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Wiki Loves Africa Competition Rules

Rule 1: All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. Unless, they are uploaded during a registered mass upload session. Your image must have your name, username or nom de plume on the uploaded file.

Rule 2: Entries will only be accepted if uploaded between the 15th February to 15th April 2022. You can enter media that was taken at any time, even historic photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs or they are in the public domain), but they must be uploaded during those dates. Photographs that are already on Commons and re-uploaded are not eligible.

Rule 3: Participants must be registered on Wikimedia Commons and be contactable. Please enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons when registering so we can contact you if your image is chosen for a prize.

Rule 4: All entries submitted to the contest must be under a free licence (or in the public domain). In most cases, the photo will automatically be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.

Rule 5: Images that are less than 2 mb or have watermarks or embedded signatures will not be eligible.

Rule 6: Pictures or media must be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2022 to be eligible.

Rule 7: To be considered for the video prize, the file must be uploaded in a video format (.ogg, .ogv, or .webm) that is accepted on Wikimedia Commons. Please note that the audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account for your file to be eligible for a prize.

  • Photographs that are already on Commons (this means re-uploading is not allowed).
  • As the images will be hosted on Wikimedia Commons, all entries must fall within Commons scope. Any that do not will be disqualified and may be deleted without notice.
  • Images with watermarks, timestamps or image credits on the picture itself or any other kind of editing which associates the image with the uploader are not eligible.

Judging criteria

The judging will be done by a panel of international Wikipedians, professional photographers and subject specialists, based of thumb rules of photography and as well as the community standards.

  • A good photo has a good story to tell.
  • A good photo removes all unnecessary distractions from the chief element, so that the latter is not out of the focus.
  • Potential usefulness and overall value of the image (including its licensing) to the Wikimedia projects.
  • Technical quality – Image parameters such as focus, lighting, saturation, ISO etc. will be taken into consideration.

The jury will judge individual entries based on the following criteria:

  • Technical quality
  • Originality
  • Potential usefulness and overall value of the image (including its licensing) to the Wikimedia projects.

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 every year, there will be two additional prize categories for photos and media.

The international prizes are (to be confirmed):

  • 1st prize: US$2000
  • 2nd prize: US$1500
  • 3rd prize: US$1000

Additional categories are:

  • Culturally specific or traditional representations of home : US$750
  • Prize for best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account): US$1000
  • Special collection (a series of images that tell a story): US$750

(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)

Jury process

International jury process and National processes are independent.

The International winners will not be selected until June or July 2022. Every year, there is a rigorous process involving three stages that makes sure that only the very best of the best are selected as the International Prize Winners. You can review this three step process along with the 2022 Jury Team on the 2022 International Jury page.

While the International Jury process is active, National Winners are usually announced by the country teams. There are prizes for incredible photos being awarded via this process. Check out last year winners the 2021 National Winners here!!

The Winners

Each year it is a tough choice to choose the final winning images. The 2022 winners will not be announced until July/August 2022, but there are many beautiful winning photos that have been selected over the last 7 years!

 See all 2021 images  See all winning images