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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.

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Challenges open for submission

2018 – December – Pastry and cake

The new challenge features Pastries and cakes as well as bakers that make them.

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 December 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. December 2018 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 16 days 19 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)

Examples

Entries

Cack/face

2018 – December – Extreme weather

The new challenge features Extreme weather, like tornadoes, floods, cloud-to-cloud lightning, intense snow blizzards, funnel clouds, tsunamis, sandstorms, etc.

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 December 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. December 2018 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 16 days 19 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. The votes not complying with those requirements will be removed or converted to praises. In some cases users might be asked to correct their votes after voting ends.


November 2018

Previous challenges

October 2018

Balconies: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Balconies in Podolsk.jpg Celebration Reflection Balcony 807.jpg Balconies Cruise Ship Southampton 2016.jpg
Title Balconies, Podolsk, Russia Celebration X Reflection cruise ship balconies. Balconies of a cruise ship in
Author DILIN Gillfoto Kyriondaniel
Score 16 14 12
Pink: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Lichtersonntag Bocholt.jpg Pig in the french alps (2).jpg Pink library.jpg
Title Glass sphere in front of a pink tree Pig in the French Alps Pink bookshelf
Author Tetzemann Ibex73 Sally V
Score 14 13 12

September 2018

Emotions: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
Image Little girl laughing with excitement in France.jpg Climbing World Championships 2018 Boulder Final Garnbret (BT0A8401).jpg Disgust by the pool.jpg
Title Euphoria with excitement Tears of joy after winning the Climbing World Championships a childs disgust
Author Basile Morin Simon04 Masse.media
Score 15 11 11
Schools: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Classroom with children in the primary school of Don Puay, Laos.jpg Nursery school, Higashi Honganji, Kyoto.jpg Kids rehearsing for school festival.jpg
Title Classroom with children in a primary school in Laos Nursery school children in Kyoto Kids rehearsing for school festival, Cusco Peru
Author Basile Morin MichaelMaggs Konalouisa
Score 34 12 9

August 2018

Castles and fortifications: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Jagdschloss Moritzburg 01.jpg Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England.jpg Wilhelmsturm-Dillenburg OD.jpg
Title Jagdschloß Moritzburg bei Dresden, Saxony, Germany Bodiam Castle from 1385, East Sussex, England Wilhelmsturm in Dillenburg, Germany
Author Staubi59 Elno78 Otto Domes
Score 11 10 9
Street Performers: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image 2012Sep @ Berlin (DE).jpg Danza col fuoco, Festa Medioevale di Itri.jpg Street Performer - NAT's - Ahmedabad.jpg
Title Street performer in Berlin, Germany Fire Dancing performer,
Medieval Festival of Itri
(Italy)
NAT's (street performer), performing rope act to
earn hard money to feed her family,
on the occasion of rathyatra festival in Ahmedabad,
Gujarat, India.
Author Travelamāns Fiorenzo Fiorenza Jadavkiran
Score 14 14 12

July 2018

Concert photography: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Singer - Tambours du Bronx.jpg Zapato 3 merida 2012.jpg The Rolling Stones.jpg
Title Singer - Tambours du Bronx.jpg Zapato 3 - La Ultima Cruzada Tour 2012. Merida, Venezuela. The Rolling Stones
Author Roumpf Davevzla Les Zg
Score 24 12 11
Telephones: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Phone of George Clemenceau during World War I.jpg Telephone booth in the land.jpg Alarm phone on the platform of a suburban train station (2).jpg
Title Phone of George Clemenceau during World War I Telephone booth in the land. Alarm phone on the_platform of_a
suburban train station, France
Author Ibex73 Roumpf Ibex73
Score 19 18 15

June 2018

On the move: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Fischlham Mevisto Cup 2017 Trickski Theresa Schmidberger1-1.jpg Garden snail moving down the Vennbahn in disputed territory (DSCF5879).jpg Trampoline jumping.jpg
Title Theresa Schmidberger after a successful run in trickski,
Fischlham 2017
Garden snail moving down the Vennbahn in disputed territory Lucy in the sky
Author Isiwal Trougnouf Sally V
Score 18 16 14
Traditional games: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Chess 1.jpg Royal game of Ur, Mesopotamia , 2600-2400 BC.jpg People playing Xiangqi.jpg
Title Chess 1 Royal game of Ur, Mesopotamia, 2600-2400 BC People playing Xiangqi on the street of Beijing
Author Star61 Ibex73 Vaido Otsar
Score 16 15 13

May 2018

Architectural iron: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Escalier palau guell.jpg Sevilla triana bridge underside night.jpg Break Water Loops 1.jpg
Title Avant de sortir du palais Güell, retournez-vous et admirez l'ombre de l'escalier ! The underside of the Triana Bridge (Puente de Isabell II) at night, Seville, Spain Iron loops in breakwater stones, Narooma, NSW, Australia
Author Philmip Kmtextor DonPolo14
Score 11 8 7
Renewable energy: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Windmuehle Charlotte Geltinger Birk Sonnenuntergang msu 2018-0092.jpg Lisberg Burg Windräder Solar power PC313027.jpg Sicilia 2011.jpg
Title Windmill at Geltinger Birk, Germany Renewable energy in around Lisberg Castle Windmills in the salt pans of Mothia - Sicily (Italy)
Author Matthias Süßen Ermell Rosapicci
Score 18 7 6
Videos: verbs: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image
Title Ernten von Heu in Sachsen. Flag of La Concha boat race in San Sebastian 2012 Turning around
Author Kora27 Ermell AK-Bino
Score 7 6 6

April 2018

Portraits of influential women: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image 2018-03-21-Sahra Wagenknecht-Maischberger-8404.jpg Joanna Lohman.jpg ATLANTIS Andrea Berg in Chemnitz 2014..IMG 8845WI.jpg
Title ATLANTIS Andrea Berg in Chemnitz im Februar 2014.
Author Superbass Rwetendorf Kora27
Score 18 18 10
Aircraft: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Balloon and Moon over Speyer.jpg Montgolfiade Thouars-2014.jpg Flugschau in St.Petersburg.IMG 9321WI.jpg
Title Heissluftballon und Mond am Himmel über Speyer Acrobatics demonsration under a hot air balloon in Thouars, France Flugschau 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russland.
Author Kmtextor PCouton Kora27
Score 20 18 11

March 2018

Tunnels and Underpasses: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Metro Tunnel In TongXinLing Station.jpg Lago-di-Lucendro.jpg TunnelUniversità.jpg
Title Metro Tunnel In TongXinLing Station, Shenzhen, China Walking trail at Lago di Lucendro near the Gotthard Pass, Switzerland University of Naples "Federico II", Italy.
Author Sparktour GabrielleMerk Mark11000
Score 14 11 9
Spring: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Wacholderdrossel im Frühling.jpg Schneeglöckchen..IMG 7095BEWI.jpg Altnau-Thurgau-Spring.jpg
Title A bird yearns for spring ( Rhineland Palatinate,Germany ) Schneeglöckchen in Hohndorf im Erzgebirge. Sachsen. Apple orchard in Canton Thurgau, Switzerland
Author AK-Bino Kora27 GabrielleMerk
Score 19 18 14

February 2018

Archaeology: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Baustelle-Mainverlegung-Archäologie-9220085-2-2PSD.jpg Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Ägypten..Eg2010 1477WI.jpg Pergamonmuseum A.jpg
Title Archaeoligic find near Ebing Archäologische Ausgrabungen in Ägypten. Detail of the Ishtar Gate, eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon,
now in the Pergamonmuseum - Berlin (Germany)
Author Ermell Kora27 Rosapicci
Score 19 18 10
Closed businesses: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Palermo B.jpg Slaughterhouse, Varnsdorf, Czech republic.jpg Porto A.jpg
Title A closed hotel in Palermo - Italy The building where used to be a slaughterhouse, Varnsdorf, Czech republic Closed shops in abandoned building in Avenida dos Aliados - Porto (Portugal)
Author Rosapicci Mirek256 Rosapicci
Score 19 16 8

January 2018

Trash and waste management: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Shanghai recycling transport bycicle.jpg Number of fruit crates.jpg Waste in Chittagong 03.jpg
Title Trycicle transport in Shanghai Fruit crates ready to be disposed of - Caserta, Italy Cows feeding of the refuse of a vegetable market
in Chittagong (Bangladesh)
Author Ermell Aleco86 Xopolino
Score 43 20 17
Blue: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image Summit photo Zugspitze.jpg Tokyo blue facade at Nishifukawa Bridge 1074.jpg Blaue Maske Karneval in Venedig.jpg
Title Summit photo Zugspitze, Germany Blue facade of a house in Tokyo Karneval, Italien, Venedig
Author CatalpaSpirit Ermell Anna Saini
Score 22 18 12

2017

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2017.

2016

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2016.

2015

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2015.

2014

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2014.