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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 the Commons repository of free images. Photographs entered into a competition must be new to Commons and taken by a Commons user.

Formal things

Challenges

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

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 top 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 the last entry (or above File:-Insert image here-.svg for the first entry).
    Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:
    Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron
    For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.
  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 (unless specially so restricted in the challenge), 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 top of the list.

New themes can be proposed and discussed here.

Assessment

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

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

New media viewing experience

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

2017 – February – Barns

The new challenge features Barns and other farm buildings.

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 February 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. February 2017 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.

  • Restriction: A maximum of four entries can be submitted per photographer.

There are 6 days 8 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)


Examples


Entries

2017 – February – Multilingualism

The new challenge features Multilingualism, signs, documents and activities in more than one language. Photos concerning more than two languages or rare languages are especially welcome.

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 February 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. February 2017 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.

  • Restriction: A maximum of four entries can be submitted per photographer.

There are 6 days 8 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)


Examples

Entries

2017 – January/February – Drones

The new challenge features aerial photographs and videos from unmanned aerial vehicles aka drones.

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 February 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. February 2017 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.

  • Restriction: A maximum of four entries can be submitted per photographer.

There are 6 days 8 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)


Examples

Entries

Challenges open for voting

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. Voting will be open for one month.


January 2017

Previous challenges

December 2016

Holidays/Vacations: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Holiday in Phortse.jpg Stein am Rhein. Schweiz. Weihnacht.jpg Halloween costumes - 1.jpg
Title Buddhist holiday, near Phortse,
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
Stein am Rhein. Kanton Schaffhausen.
Schweiz. Weihnacht.
Halloween costumes in the USA
Author Gozitano Hauserphoton Jarekt
Score 13 9 8

November 2016

Rocks and Minerals: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Sea Glass on Glass Beach near Fort Bragg.jpg Агат.jpg Ghiaia marina.jpg
Title Sea Glass on Glass Beach
near Fort Bragg, CA
Agate Ghiaia della costa adriatica.
Riviera del Conero - Italia
Author Ryanx7 SKas Rosapicci
Score 19 18 9
2016_-_November_-_Towers: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Jedlová observation tower.jpg View to One World Trade Center.jpg Graz-Uhrturm-1080127.jpg
Title Jedlová observation tower, Czech republic One World Trade Center, New York, USA Clocktower in Graz
Author Mirek256 Olga1969 Ermell
Score 19 13 9

October 2016

Gardening: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Baddesley Clinton Scarecrow 2.jpg Gardening in London.jpg Beetroot sowing.jpg
Title Scarecrow at Baddesley Clinton Gardening_in_London Old gardener sows beetroots in Estonia
Author DeFacto Ibex73 Maasaak
Score 15 11 11
Water Supply Infrastructure: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Hong Kong China Water-supply-01.jpg Water tower Mittweida.jpg Old wash house Marmeaux France.jpg
Title Supply of drinking water in Hong Kong Water tower near Mittweida, Saxony, Germany Marmeaux, old wash house in Burgundy, France
Author Cccefalon Kyriondaniel Ibex73
Score 26 21 16

September 2016

Arthropods: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Crab spider on Campanula barbata.JPG Krabbe am Strand in Ägypten..IMG 8178ВЕ.jpg Rinden-Springspinne Männchen.jpg
Title Crab spider (Unidentified Thomisidae) on Bearded Bellflower (Campanula barbata). Krabbe am Strand des Rotes Meeres in Ägypten. Male of a european jumping spider "Marpissa muscosa".About four fold magnification (ratio to sensor area). Munich (Germany)
Author Thiotrix Kora27 Thcilnegeg
Score 13 13 12
Local culture: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 1 3
Image Turkish tea glass.jpg Venezianische Messe Ludwigsburg 089.jpg Sadhu in Janaki Temple, Janakpur-September 22, 2016-IMG 7437.jpg
Title Turkish tea offer alle 2 Jahre findet diese Messe in Ludwigsburg statt Sadhu sitting in the ground of Janaki Mandir, Janakpurdham Nepal.
Author Maasaak Achim04 Bijay chaurasia
Score 12 12 11

August 2016

Underwater photography: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Sea Turtle with Remoras - Marsa Alam, Egypt - August 9, 2011.jpg Christmas Tree Worm, Thailand, Spirobranchus giganteus.jpg Diver Silhouette, Great Barrier Reef.jpg
Title Sea Turtle with Remoras - Marsa Alam, Egypt Christmas Tree Worm, Thailand, Spirobranchus giganteus Silhouette of scuba diver with the sun behind.
Author GiorgioGaleotti TimSC TimSC
Score 12 12 10
Firefighters and firefighting equipment: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image CAL FIRE Super Huey-N488DF.jpg Two Calera Firefighters.jpg Feuerschiff im Golf von Finnland in St. Petersburg. IMG 9266WI.jpg
Title CAL FIRE UH-1H Super Huey Two Calera, Alabama firefighters pause during a battle
against a residential housefire on April 27, 2016
Feuerschiff im Golf von Finnland in St. Petersburg. Russland.
Author Tequask 31813D Kora27
Score 13 9 8

July 2016

Leaf veins: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Blattadern-wein-P7089798-PS.jpg 003 2011 04 18 Blattadern.jpg Leaf-veins-7069249.jpg
Title Veins of a wine leaf Junge Walnussbaumblätter im Gegenlicht
Contre-jour photo of young walnut tree leaves
Veins of a dried leaf.
Author Ermell F. Riedelio Ermell
Score 13 9 9


Working animals: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Animals working together.jpg Horses at work 02.jpg Working yaks in Everest region.jpg
Title Animals working in nepal Amish horses at work in north west Pennsilvania Yaks carrying load on the Everest Base Camp route in Nepal
Author Gunjan Raj Giri PeledY TT4FT
Score 32 17 15


June 2016

Manufacturing: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Sandakan Sabah Sawmill-20.jpg PotMaking.jpg Ferreiro ou metalúrgico tradicional.jpg
Title Workers are cutting big timbers into planks in a sawmill in Sandakan, Malaysia Taken the photo from outskirts of Bengaluru during a workshop Ferreiro ou metalúrgico tradicional
Author Cccefalon Nikhilvrma Wagnerggomes
Score 21 14 14


Rock formations: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Storm Over The Badlands in South Dakota, USA.jpg Gozo Malta Azure-window-01.jpg Rock formations at Grand Canyon.jpg
Title Storm Over the Badlands in South Dakota, USA Gozo, Malta: The Azure Window The Grand Canyon showing washouts by the Colorado River, Arizona (USA)
Author Rapahanock Cccefalon CatalpaSpirit
Score 12 9 9


May 2016

Hats: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image "Randfichten"... IMG 0348ВИ.JPG 2013 09 16 001 Hüte.jpg Hats at the Green fair, Rome.jpg
Title Aufgenommen in Oelsnitz bei einer
Veranstaltung in Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge
(Landesgartenschau 2015).
Hut als Blumentopf umfunktioniert
Hat converted as a flowerpot
Hats at the Green fair, Rome
Author Kora27 F. Riedelio Albarubescens
Score 33 23 9


Birds in their habitat: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Stork-billed kingfisher with catch by Manoj Karingamadathil.jpg Indian spotted owlet.jpg Japanese white-eye at Tennōji Park in Osaka, March 2016.jpg
Title Stork-billed kingfisher with catch, Kole wetlands Thrissur Chennai, India Japanese white-eye
Author Manojk Mymoon Moghul Laitche
Score 25 15 14

April 2016

Children playing: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Niños jugando en la playa2.JPG Playing with hands.JPG Kids playing Pallanguli.JPG
Title Children playing with a ball at the beach Children playing with their hands Kids playing Pallanguli,an Indian traditional game
Author Ivan2010 Ibex73 Abi blu
Score 31 20 19


Long exposure photography: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Insect flights in the night in front of a spotlight HP L7869.jpg Jägersburg P1220654.jpg Christmas Tram, Budapest.jpg
Title Insect flight in the night, in front of a spotlight, 30s View at the hunting lodge
Jägersburg in Eggolsheim
Christmas Tram, Budapest
Author Alchemist-hp Ermell Epistola8
Score 43 41 23


Religious practices: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image A nomad's mosque in the eastern desert of Jordan.jpg China-Schanghai-Jade Buddha-Temple-5176573.jpg 2014 12 29 001 Religiöse Praktiken.jpg
Title Abu Sami, a Bedouin from the eastern desert of Jordan,
prays in a nomad's mosque pointing towards Mecca.
Notice the pair of sandals outside the mosque.
Woman burning incense at
Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai
Betende Frau im
Speyerer Dom
Praying woman in the
Speyer Cathedral
Author Sima shimony Ermell F. Riedelio
Score 56 18 17


March 2016

Inside / Outside: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Interior of Igloo Satellite Cabin.jpg City Hall, London, Spiral Staircase - 1.jpg Parliament Building, Budapest, inside.jpg
Title Igloo satellite cabins at Law-Racoviță Station,
Antarctica - inside
Sprial Staircase, City Hall, London Parliament Building, Budapest, inside
Image Igloo satellite cabins in Antarctica.jpg The Scoop at More London.jpg Parliament Building, Budapest, outside.jpg
Title Igloo satellite cabins at Law-Racoviță Station,
Antarctica - outside
The Scoop at More London, with City Hall Parliament Building, Budapest, outside
Author Tsy1980 Colin Epistola8
Score 25 20 13


Faces in objects: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Stone Dino.JPG Tree Serpant.jpg Forêt de Fontainebleau Apremont éléphant.jpg
Title Dinosaur like stone face in karnataka Tree Serpant The Elephant Rock, Apremont
Forest of Fontainebleau
Author Vinayraghavendra Hansons photo's Thor19
Score 34 28 13


February 2016

Mailboxes: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Rural mailboxes in Santa Fe, NM.JPG Budapest-Briefkasten-3210547.jpg Mailbox in Mergoscia.JPG
Title Rural mailboxes in Santa Fe NM Postbox in Hungary Mailbox in Rustico Style, Mergoscia, Switzerland
Author Tomspro Ermell GabrielleMerk
Score 27 26 12


Reflections: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Twins?.JPG Reflexion...IMG 2014OB.JPG Reflet A.M.jpg
Title Twins? Blasmusikfestival 2013 in Chemnitz.. Deutschland. Photo de nuit du pont
d'Aigues-Mortes dans le Gard.
Author Limoel Kora27 V.gimmelli
Score 17 12 11

January 2016

Diagonals: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Wood at Leaplish.jpg Ibex in the French Vanoise National Park.JPG Boeing 747 Runway 24R Takeoff-LAX.jpg
Title Wood at Leaplish Ibex in the French Alps Boeing 747 taking off at
Los Angeles International Airport
Author The joy of all things Ibex73 Tequask
Score 19 15 13


Wheels: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image P8-Wheel-P1330759 7 8N.jpg Mühlrad im Tuxertal.JPG DINO WHEELS.jpg
Title Wheel of a Prussian P8 Lokomotive Millwheel in the Tux Valley, Tyrol, Austria junk wheel sculpture
Author Ermell Wald1siedel CKCMCD
Score 45 13 12


2015

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2015.

2014

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2014.