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Photo Challenge

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.

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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


2024 – February – Lunar/Lunisolar New Year

The new challenge features Lunar New Year

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 2024 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 22 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)


Examples

Entries

2024 – February – Knots

The new challenge features Knots

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 2024 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 22 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.



January 2024

Previous challenges


December 2023

Fossil fuel: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Gewinnung und Verbrennung Lusatian lignite briquette of the
Rekord brand from the former GDR
Feuerraum einer Dampflokomotive.
Топка паровоза IMG 5655WI
Author Mensch01 Lusi Lindwurm Kora27
Score 22 16 13
In a box: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Sweet collection in a box Escape artist Blown out quail eggs
in a cardboard box
Author Hgrobe Горбунова М.С. Ermell
Score 12 9 8

November 2023

Bicycles: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Through the flooded
street on a bicycle
Bicycle helihoisting Silvia Persico and Esmée
Peperkamp in Tourmalet
during TDFF 2023
Author Debanutosh Ibex73 Shougissime
Score 20 17 14
Too many to count: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Henri-Chapelle American
Cemetery and Memorial
Pacific Sardines - Monterey
Bay Aquarium (California)
Eriophorum_scheuchzeri
in Vanoise National Park
Author Foeniz Changku88 Ibex73
Score 19 15 14

October 2023

Silhouettes: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Silhouette of a black-winged stilt Silhouette Bird on Window La festa alla sera su di una scogliera
Author Stephan Sprinz Sneha G Gupta 66colpi
Score 17 14 9
Pollution: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Industrial chimney
of a pulp mill near
Dalchau, Germany
Northern gannet sitting on a nest
made of plastic threads from scouring
protection of fishing nets (dolly ropes)
Smog
Author Mozzihh Lusi Lindwurm BogTar201213
Score 20 14 11

September 2023

beach: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Cabourg beach, France Cabourg beach, France Taken in Hovs Hallar
which is a nature reserve
on the Bjäre Peninsula in the
county of Skåne, Sweden
Author Ibex73 Ibex73 Pasi Mammela
Score 13 12 10
composting: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Close up view of compost Компост та кури Biogas tank, in the foreground green cuttings
Author Niwrat Любмир Foeniz
Score 30 24 12

August 2023

millet: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Proso millet in Zurich Drying millet on the Bolaven Plateau (Laos) Eat it up
Author Ephramac Pierre André Leclercq Sneha G Gupta
Score 22 15 10
on stage: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title 3(+3) dancers performing on stage Nenda & Gilewicz
live in Vienna
Dancer on stage
Author Virtual-Pano Tsui Virtual-Pano
Score 15 9 8

July 2023

climate change: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
image
Title Storm Mathis - Lake Zug oceans are rising Contaminación atmosférica
en la ciudad de Madrid
Author Roy Egloff Spielvogel Saldeplata
Score 13 9 9
half: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Farm track near
Micheldever, Hampshire
My birthday cake!
Oops there's only half left!
Ein in der Längsachse
vertikal zerstückeltes Automobil.
Author Simon Burchell Anna.Massini Levin Holtkamp
Score 15 15 11

June 2023

rainbow colors: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Tunnel at London King's
Cross illuminated in rainbow colours
Rainbow yarn for knitting,
display in front of a needlework
shop in Graz, Austria
This shows the view
directly above the basket
of a hot air balloon.
Author The wub Lusi Lindwurm Hu Nhu
Score 19 11 8
tents: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Kasachische Jurten in der
Kyzylkum/ Usbekistan
Chegem-001 Chegem-002
Author Carsten Siegel Саня Новиков Саня Новиков
Score 17 17 13

May 2023

Macro photography: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Close up photograph of wing of Papilio
demoleus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Lime Swallowtail
weibliche Schwarze
Habichtsfliege (Dioctria
atricapilla) mit Morgentau
Caterpillar of the small
frost moth on a rose leaf
Author ManaskaMukhopadhyay Carsten Siegel Ermell
Score 12 11 10
feathers: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Victoria crowned pigeon Western Crowned Pigeon
in Geneva, Switzerland.
Peacock feather close-up
Author Roy Egloff RomanDeckert Mister rf
Score 10 9 7

April 2023

Looking up: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Pylon of high-voltage
line crossing Elbe
River at Hetlinger Schanze
near Hamburg, Germany
Street corner in Nice's old town Ballonwettbewerb
Author Mozzihh Virtual-Pano Mensch01
Score 13 12 12
Baby farm animals: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
image
Title Sheep with lamb, lying on a dyke, which
they graze as dyke sheep for erosion
control, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Poitou donkey foal (Equus asinus)
in the Lüneburg Heath Wildlife Park
Baby alpacas of a Quechua Family
(Huaman Quispe farm) - Alpacas bebes -
Paqucha uña Nuñoa llaqtamanta
Author Lusi Lindwurm F. Riedelio Elwinlhq
Score 16 13 13

March 2023

Laundering: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Facade of a house
at 277, Fondamenta
Cavanella in Burano (Italy)
Washing clothes in a open area Laundry lines in a
residential neighbourhood
in Venice, Italy
Author Ermell Pauloleong2002 Marc-Lautenbacher
Score 15 12 11
Hotels and Motels: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Ice-Hotel in Quebec Canada,
the only one in North America
Spa at Tschuggen Grand Hotel The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland
Author Marc-Lautenbacher Roy Egloff Roy Egloff
Score 15 14 12

February 2023

Handles: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
image
Title Handle of leather trunk
from the early 1900s
Handle Of A Pots Lid Glättkelle mit
rotem Holzgriff
Author Mariojan photo OJjnr VSchagow
Score 14 8 8
Cruise ship: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
image
Title Royal Clipper
sailing the Med
cruise vessel
'Expedition' in Antarctica
Cruise ships in
Geiranger Fjord, Norway
Author Cbuske46 Virtual-Pano Hgrobe
Score 26 10 10

January 2023

Ice: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title A growler became a sculpture wind-blown rime ice found
on a summit cross
jogger crossing the icy right barrier
gate of the Jahnwehr weir in Bamberg, Germany
Author Virtual-Pano Roy Egloff Ermell
Score 19 18 15
Hospitals: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image
Title Hospital corridor in the
“Marienhaus Klinikum Hetzelstift“
Hospital corridor covered
with Namib sand in ghost
town Kolmanskop, Namibia
Ny del av Haukeland Universitetssykehus
fra Møllendal gravplass i Bergen
Author F. Riedelio Mozzihh Odd Roar Aalborg
Score 16 14 11

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