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Wiki Loves Africa 2021

Wiki Loves Africa

Visually celebrate Africa on Wikipedia

There are millions of subjects you can read about on Wikipedia. Of all those subjects, the ones that relate to Africa have the least coverage. This is due to a number of reasons, but some are linked to the fact that many people do not know that they can have their knowledge and cultures reflected on Wikipedia by donating their images, videos and audio to Wikipedia.

The richness, diversity and beauty of Africa deserves to be visually celebrated on Wikipedia. YOU can help to do this. Everyone is welcome to participate!

What is Wiki Loves Africa?

Wiki Loves Africa is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media that relates to that year's theme to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes. Each year's theme is chosen by the community to be a 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).

Wiki Loves Africa 2021 Competition

The theme for the 2021 contest is Health + Wellness.
The 2021 competition closes on 30th of April 2021 is now CLOSED.

Find out about the 2021 winners here ! Commons:Wiki Loves Africa 2021/Winners

Read the Jury Report for 2021 here.

What should we contribute ?

Pictures! Audio! Videos!

The theme Health + Wellness encourages the submission of visual representations of health, wellness and can include representations of traditional or western medical interventions or personnel, healthy eating, or exercise etc.

IMPORTANT: Please note that while the threat of contracting COVID-19 is still present globally, the Wiki Loves Africa organisers encourages people who wish to take photographs to exercise EXTREME CAUTION. Do not attend in-person events or take photographs anywhere without a mask. We would prefer that you use images from your archive or as you go about your daily practices. Please do not place yourself (or any person with you) at risk or in danger. #staysafe.

>> Read more about the theme and get inspiration here.

>>> Read more about the rules here

What prizes are up for grabs?

There are several prizes up for grabs, both nationally and internationally. For national prizes, please see what events are being held locally in your country.

At the international level, there are 3 main prizes for Wiki Loves Africa, and as with last year, there will be two additional prize categories for photos and media.

The international prizes are:

  • 1st prize: US$1000
  • 2nd prize: US$800
  • 3rd prize: US$500

Additional categories are:

  • Culturally specific or traditional representations of health or wellness : US$500
  • Prize for best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account): US$500

(Disclaimer: Prizes to be dispersed in a gift card or voucher format.)

Each winner will also receive a pack of goodies (proposed: a hat "I edit Wikipedia from Africa", a branded battery, stickers)

How to enter

  1. Take photos related to the theme Health + Wellness
  2. Create a free account or log in on Wikimedia Commons
  3. Upload your photos

>>> Read more about how to enter, here

Jury process and the Winners

International Jury Process

As we head towards selecting the winners, there are three rigorous processes that ensure that the best of the best are selected as the International Prize Winners. Review this three step process along with the Jury Team on the 2021 International Jury page.

National Winners

While the International Jury process is active, National Winners are being announced by the country teams. There are incredible photos being awarded via this process, please check out the National Winners!!