Commons:Wiki Loves Pride 2019/Rules

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  1. Rule 1: Authors uploading images should own the copyrights.
  2. Rule 2: Photos must be uploaded within the stipulated time period from 17 June to 31 July 2019. You can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs), but they must be uploaded during the contest period.
  3. Rule 3: All entries should be under a free copyright license, or release it to the public domain. The preferred license used by the upload wizard is Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
  4. Rule 4: All eligible pictures should have an identification. The identification is done by tagging the image with {{Wiki Loves Pride 2019}}. This tag is automatically added when using the blue button with special upload link on the main contest page.
  5. Rule 5: The photos that are in any way related to the listed categories are eligible.
  6. Rule 6: Participants must enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so they can be contacted should their image be chosen for a prize.

Notes on videos[edit]

Other files, such as audio and video, are welcome. For videos, please submit files in the following formats: .ogg .ogv .webm

Due to complex intellectual property rights issues, Wikimedia Commons can not accept video content that is 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 Commons. It is suggested that you upload video content one video at a time.


  • Photographs that are already on Commons (this means re-uploading is not allowed), except for photos uploaded between 1 Jun 2019 and 16 Jun 2019, which are 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 photographer, another person, an agency or company, etc., are not eligible.
  • Pornographic images and videos are not accepted in this contest.

Judging criteria[edit]

The judging will be done by a panel of international Wikipedians, professional photographers and subject specialists, based on thumb rules of photography[clarification needed] 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.


Prizes will be disbursed from Wikimedia New York City in the US via wire transfer – if this cannot be done, we will attempt to give the prize equivalent through another legal means if possible. This may not be possible in some jurisdictions.

Board members or officers of Wikimedia New York City are not eligible to win prizes.


To add an image to this contest click on the upload button below.

Source attribution of text on this page: Commons:Wiki Loves Love 2019/Rules