Commons:Wiki Loves Africa 2016/Participate

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Celebrating Africa’s Music and Dance on Wikipedia !

Why should you get involved?

Of all of the millions of subjects you can read about on Wikipedia, subjects relating to Africa have the least coverage. This is because of a number of reasons, but mostly because many people do not know that they can donate their images, videos and audio. We need your help to show the richness, difference and beauty of Africa.
Wiki Loves Africa is a photo competition to share the daily practices of people across the continent with each other and the rest of the world, via Wikipedia.

Examples of pictures you may propose...

Take part in the competition by taking photographs, video or audio that promotes Africa's rich heritage and culture expressed through music, song, dance, and movement.

How to enter Wiki Loves Africa?

Follow these simple steps, and you're good to go

Entering Wiki Loves Africa Music and Dance is easy! Follow these 4 steps:

  • Step 1: Take some photos.
  • Step 2: Select the best.
  • Step 3: Create an account on Commons to take part. Register here.
  • Step 4: Use the Upload Wizard to enter your photographs.

File Formats

Wikimedia Commons accepts most of the image file formats, but only a select few of the video and sound formats.

If you are submitting a photograph, simply select the photographs you want to upload. It is suggested that you upload no more than ten photographs at a time.

Please submit video files in the following formats:

  • .ogg
  • .ogv
  • .webm

Due to complex intellectual property rights issues, Wikimedia Commons can not accept video content submitted in any other format. A helpful 'how to' guide on how to convert video media into these formats can be found here on Wikimedia. It is suggested that you upload video content one video at a time.

Competition rules

Images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contest may win prizes! There are a few rules to respect for the images to be eligible.

  • Rule 1: All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. They can be either self-uploaded or uploaded during a registered mass upload session.
  • Rule 2: Upload can only be done in December 2016 and January 2017. But you can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs).
  • Rule 3: Images must be free of watermarks or embedded signatures to be eligible. All entries will automatically be submitted under a free licence such as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (or in the public domain). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.
  • Rule 4: All eligible pictures will be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2016, this will be automatically assigned during the upload process.
  • Rule 5: Participants should enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so they can be contacted should their image be chosen for a prize.

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