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Themes suggested at Commons talk:Photo challenge/themes that were used in a photo challenge.
The winners can be found at Commons:Photo challenge/Previous.



Airplanes, helicopters, balloons, zeppelins, hang glider, paragliders, etc.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:13, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 17:02, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:30, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment if this is about vehicles only, is suggest simply calling it aircraft, as that's the general term for them all. If it's about air transport in general, it would need some other examples of e.g. control towers, runways etc. --El Grafo (talk) 13:50, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
I am more for "aircraft". I wanted to propose one about "airports" so I am fine if we focus on the "infrastructure" theme later.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:07, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
Maybe we could/should also make a distinction between aircrafts with some sort of engine and those who rely on wind. I am not really an expert here... whoever is please let us know if it sound too "miscellaneous".--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:28, 29 March 2017 (UTC)
I would rather have a broad theme. It is hard enough for me to take any decent photographs of aircrafts. --Jarekt (talk) 17:28, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
I agree, let's not make it overly complicated. --El Grafo (talk) 15:19, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

Analog photography I: Analog photography equipment[edit]

Symbol support vote.svg Support--Jarekt (talk) 11:49, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in April 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:42, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Arachnids and crustaceans (or, more general, arthropods other than insects)[edit]

I propose this because arachnids are with us everywhere on land. I know we already have lots of photos of them, as the above list of picture of the year candidates show, but it's a big enough theme that more of them can't hurt. – b_jonas 13:53, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea - Jiel (talk) 21:38, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - MPF (talk) 12:49, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Might want to give some advice on how to easily distinguish them from insects, though – does the "more than 6 legs" rule of thumb apply to crustaceans? Also, I think I'd prefer arthropods other than insects, as that would include en:Myriapoda as well. --El Grafo (talk) 13:08, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:39, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support on of the next one to approve, no doubt.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:55, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

FYI, I've also informed the village pump of wikispecies. I see some of uploaders don't know the name of the species they're submitting, so every help is welcome for better titles and descriptions.--Alexmar983 (talk) 20:24, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

✓ Used in September 2016 --Alexmar983 (talk) 01:15, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Architectural Iron[edit]

Iron fences, finials, hand rails, window bars; any unique and interesting photos of iron made for architectural design and or usage. No statues. (Z28scrambler (talk) 22:54, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I see no problem with that.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:16, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
I add a gallery. IMHO, this theme should be proposed only after the one about balconies, and distant from that one about doors.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:28, 15 July 2017 (UTC)


Old sites, excavations, ruins, archeological parcs.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:43, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support That is a very good idea. --Jarekt (talk) 16:47, 26 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:10, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like it very much. specially in view of Timbuktu etc. Levin Holtkamp (talk) 12:24, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:15, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ermell (talk) 20:55, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --- [Tycho] talk 22:13, 14 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ruthven (msg) 13:00, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Used for Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - February - Archaeology --Jarekt (talk) 03:52, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Bad weather[edit]

English: Bad weather: Pick a day where you normally wouldn't go outside unless you really had to. Grab whatever camera you dare to take and head out to snap some pictures anyway. Raining cats and dogs? That's your day. Fog so thick you won't notice the difference between color and black&white? Bingo. Wind so strong your tripod would tip over? Guess you'll have to shoot handheld. Rules: Sky must be overcast (flat light), no "sun peaking through the clouds", no "glistening water droplets after the rain", no sunsets, no rainbows etc. Also no "long exposures of lightning in the distance at night", that's much too beautiful. This is about adjectives like ugly, cold and wet after all.
Deutsch: Sauwetter: Such dir einen Tag aus, an dem du normalerweise keinen Fuß vor die Tür setzen würdest. Schnapp dir, was auch immer du dich an Kamera mitzunehmen traust und geht trotzdem los. Es schüttet wie aus Kübeln? Das ist dein Tag. Du siehst vor lauter Nebel kaum die Hand vor Augen? Bingo. Der Wind ist so stark, dass er dein Stativ umblasen würde? Schieß halt aus der Hüfte. Regeln: Der Himmel muss vollständig bedeckt sein, keine Bilder à la "einzelner Sonnenstrahl durchdringt die Wolken" oder "glitzernde Wassertropfen nach dem Regen", keine Sonnenaufgänge, Regenbogen, etc. Auch keine Lanzeitaufnahmen von Blitzen bei Nacht, das wäre viel zu hübsch. Hier geht's um Adjektive wie garstig, kalt und nass.
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info Just in case it's not obvious: This is of course intended to be a theme for taking new pictures, not uploading stuff from your archive. It's a challenge after all ;-) --El Grafo (talk) 12:48, 29 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting question-blue.svg Request It has been pointed out that this challenge will need carefully translated descriptions, so if you're able to translate it into any language, please don't hesitate to do so. --El Grafo (talk) 14:07, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

✓ Used in December 2014 --Anna reg (talk) 14:37, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Back side[edit]

Take a picture of the back side of things, the side you normally do not see. I am thinking of the backside of paintings, the backside of houses, the backside of chairs, the underside of tables, the backside of your TV, the backside (inner side) of clothing. Most pictures here are beautiful, but the information on the backside often will be relevant.

I do not know if I have to sign this suggestion, but for reference: Elly (talk) 00:13, 23 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support great idea, Elly! I tried to find some example images, please feel free to enhance the gallery. --El Grafo (talk) 14:03, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ivan2010 12:51, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support great idea, it stimulates a different perspective.--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:32, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support You have my support. Of course, expect me to photograph the rear of buses for this. :D 00Rsrikanth05 (talk) 09:58, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Useful for complete documentation of objects. BD2412 T 16:58, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Slick (talk) 04:27, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in April 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:42, 9 April 2015 (UTC)


See Category:Balconies. Proposed by Alexmar983

Many of the images in the category are not great. We can do better. It's important that users learn to focus on good pictures of details, and balconies are a possible example.

Noone? Maybe balconies are boring...--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:04, 21 February 2017 (UTC)


Barns are usually used in agriculture and farming for storage. They are located worldwide. Some barns have unique paint schemes or are located in very remote and picturesque settings. Some though may be located in urban or cityscape settings.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support good educational value - MPF (talk) 14:04, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I agree.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:26, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
horse barns? monastic barns? Maybe we can call it "barns and stables", so people can go and shot at both in many places? In small farms they are a single structure sometimes--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:53, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:15, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --ibex73 20:15, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Reminds people of the olden days--York12321 10:57, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ivan2010 (talk) 19:55, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

✓ Used in February 2017

Bathrooms and toilets[edit]

Believe or not, that's challenging and maybe even necessary. Open the page Bathroom and take a look... most of the images used for the galleries have low resolution. I don't think we have a lot of high quality images of this topic. I can understand that there is always something more interesting than them around... but in the final result is that in the end most of our pictures in the subcategories are of poor quality.

I think the result would be useful and probably with some rare, funny, technical or unexpected output.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:29, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral I agree with the justification that it's necessary, but it seems to me like we already have a lot of decent pictures about bathrooms. – b_jonas 16:26, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ibex73 (talk) 15:53, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Definitely, we need more higher quality, unique, and interesting pictures of bathrooms and toilets. Even though there are so many pictures of toilets and etcetera, we need better pictures. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 22:13, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Yes! The world has so much variety that needs documentation. --Trougnouf (talk) 19:14, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Finderhannes (talk) 19:38, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Too much pictures don't harm anyone. It's good to have more options but I think we should vote very carefully because so it's easier for the admin to prioritize and the process is faster as we need more theme and more pictures on this platform. 13:29, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Added a few more exterior pictures of public toilets to the samples, to make the theme more accessible for people like me who don't like taking photos inside a public bathroom. Also added some other interesting pictures. I commented out one photo that seemed redundant, but if you think it should be there, be bold. – b_jonas 19:34, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - January - Bathrooms

Black and White[edit]

Symbol support vote.svg Support -- ChristianFerrer 16:47, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --El Grafo (talk) 17:35, 29 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support very "classical"--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:27, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in March 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)


Originally: Razors From the safety razors of XX century to now. But ancient razor too; maybe a lot will be Gillette --Assianir (talk) 09:56, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support the idea of razors. if anyone thinks is too specific, we can enlarge the theme. --Alexmar983 (talk) 10:44, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but I would widen it to knives, swords, etc. --Jarekt (talk) 15:57, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
So "blade, knifes, swords and razors"... does any en-N have a more fitting title?--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:33, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
"Blades" might be the most generic. --Jarekt (talk) 17:34, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Any comments after the change?--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:52, 12 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)
  • Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question The example images show old tools. Is this the intention, or do you want to cover modern bladed tools too? – b_jonas 12:30, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
There was no intention b_jonas, you can change the gallery if you want.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:24, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
Probably all types of blades, there is an image of a modern box cutter and blender blade --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 15:25, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg OpposeShillings1005 (talk) 03:23, 28 February 2019 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - March - Blades

Caves, mines and sinkholes[edit]

As a spin off of Commons_talk:Photo_challenge/themes#Earth_Science, I think we can propose some new themes related to the subject. I suggest here a single competition for natural and artificial structures because territories may be very different around the world and this increases the chances that everyone has something to shoot at. We can split them further if you prefer.but in the end we will have overlapping themes soon or later, so I don't think we should worry to be too specific at every competition. --Alexmar983 (talk) 06:56, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:25, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but maybe consider restricting the mining part to en:Underground_mining or split it off into a separate mining theme? --El Grafo (talk) 13:00, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
can't we just do this and than suggest the specific mining part after a while? in the end, we kinda repropose themes, we just merge or split or enlarge them, it's how this page seems to work. I have no problem, if a second comment agree we split now. Otherwise, we keep it as it is and than I suggest a new one after this is done.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:48, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in August 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:03, 17 August 2017 (UTC)


Proposed by Gozitano

We rejected "pink" (I liked it) and also "green and black" before because people did not like colors as a theme anymore, and now we try "blue"? If we selected types of colors again, what about something even less common? Such as "orange", "purple", "50 shades of gray"... :D? --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:04, 16 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello and sorry, I didn't see that the "pink" proposition has been rejected. In this case I shouldn't proposed "blue" which is very common, I agree. "Orange", "Pink" or "Yellow" should be much more interesting than "Blue". For me, you can close my proposition. --Gozitano (talk) 07:28, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
Don't be sorry Gozitano, I am just making fun of the "possible and proved incoherence" occurred in this talk over the years. We can keep this one and see what people think now. No real problem with me.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:40, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support support this or other color theme. --Jarekt (talk) 16:53, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like this kind of challenge, it forces you to get creative. Also, the similar Red and white worked our pretty well. --El Grafo (talk) 14:14, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ermell (talk) 05:45, 30 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:12, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Great color! --- [Tycho] talk 10:19, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - January - Blue --Jarekt (talk) 16:07, 4 January 2018 (UTC)


Proposed by Gozitano

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support let's get dark... which one will be selected first? this one or blood?--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:19, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support That's gonna be a macabre challenge! ☠☠ --Jacek79 (talk) 21:29, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
I want it for November, Halloween and the Day of the Deads. This one or blood :D but this one is better, IMHO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:04, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I am tempted to say that we should combine this with blood - "blood and bone" as a Halloween challenge. I would do such a theme for October, not November, though, since October is usually the month associated with Halloween. BD2412 T 14:41, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Darn it, October is also in theory the month with the eye care day, we can't have all this "human-body-oriented" proposal...--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:18, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 12:18, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I think this is a fantastic topic for the challenge.--Nguyen2007
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 10:07, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I think this is a good topic too. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:47, 24 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Adding few more example pictures. – b_jonas 19:34, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

used at Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - November - Bones

Cables and wires[edit]

Proposed by AHeneen

I was also thinking about limiting this to just electrical and telecommunications wires. AHeneen ([[User talk:AHeneen|<span

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:25, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:13, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but without limiting it to electrical and telecommunications wires - most entries are likely to be those anyway. BD2412 T 14:42, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:48, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 02:29, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice theme --- [Tycho] talk 10:20, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in November 2017 --Jarekt (talk) 13:05, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Castles, Fortresses and Strongholds[edit]

Castles, Fortresses and Strongholds (military complexes, castle ruins, fortifications, water castles);

Originally proposed by F. Riedelio and approved by Jarekt but due to lack of support in months despite many users commenting on this page, I propose the theme "castle and palaces" with a more specific military focus. We can do "palace" as a separate theme.

Anyone?--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:05, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - August - Castles and fortifications.


Photos of cemeteries, of any size. No photos of individual graves or tombs (unless it is a single grave cemetery,) but photo overview of entire cemetery or sections thereof.(Z28scrambler (talk) 22:46, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Z28scrambler (talk • contribs) 23:34, 2 July 2017 (UTC)

We had already cemeteries and ghostly places years ago, but we were going for "bones and blood" this autumn. So this one is on the architechtural/landscape side. Actually, I would really prefer photos of the single tombs, they are much more informative than panoramic views of cemetery.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:42, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Tombs and memorials of famous people. That is, people with a wikipedia article. We could gear that, what about this specific idea?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:07, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
How about architecturally unique Tombs or mausoleums?Z28scrambler (talk) 21:37, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
yes, sure. I mean the single tomb IMHO is important for two reason: the tomb itself (style) or the person buried inside, so it is ok for me. We could do this even this November if people show enough support.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:20, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Maybe Cemeteries, tombs and architectural memorials? --MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:53, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes, something like that. I can use d:Property:P1801 to show some list of missing plates. Just as a simple suggestion. We have to start to show how wikidata can be used, that could be an occasion.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:40, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I would allow photographs of single graves, although they probably have little chances of winning. --Jarekt (talk) 14:37, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in Commons:Photo challenge/2017 - November - Graves and Cemeteries --Jarekt (talk) 13:22, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Clocks on public buildings[edit]

Uhren an öffentlichen Gebäuden; proposed by Maimaid

  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportIbex73 (talk) 21:17, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Would be less emphasis on the skill of the photographer than the architect, but nevertheless would make an interesting challenge L-Bit (talk) 03:58, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Could be interesting.Reykholt (talk) 10:00, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:42, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Problems with lack of freedom of panorama in some countries (e.g. France) - MPF (talk) 14:03, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • I come from a country with no FOP and the majority of buildings with clock are very old, so I don't see the practical issue here. Also, Belgium approved a new law so there's a little bit more freedom than in the past in the world. We've already accepted "fountains and wells", we can clearly accept some panorama-related competitions once in a while, I think we are prepared to deal with that. So as I did with "tower", I also Symbol support vote.svg Support--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:08, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Ibex73 (talk) 05:54, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Estoy a Favor porque pienso que puede ser interesante y podrá permitir el aumento en Commons de ese tipo de fotos, donde la arquitectura y el objeto reloj se presentan juntos, además de contribuir a mostrar instituciones, edificios o arquitecturas de antaño o actuales, que usan ese tipo de combinación.--Ivan2010 (talk) 19:30, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

I've just discovered Category:Clocks by time, I'll try to use it for the uploaded files.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:23, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Ok because "numbers" gave as an output enough images of clocks, we (I?) decided to postpone this theme of another month, but next time should be ok.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:53, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in June 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:57, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

Closed or closing commercial activities[edit]

A possible reference category is Abandoned shops

When a shop closes, a change is happening. Gentrification, change in demographics, different consumers trends, evolution of technology, removal of not-so-old architectural styles (before that they are considered valuable for preservation), catastrophic events... a closed shop or workshop can symbolize all of that. That's why pictures of old or abandoned commercial activities are potentially useful. For example: only some articles of defunct chains have pictures of abandoned shops. We also have too many from U.S. compared to the rest of the world.

If we don't take some of these pictures once in a while, few other people will do, statistically.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:55, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:09, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but propose maybe moving up one level in the hierarchy to Urban decay? --El Grafo (talk) 16:21, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
A closing shop is not necessarly a sign of decay, I was more interested in the whole possible scenarios with a strong focus on the shop itself (especially the brand, when present). If I could, I would keep the way it is and after this, I would do "urban decay" too, because I like it. Maybe we have enough picture of it, I don't know, it looks like a theme that people like. But really, I am inspired to open another challenge with that title. But let's listen to other "voters".--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:29, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Ok, so I didn't see much point in this before, but now someone came up and said he has a lot of documentary photos of cinemas after they have closed, and asked whether he should upload it. So let's encourage this activity. – b_jonas 10:35, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
used for Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - February - Closed businesses--Jarekt (talk) 03:55, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

Collections, Collecting and Collectables[edit]

Photos of collections of stamps, coins, baseball cards, antiques, toys, cameras, license plates, etc. (see en:List of collectibles for more ideas). Must follow copyright rules by subject matter, which could be tricky at the times. Possibly extend it to photograph of individual collectibles. --Jarekt (talk) 18:48, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in June 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 19:13, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Combustion engines[edit]

A picture of a car engine. Doorknob 747 (talk) 13:36, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Let's expand this to all engines. BD2412 T 15:46, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
    • Actually, could we make one for all kinds of engines other than those of cars? I'd like to see ship engines, but also better educative pictures of interiors of washing machines and similar, because we really lack those. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
I kinda agree so I boldly change it to "engines", formally still including cars. But I use no car images.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:50, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:07, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question Referring to en:Engine#Terminology: is this for combustion-leads-to-rotation kinds of engines only or can we also include things like electric motors, en:Pump-jets or other fancy stuff? If the former, that should be made more clear; if the latter, I'd go for something like engines, motors and propulsion. --El Grafo (talk) 09:57, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
We have electric motor as a different challenge, so I'd say it is mainly "Heat engines". I never though about it but that's how I would schedule it. So in my view the two challenges are "electric motors" and "Heat engines" (plus or minus cars if we want an easy or a complex challenge), and they should in any case be proposed at a certain distance of at least 2-3 months.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:31, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Whoops, didn't realize the electric motors above. Next step: en:Combustion engines in general or limited to en:Internal combustion engines? --El Grafo (talk) 11:10, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
IMHO, not everyone know the different types of engines. So I would focus on a more generic theme (Combustion engine), as long as it is "kindly suggested" to avoid cars. We can do the more refined challenge later, based on the results of this one.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:39, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support agreed, let's go for Combustion engines. --El Grafo (talk) 13:05, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
ok, I change the title in few weeks if noone opposes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:16, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
changed. later I move it to "C".--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:30, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support(Z28scrambler (talk) 22:56, 2 July 2017 (UTC))
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as it's now combustion engines in general, not just car engines. I'd still prefer it as a single theme together with electric engines, but support either way. – b_jonas 16:36, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

used at Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - January - Engines and motors

Concert photography[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but "only" if we do more than "concerts". I would include "open air" performances such as theatre or dance.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:51, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but don't dilute it with theatre or dance as suggested above. --P 1 9 9   14:59, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:08, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose you need a special permission for publish of images of commercial concerts. This is strictly necessary. (see: de:Wikipedia:Festivalsommer). --Atamari (talk) 10:42, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
I don't like to say the word copyright but I do confess that one reason for my proposed dilution is that statistically it increased the possibility to get images--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:13, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
Commons:Copyright_rules_by_subject_matter#Concert_photography lists your concert photographs as OK for upload. I have been to concerts where I was not allowed to use a some types of cameras or lenses, but I was never told that I can take a photograph but not publish it. Any such restrictions will fall into "House Rules" category, which Commons does not care about. --Jarekt (talk) 12:24, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
Maybe we could make it a 2 or 3 month challenge or make an early pre-announcement go give people time to get the paperwork done (where required). --El Grafo (talk) 12:57, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
the early warning is given sometimes here (see the ones about musical instruments) or can be understood informally following the discussions. I keep saying we are probably doing this one in the "summer", for example. So we can just write it here and people should be prepared. Someone can also write in the talk that "there is a big event on..." and we schedule it accordingly. About 2 or 3 months challenges... that's a new one! But if we write here in April "we do this one in August" I think everyone has all the time in the world in the previous months to organize their activities. And i can inform some local village pump too.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:11, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support if this could be expanded to include concert, theatre and dance. Would 'performance art' be too broad? MichaelMaggs (talk) 20:16, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - July - Concert photography

Corroded objects[edit]

Everything which is rusty or being eaten up by aggressive substances. Examples:

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support That could be interesting in the end. Sometimes specific and unusual theme provide useful or intriguing output.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:50, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Actually, I'm quite surprised nobody has proposed this before. That's such a common theme in photography that it's kind of become a cliché by now … --El Grafo (talk) 16:17, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
really?--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:25, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
Not sure it you're being ironic, but if not have a look here:
So yeah, that's really a popular thing ;-) --El Grafo (talk) 16:36, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
No El Grafo I was really surprised. BTW since you know the "mileu", could "broken object" also be a thing for photographers? I was thinking about suggesting it, because for obvious reason we have more pictures of integer objects, so maybe one challenge to improve the quality of images of broken objects is not a bad idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:42, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
@Alexmar983: Why not, I think that could work quite well … --El Grafo (talk) 16:09, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 17:04, 26 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support PumpkinSky talk 16:16, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:19, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
    I added more examples. Feel free to remove any you don't like. – b_jonas 18:20, 29 September 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2017 - October - Corroded objectsb_jonas 16:43, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

Curves and Spirals[edit]

Deutsch: Im Februar-Wettbewerb Kurven und Spiralen geht es um gebogene und gekrümmte Linien in allen Formen - möglichst Bildausfüllend!
English: The February challenge Curves and spirals features arched and curved lines in all forms - if possible filling the entire image!
Français : Le défi de février, Courbes et spirales, met en scène les lignes arrondies, les arcs, les spirales, dans toutes leurs formes - si possible en plein champ (gros-plan) !

✓ Used in February 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Dressing up[edit]

Deutsch: Verkleidung - in diesem Thema geht es um Kostümierungen - unabhängig vom Anlass. Karneval/Faschings-Verkleidungen werden ebenso gesucht wie Ball- oder Hochzeitskleider, spezielle Kleidung für Tanzveranstaltungen sowie Masken, Kopfbedeckungen, Frisuren, Perücken oder Schminke.
English: Dressing up - this theme features dressing up - no matter the occasion. The theme includes carnival, balls, weddings and freestyle events as well as masks, headgear, hairstyles, wigs or make-up.
Français : Le défi de février, En costume, met en scène le fait d'être habillé, déguisé, pour une occasion spéciale, quelle qu'elle soit : carnaval, bal masqué, mariage, concert, etc, incluant masques et maquillage, coiffures et perruques, ...

Symbol support vote.svg Support - perhaps a nice carnival/ball season theme? Anna reg (talk) 18:00, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in February 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:08, 3 March 2015 (UTC)


We are only now starting to see Aerial Photos from Drones on commons inviting Drone users to a Challenge will obtain some really unique low altitude perspectives for the site --WPPilot (talk) 07:10, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - --WPPilot (talk) 07:10, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I agree this would be great. However it probably applies to a different set of photographers than those who frequently participate at PC or other forums on Commons. The entry level for creating quality images is quite high/expensive and requires some experience. But it would be a wonderful opportunity to attract new photographers, if it could be coordinated/advertised for a month's challenge. -- Colin (talk) 12:45, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment - The US has already millions of Drones registered with the FAA. These users are already flying and taking photos that, under the law can not be used for any commercial use, yet many do as new FAA laws take effect. Cost of entry for anything that might make FP is about what any camera that would make a FP would need seems about the same really. Most drones can produce a QI, A Full Frame DSLR & Lens is not less then 3k today so I think its making the public aware of this channel for exposing work most of them never considered.. --WPPilot (talk) 18:51, 9 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support We need more drone photographers. Drones are expensive though (sorry to those who can't afford a drone), but I think with this theme, we would make our current photographers try another type of photography, which is this. And if more and more photographers try this, then we would have a lot of aerial photos. -- Poké95 06:46, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:34, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support seems fun.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:15, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as a user of the drone of the Wikipedia Community Space in Cologne. Raymond 14:21, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Drones are a new type of photography, and it would be good to encourage it. Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:11, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
  • There is no doubt about support, but what about the moment of the year to schedule this challenge? I'll try to ask people in national chapter to spread the news, I hope we can have challengers from all over the word, and I guess this is possible, I've also seen drone photos from the Southern hemisphere recently on commons... It was a grant in South Africa on meta or something like that. I think that maybe a mid-season could be the best option? I mean something around April? Of course people can use old image and they can start now to make tests, but a good part of upload are in real timer and I just assume that rainy or cold winter days in the northern hemisphere are not the best choice, right? Correct me if I am wrong, I am not an expert at all. I mean one thing is wearing a coat when you take picture of buildings, but sending an expensive equipment up in the air during rain sounds risky, right? --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:54, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
I start to spam the news.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:55, 12 November 2016 (UTC)
We can find online some association of drones. I can send some email when it is scheduled. Why not?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:21, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

✓ Used in January 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:38, 15 January 2017 (UTC)

Electric Motors[edit]

Motors or generators that run on or produce electric current. From power plant generators, toy slot car motors, washing machines, rail or tram motors even electric cars and road vehicles.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support to be scheduled far away from the competition about "engines" and "domestic appliances"--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:59, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:06, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

noone in one year? I am surprised. Should we enlarge this one?--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:28, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

Maybe combine with Internal Combustion Engines? Maybe called "Prime Movers" to include any type of mechanical device that produces kinetic energy?Z28scrambler (talk) 21:58, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Electric motors are cool! (well, sometimes hot :) --- [Tycho] talk 14:10, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I'd prefer the unified “engines” theme, which contains this, the “combustion engines” proposed above, and more. Yes, I'd like to see more washing machine interiors, which are electric engines, but that's hard, and we've done Home appliances inside and outside in 2016-12. – b_jonas 01:29, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
    I think there are already enough good pictures of gas engines. I think electric motors is better for a challenge.
    — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atomicdragon136 (talk • contribs) 20:06, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'd still prefer engines in general, beacuse of ships. But even if the challenge topic is only for electric motors, I support this. We may want a warning notice so that people don't electrocute themselves when trying to get access to a motor. – b_jonas 10:17, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

used at Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - January - Engines and motors


Body language and facial expressions illustrating a specific emotion, for example one from the list below:

See Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - September - Emotions

Extreme or unusual weather phenomena[edit]

I am reusisng some of the ideas of the rejected proposals "rain" and "clouds", and "Weather phenomena", with some overlap with the general cycle of earth science themes.

Some examples are tornadoes, floods, cloud-to-cloud lightning, intense snow blizzards, funnel clouds, tsunamis, sandstorms... maybe extreme air pollution? personally I think we should give it a chance if it is better defined, and it is quite clear we are looking for pictures in a challenging situation. No risk people upload photos of simple drizzle.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:46, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - December - Extreme weather


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Difficult, but very useful theme (for Wikipedia, Wikinews and maybe Wikispecies). --Brateevsky {talk} 08:00, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Samsara (talk) 11:53, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 16:33, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support "classic theme" but... why not?--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:30, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Alexmar983, thanks for your comment, but you do realise that this is the ongoing challenge theme? ;->
You can find the link below (I just moved the section to the archive - hope I didn't confuse you too much...)
Best wishes, --Anna reg (talk) 19:13, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in June 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 19:13, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Food production and processing[edit]

proposed by Mateussf

  • support. Can we skip consumption? I think that food production and processing is an area lacking good pictures more than consumption. We should also try to schedule it before the end of this year EXPO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:24, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
    • I agree with you. There are many pictures of consumption. Should I edit the suggestion? Mateus S. Figueiredo (talk) 00:37, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
      • I changed the title to "Food production and processing". I try to create a gallery.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:29, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in July 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 22:40, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


Previously: Urban Gardening--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:44, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

see also Category:Allotments, Category:Urban agriculture
proposed by Atamari simple theme - but there are no good pictures available
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support interesting idea - all the more if it needs pictures! Anna reg (talk) 17:00, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support good and very up-to-date topic--Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support would be very interesting ;) --Geolina mente et malleo 13:59, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Good idea dans l'air du temps. --Doalex (talk) 10:49, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I don't see the interest of it -- Jiel (talk) 21:51, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I would broaden it to just "Gardening". --Jarekt (talk) 11:45, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I agree, when images are specific (the very simple actions or tools) being "urban" means nothing. "Gardening" is still specific enough.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:53, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Approved with a changed generic name.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:44, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - October - Gardening--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:14, 29 September 2016 (UTC)


✓ Used in August 2014


✓ Used in August-September 2014

Household items (in use)[edit]

Symbol support vote.svg Support after trying to find more examples for this theme, I think it's safe to say that we could use much more of this kind … --El Grafo (talk) 16:04, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

✓ Used in December 2014-January 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:37, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Huts and Sheds[edit]

Huts (wooden huts, doghouses, alpine hut, mud hut,...); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support But add "Sheds" to the category. I think the only difference is that you sleep in huts, but not sheds. Nevertheless, they have similar architectural and photographic qualities L-Bit (talk) 04:07, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Could barns be added or a different challenge? - Z28scrambler (talk) 12:51, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support after the introduction of a gallery with sheds yesterday, I've changed the title to Huts and Sheds too. I think that barns can become barns and stables (see above) and at that point they'll be both quite big challenge on their own. We can propose them at 3-6 months of distance and it should be ok.--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:59, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:40, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Time2wait.svg Let's wait a few more months after the recent "barns". --El Grafo (talk) 13:09, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Musicaline (talk) 16:23, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment We waited enough, I thing it is eligible now for a future "countryside challenge.", maybe before the cold months start.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:01, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I'd like a few more example pictures. Does File:Mazet in vineyards, Mèze cf02.jpg qualify? – b_jonas 17:02, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in October 2017 --Alexmar983 (talk) 14:19, 20 October 2017 (UTC)


✓ Used in November 2014 --Anna reg (talk) 22:02, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Lakes, meres and ponds[edit]

It is intended as "undocumented" lakes and ponds. Proposed by Alexmar983.

Starting from March 2017 we will begin the "undocumented" challenges and it is going to take a while to refine the tools. This is the new "frontier" of our geographic challenge. I am setting up a series of proposal as I said in the talk. So, why lakes? Well, in some countries there are thousands of them and they are still undocumented. Think about the northern part of Canada for example. Another example: svwiki created via bot all the entries to their lakes and they are A LOT. Of course since like hills and mountains statistics and language are never homogenous, I also include ponds. And you can also focus on oasis, I guess.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:48, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

ok I am not sure about the "undocumented", so maybe it is going to be more "free".--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:44, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

We can reshape it as a "free" challenge. I hope we will not end up getting too much of images of important and big lakes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:15, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

What about just "small lakes"? It is ambiguous but I think "mores, ponds and small lakes" get the idea. We can check the upload and voters can be more critical if they think the lake is important. So no lake Eire, Garda, Victoria... just "small" one, the one you rarely know the existence if the are outside of your region or county. Managing with the gray area is worth the effort of getting dozens of pictures of less known spots. What do you think? I put small lake in gallery.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:59, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
Noone?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:56, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'd say let's do this. There's some risk of getting boring pictures, but I think we'll get good ones too. – b_jonas 02:02, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:54, 27 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'd say this is a good one. It's one most everyone can do if they get out a bit. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:54, 24 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Trougnouf (talk) 17:16, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Ibex73 (talk) 14:07, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Adding some more example photos. – b_jonas 14:36, 29 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Posted as Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - February - Lakesb_jonas 21:53, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Linear Perspective/One-point perspective/Vanishing Point[edit]

  • Not right now though, as it's a bit similar to "Diagonals". Just putting it here before I forget. --El Grafo (talk) 14:32, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Alexmar983 (talk) 13:39, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:46, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
anyone else?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:49, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in June 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:06, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

Local culture[edit]

Local culture

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Covetrick (talk) 15:40, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- RTA 03:54, 7 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support although would rather see it broken down a bit more finely. We have had foods and costumes, yet this as it stands over-arches both L-Bit (talk) 03:03, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice even if it is very large topic -- Jiel (talk) 21:44, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support fine with me.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:08, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - September - Local culture--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:19, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Mammals in their native habitat[edit]

Wild Mammals, or mammals excluding people, pets and farm animals. Wild and captive setting, like zoos, are allowed. --Jarekt (talk) 13:10, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

  • Strong Symbol support vote.svg Support for wild mammals in their native habitat; but equally strong Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose for captive / zoo pics. Commons already has far too many depressing pics of the latter, but nowhere near enough of the former. Yes it makes it more difficult, but this makes it a better challenge ;-) - MPF (talk) 13:17, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
I am fine with that restriction. --Jarekt (talk) 13:27, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
  • I also Symbol support vote.svg Support mammals "in their native habitat". --Alexmar983 (talk) 06:15, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I change the title, noone opposed.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:22, 24 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Ibex73 (talk) 05:56, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2017 - May - Mammals.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:24, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Mother Nature strikes back[edit]

Examples of nature re-claiming what was before taken by us.

Symbol support vote.svg Support Considero que este pudiera ser un excelente tema, y con grandes posibilidades de expresión artística por sus propias características. Ojalá alguien traduzca estas letras mías, así como que alguien más se sume a votar a favor del mismo. --Ivan2010 (talk) 17:40, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Intersting concept L-Bit (talk) 02:54, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - I think this can be something as basic as weeds growing through a sidewalk. BD2412 T 16:54, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Slick (talk) 04:28, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in May 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 22:54, 12 May 2015 (UTC)


See the Multilingual media, proposed by Alexmar983.

It is an universal topic. If you are in a tourist area, in a ethnic neighborhood, at an airport or a station, in multilingual countries or in areas where minority language are protected, travelling close to a border, attending an international event, looking at the goods at the supermarket, eating at a ethnic restaurant... there are a lot of occasions. Some examples are: street signs, warnings, informative plaques, façades of buildings, stamps and banknotes (from countries with no copyright restriction)... --Alexmar983 (talk) 08:01, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - useful to illustrate regions where people are expected to require (or benefit from) multilingual presentations. BD2412 T 14:57, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:54, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Let's make it a real challenge: signs and objects with at least 3 languages. In that case, Symbol support vote.svg Support --P 1 9 9   17:52, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
the real challenge IMHO would be if you find a rare language, something spoken by less than 15 millions people. But still, many of this images in the category are low quality or not very creative, we should be happy to get good one at least for this time.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:25, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
I prefer the original version. In the US, it is a "real challenge" to find anything in 2 languages, 3 would be close to impossible. --Jarekt (talk) 15:52, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
I don't care but if the challenge is restricted to "minor languages" you still have some possibility in Indian reservations, and some ethnic neighborhoods. Otherwise, I don't think "2 languages", including very common ones, is so hard in the USA, I've been there and there were a lot. Spanish to start with, than Japanese in Hawaii, Pennsylvania Dutch in Hamish county, those communities of Finnish-American in Upper Michigan, Slovenians in Cleveland, 1-2% of Jews, cajun in Lousiana, bilingual counties in Vermont... and I am not opening any wikipedia page. --Alexmar983 (talk) 03:22, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

✓ Used in February 2017


Numbers (scores, figures of numbers, numbers on the price tags, time (electronic), numbers on information boards (bus, train, other transport), ...). Proposed by --Brateevsky {talk} 07:35, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support It would be interseting to see how people vote, i.e. for the artistic quality or the message conveyed L-Bit (talk) 02:56, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Numbers are universal, it is a nice theme to be developped.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:23, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 21:20, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:46, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose Photographs of just numbers numbers seem to be uninteresting. Photographs with a number somewhere in them seem to be all over the place. Not exited about that one. --Jarekt (talk) 14:35, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I think that we could accept once in a while a "diffuse" theme. I prefer clear theme, but this way we can get pictures that usually people don't take. semel in anno...--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:45, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
Ok, I will change to Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral --Jarekt (talk) 12:29, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
  • GA candidate.svg Weak support Might be too broad and undefined --York12321 (talk) 11:44, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Vague themes like this fore you to think outside the box instead. Leave it to the photographer to make something meaningful out of this. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in March 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:36, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

On the move[edit]

On the move

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Photographs where motion is a major component. --Jarekt (talk) 14:36, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support we can get something unexpected and useful, so why not?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:57, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support We need more quality photos of sports on Commons, and they're sometimes hard to obtain because many professional sports events require special permission for taking photos. This challenge is a good way to encourage such sports photos. – b_jonas 14:13, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment to be scheduled far away from "in action, camera panning" (August), so probably next year, especially if we go no new vote by than.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:35, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 20:26, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Trougnouf (talk) 19:17, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - June - On the move


English: The new challenge for January features Outliers in terms of all but one are equal, one steps out of line, or swim against the current.
Deutsch: Im neuen Jänner Wettbewerb geht es um Außenseiter im Sinne von alle bis auf einen sind gleich, einer tanzt aus der Reihe oder gegen den Strom schwimmen.

✓ Used in January 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 14:37, 5 January 2015 (UTC)


featuring Panoramas - images showing a wide field of view.

✓ Used in May 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 22:54, 12 May 2015 (UTC)


In action, panning, net/sharp subject with blur background to highlight the current action (need to follow the subject when photographying).

Proposed by Llann Wé²: feel free to improve title & en. description regarding the sample pics added from edit summary, --Anna reg (talk) 08:37, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment If this is supposed to be for photos where the technique of en:Panning (camera) was used, it might be wise to make that the title of the challenge: Suggest to name it Camera panning or something similar. --El Grafo (talk) 10:06, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'm not a lot into technical challenge but I see the value.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:11, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. This is a real challenge. --P 1 9 9   14:28, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support – thought I had already supported … --El Grafo (talk) 13:11, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ermell (talk) 06:18, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 17:31, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
this could be a nice technical challenge soon. I fell we should do more "ubiquitous" topic, the ones you can't figure out the exact content-related output.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:56, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in August 2017 --Alexmar983 (talk) 09:34, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Personal Protective Equipment[edit]

Personal Protective Equipment, include Category:Personal Protective Equipment or Category:Safety equipment

proposed by --Atamari (talk) 13:09, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 15:30, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in August 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 19:29, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Reptiles and amphibians[edit]

Reptiles and amphibians, include Category:Amphibia and Category:Reptilia, and all their subcategories.

proposed by Poco2 14:24, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

✓ Used in August 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 19:29, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

Rotational symmetry[edit]

Rotational symmetry is found in natural phenomena, architecture, and many other things. Proposed by dllu (t,c) 01:59, 28 July 2018 (UTC)


Sailboats and Tall ships

Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:28, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 17:05, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support it sounds like a "standard" theme, but why not? i am sure photographers like it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:18, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--KaiBorgeest (talk) 21:54, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jacek79 (talk) 21:07, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in July 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:56, 5 July 2017 (UTC)


possibly including Smog, Fog, Steam, and Clouds

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I'd prefer to restrict this too actual smoke (produced during combustion, contains solid particles) as opposed to water vapor (Fog, Steam, and Clouds). --El Grafo (talk) 15:30, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

✓ Used in November 2014 --Anna reg (talk) 22:03, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Street photography[edit]

See also: en:Street photography, Street photography; proposed by KKnoefler247

Symbol support vote.svg Support I like the idea. Kadarkhan0000 (talk) 09:58, 27. Mär. 2015 signature added by Anna reg (talk) 19:50, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Samsara (talk) 11:53, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Is this challenge "abandoned"? It is from last year and we kinda shifted to more focused themes in the last months, maybe someone should leave another positive comment so we know if it is still ok and in this case we should select it asap, considering it is one of the oldest ones. I don't focus on this type of themes, so I am neutral.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:20, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

anyone?--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:48, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but we will need examples--Jarekt (talk) 16:00, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
not my cup of tea here, sorry!--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:11, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
I gave it a try … --El Grafo (talk) 17:25, 12 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, but probably needs a reminder to keep in mind local laws regarding personality rights. --El Grafo (talk) 09:17, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Now that I see the example I also Symbol support vote.svg Support. I like themes with various output, because you always get that specific picture that you really needed, but it's often not uploaded during a challenge with a specific theme.
about the personality rights "warning", maybe we could create some template with link to commons page. Specifically for themes that focus a lot on people (it would be the same for "traditional professions" for example). I hope it does not make things more complicated. In order to avoid 1 picture that we can delete later, we risk to loose much more because people become too cautious. Who knows.-Alexmar983 (talk) 08:28, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

✓ Used in March 2017--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:41, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Tools of the trade[edit]

See also: Tools of the trade

could include Household objects

✓ Used in July 2014

Unfamiliar Vehicles[edit]

Vehicles: cars, ships, trains, locomotives, airplanes, buses, fire engines, etc.; proposed by User:Jarekt

✓ Used in July 2015 --Anna reg (talk) 22:40, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

100 years later[edit]

English: Documenting the change over a hundred years (or more) by retaking an old picture (same perspective, same angle, etc.) - it doesn't have to be exactly 100 years, every retake of a picture before xxxx (1915?) is allowed)

proposed by Nattr

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I like the fact that it stimulates the compositions of images. It is also a very useful tipe of image.--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:31, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I love this idea, but not sure how the dual images would be added or linked. Perhaps the older image 'must' be sourced from Commons, and then linked on the voting page? Also, this would ensure copyright restrictions for the old image are already cleared. The alternative is contributors loading thier own 100 year old photograph which may significantly reduce the number of contributors. In either case, I would suggest that this theme allow 2 months for contributions rather than the usual one. L-Bit (talk) 01:55, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
I think the challenge is difficult enough that further restrictions should be avoided and would therefore be fine with allowing every picture which can be compared with the 100 year old 'original' - even if it's not on commons (making it a two-month challenge is probably also a good idea). If we do decide that the old picture has to be on commons, I'd say that both taking an original from commons as well as uploading it during the challenge is fine. We discussed the theme around August 2014 (here's the discussion), but mainly decided that or older should be included into the challenge descriptions (perhaps even in the title). Anna reg (talk) 10:37, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
It is quite likely that images published more than 100 years ago will be public domain, and therefore may be uploaded to Commons. I would say that images should either already be here, or uploaded here (from any PD source) during the contest. BD2412 T 15:18, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - a very interesting and useful idea. BD2412 T 15:20, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Yann (talk) 00:13, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:50, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Es una idea muy interesante y válida, y considero que es posible que muchos tengan una “foto familiar” guardada de más de 100 años, (o cercano a los 100), que pueda ser escaneada y subida como “trabajo propio”, (hecha por un familiar; abuelo, padre etc.), para luego subir el mismo ángulo actual. Pudiera ser un buen tema para Mayo, o hasta quizás para Mayo-Junio según consideren.Ivan2010 (talk) 12:01, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Nice idea, but I am not sure there are enough old images in the world, beside in large cities. This will keep some users out. IMHO better than 100 years: Some years later .--Slick (talk) 04:25, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
    • Here's what I would do - unless the uploader has dug something out of a very old family album, they are unlikely to own the old image, so allow it as long as it is available on Commons either because it is very old or because it is a picture they themselves (or their ancestor) took many years ago, and are just now uploading. I think it would still be pretty neat to aim for 100 years. Perhaps it doesn't necessarily need to be a picture of a structure - if you have a baby picture of your elderly grandmother, and can post that along with a current picture of the same person taken from the same angle and perspective, that would be fine with me. However, I would add that I do think photography has been a trend long enough for most inhabited places to be reasonably in reach of some previously photographed place or thing for which old pictures are public domain. BD2412 T 14:22, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Very nice idea. As for the old picture, if it's public domain or copyright owned by the contestant then it should be uploaded to Commons, and if not it should exist on the Internet so that it can be linked for comparison. I would support allowing the old picture to be non-photographic (i.e. a painting or drawing), as long as it is depicting a real thing. -- King of ♠ 15:01, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Action verbs[edit]

illustrating verbs - eg. “sneezing”, or “stealing”

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Great idea. It can result in some really interesting ideas. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 09:57, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice. I add more examples. --Slick (talk) 04:58, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support the main target should be technical verbs/actions like polishing, suturing, spading...--Alexmar983 (talk) 21:31, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:32, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Day and night[edit]

English: Two pictures taken and uploaded during the contest period showing the same location or object from the same vantage point, once during daylight and once at night. They can be combined into a single file or presented as separate images (in fact it would be preferable for usage that they be available separately). This photo challenge would probable be best around the Equinox, when days and nights are of equal length, so that contributors in both hemispheres will have an equal opportunity to capture the daytime and nighttime images within a reasonable span.

Note: The above pictures are existing examples from Commons uploaded by different authors. The Mauna Ulu lava flows are actually by the same photographer, from the same vantage point, and on the afternoon and evening of same date. The rest are not necessarily from the exact same vantage point, nor from the same day, but they are close enough to convey the intent of the proposal. BD2412 T 20:02, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support wow, that's an original idea unlike most of the topics, and one that allows for good photos. – b_jonas 15:23, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support very ambitious --Neptuul (talk) 07:31, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support would be very interesting --Ermell (talk) 20:31, 29 September 2015 (UTC)


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- ChristianFerrer 10:44, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support interesting possibilities... (and very nice sample gallery ;->) Anna reg (talk) 10:52, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support As Anna says L-Bit (talk) 02:46, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral I am not sure with this theme we will collect a lot of images with high EV. Some of the examples have no EV in my opinion. --Slick (talk) 04:32, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Fountains & Wells[edit]

Fountains & Wells; proposed by F. Riedelio

Symbol support vote.svg Support specific theme, why not? Alexmar983 9. Juni 2015, 16:57 signature added by --Anna reg (talk) 08:21, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support very interesting and several styles of Fountains & Wells and many possibilities to do a creative, artful photo Levin Holtkamp, 11:16, 25. Aug. 2015‎ (UTC)signature added by --Anna reg (talk) 06:43, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment not too similare to fountains which is on now.--Ermell (talk) 20:37, 29 September 2015 (UTC)


Symbol support vote.svg Support Wide appeal and variety L-Bit (talk) 03:09, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Samsara (talk) 11:53, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support--Covetrick (talk) 16:01, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2015 - November - Windows


Symbol support vote.svg Support--Jarekt (talk) 11:55, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I prefer wheels that are in motion. BD2412 T 02:13, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral A great theme, but we just had spirals and then staircases, maybe this can wait a few months, to give some chance for variety. Samsara (talk) 11:55, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

Red and White[edit]

  • Alternative that would fit the "western" holiday season with plenty of room for non-christmasy subjects. --El Grafo (talk) 09:48, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Mirroring (Reflections)[edit]

proposed by Llann Wé²

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Definitely could yield some useful images. BD2412 T 15:34, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Whenever I see a cool reflection I try to take picture of it. It is interesting and fun, but resulting images rarely are useful for illustrating anything and I do not upload them because they would likely be out of scope or borderline. --Jarekt (talk) 17:08, 13 July 2015 (UTC)


Mailboxes, include Category:Letter boxes, Category:Post boxes and others

proposed by atamari

--Atamari (talk) 10:32, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support specific, but interesting. As a child, I loved to see the difference in mailboxes around the world.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:24, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support But I would also extend it to post offices, and postal service in general. --Jarekt (talk) 12:40, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Keep it specific to mailboxes only (post offices and postal services can be a separate challenge). --P 1 9 9   18:06, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support interesting ;) --Geolina mente et malleo 13:53, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Measurements and unit of measures[edit]

Years ago I saw a scale graded with the very rare "daL" (something I only heard at school and never saw before and probably will never see again) and I did not have a camera. I still regret it. But more importantly, few months ago a user asked me if I could find images of the old sample of units of weight, volume and length used in Italian towns before the French revolution. They are the plates and vase that were installed close to town halls and old public scales. Those two anecdotes made me think that some effort in that direction could be useful.

The focus in this proposal is a little bit larger and can be scientific, commercial or historical. Most of our images of scientific measuring instrument are also low-resolution. Of course we can refine to a more specific target if you think it is better. --Alexmar983 (talk) 16:36, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support
thank you unknown guy... the current challenge about number is going also in this direction, so if this one is scheduled, it can't be soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:01, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - November - Measurements

Musical instruments[edit]

It was originally: Musicians and/or Musical instruments

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Christian Ferrer (talk) 07:46, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment - Would be more in favor of just musical instruments, not Musicians - Z28scrambler (talk) 02:23, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I also would prefer to split it into instruments and have musicians separatly. Maybe as part of Performers. --Jarekt (talk) 19:59, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as Musical instruments. Of course musicians can be depicted, but they shouldn't be the core of the attention, IMHO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:35, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I change the title, noone opposed.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:13, 27 September 2016 (UTC)
Hi! Together with some other German Wikipedians, I have created a project called Wiki Loves Music to improve the quality of musical instrument images on Wikipedia. Alexmar983, Christian Ferrer, Z28scrambler, Jarekt, can I invite you to check out the project page (maybe using Google translate)? Recently, Yamaha Music started donated photographs of their products, which can be found at Category:Wiki Loves Music. Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 11:36, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

It was requested yesterday to have this challenge in July because of a specific event in Hamburg, I think it is a good idea. Any comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:47, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. --Jarekt (talk) 23:33, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Ermell (talk) 05:20, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

✓ Done Used at Commons:Photo challenge/2017 - July - Musical instruments.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:37, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

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