herzog Duke of W4 Abrget47j
Score 44 35 17