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The purpose of this page is to propose and discuss future themes of Commons:Photo challenge. Each month, when choosing new themes, the organizers will look here for proposals, usually with the highest level of support.

  • Before proposing a new theme, take a look in the archives to get a general idea of what kind of proposals were successful before. If scheduled at enough distance, new proposals can also be similar to already used themes, or to previously rejected themes.
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Arthropods (other than insects)[edit]

Same as Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - September - Arthropods. It's a topic that will be worth to repeat.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as submitter; wait until at least 2019-10 so it's not too close to the insects challenge. – b_jonas 12:47, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Baby related equipment[edit]

See Category:Baby-related equipment. Proposed by Alexmar983

We can do better. Few pictures have a high definition, for example. Compared to other categories, images from museums or archives are more than usual, basically because we lack some pictures of current equipment, at least pictures centered on the equipment, not on the baby using it. I guess that people prefer to take pictures of their children than of the baby-related objects they use, that's where the "gap" comes from.

So there's a lot to improve: strollers, baby carriages, cribs, walkers, bassinets, high chairs, playpens, feeding bottles, baby slings...

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:16, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Ibex73 (talk) 05:53, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support not especially thrilling at first sight, but let's see what people make of it. A solid, straight-forward theme that would make sense to run along something more fancy that might not be for everyone. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
I kinda agree, but maybe in the end it is not so "easy" as it looks like.. who knows.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:35, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 12:35, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose nope --Trougnouf (talk) 19:13, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment seems like it would turn into a product catalog... — Rhododendrites talk |  15:32, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose quite difficult if you don't know any babies, and there'd be too many pictures of moulded plastic --Shillings1005 (talk) 13:30, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Coats of arms[edit]

It was: flags and coat of arms Proposed by Alexmar983

We have many drawings or schemes, but seeing the symbol in its environment makes it more "real".--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment What is it: Flags or COA's? This is 2 challenges in 1. To make it a real challenge, maybe it should be "COA on flags". --P 1 9 9   14:11, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

COAs existed before flags, but it is more a continuum. In many countries of the "third world" COAs are less common, and I wanted a theme sufficiently global. To me they don't sound too different but you can propose to split it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:37, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:39, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Now that we currently have two-months challenge, I reshape this proposal as just "coat of arms". Flags are common, so it is not my main target of the two. This way is closer to a classical "architectural" challenge. Coat of arms are often like obelisks or balconies or similar, a detail.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:27, 13 February 2017 (UTC)


Dawn is my favourite moment of the day and it would be fine if we could do a photo challenge about it.

—Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:B07:A14:AF3:959C:3263:FCE4:A05B (talk) 10:29, 7 August 2018 (UTC)


This can include any type of dogs

--Aliens-birthday (talk) 18:15, 28 December 2018 (UTC) Aliens-birthday (talk) 22:26, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg CommentScheinbar habe ich das alles falsch verstanden. Ich habe geglaubt die user sollen hier verschiedene Themen für den Fotowettbewerb posten. Aber es wird ja da schon genörgelt, wenn man ein Thema angibt und einige Fotos dazustellt. --Aliens-birthday (talk) 12:51, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I don't think it's much of a challenge to me. And there's already a lot of good pictures of dogs on Commons. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 20:03, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Doors and Doorways[edit]

From wood, glass, metal or whatever material, unique, ornate, or different doors or doorways are found on many different buildings or structures. (Z28scrambler (talk) 23:11, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

Symbol support vote.svg Support We did mailboxes, we will make balconies or keyholes probably and we can make doors. I put some other examples.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:47, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

What about details of doors in the gallery?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:48, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support There is significant diversity of doors around the world. Jsamwrites (talk) 06:12, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ermell (talk) 21:00, 29 November 2017 (UTC) Symbol support vote.svg Support --El Grafo (talk) 10:01, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Finderhannes (talk) 19:41, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I used to be reluctant in supporting the topics that I photograph too, because of conflict of interest, but in retrospect, that's probably not a good strategy. I'll start to support them now, I can still skip nominating my photos. – b_jonas 10:12, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • I added two more photos of church doors. – b_jonas 01:04, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Earth Science[edit]

Earth Science

English: Field images and conceptual cartoons that show atmospheric/environmental/geological/geodynamic processes that shape the Earth at any spatial or time scales. Geotagged field photographs of scientifically significant landscapes or outcrops are particularly welcome. This call aims at bringing the recent en:Wiki Loves Earth contest closer to the scientific community in the Wikimedia projects.

Proposed by user:Gaianauta

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Very appropriate, the Earth Sciences are very disadvantaged but there are many good images in Commons. --PePeEfe (talk) 18:12, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support useful.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:54, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • strong Symbol support vote.svg Support, but minus the cartoons (photo challenge). --El Grafo (talk) 14:18, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support very useful, either pictures of outcrops and field details, either of thin sections--Bramfab (talk) 15:32, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info I've added some quick examples, please feel free to replace them with better ones. --El Grafo (talk) 16:04, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I think Colin has a point here. The scope of this theme is extremely broad, it might backfire. Maybe cut it down into several smaller but better defined challenges? --El Grafo (talk) 15:40, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support would be very interesting, maybe smaller (outcrops or geotopes or sources or spings or erosion) --Geolina mente et malleo 13:50, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:43, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Interesting and not too specific. Rozmador (talk) 21:48, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
well, we agreed it was too specific so that's not something we can work on.--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:27, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Very useful. Trace (talk) 09:09, 2 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

How to[edit]

So I suppose we should make a list of the similar proposals and do at least 4-5 of those competitions over the following months before we file this one in the archive right? --Alexmar983 (talk) 11:17, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Similar competitions are:

I think that as soon as we (=I?) put some old proposals in the archive, I could introduce something new like "Mines, sinkholes and caves". And later something like "coastlines and seashores", "fossils and sediments" "Canyons and gorges"... what do you think? Do we have to be even more specific?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:34, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

You do not have to put old proposals in the archive to propose new ones. But I agree we might have to shelf this one and do several narrower ones. All that you suggested sound good. --Jarekt (talk) 02:35, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
I don't but I kinda prefer. Of course, if you want to propose them before I do, help yourself.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:30, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
I moved them here as subsections.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:33, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Fossils and Sediments[edit]

Fossils and Sediments Proposed as part of Commons_talk:Photo_challenge/themes#Earth_Science--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:35, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment FYI, we had already "fossils" in a past challenge.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:37, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:35, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose in this form, as we had "fossils" not too long ago. --El Grafo (talk) 13:01, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
well, it was years ago if I remember correctly. But we'll see the other comments. By the time we decide, maybe it is even more time.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:50, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Canyons and gorges[edit]

Canyons and gorges ; proposed by Alexmar983

See the category

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Jarekt (talk) 15:35, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like the idea. It would get me and I would think others out of my area and go exploring. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:50, 24 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Eye Care[edit]

See this Photo competition for exampels and hashtag "#EyeCareForAll".

  • Eye Care
  • photo-document the impact of eye health in people’s lives
proposed by --Atamari (talk) 08:51, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I proposed something similar for teeth, but the two ideas were not related. if both are accepted this should be done first of course, and they should be distantly scheduled (at least 3-4 months)--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:30, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. --P 1 9 9   12:44, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I cannot contribute anything myself to this topic, but there should be more often such specialized topics far away from mainstream. Quantity alone is not everything which counts.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:42, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Now that we have three supports and it is getting possible to be selected in the next months, I inform you that World Sight Day is usually held on the second Thursday of October. Google it yourself. So we can schedule this one in October. Also, I was thinking to suggest a theme about handicap but we can enlarge this to blindness (adding such examples in the gallery). Let's wait for more comments.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:15, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:57, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

So can I enlarge it to "eye care and blindness"? Put some pictures of blind people too? BTW 99% this is going to be selected for the next month.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:34, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Fashion Jewellery[edit]

While commons holds quite a lot of pictures of jewellery in general, most of it is either of precious materials or historic importance. The stuff most people wear in everyday life is not well documented, the Category:Costume jewellery could hold a lot more images of good quality. Most of the non-precious, non-historic jewellery we have is uploaded with information about the manufacturer and comes close to promotional content. Taking pictures of the stuff you have at home or that is sold near you would be easy, as can be seen in the subcategories from Ghana and Mexico it also has a nice cultural angle.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kritzolina (talk • contribs) 15:57, 12 December 2018‎ (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per Commons:Copyright_rules_by_subject_matter#Jewelry: pretty much any piece of jewellery you can buy will be subject to copyright in most countries. Photographing them would create unauthorized derivative works = copyright violations. In the end, we'd have to delete most of the uploads. --El Grafo (talk) 11:12, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Fires, flames and sparks in science and technology[edit]

"Fire" was consdered too generic so it was archived as rejected. We had one about firefighters, too. So no more images of "fires". I try, as previously suggested, to reuse the idea in this more specific proposal. We always need more technical images, so that's a possibility.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:55, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:38, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

I am sorry because i think it is a useful and challenging (but not so rare) theme, but no other support showed up in months. Let's wait a little bit more.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:01, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Maybe add "sparks" for welding, steel cutting etc? --El Grafo (talk) 13:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Sure El Grafo, I do that soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:55, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Done.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:16, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

FYI wiki loves science is in November so this shouldn't be selected soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:09, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support That's a pretty cool topic --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 20:07, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support This one makes me think. That's usually a good thing. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:51, 24 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support // Zquid (talk) 14:20, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Fishing and Aquaculture[edit]

it was originally: Fishing (Angling) With hands, hooks, poles, rods, reels, nets, and line there are many varied and interesting ways for one of human-kinds oldest way to obtain food. Fishing can be done in all seasons worldwide. Include photos of people fishing for sport or necessity or fishing equipment, lures, rods, reels, etc..

Symbol support vote.svg Support Ok, I tried to avoid in the gallery the use of images of "people" and "fish" and "boats", but after a survey I agree that we do need good technical pictures. Too many photos have low resolution, for example. And challenges about professions and food didn't get many pictures of this type so far.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:59, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:38, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • "nets" (April 2017) is 30% about fishing nets, so if it increases its support, let's schedule this one far away in any case.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:47, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

What about "Aquaculture"? We could including in the title. If you agree. i could merge it with a new challenge but we already had "food production and processing" and it wasn't very successful (too much "cooking"-oriented, IMHO). So maybe I can rename this one "fishing and aquaculture"... I think they are still closely related. --Alexmar983 (talk) 14:13, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

I will change the title in the next weeks, ok?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:03, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Done! Here is the new gallery--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:02, 8 September 2017 (UTC)


– Proposed as "Bananas" by Shillings1005 (talk) 07:47, 28 February 2019 (UTC), thinking along the lines of "The Ubiquitous Banana". Bananas grow in one place, but are eaten by everybody everywhere. There’s a big industry involved in growing and distributing them around the world. It would be nice to have more pictures of banana cookery/preparations, too.

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Why specifically bananas, and not other fruit? --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:52, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
    • Faced with a lot of spare bananas one day, I was just wondering what other people do with their bananas. But I think “Fruit” is a better theme. So I've changed my proposal. It overlaps with Harvest, but only slightly. – Shillings1005 (talk) 07:07, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

Fruit, vegetable and cereals harvesting[edit]

Photos of the process of gathering a ripe crop, Proposed by Fauvirt (talk) 23:20, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 12:07, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but please call it just “crop harvesting” or “harvest”, to include plants that are neither fruits nor vegetables nor cereals, such as cotton or sunflower. – b_jonas 02:11, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support if named “crop harvesting” or “harvest” as proposed above. --El Grafo (talk) 14:18, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like “harvest” better as well. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 22:44, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Yes, just "harvest". – Shillings1005 (talk) 03:59, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I still think it's not supposed to be restricted to just fruit, vegetable and cereals, so I added a cotton harvest photo. That makes it more interesting too, since I live in the old world and I see cereal and sunflower fields, vineyards and fruit orchards all the time, but not cotton seeds. – b_jonas 00:52, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Wrecks and wreckage (was Grounded Ships)[edit]

Photos of ships or large boats that have been permanently grounded either by nature or man. (Z28scrambler (talk) 22:38, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

Can we enlarge it somehow? I have fear it is too specific.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:58, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support – If it could be expanded to, say, "Wrecks and wreckage". That would provide more opportunities. I added some images. – Shillings1005 (talk) 04:56, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 00:48, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

High-dynamic-range imaging[edit]

High-dynamic-range imaging

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as a proposer --Jarekt (talk) 15:41, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I am usually neutral about "technical" challenge but I like the pictures I see in the gallery, I want more of them.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:31, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support LotharHakelberg (talk) 03:25, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose This topic will bring us some brilliant pictures, but also many HDR exaggerations, probably only a few of them will have encyclopedic value--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:00, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
    • KaiBorgeest, that's not really true any more. HDR is absolutely standard practice for large interior photography and night photography: a significant portion of featured pictures are HDR. -- Colin (talk) 09:45, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support though may be hard to dell from a JPG whether the image used HDR techniques. -- Colin (talk) 09:45, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
    • Colin, sometimes I use it myself, e.g. to fill up a hard shadow. But in all these cases including the good examples above, HDR is not the content, but just a tool. If we want to encourage more photos of the kind above, it is - in my opinion - a good idea to propose a motif topic which may benefit from HDR. For example 'large interior photography'.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 20:17, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
      • KaiBorgeest, well it might be an idea, if this challenge runs, to offer suggestions like that, so people know what might be worth trying. I think part of the photo challenge is to encourage photographers to try new techniques, not just to spark creative ideas about what to photograph. If we just suggested the 'large interior photography' then it wouldn't obviously encourage anyone to try the technique. -- Colin (talk) 07:23, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support It may lean towards the artistic side but I still think it's a cool topic. Its another one that forces you to work on something you might not normally do. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:53, 24 October 2018 (UTC)


Horses (equestrian sport, riding school, wild horses, carriage/farm horses); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 21:19, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support ok but not too close to other animal-related challenge.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:29, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:40, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Kritzolina (talk) 07:49, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

This look a little bit neglected. Can some stranger leave a recent comment on this one? We can use it as a next "natural" theme if we increase its support a little.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:00, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

@Alexmar983 I added two new images. Is that enough for a comment? – b_jonas 14:08, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
b_jonas if you add a "favorable" too, people will now better when it's up to quickly evaluate. Besides specific circumstances most of the requests are considered for approval when they have more than 4 or 5 votes, in my experience.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:13, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral ok, I'll explicitly vote abstain then. – b_jonas 14:16, 31 July 2017 (UTC)


Insect macro photography.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:03, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support The non-insect arthropod challenge was fine, so this will work too. – b_jonas 12:47, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support But to make it different from the past non-insect arthropods challenge, we should really limit it to actual insects. I've thus removed two sample images from the list, as they showed spiders. I guess the challenge description should have some information on what is an insect (as opposed to spiders, scorpions, centipedes etc.) – something along the lines of "must have 6 legs" … I think we should also require the subjects to be determined down to at least genus level. --El Grafo (talk) 10:16, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes, should include only insects, not other animals. No, I don't think we should require determining the subjects to the genus level. Insects are very varied, you can't expect submitters to be expert entomologists. Also, requiring identification would cause people to mostly submit photos of common insects, but photos of rarer insects are more variable. I added more pictures. It's easy: we have lots of good arthropod pictures, but need more, and will always need more. The topic is repeatable. – b_jonas 01:53, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Shillings1005 (talk) 13:58, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Interior clock[edit]

All sorts of interior clocks Proposed by Ibex73 (talk) 15:34, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral Eww. I personally hate these things, so I won't slap a support stamp here. But they're important for Commons scope, in the sense that we'd better photograph them all now before they all get thrown away in favor of cheaper modern clocks. – b_jonas 01:58, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Finderhannes (talk) 13:00, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Changing my vote to support, since I saw in the museum how hard it is to get good photographs of this. – b_jonas 10:44, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Keyholes and key switches[edit]

See Category:Keyholes. We have some nice images, but not a lot of them. It could be interesting, because you can find some of them around but it is not easy to create a nice, creative, image. This could maybe inspire to look for unusual example. I added "key switches" in the title because they are a subcategory and we really need something better specifically in that direction. Keys are possible in the pictures but they should not be the main focus. (I think this was proposed by me, sorry if the signature is missing--Alexmar983 (talk) 19:56, 15 April 2019 (UTC))

Long exposure photography[edit]

Star trails, Car long exposure, People disappearing by long exposure, etc.

This proposal was here already in October 2015. I am neutral with "technical" challenges but I suggest that whoever agrees should show up his/her support. Otherwise this can be put in the archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:12, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

anyone? Say something!--Alexmar983 (talk) 22:26, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
We had "Long exposure photography" in April 2016, BTW...--Alexmar983 (talk) 21:26, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --ComputerHotline (talk) 06:38, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Why not do it again this time? I am a fan of long exposure photography. -- Poké95 05:10, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
"again" is not an issue (see the fossils challange), although a small variation of the theme could be a nice idea, if you can suggest some. Generally speaking, of course. Again I have no specific idea in these cases, my main goal is "missing stuff"--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:17, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:43, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose --We should not repeat the same topic in such short intervals. --KaiBorgeest (talk) 21:57, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
I suspect that this selection process usually consider one year a fair interval for an almost identical theme. BTW with three "supports" this can still take a while usually to be selected. So I don't think there is a "practical" issue here.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:33, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Any new comments on this one? it's been a while.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:00, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Pictogram voting question-blue.svg Request Maybe make it more challenging? For example, long exposure beyond 30 seconds or long exposure photos of water. --- [Tycho] talk 10:33, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support We don't have huge numbers of good-quality long-exposure images. I don't think we need to make this one harder; the exposure length should be based on the needs of the subject, and not be arbitrarily restricted. MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:29, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I think this is worth a go. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 22:46, 31 October 2018 (UTC)


I think it is ok to play with specific themes with potentially vague outputs. And expensive stuff is usually more interesting than normal stuff, but we can make more proposal for those too, later. in any case, I am quite sure it is challenging.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:07, 23 July 2017 (UTC)


We had "reflections" last year. This is overlapping a little bit but you can focus on the mirror or on what is reflected inside. So even if it falls in that category, it is not a theme totally focused on "objects". We have enough images of different mirrors so I hope it is encouraging original composition or the depiction of particular mirrors. Also, most of the images are not great they can be better, IMHO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:43, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - very good. BD2412 T 10:38, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Yes, this would allow interesting compositions, so it is a worthy photo challenge. – b_jonas 09:14, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)



One of the oldest and most simplest forms of monuments. Located worldwide in cemeteries, memorial parks and public places. They come in all sizes, but only one shape.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support ok, obelisks are more or less like sundials or clocks on public buildings. I support this one for the same reasons I have supported those proposals.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:54, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Nicholas Gemini (talk) 19:45, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:25, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Fauvirt (talk) 09:21, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Parliaments and legislative buildings[edit]

Proposed by ArionEstar

"legislative" means also regional chambers in many countries. That is good, even better considering almost all the national parliaments have been described, although I am sorry for Russian and French people, I don't think their countries have a strong legislative autonomy at the moment. Let's be sure to include ancient Parliaments in the gallery. With ancient and regional parliaments, it is probably better.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:21, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment How small of a unit of government will be ok for this challenge? Will this include town councils? There is another proposal for "Town halls (city halls)". The two topics would overlap. If this topic is limited to only national governments and the unit below the national government (eg. state, province, territory), it may be difficult for some to participate because of the long distance needed to travel. For example, for me it would be a four-hour drive (275mi/450km) each way to travel from Central Florida (a region home to about 5 million people) to the state capitol in Tallahassee; from the state's most populous region around Miami, it would be a seven hour drive each way (480mi/775km)! There is a similarly large distance from southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) to that state's capitol in Sacramento. For that reason, I think that the two topics should be merged into one—"Legislative buildings"—that includes national (eg. parliaments), regional, and municipal (eg. town halls) legislative buildings. AHeneen (talk) 00:13, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
Town halls are not "legislative buildings" in many areas . It is a subtle definition, in some countries only the central state has a legislative power, local unities can make decrees or local ordinances. For example in Italy Tuscany has a legislative assembly, in France Corse does not. We have to find some fitting definition. In any case, i feel that a merge could also work, we can't just ask people to know which building is of a local executive or a local legislative or a low-level local administrative branch... any ideas?--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:41, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 02:17, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Trougnouf (talk) 19:18, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question This is only the buildings of national parliaments, or even buildings of local institutions (for example: buildings where there are governments offices of a city, of a province or a region of a state)? --Nicholas Gemini (talk) 09:50, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Police vehicles[edit]

Police Vehicles ; proposed by Ibex73 (talk) 15:41, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

I fixed the gallery, but we have a lot of those pictures.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:55, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:52, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

I suspect this is not accepted with no support in half a year. Any comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:55, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

I put it in the archive soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:31, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Too specific, maybe. Before I put in the archive, any last suggestion for a broader theme? Like "Public safety" vehicles?--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:37, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

Public appearances of public sphere[edit]

Photos of act of performing or participating in a public event (television appearances, speeches, political activities, performances etc.) from employees of the public sphere, celebrities. Fauvirt (talk) 19:32, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Rainwater drainage[edit]

Anything that directs the flow of precipitation: channels, canals, gutters, drains, ditches, etc. -- Shillings1005 (talk) 23:17, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Religious symbols[edit]

Crosses (wayside cross, summit cross,...); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Can we broaden this to religious symbols generally? Otherwise, it seems to display favoritism to one group. BD2412 T 17:57, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes, we can IMHO. --F. Riedelio (talk) 10:43, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I will update the proposal accordingly. Cheers! BD2412 T 15:43, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Runs the risk of partisan uploading and voting. I have less faith in the scope of our contributors L-Bit (talk) 03:26, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Will turn into war of religion and Wikipedia doesn't have to promote cults Jiel (talk) 21:47, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment ok we can file "crosses" in the archive and reshape the proposal as "religious symbols", but I hope that would not be controversial as well... I mean LGBT is controversial for some cultures, yet we had proposed it if I remember.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:42, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Religious symbols

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - we have had many contests before where religious structures or images were included in the entries, and this has yet to lead to a "war of religion". BD2412 T 14:59, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I've tried to recreate a gallery with specific religious symbols, not just scenes of religious practices.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:56, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:40, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Any new comments to finalize this proposal?--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:34, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I don't find this theme interesting enough. Forty new photos of crucifixes and two holy trinity columns would be rather boring to look at. – b_jonas 14:23, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
like forty new photos of sundials, or clocks on public buildings... plus it is not even those two options, we would have many different types of symbols. It's always like that when you suggest a theme about religion, people have more worries than usual, IMHO.
In any case if after so many months this proposal it's stuck, let's remove it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:05, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
I put in the archive soon. very ironic to look at BTW after so many months... "crosses?" "no! only crosses, not good!" "religious symbols?" "still too many crosses"... Is "crossphobia" a word? It should be IMHO :D--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:41, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Rural decay[edit]

Manmade structures in rural settings that are falling apart, decaying, rotting, have flaking paint, etc; generally caused by people leaving rural areas for urban and suburban areas and/or population decline but could also be simple neglect. I'm thinking this should be limited to places like farms, meadows, wooded areas, and small villages but not things like abandoned ancient stone ruins. --- Proposed by PumpkinSky talk 14:40, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

We can do this as well. In these last months, we are really pushing a lot of decaying or rotten "stuff". We have to start to pick one of the other "similar" ideas soon, or it will take ages to schedule them all, given a decent time to avoid overlap.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:03, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

The proposed theme above "Destroyed and disappeared places and buildings" is in line with what I referred to as "abandoned and ancient ruins". That's the only similar pending theme I find. For themes already used, I found "100 years later" and "Mother Nature strikes back", both from back in late 2015. PumpkinSky talk 15:21, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
I was referring to "corroded objects" too. And I also proposed broken stuff, which created no reaction. There is also "archeological sites", so you see we are really pushing in that direction from different perspectives. We can approve them all, we simply should dilute them a little bit.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:36, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --El Grafo (talk) 10:25, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --OKJaguar (talk) I would support this theme since abandoned structures and entire "ghost towns" are sadly not uncommon around where I live. 29 December 2018 (UTC)
added a pic. OKJaguar (talk) 22
41, 11 January 2019 (UTC)


See the Stationery category, proposed by Alexmar983.

They are everywhere but we don't have a lot of nice pictures of these items. Japan is fine, but the rest of the world is not. As an "object-oriented" challenge it could be interesting.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:48, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Noone? So hard with objects!--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:53, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support not especially thrilling at first sight, but let's see what people make of it. A solid, straight-forward theme that would make sense to run along something more fancy that might not be for everyone. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:30, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. There is a need for some much higher-quality pictures in this area. MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:08, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 16:42, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Street art[edit]

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Other terms for this type of art include "independent public art", "post-graffiti", and "neo-graffiti", and is closely related with urban art and guerrilla art.

Alternatively we could do Public art to allow for sanctioned work and avoid disambiguation.

See also: Category:Street art

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I like public art in general, but I think it's too wide for a challenge. – b_jonas 10:45, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support kuckt an die Wände --Finderhannes (talk) 14:28, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Would be impossible for people in a majority of countries to participate due to COM:FOP. "Public art" could work, as there's always old sculptures to photograph. -- King of ♠ 23:14, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Top views of vehicles[edit]

Top views of vehicles. Prefer views looking directly downwards, i.e. plan views. We currently have very, very few photos of cars directly from above (most of the photos in Category:Top views of automobiles are not true top views, but are taken at an angle from the side). The top view, or plan view, is said to be one of the best for appreciating a car's design. We also have few top views of watercraft, and no top views of trains. Top views of aircraft are the most common, but having more would always be nice. Proposed by dllu (t,c) 02:25, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Wow, good out of the box idea. Let's do this. It isn't even too hard. What with all the highway bridges with pedestrian access, I have taken photographs from them too. – b_jonas 10:47, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support nice theme, like "blueprint come true", it has engineering and beauty. --Lacrymocéphale (talk) 22:30, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support why not.--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:16, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support eine Herausforderung, cool--Finderhannes (talk) 14:25, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose – realistically… photos looking down from overpasses at random vehicles, leaning out of high buildings (endangering life and limb and photographic equipment), for photos that will be not-quite-plan views? Why? I ask politely. This gallery shows points of view impossible for many photographers. – Shillings1005 (talk) 09:35, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
@Shillings1005: We could definitely safely take pictures of the tops of vehicles while standing on bridges, balconies, or aerial photography taken with a drone. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:54, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
I forgot about drones, and how common they’re becoming. All the same, it’s one of the more exclusive themes being suggested. I suppose it’ll be okay, if it’s paired up with an easier one. – Shillings1005 (talk) 07:18, 5 April 2019 (UTC)


Symbol support vote.svg Support as original proposer. We have very few good images of trampolines, so much that I find it hard to get good example images. A reason why they're worth documenting is that they're locale-dependent: in Sweden I've seen a trampoline in the garden of every other house, whereas in Hungary you can basically only find some in amusement parks and amusement fairs. (That said, there's a set in Budapest Városliget that I should take a photo of.)

If you find it too narrow, then include Category:Bouncing castles too.

May need a copy of the warning about identifiable persons from Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - April - Children playing. – b_jonas 14:51, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Personally, I'd include the bouncing castles too.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:08, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral Trampolines seem to me like luxury items common in some countries, but possibly rare in others. --Jarekt (talk) 12:00, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
In some rich areas people don't have them in any case. many people would call them "un'americanata" in Italy and never buy them, so it is not even about the luxury. In any case, we could add other similar items used for safety, like the jumping sheets. --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:37, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm making a separate gallery of bouncy castles. Mix it in if you decide to add them to the challenge. We have much more pictures of those, although not many good quality pictures. Could someone find example photos of inflated bouncy pads floating on a lake and add it to the gallery please? – b_jonas 23:55, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Trees and forests[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as a proposer --Jarekt (talk) 12:14, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 15:37, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:38, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nxr-at (talk) 11:02, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I think there is potential here for at least two separate challenges. I would divide it into "Lonely Trees" (which is a cliché on its own) and "Forests". Photographically, these are two very different things, requiring very different approaches. --El Grafo (talk) 15:30, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
I like that idea. Maybe when we do it we will constraint the challenge to one of those two. --Jarekt (talk) 16:28, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support El Grafo's idea, pick one or the other and then save the other one for maybe a year later. -- King of ♠ 23:16, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Water Sports[edit]

Skiing, power boats/ power boat racing, , swimming, diving any water sport where water is the playing field.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support compared to other areas, lots of pictures have relatively low quality. It could be useful.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:12, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 04:13, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 17:06, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 12:35, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment this will wait till next spring, probably.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:06, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Weathercocks and Tower roosters[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Why not ? Musicaline (talk) 09:01, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I wanted to propose this last year, maybe I forgot. Nice idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:05, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info The title doesn't work for the UK. In British English we would usually call them 'weather vanes" MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:32, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info I suggest to broaden the scope to all sort of things mounted on the roof top including finials and fancy local architectural features like guckehürle. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:55, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Ibex73 (talk) 15:41, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Working women[edit]

For the next upcoming VisibleWikiwoman campaign I would suggest to do a more focused challenge here. I think showing women at their work would open the chance of getting good pictures of notable women in the science world or female politicians. At the same time we would have a chance to collect more pictures of female professionals to illustrate articles about professions. I am not set on the theme of working women, I could also imagine Women in Sports, or Women in Sciences, or something similar. But it would be good to be prepared, the next campaign is also being prepared elsewhere.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Kritzolina (talk • contribs) 23:13, 14 December 2018‎ (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support working women sounds like a good idea for March 2019! Seeeko (talk) 17:39, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Really good and useful idea! We need more diverse images of women, and at the same time, women images illustrating articles about professions. Señoritaleona (talk) 15:26, 18 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 20:29, 28 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:15, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support ...and it don't have to be in March... :-) // Zquid (talk) 14:26, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Places of Worship[edit]

Goodmorning everyone! I would like to propose (I do not know if it has already been proposed) to make a theme on places of worship, of any religion or of a specific religion.--Nicholas Gemini (talk) 18:29, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I think there are already many quality pictures of churches, temples, and other places of worship. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:56, 1 April 2019 (UTC)