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Questions about the project Wiki Loves Africa[edit]

What is Wiki Loves Africa?[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is a public 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 such universal, visually rich and culturally specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).
The theme for the 2014 photo contest will be Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine. This year's contest will seek to document in the form of various media, 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 project is a two-month competition which will start on the 1st October and end on the 30th November 2014.
The project will be run at the entire continental level. However, some specific actions (training, communication etc.) will be held in some countries with national organisers. The project will feature a contest to select the best media at the continental level, with a ceremony and prizes as deemed appropriate.

Who's behind it?[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa is organised by the Wikimedia community with the help from (whenever applicable) their local Wikimedia chapters or user groups.
The 2014 edition will be facilitated by :
Wiki Loves Africa is supported by WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation.

How do I get involved?[edit]

It's really simple and easy, and fun! You may participate in two main ways
  • You can participate to the contest itself. Grab your camera (or any relevant device) and shoot pictures. Later... upload them on Wikimedia project.
  • You want to organise events locally. In this case, please check out organizers' FAQ

What software will be used to upload pictures ?[edit]

We will be using the UploadWizard simplified by a special Wiki Loves Africa overlay (see UploadCampaign).
Pictures can be uploaded using other tools (e.g. Commonist, but as this requires further knowledge of wiki markup and Wikimedia Commons itself.
To upload images, please use this link

How should I tag the images ?[edit]

All images uploaded via the upload wizard will be put in the Category:Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2014. If you do not use the upload wizard, please add the template {{Wiki Loves Africa 2014}} to the tags so that we can identify the image as part of the contest.

Other categories you might consider using
List of African Cuisines
African Cuisine
Country Categories on Commons
In Ethiopia
Category:Cuisine of Ethiopia‎
In Tunisia
Category:Cuisine of Tunisia‎
In South Africa
Category:Food of South Africa
Category:Cuisine of South Africa
In Côte d'Ivoire
Category:Cuisine of Côte d'Ivoire‎
In Ghana
Category:Cuisine of Ghana‎
In Malawi
Category:Cuisine of Malawi‎
In Egypt
Category:Cuisine of Egypt‎
In Marocco
Category:Cuisine of Morocco‎
In Uganda
Category:Cuisine of Uganda
In Mali
Category:Cuisine of Mali

Where will special activities take place ?[edit]

We hope that events will take place in several countries. Typically, it might be conferences to present Wikimedia Commons, photo hunt parties or mass-upload session
We expect that events will take place at least in those countries: South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Algeria. Hopefully more !
Click here to get more information and contacts with the local organisers.

How can I contact you ?[edit]

Please preferably drop a message on the talk page: Commons:Wiki Loves Africa 2014/Competitors' help desk
  • wla-fr @ - French
  • wla-en @ - English
  • wla-ar @ - Arabic

Who are your supporters and funders ?[edit]

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

In which countries is the call for participation banner on Wikimedia Projects visible ?[edit]

It is visible in all African countries.

Questions about the contest[edit]

What are the rules of the contest[edit]

You may find a complete description of the rules of the contest on Competition rules.

What are the technical requirements for the pictures?[edit]

There aren't any general technical requirements for the pictures. All self-taken photos that fulfilled the other basic rules and filled in the Wikimedia Commons scope will be accepted into the contest, as the main goal of Wiki Loves Africa is to collect as many pictures usable for Wikipedia as possible.

How has the jury been formed ?[edit]

The organisers of the contest selected the jury based on the proposition made by volunteers.
  • User:PierreSelim : Pierre-Selim Huard, Wikimedia France
  • User:Pyb : Pierre Yves Beaudouin. Based in Paris, his work is mainly about sports photography and the funerary art of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
  • User:Dyolf77 : Habib M’henni. Technologist, CLibre, Wikimedian. Wikimedia Tunisia
  • Mike Peel. Post-doc researcher, astronomer, Wikimedian. Wikimedia UK
  • Paul Sika. Autodidact artist and a trained software engineer born in Ivory Coast
  • Carianne Wilkinson. Vice-President of Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Africa Melane. Work in Radio broadcasting. Self-confessed thespian, foodie enthusiast and a Fleur Du Cap judge

More on our jury on

How many winning photos will there be ?[edit]

We do not know yet. Stay tuned !

When will the winners be announced ?[edit]

End of January 2015 !