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Press information about Wiki Loves Africa 2014[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, video and audio) about their environment on Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes and could include any universal, visually rich and culturally specific topic (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).

This project is possible due to funding from the Orange Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation, via a PEG grant.

Theme for 2014: Cuisine[edit]

The theme for the 2014 photo contest is Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine. This year's contest will document the diverse types of cuisines across the continent of Africa. The theme will encompass the "foods", "dishes", "crops", "husbandry", "culinary art", "cooking methods", "utensils", "food markets", "festivals", "culinary events", "famine food" and any other issues related to cuisine on the African continent. The submitted photographs can then be used to illustrate articles on Wikipedia about these elements of culinary production on the African continent.

The contest in 2014 is the first year of this proposed annual contest. Next year, there will be a different theme.

How the competition is organised[edit]

The project is a two-month competition which will start on the 1st October and end on the 30th November. The project will run across the entire continental. However, there are eight groups of Wikipedians that have volunteered to host specific actions (training, upload events, communications, etc.) in their countries. These eight countries are listed below. In addition, there are several groups of individuals within Africa, and Wikimedia groups outside Africa that are also involved. See the table below for more details.

The project is a contest where, after the contest closes, the best media at the continental level are selected and prizes are awarded. An international jury will determine the best entries for the continental competition. Where there are local organising groups, they will decide to organise judging and local prizes for their country.

Wiki Loves Africa is supported by WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation.

List of press releases[edit]

Celebrate Your Local Food on Wikipedia.pdf Those documents were published at the start of the project

Press contacts per country[edit]

This table aims to link press contacts where available. You can find some general information about Wiki Loves Africa above, and other contact information at the 'participating countries' tab.

Country/Region Press contacts Press release
Global Africa; Isla Haddow-Flood: / Europe: Florence Devouard:
Global mid-contest English Press Release
Global mid-contest French Press Release
Global press release in English - Communiqué de presse en français
Global Africa; Isla Haddow-Flood: / Europe: Florence Devouard:
Global Winners Press Release in English
Communiqué de presse en français
Côte d'Ivoire Samuel Guebo: To Be Released
Egypt Mohamed Ouda: To Be Released
Ethiopia Abel Asrat: To Be Released
Ghana Rexford Nyarko: To Be Released
Malawi Michael Phoya: To Be Released
Tunisia ABir TraBelsi: or To Be Released
South Africa Bobby Shabangu: To Be Released
Uganda Erina Mukuta: To Be Released
Tanzania Daniel Semberya: To Be Released (The Guardian Newspaper)
Algeria Mohammed Bachounda: or To Be Released
France Florence Devouard: Communiqué de presse en France