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Themes suggested at Commons talk:Photo challenge/themes that were rejected for use in a photo challenge.
All used themes are listed at commons:Photo challenge/themes, while the winners can be found at Commons:Photo challenge/Previous.


Analog photography II: Analog photographs[edit]

Remember that old film camera you haven't touched in years? This is your opportunity to blow off the dust and take it out for a shooting again. Don't have a film camera anymore? Just ask around, chances are good somebody you know has something lying around somewhere. It doesn't really matter whether you have a professional SLR or a crappy point-and-shoot, whether you are shooting color, black & white, reversal or instant film - anything analog you can get your hands on is fine. To get your images to Commons, you'll have to digitize them of course. Be aware that most shops which develop films also offer scanning services today – and since they mostly use digital technology for printing, chances are good that you'll get a picture CD back with your developed film for a small fee (or even free). Don't be shy to try something different and remember that even technically crappy results can look very appealing.

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I'd like to restrict this to "newer" pictures in some kind of way, since this is about de-dusting your old analog equipment and not digging through your archive and scanning stuff from the 80ies. One option would be to allow images taken in 2014/2015. If we go for "taken during the challenge period", I'd suggest making this longer than just one month to account for developing time etc. --El Grafo (talk) 11:10, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
    • I agree if your intention is to encourage people to take new film photographs then we need a restriction. I don't see what point there is in a 2014/15 restriction though. Needs to be "during the challenge period" otherwise it is still a photo you took before the challenge, and the "challenge" hasn't encouraged anything new to be taken. But also yes this make take some time even for people with film cameras since you have to expose a whole roll! My fear is that this challenge may be under-subscribed if we don't have enough die-hard film photographers. Perhaps post a query at the village pump or QI/FP talk pages to see who might be interested in taking part. -- Colin (talk) 11:25, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
      • Yeah, the "whole roll" thing is something that shouldn't be underestimated. I got myself an old Spotmatic last summer (mainly bought it for the lens that came with it) and I'm just about to finish my second roll of 36-frame film … I'd bet that there are plenty of people who still have a film camera tucked away somewhere in a shoe box on the attic, and if you don't have one yourself one of your friends or family members can likely help you out. The potential is there, imho, but I guess you're right about the possibility of this becoming under-subscribed. Maybe we could ask around a bit first to see if people would be interested. --El Grafo (talk) 14:26, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
      • I asked at the Village Pump --El Grafo (talk) 15:08, 9 March 2015 (UTC)
      • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Not another copy of the 1st Analog Photography one. Also , it is not necessary... [unsigned comment 5 May 2015 by Leaderboard]
      • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Aside from there being little to gain from this challenge - it will mean carte blanche for the subjects, I think that the costs involved for possible contributors would be prohibitive. For many, finding and then learning how to use an analogue camera would be too great a challenge. Alternatively, allowing old scanned photographs could likely discouraging for people born after 1990. The challenge should be as encompassing as possible for contributors, not restrictive. L-Bit (talk) 03:30, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Animals interacting with plants[edit]

The rules for this contest would require an identified species of animal to interact with an identified species of plant. The interaction would have to be more meaningful than the one with the swans (e.g. eating, pollinating, using as a shelter), but the key would be the identification of both organisms. BD2412 T 15:39, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I'd be happy with genera (rather than species). BD2412 T 02:56, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Going once... going twice... BD2412 T 03:55, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • BD2412 I am not sure about the expertise of uploaders. I can contact some expert users if they want to fix the information. We survived with the one about spiders in september and in the end some people took care about wrong or not precise name here and there, but I also contacted some of those users personally. So it is feasible, I guess, but you need some "help" on that side. It's true that we explored the "two month challenge" now and they seem to work so we can try to use a strong requirement. It could provide a decent number of uploads in the end. It's just not "easy" as other ones. Let's do like that, I leave some message on local talks. If the expert users from there say they can take care of the upload and provide assistance, than it's probably ok.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:56, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  • The best things are never easy. I would particularly like to capture common, ecologically important relationships. BD2412 T 01:52, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • It is possible, but who knows. So far no reply from the projects, I will ask on other platforms also when it actually starts. Jarekt changed his comment to support, probably because of the "two months option" and/or the comparison with Spider challenge, so we will probably do it. It is also very similar to a previous one (check the archive), so it would be nonsense to oppose now. But noone can be sure about the output...--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:57, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Is this theme identical with the flowers and insects theme of May 2014?--Xuvzruoq (talk) 10:41, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
I am aware of that theme Xuvzruoq. We decided in many small discussions so far that repeating a theme is not an issue per se, although it is kinda suggested to try some small variations (such wider or more specific focus). In the end it is not even "identical", it is very similar. But for example a cat eating grass or a monkey grabbing a banana from a tree are possible upload, and if approved is going to be at a distance of 3 years. So it should be fine. We should put more examples in the gallery.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:59, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Requires far too high a level of nature expertise for most photographers. And may attract mis-identified images. MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:46, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

I would drop the identification from a requirement to recommendation. Otherwise I think this challenge is a great idea. --Jarekt (talk) 17:17, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
That's reasonable. So amended. BD2412 T 03:58, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Ibex73 (talk) 15:37, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose It is difficult to be able to get a good shot, especially that animals move a lot. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 22:10, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Alcoholic beverages[edit]

Beer / Beer culture[edit]

2016 (april): 500 years of German Beer Purity Law

proposed by atamari
see also Category:Beer culture

Symbol support vote.svg Support as proposed, for April 2016. BD2412 T 14:14, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose A bad topic. Why make an alcoholic-based topic - this is something that I just hate.--Leaderboard (talk) 15:31, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support I hate alcohol, in almost every form. I hate alcoholism as a social problem. But I love wikipedia and we need more images for our gastronomy-related articles.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:42, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support There is a huge variety of non alc beer as well and beer has also a tremendous history in the world. Good theme.--Ermell (talk) 20:45, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Interesting topic. Wikipedia would benefit from this. Doblecaña (talk) 14:56, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Beer is specific to some countries, even if it gains popularity. Beverage should be better, because wider Jiel (talk) 21:39, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment april 2016 is gone. I think it was wrong to focus on the "specificity" as a problem, beer is quite universal (see en:Template:Beers_of_the_world). And in many islamic countries they have non alc beer or anti beer law that could be used for a picture (a public warning for foreigners). I mean to me it is less controversial than a theme about Christmas, Wine or one about "summer" in August when it's winter in the southern hemisphere...--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:17, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support but I would widen it to include wine culture and other types of alcohol. --Jarekt (talk) 15:17, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support According to WP, beer is the third most popular drink after water and tea, and widely consumed. So there should be plenty opportunities to photograph aspects of beer, even if one does not drink. I think related topics "wines" and "spirits" could be separate photo challenges, if desired. There's no strong reason to merge them. -- Colin (talk) 13:16, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support but perhaps consider including “ale” in the English title. – b_jonas 13:46, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I would prefer "Beverages" or something more general, not just alcohol. Or maybe drinks other than tea and coffee. --- [Tycho] talk 15:32, 5 September 2017 (UTC)


Winegrowing (grape-vine, vine leaves, grapes, vineyards); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Suggest this be run in the autumn, perhaps over a couple of months, in order to allow capture of mature crops and of the harvest in various regions. And accept old pictures so we can get some from the southern hemisphere as well. --Kbh3rdtalk 02:53, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Would this be for grapes only? What about other fruits that are used for winemaking (Blueberries, etc..)? Z28scrambler (talk) 02:38, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:42, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Due to a low number of positive comment, and much older requests, I suggested "gardening" for next month. This might go to... next year, if noone opposes? Best months are october and september, statistically. Well, it is a very specific theme, geographically speaking, so if selected we should provide a more universal option for the second coupled challenge. Or merge it with "beer", that's also another one we missed in October because overall support was low.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:17, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment lets combine with "beer culture" --Jarekt (talk) 16:05, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
ok I do it asap if noone opposes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:31, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • This is "winegrowing" rather than drinks and drinking. So this is closer to farming than a social drink subject. I'm not sure it is a great topic for a photo challenge, as the opportunities will be rather limited for most participants. Better to include this with an agriculture topic. -- Colin (talk) 13:17, 30 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 13:46, 31 July 2017 (UTC)


I strongly support the merge but I think the focus should be mainly on the cultural and productive aspect. No ad-style images of drinks or final products if possible, otherwise it's "easy". Agree?--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:01, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Disagree with discouraging "ad-style images of drinks or final products". Firstly, you've got to keep the theme really simple. Secondly, I suspect you don't know how hard it is to do a really professional photo of a wine/beer bottle or drink. It would be great to have some top photos of this. The only danger I see with bottles is an issue of copyright. Also, see above about no reason to merge. -- Colin (talk) 13:19, 30 May 2017 (UTC)
You suspect wrong, but I suspect it does not change a lot if I express my opinion again. We were so close to finally achieve something on this side with a productive challenge and now we probably have to reschedule or reimagine a lot of work. If we do some of that, you are in charge of fixing the copyright I suppose.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:20, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose the merge, they should be separate topics – b_jonas 13:46, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose +1 the merge, they should be separate topics --Atamari (talk) 14:20, 31 October 2017 (UTC)


Backlighting ("luminous" leaves, silhouettes, sun, contours); proposed by F. Riedelio

Symbol support vote.svg Support As mooted L-Bit (talk) 03:43, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment not so sure, could anyone insert a gallery so I can get a better idea?--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:22, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

ok if noone else shows up in the next weeks I think we can remove it. Right?--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:35, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (Schönheit liegt im Auge des Betrachters)[edit]

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment As mentioned elsewhere, I think we should be careful with idioms, as they often don't work in other languages. Any suggestions on how to make this easier for non-native speakers and translators? --El Grafo (talk) 17:58, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
I know this sentence in the following version: “Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder” Face-smile.svg --Maimaid 13:14, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Es: "La belleza está en los ojos de quien la mira". Regards. --Ganímedes (talk) 08:33, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
  • It: "La bellezza è negli occhi di chi guarda"--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:16, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
in any case, I think this should be removed. I personally prefer more focused theme and there is no clear support in six months.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:24, 28 July 2016 (UTC)


Symbol support vote.svg Support I support this idea. – b_jonas 12:17, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:40, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support it could be interesting.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:58, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: the sample images are a mishmash of totally unrelated themes. Needs to be more specific, like "Vehicles from below". --P 1 9 9   15:28, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Hey everyone, we need more comments..--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:57, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
My support was quite "weak", so if noone says anything, I think we can put it in the archive. There is no consensus so far.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:01, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Cell phone photography and videography: beyond selfies[edit]

Everybody seems to be caring cell phones those days with relatively good cameras, so sometimes we have a camera in the situations when we usually would not have one. Also many cameras come with variety of tools traditional cameras lack like panorama mode, slow-motion or time-lapse video or HDR mode. lets see what people can do with those tools. However I would like to explicitly discourage selfies or random family and friends photos.--Jarekt (talk) 16:42, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as nominator --Jarekt (talk) 03:18, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
  • I stay out of technical challenges, as usual.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:45, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Benoît Prieur (d) 16:00, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as spiritual successor to Just point and shoot. --El Grafo (talk) 11:02, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose This isn't thematic enough. I'm not against having photos made by a cell phone on Commons, indeed I have uploaded such photos. But since cell phone cameras are so easily available, and many have such a good quality, an increasingly significant part of all photos you see on Commons will be taken by cell phone anyway, and there isn't much connection between them. There isn't a lack of cell phone photos, or any educational or documentary use that's filled by them more than just any photos in general, so I don't think we need a challenge for them. And if you care about the “variety of tools […] like panorama mode, slow-motion or time-lapse video or HDR mode”, you can just ask for one of those directoy, not tied to cell phone cameras. – b_jonas 12:24, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
That is a good point. Maybe we should concentrate on things that cell phone cameras can do that traditional cameras do not do as well without postprocessing: panoramas, slow motion videos, time-lapse videos, HDR, etc. Cell phone is a different tool and it would be interesting to see how people use it. --Jarekt (talk) 03:26, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Not specific enough. In many cases it's indistinguishable from point-and-shoot cameras. --- [Tycho] talk 10:48, 1 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per User:b_jonas. MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:38, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

Black and green[edit]

Black and green

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, But could be any primary colour + shade or contrasting colour. Sample images are convincing. L-Bit (talk) 02:44, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Nice samples, but what will be the next? Black and Red, Pink and Yellow, Blue and White? This theme is too accurate for me. IMHO better will be name it "Two colours" and let the user choose which one. --Slick (talk) 04:42, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I think, the topic is to lax and unspecific
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Funny to how one person deems this too specific and the next one too unspecific. Imho, a theme for a challenge should actually challenge the participants, and there are different ways to achieve that. Challenges like windows are pretty much straight forward, all you need to do is find a nice looking window. This kind of theme brings a different kind of challenge, where the possible subjects to choose from are not limited by their usage but their color. It's completely up to the photographer to make something meaningful out of that. Which two colors actually doesn't really matter, so I'm proposing an alternative for the holiday season below. --El Grafo (talk) 09:48, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Just a gimmick, no specific educational value for wikipedias to use - MPF (talk) 13:55, 14 June 2016 (UTC)


category:Blood doesn't have a lot of good pictures.

It is an unsual proposal, I am totally aware and I am not a weirdo. I want mainly to test sone feedbacks on less common themes: in my experience if approved they give unexpected and even useful results. Now that we accept more frequently two-month challenges (and noone seems confused), I try to look into more peculiar themes.

If you think some of the possible outputs could be too "dark", I understand. I was originally interested in the scientific images we can get too, and I hope we won't have too much images of blood donations, there are covered enough.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:52, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Also "fake" blood is fine. As long we get a creative output, everything is probably useful for commons. I add an image of a cosplayer.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:13, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Gozitano (talk) 08:24, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Combine with "bone" below to have a "Blood and bone" Halloween-themed contest in October. I am sure we will get plenty of pictures of both. BD2412 T 01:08, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
We could do that. If noone opposes I can merge them during the summer.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:31, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
I am starting to have second thoughts on this union. We'll see.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:38, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I think some people may find it a bit too disturbing. Atomicdragon136 (talk) 19:57, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

a concept that can be applied to everything... we survived bones with no issue, in the end. And what about bathroom? Some of those images will be far from pleasant. You can always stop at the title and close the page. --Alexmar983 (talk) 01:11, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I also do not like the idea. --Jarekt (talk) 14:56, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose --Shillings1005 (talk) 13:51, 12 February 2019 (UTC)


See Category:Boxes.

Specifically, wooden or cardboard or plastic containers. Empty o without items. Also packages, if they're not too small. We have some pictures, but they are not great. Perfect theme for a rainy or cold season, mainly indoor photography.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:45, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose not very interesting or challenging. Unclear benefit to the project. --Jarekt (talk) 15:14, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I needed a good image of an empty standard box some weeks ago and I couldn't find it on commons. We use tons of boxes in everyday's life but we rarely take good pictures of them, that's a fact. Than of course if you want to go "artistic", take pictures of children building cardboard forts and kitten squeezing themself inside a package. It is not different than giving second place to the picture of a hat used a vase. I mean we organize dozens of competition including objects, I didn't see what was different about that. That was the idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 19:22, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Broken objects[edit]

See the discussion about "rusty objects". The general category of damaged objects has low-res images (I suppose nice images of intact objects give more satisfaction but that's why it is challenging...) The goal are objects where you clearly see they're broken from the photo. Also no cars or scooters or similar, we have those and it might be in bad taste (potentially mortal accidents) that's why I put "objects" in the title, so low and medium size stuff. And also no "burned", "corroded", "pierced" or "worn out" stuff... just broken, so things with some sort of mechanism or structure that went lost.

Pictures of repairing are also possible but maybe we can do "repairing" directly or another challenge. The difference is that "repairing" is difficult, "borken objects" generic it is still easy. At least, it is easier. --Alexmar983 (talk) 16:52, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

it has been also proposed "urban decay" to be merged with "closed shop", maybe we can have instead "urban decay and vandalism", which include broken stuff, but later as a separate challenge. Let's see which one is more voted.--Alexmar983 (talk) 17:05, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Noone? I remove this one soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:45, 6 May 2017 (UTC)


Proposed by Alexmar983

The level of the images in our category tree could be improved. I suspect my proposal about "stationery" is not going to be approved so that's my way to try to get some images in that direction too, but a little bit more creative. It is difficult, probably a two-month challenge. I will find better example images in the following days. --Alexmar983 (talk) 09:21, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Noone?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:14, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

Card games and table games[edit]

proposed by Alexmar983

Traditional card sets, people playing card games, dice, ‎small hourglasses... a perfect theme for a rainy month.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:53, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

I didn't write it just to address it when presented: I was thinking to put it as a warning. In any case that are a lot of traditional games in the world. I don't want to name "traditional table games" just because a group scene for a copyrighted games is IMHO ok for the competition. It's actually the only type of picture we could use in the article of a more recent product if the single items are copyrighted.--Alexmar983 (talk) 19:29, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Not a great support. maybe I can archive this one. --Alexmar983 (talk) 06:20, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Castles and Palaces[edit]

Castles and Palaces (castle complexe, castle ruins, fortifications, water castles); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment we can have this type of theme, although it is very generic. We accept also pictures of internal areas, or just snapshots form/of the outside?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:02, 28 July 2016 (UTC) "Palace" could be misleading if the goal of the theme is "defensive structure". Maybe "castle and fortification" is a better title?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:15, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Any comments?--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:28, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
If noone shows up after some weeks I will put in the archive ("too generic" and "no specific support"). Let's try to focus on a possible direction here.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:18, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
The theme remains vague and noone supported in months. I will remove it in the future if it remains like that. I think we should split it. For example "castles and strongholds" and "palaces".--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:00, 13 May 2017 (UTC)


See the catgory Cleaning, proposed by Alexmar983.

It is an universal topic. And good images are always welcome: products, tools, people at work. If possible cleaning of objects and "places", not of living beings. I mean... the cleaning of a seagull or a whale after an oil spill is ok, your dog or children taking a bath is not.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:22, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Anybody?--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:22, 4 October 2016 (UTC)
Well, that's the next one to go.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:42, 18 October 2016 (UTC)


Amazing pictures of clouds and cloud formations of any color, shape and size from around the world.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support The theme is ok, it is specific and has an educational purpose. In any case, we have already a lot of good images of clouds so not a priority, IMHO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:06, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Assianir (talk) 07:07, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: There are already thousands of cloud images on Commons, this is not a "challenge". It will need to be made much more specific. --P 1 9 9   13:57, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I can agree, and therefore remove the proposal if no positive shows up. Maybe we can merge some idea of "weather" competition in "earth science". I'll make a list of rejected ones so we can prepare something we all agree on in the following weeks.--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:08, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportNaturliebhaberin
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I think we would need to insist on labeling. --Jarekt (talk) 15:26, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
II think it would be nice that if someone shows up for a positive comment about a challenge, maybe (s)he could leave a comment about some of the others. Now there's another challenge in a limbo to "fix". I guess some people really want clouds... Personally I don't have the knowledge to fix/insert/check the labelling or the title of the uploaded files, I hope if we do the challenge someone else does. I'll inform some local projects looking for expert users, but that has almost no impact.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:50, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

I still think that this challenge does not have a clear support. I was originally positive, now I am not. Maybe we can discuss a more general challenge about "stuff in the sky"? (birds, planes, auroras, clouds, drones, kites...) So that the "clouds" part is not scientifically relevant? I guess a good picture at the sky with the monotonous background and the zooming and transient objects is not easy, right?--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:46, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I put in archive soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:44, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

I like Alexmar983's suggestion of turning this into a "weather" challenge. Seagull123 (talk) 11:29, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

I forgot to archive this one... weather is possible but we had also rain in the past Seagull123 (if I remember). Maybe I could propose "bad weather"? I don't know.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:36, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
@Alexmar983: Commons talk:Photo challenge/themes/Archive (rejected themes)#Rain? Seagull123 (talk) 11:40, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
yes it was rejected, now i remember. Sorry, I am busy at work, just replied to the ping without careful check. we could try bad weather in general, maybe people like that one...--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:51, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
But bad weather was the challenge in december 2014. Musicaline (talk) 12:48, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
We could have the same (or very similar) challenge after three years. What about "extreme weather and sky phenomena"? Like flood, hurricane but also auroras.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:45, 26 August 2017 (UTC)
ok I put this in the archive soon, and think about something related to weather ok?--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:48, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

Common mistakes[edit]

Common photo mistakes (but intentional and in high quality) and maybe a comment howto prevent and/or create it. This should very usefull for articles to explain it. And it should very funny to vote it ;) --Slick (talk) 05:32, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: instructional images are fine, but this will just open the floodgates for every garbage picture. --P 1 9 9   17:39, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Aggree with all the above L-Bit (talk) 03:58, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose, same as above. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)


Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose this images are cute and I often find them funny, but most are borderline out of scope with little value to encyclopedia. I personally prefer photo challenges more aligned with needs of Wikipedia. --Jarekt (talk) 12:23, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support In regards to the 'out of scope' comment: wikimedia is also a valuable source of more general content, e.g. for making presentations or educational worksheets and content, so I feel images that could serve this purpose are a valuable addition, and generally support the aims of the project-- 06:07, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support, intriguing concept. --P 1 9 9   17:54, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose, I agree with Jarekt. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)


Take pictures of cosplayers, cosplay items and cosplay costume, with relation to portraying fictional characters in real life. Summer is the best time to do this theme because many anime conventions occur between June and August. There is a serious lack of high-quality Cosplay photos. These photos are critical to portraying and illustrating Wikipedia articles regarding the diffusion of Japanese culture abroad, popular culture in the Western hemisphere, and creative expression through fashion, among other topics. Photographing cosplayers is difficult due to the nature of where they are found (crowded venues, venues with inadequate lighting, e.g.), or because of technical constraints (non-commercial, freely licensed, semi-professional/quality photographs of Cosplayers is lacking to some extent). Cyali (talk) 21:04, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose That's a slippery slope copyright-wise per COM:COSPLAY (and by extension COM:FAN). I don't think that's a suitable theme for the general public. --El Grafo (talk) 13:51, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I agree with El Grafo. I really do not like to see images uploaded by new contributors to Photo challenge to be deleted and this challenge has high potential for that. --Jarekt (talk) 15:06, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Unfortunately, copyright might be a big issue. We already lost some winner because of that (although I did not see their deletion procedures, I would have opposed in some cases).--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:45, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

I remove this soon, if noone opposes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:03, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Crimes, Infractions and Misdemeanors[edit]

Can you take a nice picture at something that happened or is happening and it is against the law? I guess it is not easy, and I'd like to see the output. Plus, there might be some interesting local cultural aspect to show.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:08, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 17:22, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment An interesting idea. Seems like it could get into WP:BEANS territory, though... Would rather not see a headline "Wikimedia Commons urges users to commit crimes for photography" :) — Rhododendrites talk |  15:35, 21 January 2019 (UTC)


Useful diagrams explaining something the author is well versed-in and/or showing interesting data.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Trougnouf (talk) 20:37, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose This is Photochallenge. --El Grafo (talk) 13:21, 12 June 2018 (UTC)
  • yet we had a video challenge not long ago. --Trougnouf (talk) 15:41, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose diagrams are created when they are needed in the article and photographs are taken more for fun and than added to articles if needed. I do not want contestants to start producing beautiful diagrams that are not needed. --Jarekt (talk) 14:36, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose We do need good diagrams, but you need a very different skillset for creating them than for photographs, and as such, I don't think it's appropriate in the photo challenge. If you want to encourage that, organize something outside of the photo challenge, possibly on Wikipedias or Wikibooks. – b_jonas 10:10, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Destroyed and disappeared places and buildings[edit]

Recent events such as the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake made me think about how it's important for wiki to get informative pictures of areas and structures before they were destroyed by human or natural causes. it's always something that is worth a detailed search, which sometimes proves unsuccessful. That's why I suggest this challenge. It may require to scan some old pictures, but still I think it is worth the effort.

There are also thousands of structures of local interest that are gone. In the gallery I use "famous" example but all types of sites should be welcome.

This has some similarity to the "closed shops" challenge, but those structures are often still there... this is more focused, more difficult and also more culturally relevant. In any case, I suggest to schedule them at a certain distance, if both selected.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:41, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

here is a query of destroyed or dismantled building. It's not complete but I hope it can help for the most recent one. The submission should include in the submission (caption or file description) some information about the site. BTW, another violent herthquake in New Zealand right today. Can you believe it?--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:58, 13 November 2016 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I like the idea of collecting photographs of destroyed places, but it is quite a challenge to take photograph of a place before it is destroyed (unless you are the one destroying it), so this challenge would be for people that can do a deep dive into their photo archives and pull out photographs of places or objects which are no longer there. I can not imagine too many people that can do that. --Jarekt (talk) 21:36, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
You can also take pictures of the destroyed place, we still have no free copyright images of the earthquake effects in Central Italy, that's useful and necessary as well. Of course it's not easy as well in many cases, I agree. This proposal is like images of technology and drones, probably a difficult two months challenge. I like this 2+1 pattern, let's use it. It helps to be more efficient: we proved we can handle 3 challenges at the same time, so we can think a little bit less about this issue. Those with old photos mainly search at their desk, and the others have another challenge to go outside and shot.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:12, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support There will not be many photos, but those which are recovered from archives will be very precious for Wikipedia, because they really fill gaps.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:34, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
But those supposed to ye your photographs, not scans of other people photos or drawing. I agree archival photographs are great but they do not belong in Photo Challenge. --Jarekt (talk) 02:40, 3 September 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support per what KaiBorgeest says. Just make sure there's another theme with an easier bar of entry at the same time. – b_jonas 13:59, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:21, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I fear that it's an open door to copyvio. Plus, it will be impossible to captivate a lot of users, because it's a "scanning" challenge and they will not use their camera. --Ruthven (msg) 13:12, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
almost all our challenges are an open door to copyviol in some ways... and all of them are challenging in some ways, that's why we have two of them each month. We can have dozens of "easier" challenges but we also need difficult ones. It's impressive how after so many years a key concept is still partially interiorized: some challenges are worth the effort (of uploaders and organizers) for what they bring, that's why we also do those. We asked to take pictures of electronics in the past, aren't they covered by design copyright sometimes? I mean you can apply these objections to many of them, basically sometimes the only reason why we do or not do some of them is only if someone shows up saying or not saying that there is such specific worry, but it is quite random.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:50, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
BTW, digital cameras exist since many years and in the meantime many things have disappeared, so it's not even only "scanning"... only if you want to go for something that way. We have one uploader who scans old images of 1970s and 1980s by routine, for example. This "scanning" issue is another funny one. If 1 out of 24 challenges is more scanning-oriented is just part of balanced scenario. It's just one of those 10-20% that have less entries, but more valuables. Big deal, we can postpone the deadline too.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:53, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose "The Photo Challenge inspires photographers to take great pictures and upload them to Commons" -- taking a new photo isn't always required, but if there's no possibility of taking a new photo, it seems against the idea of this challenge... — Rhododendrites talk |  15:38, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

Drinking Glasses[edit]

Drinking glasses

We have pictures in Category:Drinking glasses, but IMHO there are few top quality media where the focus is not on the content, but on the glass.

I suspect that, unless the object is very old or expensive, an (empty) glass is considered a boring topic.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:10, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Was it really such a boring topic? Any comments :D?--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:29, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Facial expressions and emotions[edit]

See also: Emotions

  • I merged it with another proposal titled "emotions". I hope it is ok, but let's discuss only this one for the moment: they are kinda overlapping, if you focus on the simple representation of emotions faces are usually taken into account. Should we consider also animal facial expressions?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:01, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment if used in a challenge, this should contain a link to COM:Personality rights/COM:PEOPLE and encourage uploaders to use {{consent}}. --El Grafo (talk) 11:32, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: While a few good examples of under-represented emotions would be welcome, this challenge will open Commons to every personal photo that is contrary to our scope. --P 1 9 9   14:08, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I've proposed "animal facial expressions" what about that? You don't need consent, so it is simpler, and it might be useful to describe emotion also in animals.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:34, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
ok we can propose "animal facial expressions" later, this one has no real support. We can put in the archive. As usual, I leave some weeks just in case anyone wants to show up to support it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:11, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Facial expressions of animals[edit]

The idea was originally proposed (and rejected) for human facial expressions, and this variation emerged as a possibility. In facts, Category:Facial expressions of animals does not contain a lot of great photos. They are also mostly about cats and dogs. So, it is worth to improve their overall quality and quantity. In the end, the face is an important aspect to be described in "evolved" animals. I could say that IMHO a living animal who is not strongly sedated has probably an "expression", so "snouts and faces" is an almost equivalent title, but I think that "facial expressions" gives a more creative undertone.

I am not forcing anyone to avoid cats and dogs. But I would put no examples in such direction in the gallery, and I would state that less common animals are especially welcome. Usually these "soft" requests seem to work fine. If users avoid cats and dogs, as suggested, it would be probably a two-month challenge.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 18:02, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
I think I agree with MichaelMaggs on this after all. So I will change my vote to Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. --Jarekt (talk) 14:41, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
but you add a kitten! :D FIne with me... no big deal, let's put cats and dogs as example...--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:43, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
Removed the kitten. I guess I did not read to the end. I do not think you can avoid cats and dogs unless you specifically exclude them. For most of us those are the only animals that have facial expressions that we interact with. --Jarekt (talk) 11:36, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
It is not about avoiding them 100%. Look at the "multilingual" challenge, I am one of those "bad people" who violated the "rules" uploading bilingual signs with quite common languages. I just did so because I though they were useful pictures. It is just a way to suggest to select images in a certain direction. Voters should also follow the advice. It seems like a reasonable balance to me.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:52, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. Not very educationally useful. Most of the 'funny' animal expressions you can find on the internet are Photoshop-enhanced, which would be a risk here. MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:00, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
No clue about funny animal expressions on the internet, I'd never imagined that was a thing... if so real images of animal face are educational, IMHO. BTW, our uploaders have quite good standard, why they should be influenced by what happens on the net, I don't see it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:00, 10 September 2017 (UTC)


Sorry for this... <smile> ... any kind of Category:Animal feces --Atamari (talk) 10:34, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Atamari (talk) 10:34, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
  • I could Symbol support vote.svg Support because understanding the origin of certain feces is in fact an important information, especially when your are trained outdoor as a scouts or similar. But let's be clear just animals? Well, human feces is more "medical", so I would stick to animal feces, but in this case let's change the title. You never know...--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:16, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
    • Yes, only a focus on animal products. And best a clear assignment to which species. Hunters and conservationists can best perhaps. --Atamari (talk) 11:56, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Even if we select it for a "scravanger challenge" (if we approve the concept), just to be sure we don't "insult" more "artistic" photographers... I don't think we have the expertise to evaluate the pictures. I personally have no idea at all. We have problems to accept "clouds" because of the lack of expertise... I cannot imagine what to do with that, whom to ask. Very controversial. I see people are avoiding to comment here since months.

Let's wait a little bit more. Than archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:58, 25 February 2017 (UTC)


See the fences, proposed by Alexmar983.

They are everywhere and they can be interesting as safety instrument or architechtural detail. We don't have a lot of nice pictures of fences.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:21, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

  • No comment. I'd probably remove this one as well in the next weeks.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:34, 29 September 2016 (UTC)



  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Who doesn't like fire?L-Bit (talk) 02:48, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I love it. It is a "classic theme"--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:23, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Simple perfect ideaZ28scrambler (talk) 02:21, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment it has a good support, but if it increases rapidly please let's remember that the theme of August 2016 is "firefighters" so let's schedule this at a sufficient distance.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:38, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support--Assianir (talk) 07:10, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose already 1000s of fire images on Commons, and too broad, not a challenge. It should be made more specific like "Making fire" or "Fire safety", or look at any subcategory in Category:Fire that is under-represented. --P 1 9 9   14:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose Many images of "fire" seems interchangeable, unclear if we need more of them to illustrate wikipedia projects. Kind of like "Kitten" and "selfy of private body parts" challenge. --Jarekt (talk) 15:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
illustrate wikipedia projects is not the only scope of commons. Although I usually do, I wasn't thinking at a wikipedia-centric use but a generic use. In any case we had "fire fighting" and " safety‎ equipment" (which include often fire protection), so what's left for the following months? Pyrotechnics is not bad, what do you think? What about "fire in science and technology" and "fire in religions and traditions"?--Alexmar983 (talk) 19:41, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I'd support "fire in science and technology". Commons could really use more of such images, and it's a good challenge. --P 1 9 9   12:50, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
fires and flames in science and technology?--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:34, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
ok I agree it was too generic, my comment was one of the supportive one, so we can put this in the archive and I'll cite in a more specific challenge proposal. Let me now if you agree.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:22, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Fish meals[edit]

All sorts of food with fish, e.g. smoked, fried, baked, soup, fish meatball, cuisine specific dishes, etc.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support An interesting subject, with is in my opinion not too broad and not too narrow. We could use some good photos of this subject. Tomer T (talk) 20:58, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment it could work, but we have a lot of this type of images, on the long term you find the specific social media upload with the right copyright when you need one of them. it is the food production and processing the main gap to fill. If other people like it, I have no specific issue of course.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:52, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
ok we waited many months. I suspect this challenge is not going to have big support. Any more comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:46, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
I put in archive and then rename "fishing"--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:40, 27 August 2017 (UTC)



  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Ibex73 (talk) 19:16, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - Would man made fog (eg. a fog machine) also be accepted?Z28scrambler (talk) 02:21, 29 May 2016 (UTC)
no idea. But we probably don't have a lot of those, so I would say yes. What about Hydrocarbon fog?--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:22, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment We really have a lot of good pictures with fog.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:22, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: like fire, we already have 1000s of fog images on Commons, and too broad, not a challenge. It should be made more specific like "Vehicles in fog", or look at any subcategory in Category:Fog that is under-represented. --P 1 9 9   14:15, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
ok I wasn't opposing in an explicit way but I agree with P199's doubt. If noone show any support I think we can put this one in the archive in some weeks because the doubt is reasonable and there's no clear consensus.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:25, 14 September 2016 (UTC)


I created the Wikipedia article in guessing, but can not find an appropriate image to illustrate the concept. A contest would be just the thing to develop many images to choose from. BD2412 T 18:30, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

It was left here without any comment for more than a year... BD2412 maybe we can put it away in the archive? My advice: try at least to introduce a gallery of examples images, if you think it's worth to keep the proposal.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:24, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
Current image used to illustrate Guessing on en.Wikipedia.
That's exactly the problem - we have no images effectively illustrating this concept. The one currently in the article is a coin flip, but there are many other types of guessing (in a trivia game, on a multiple choice test, on a game show) which are not well captured here. BD2412 T 12:21, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
let me see if a find a second one at least. Just to show some possible ideas if it is picked up for a competition.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:34, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
No, I agree. No images of the guy in a booth at a U.S.A. fair that tries to guess weight or age, no people betting at a roulette table, no tourist trying to understand which door is the bathroom in an exotic country, no dog pointing at a pair of closed fists looking for the food, no adult looking suspiciously at a wrapped present, no bomb that needs to be disactivated cutting one of the wire in the last 5-10 seconds... you're right BD2412 we do need something more. Well, I morally Symbol support vote.svg Support--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:45, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as per User:Alexmar983. Lack of sample images is no reason to avoid this challenge. --P 1 9 9   15:34, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

I found a second image for the gallery. Maybe I will find a third one...

Thank you User:BD2412 for the third image. Even if they are all related to "games", there is at least some variety. Maybe we can find a fourth example before the real challenge.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:40, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I added bunch of photographs to guessing article, There is plenty of available images that can illustrate the concept. However I do not like this topic as a challenge, since it is so narrow and so unclear in many cases what is guessing and what is not. For example I have no idea why file:Adm. Haney flips the coin at the Pro Bowl.jpg image illustrates guessing. --Jarekt (talk) 14:30, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
    • The significance of the calling of a coin flip as a paradigmatic example of guessing is discussed in the article. As for the images you have added, the jar of mushrooms is not itself an example of guessing, but something to which guessing could be applied; a shell game is a good example, but a poor photograph because the game itself is such a small and hard to distinguish element of the image as a whole. We need better illustrations of guessing. BD2412 T 19:46, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
I think that the coin flipping was more accurate than the mushroom jar. In any case we need better illustrations, and they can be selected easily from some dozens of new entries. I think this would have been a good challenge for this December. Not a lot of submissions, it balances the images form Christmas which are "easy" and can be added to a third ongoing challenge of rocks and minerals without overlap. I am thinking "Let's do it and close it here". Now we have it in a limbo for other months, and it is difficult challenge to pair with another one, we have to wait with another one with a super generic theme, probably. Also there are more appropriate ideas for spring and summer, so it can remain here a lot of time.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:34, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Heavy Metal[edit]

including real metal as well as concert photography

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I does not translate in some languages and it is confusing. Also, not sure when this was proposed but it attracted no comments for some months. I would put it into the archive as soon as possible, if no other (positive) comment shows up.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:24, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

I checked: this was already here in June 2015. There is point in keeping it more. If it were a successful proposal, I would have get some comments... I put in the archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:35, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Historical Photos[edit]

Photos that show historical events. No portraits. It gives us a chance to have an experience of what it was like ling ago before technology. York12321 (talk) 11:06, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Finn ski troops
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose All challenge photographs are suppose to be "your own work". Not many people can go and take their own historical photographs. --Jarekt (talk) 04:13, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
  • We usually don't support this type of challenge although personally I don't see why it should be an issue having also this type of theme once in a while. But as very lazy contestant, if that's what users want, I accept the general will.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:42, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Horned animals[edit]

Domestic and wild animals with horns

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support L-Bit (talk) 04:04, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Split into existing proposals for Mammals (for wild ones) and Working animals (for domesticated animals; both proposals below) - MPF (talk) 14:18, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • IMHO, there is the same superposition than with other proposal such as "water phenomena" and "rain" or "clock tower" and "tower"... if it is scheduled far away from partially overlapping proposals, there is no problem per se. I could Symbol support vote.svg Support --Alexmar983 (talk) 11:05, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Problem: I'm quite sure that in some languages "horns" can be used to describe protruding structures of insects or snails as well.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:12, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
We are having "wild mammals" and we had "animals at work". We can archive this without any great loss, I agree. Unless some positive comments, after so many months, shows up.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)


Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose (same as "Contradictions") this images are cute and I often find them funny, but most are borderline out of scope with little value to encyclopedia. I personally prefer photo challenges more aligned with needs of Wikipedia. --Jarekt (talk) 18:07, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

It is high time[edit]

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment As mentioned elsewhere, I think we should be careful with idioms, as they often don't work in other languages. --El Grafo (talk) 17:43, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment that's not clear at all in my language. Since there is no further description or comment, I file this in the archive. --Alexmar983 (talk) 06:19, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Just point and shoot[edit]

This challenge is a bit different from what we have gotten used to in the past: You are free to pick any subject you like, provided that it is within Commons' scope. However, only pictures taken with Point-and-shoot cameras are allowed in this challenge, while “point-and-shoot camera” shall be defined as any camera matching all of the following criteria:

  • no exchangeable lenses
  • weighs less than 500g (1.1lb)
  • digital: sensor smaller than (Micro) Four Thirds
  • film: 35 mm is maximum

So, most smartphone cameras should be OK while some high-end compacts like the Leica T or the Ricoh GR are not. Please make sure that the camera model you used is either evident from the file's meta data or included in the description.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support This would be handy for people [including me] who snap images with a regular digicam or a phone, but can still deliver good images with a basic camera. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 10:00, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Limiting the [unsigned comment 5 May 2015 by Leaderboard]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Opposeb_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Objects on grass[edit]

Objects on grass

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose of little value for an encyclopedia--Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC) Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose as Maimaid Jiel (talk) 21:45, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

License plates[edit]

See the License plates, proposed by Alexmar983.

It is an universal topic. Cars, trucks or scooters are everywhere. And they can be very interesting. We have a lot of them but the resolution is usually not great or they are depicted with their vehicles. The goal here is to have a very nice, high quality picture of the plate itself.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:00, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment If the samples above are the kind of pics that are included in this challenge, what criteria should be used for voting? It will only come down to how colourful the plate is... --P 1 9 9   15:37, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

we never had "criteria for voting" as far as I know, it is subjective. If the resolution and the contrast are ok, I would probably vote for the plate that has something particular that I never saw before, but that's just me. Someone would prefer "colorfulness" as a criterion. The point here is that is not easy in general to take a nice picture of a car plate. Probably a good photographer never stop to shoot at them, but if some of them did, that would be useful. And they are not "boring", you can find some interesting ones. You just select them as you would with other items. Than again, you can go also for something more artistic like plates on a wall in a restaurant, if the idea of a "simple" plate curb your enthusiasm.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:57, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I think what User:P199 is saying is that we would be judging on how interesting or pretty license plate is, not on the photographers eye or skills. You can use a scanner for this challenge, so it is like a "photo challenge" of who can scan a better image. --Jarekt (talk) 15:45, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
No you can't use a scanner for a car plate :D. I mean, let's try to be plural here. You would be judging what you prefer. And I'm really curious to see photographers eye or skills in action here. Because these comments don't not sound as it is "too easy", right?... maybe in the end it is a "real challenge"? We need that some photographer once in a while understands that there are things (s)he never tries to pictures, while maybe (s)he should try to do that at least 1% of his/her time. You have a camera? You see a plate? Show me what you got. Why is this such a issue in this case? "multilingualism" is basically 50% pictures of... plates, is it a problem? I don't think so. I don't care about the challenge per se, I am worried about the lack of opportunity. If we miss one here, how many more are we going to miss? We just can't have nice pictures of certain topics because photographers thinks they're "scansions"? Scanning btw is not easy, and this is a multi-facet platform. We should embrace this aspect at least once in a while. Not always, but at least once in a while...--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:07, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Light and Shadows[edit]

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose of little value for an encyclopedia--Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Light Painting[edit]

Light Painting In this challenge, you can include all light painted photos (light graffitis and non-light graffitis).

  • Light painting in light graffitis :
  • Light painting in non-light graffitis :
well it is few years ago now so that's not an issue anymore. In any case please show up your support if you read and approve the idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:12, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Just one comment please...--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:12, 22 October 2016 (UTC)
Ok if no comment shows up soon I put it in the archive...--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:51, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

Made in and Product of[edit]

Originally: made in

Where were your goods manifactured? Look it up! There are so many combination of countries and languages without image.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:08, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: Uninteresting challenge if it only involves taking pictures of labels with text, as shown in the examples above. Moreover, may likely result in may copyright violations of brands and trademarks. --P 1 9 9   14:19, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
If you take a look, you can discover a lot of very different combination, so I won't say is uninteresting. You learn very interesting things looking at the small detail of your life and I have no doubt that a skilled photographer can communicate them in a picture. Putting the "made in" and the good clear in the same picture for example: the labware picture in the gallery I took it on purpose because it shows how DDR was an industrial country that could produce high quality lab equipment. In any case, the risk of copyright is low. The brands are not always put close to the "made in" tag, not all of them are protected by copyright, in some cases you have de minimis situation, because they are not the center of the attention in this case. You have the same level of risk than with other challenges in country without FOP.--Alexmar983 (talk) 19:07, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose not so interesting. It is hard to take innovative photograph of a label. --Jarekt (talk) 15:48, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
Just to point out: if it is hard, than probably is interesting. I really wanted to see what an "expert photographer" could do about that. I think the answer is nothing, or he doesn't know. So it's up to us unskilled owners of cheaper cameras to do the job here, right?--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:12, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
BTW, it is not just tags. Also a box of fruit with "produce of X" written on it is fine. I just cannot find that. Maybe some commercial fair too. Like a German car at a car expo where you see the black-red-gold flag very well. But the point is we actually don't have a lot of that type too. If I want to put an image in the article "economy of X" where I show the product, such images in many interesting cases are not often immediately explanatory of the area where those product are manufactured. Maybe I can keep looking around. That's why I didn't remove the proposal immediately.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:59, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

So everything where both the product but also the origin are clear, because of a tag, a logo, a flag, a coat of a arms, a writing or a stamp. I have removed the previous gallery an inserted this one:

I have to say that I am in any case surprised that instead of seeing the "creative part", the "boring one" was almost 100% considered in the comments. "multilingualism" running this month is mainly plates and other flat surfaces in the gallery examples, yet good photographer are in any case finding images with more than some simple series of sentences (they can show also irony, advanced composition, meta-references...). Again, it is not a bitter remark, it is just my way of exploring the dynamics of the selection for future readers.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:09, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Love padlocks[edit]

Love padlocks ; proposed by ComputerHotline

  • Added by ComputerHotline 19:56, 28 February 2016‎
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I have never seen one in the US. European tradition? --Jarekt (talk) 15:29, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment See Love lock. It doesn't seem to be a behaviour that is to be encouraged. -- Colin (talk) 16:08, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Insufficiently global Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment - although I am aware of bra, and gumboots fences in New Zealand, have seen a bicycle fence here also. Perhaps a novelty fence category would have more universality? L-Bit (talk) 03:02, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
L-Bit, ComputerHotline, Colin ... why don't we change the topic in "fences and padlocks"? Or a similar title.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:35, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
ok no answer from the ping. I start to put this one in the archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:39, 28 July 2016 (UTC)


Monotony (repetition, uniformity, conformity); proposed by F. Riedelio

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment It has been a while without comments, someone should add at least a gallery. --Alexmar983 (talk) 04:42, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

✓ Done a preliminary gallery. But someone else can do better.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:17, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
We need comments!--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:13, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Old receipts, invoices and bills[edit]

See the category Invoices, bills and receipts, proposed by Alexmar983.

Bills and receipts are very common items... we have some but we could have more. I specifically suggest to upload relatively old ones (something like pre-1985, "mainly no computer layout"), because the more we wait, the more they will deteriorate, and they will be lost forever.

It is not so complicated: If just look for some old family files, you can find some easily.

You don't think about it because they look boring but they do contain a lot of useful information about language, economy, history, society such as: abbreviation and expressions, prices, old addresses of companies, taxes, specific laws about commerce...--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:38, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

I want to be honest: there might be issues. We can put a warning to erase/hide personal data if present. Also, we can show how to use related templates, such as Template:PD-textlogo, correctly. We can suggest to avoid watermarks or elaborated logos, but they are not the core of the attention in this case: you can remove them and the pieces of information I've listed would still be available, so it is de minimis.

I think it is worth the risk much more than induce someone to upload a building where there is no FOP. Even if the building will be gone, there will be thousands of images in 70-100 years thanks to modern cameras and smartphone. But those documents will be gone, thrown away. I think that we can erase those we're not sure rapidly at the end of the competition.

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Sorry, but imho that's a job for a scanner, not a photographer. Sure, that could potentially bring us some very useful files. But where's the photographic challenge in shooting a flat piece of paper? There is zero creativity needed for this … --El Grafo (talk) 09:35, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

actually, there is. Getting a nice image from a piece of paper requires expertise. I am not good at it for example. If I have a camera and a possibility to shot my picture of a piece of paper when I can't use a scan it looks terrible. Also selecting the best tickets even to scan from a bulk of document is quite creative, I know something about it. Challenges are suppose to stimulate, this iMHO does. If every "creative photographer" realized that he is a creative in doing such a type of picture once in a while, we would have more of them. But (s)he does not: (s)he throws the opportunity away even if with her/his skill would take much less time to get a nice picture when a scan is not an option. Maybe once we could try to point it out right? It won't be the end of the world and (s)he feels unchallenged, an option number two will be available for that months in any case.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:15, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Old wash houses[edit]

Old wash houses ; proposed by ibex73

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose a bit to narrow for me. I live in Virginia and can not think of any Old wash houses around. May be we can make it more broad. --Jarekt (talk) 20:19, 5 April 2016 (UTC)


After "eyes" and "teeth" I wanted to do something with "ears". An email on a mailing list reminded me about the issue of deafness. I propose two challanges, one is this one, more neutral and "medical" about ear disease and audiology. Current images are not great if you look in the related categories. --Alexmar983 (talk) 14:44, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

So again yes to eyes, no to teeth (rejected) and probably no to ears. Why eyes is ok and ears is "not"! :)? I wait few weeks for some comments and if noone shows up, I put in the archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:56, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
In any case we really need better pictures in this direction.... :( maybe we can enlarge the theme, I don't know... Otorhinolaryngology? Now that we have 2-months challenges with a wider yet specific theme we could get some decent results.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:47, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
I put this in archive soon. So far only "eye care" will provide some medical images and if it has more support, probably blood. Fair enough.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:28, 30 March 2017 (UTC)


We  rejected "Tickets", but I try it again to get something in that directions. Maybe this "rebrand" could work? --Alexmar983 (talk) 14:02, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

I guess I did not :D--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:54, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

People love their life![edit]

See also: People love their life! Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose of little value for an encyclopedia--Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

People love their work![edit]

See also: People love their work!

  • I don't oppose but I don't get it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:52, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Maybe we can put it in the archive? It does not look very popular so far...--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:42, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Pollution and trash management[edit]

proposed by Alexmar983

garbage, oil spills, waste management, exhaust fumes, river pollution...--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:47, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 12:55, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: unfocused challenge. Pollution and waste management are 2 completely different subjects. How about "pollution clean up"? --P 1 9 9   14:35, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
they are not "completely different", they are overlapping in some aspects. It is not "unfocused". I saw dozens of schoolbooks of science, geography or history (my mum is a teacher) about the challanges of the future where these types of images are used in the same chapter. I proposed them together because I don't think we should split too much the themes. But again, if you (generic pronoun) prefer to split them, do it. --Alexmar983 (talk) 19:54, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I split them, if no positive comments shows up. I archive this and cite it as the oriignal idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:58, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Production of fermented milk products[edit]

Previously: Cheesemaking Proposed by Ibex73

Artisanal or industrial cheese making.

  • support, we need something food-oriented once in a while, but only if it is "technical".--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:38, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
if you think it's too specific we could include also yogurt.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:47, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment this is a bit narrow. I do not know any places in the US known for cheese making. Maybe "Cheese and other cultured milk products --Jarekt (talk) 15:24, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
I do: Winsconsin, for example. USA citizens consume tons of processed cheese, it's not all imported. In any case that is more or less my suggestion with yogurt.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:44, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Ok if noone has any objection, in some week I can upgrade it to "Production of fermented milk products" or similar. We already had challenges in the past about food processing, it's proven to be difficult even with a generic title to get nice pictures, namely pictures of the production instead of the final product(s). So maybe it is not a bad idea to be more inclusive, if it helps to get the main target, i.e. the "production" description.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:41, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
I boldly rename it stating my logic is sound! :)--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:31, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

It also includes home production IMHO. We don't even have a subcategory in Category:Yogurt about fermentation or production of Yogurt, so we actually need Yogurt pictures more than cheese ones, in general. I am open to any submission hoping for the best results.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:56, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

noone? --Alexmar983 (talk) 15:57, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
I'll remove it soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:58, 4 June 2017 (UTC)


Queues, Stand-in lines

See (Category:Queues); proposed by Alexmar983

A "boring" theme? Who knows... at least if you're stuck in one you know what to do if you have your camera with you...--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:55, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Noone likes the idea? If so, I can withdrawn it in some weeks.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:18, 27 September 2016 (UTC)


Rain Rain, raining weather and People in the rain (Category:Rain); proposed by Atamari

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support The samples show people in rain, but there is more to rain than that L-Bit (talk) 03:27, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: like fire, we already have 1000s of rain images on Commons, and too broad, not a challenge. It should be made more specific like "Man-made rain‎", or look at any subcategory in Category:Rain that is under-represented. --P 1 9 9   14:39, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I am also doubtful. I would remove this proposal in few weeks if no support shows up, but in any case I strongly support a revision of all weather-related themes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:20, 27 September 2016 (UTC)


See also: Retro style

  • This has to be better developed. Otherwise if noone shows any support I think it can be removed.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:28, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
I checked, it was already here in October 2015. I think I can therfore remove it directly.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:51, 29 July 2016 (UTC)


Photos imitating the Romantic visual arts. --Ceving (talk) 09:36, 27 June 2016 (UTC)

It's almost November. Can someone leave a comment? Just to get an idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:49, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Signs of Global Warming[edit]

Visible signs of the global warming in nature or cities --Maasaak (talk) 23:50, 23 December 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - this is useful to document for scientific purposes. Eventually, we are likely to have numerous articles describing these effects in different regions. BD2412 T 00:30, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:39, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - What exactly are signs? How are we sure they are signs of Global Warming? Does Global Warming actually exist? I think this would be a subjective challenge with subjective photos.
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose --Kbh3rdtalk 14:44, 28 May 2016 (UTC)
  • The type of images we need are scientific one or those clearly related to scientific studies. If a peer-review journal article states that a certain area or species is affected in a certain way, ok. The rest is potentially ambiguous. In any case, "climate change" would be more neutral and more objective title. Climate does change, even if we deny the human factor is the main driving force behind it at the moment, and extreme weather conditions are often related to human activity even if there is no temperature increase. In any case, I think I Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. I would file this in the archive asap, but the general idea does fill a gap, so I would personally suggest a competition about pollution or invasive exotic species.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:13, 28 July 2016 (UTC)


proposed by Maimaid--Maimaid (talk) 10:48, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose. Good topic, but we already had a stairs theme in 2015-03 and a spirals challenge, and we shouldn't repeat yet. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Summer activities[edit]

English: wide theme, ranging from the beach to festivals, through barbecues, cultural visits ...

. proposed by Marianne Casamance

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment it is like the one titles "summer" of 1-2 years ago. It is not what I like, but I don't oppose. We can keep it here up to next summer at this point (but would it be disrespectful for the southern emisphere?), but someone has to show some support soon or later.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:07, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
another 1-2 months without support. I have to say: it is strange to put this one in the archive of rejected themes when "Summer", which is very similar, was accepted. --Alexmar983 (talk) 07:22, 14 September 2016 (UTC)


Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment It's a cliché of a cliché, but hey – why not? I'd suggest to make this a photos taken during the challenge month only theme tough. --El Grafo (talk) 14:46, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Agree with El Grafo but would like to add that to be fair to both hemispheres, the challenge should be during the equinoxes. The Northern or Southern winter could be a disadvantage if the challeng is restricted to the month listed. L-Bit (talk) 03:00, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I'm not sure it would make a big difference, but I think it would be nice for this challenge to take place during a month with an equinox. So I guess September would be best (the other month with an equinox is March). Mateus S. Figueiredo (talk) 01:12, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Great theme. Kadarkhan0000 (talk) 10:19, 27. Mär. 2015 signature added by Anna reg (talk) 19:50, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support for June. BD2412 T 02:25, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose in the current form: I find many sunset photographs to be of little encyclopedic value and prefer challenges more aligned with needs of Wikipedia. I also really do not like photos taken during the challenge month only challenges. We do have a lot of images of sunsets and a lot of them are the only images from some place, resulting in articles like en:Tinaga, en:Armadale, Western Australia or en:Lake Isle, Alberta with the only image in the article being red sky which could have been taken in any place. I would Symbol support vote.svg Support something like "Places at sunset or sunrise" where one of the requirements is depiction of some named object or place at the sunset/sunrise. See gallery below.

But not

--Jarekt (talk) 13:30, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Interesting.--Leaderboard (talk) 15:31, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose as per User:Jarekt. We already have hundreds (maybe thousands) of generic sunset pictures. This is really not a "challenge". --P 1 9 9   17:47, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose of little value for an encyclopedia--Maimaid (talk) 18:01, 24 November 2015 (UTC)


Surrealism; proposed by KKnoefler247

This proposal was here already in October 2015 (I don't look for the exact date of introduction, they are many months in any case). KKnoefler247 do you think we can put it in the archive o would you like to attract some comments with a gallery?--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:16, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

We should put it in the archive. The topic is too abnormal Alexmar983. KKnoefler247 (talk) 15:18, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
KKnoefler247 thanks for your reply. I put it here. Good luck for the next proposal!--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:39, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Teeth and Dental care[edit]

See the Dental care, proposed by Alexmar983.

It is an universal topic, therefore good images are always welcome.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:07, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose not exited about this one. --Jarekt (talk) 14:41, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
it is not different from the one about eye care...--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:18, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
So this one we out in archive. Funny output: yes to eye, no to mouth :D--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:13, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Three of a kind[edit]

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Not sure about this, since the English and German might be interpreted in different ways. A proper description would be needed and maybe some examples? --El Grafo (talk) 14:53, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

you can change the title if you like, El Grafo, "The best things come in threes" is better? But maybe that's not correct, because in the German proverb, it is not expliziet on the number of three, it refers rather to the context. Hm, hopefully help the examples ;-) Lesekreis (talk) 16:49, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Lesekreis. So if I'm interpreting the examples correctly, it's more or less the same thing as the past Two of something theme? --El Grafo (talk) 17:16, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
yes, we could change the title in "Three of something". Is this boring? I liked the Challenge "Two of something" because of the many possibilities.Lesekreis (talk) 17:47, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
We already had "Two of something".
In French we say "Jamais deux sans trois" > Never 2 without 3 (?). Means if it happend twice, it can happen a third time. I don't know if that means the same... --Llann .\m/ (Lie 2 me ...) 18:09, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
This is just a suggestion for the future, Llann .\m/ . I have changed the title, it´s more accurate. Best wishes, Lesekreis (talk) 14:51, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
When we had "Two of somethnig" it was one of our first challenges and we were searching themes so because it was February I've suggested a topic with the number 2 (Feb = 2).
I understand it is a suggestion but was trying to know what the idiom meant... On Panoramio there's a group like this :3 to be three "three repetitive objects or characters who are the main subject of the photograph" as topic.
--Llann .\m/ (Lie 2 me ...) 17:06, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
The German Aller guten Dinge sind drei is something you say if you have failed twice, hoping you'll succeed if you try a third time. After some research, it seems that the english third time's a charm is basically the same thing. I think just repeating the n of something with 3 instead of 2 souds a bit boring, so I wouldn't oppose using the proverb as the challenge name as long as it's clear that we actually mean 3 of something. Another option would be to call it Three of a kind, which is an expression used in poker and dice games like w:Yahtzee. --El Grafo (talk) 09:14, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
hi again and thanks for detailed explanation, El Grafo. Maybe this proverb is too difficult to understand because there is no global significance. I like the suggestion "Three of a kind ". I've updated the example images. Hope you like them. You can replace them or supplement at any time. Have a nice day, greetings Lesekreis (talk) 10:28, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the update, I'm fine with that. --El Grafo (talk) 14:30, 6 November 2014 (UTC) (Unfortunately, I had to nominate the 3 chimps for deletion because of suspected copyright violation)

Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:48, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Just a gimmick; I don't see how these could be of any particular relevance for educational use in wikipedias. - MPF (talk) 13:25, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I prefer themes were images are more related to one another. --Jarekt (talk) 16:02, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I don't usually support this type of idea, but I am neutral. In any case if no specific support shows up, I guess this proposal could be filed in the archive of the rejected ones.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:51, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Tickets and related technology[edit]

See the Tickets, proposed by Alexmar983.

Tickets are very common items and they contain a lot of useful information about events, transportation, technology... also we lack some pictures of ticket validation, ticket control, ticket emission...--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:38, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

No comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:50, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose Seems like a good idea, but I have concerns on copyright. See COM:DW. The design of a ticket must be below COM:TOO on its source country and the US to be uploaded here on Commons, which is very limiting. -- Poké95 07:02, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
I think there are more copyright issue on concert photography than tickets machines or similar. I can skip the "tickets" part in any case. But so far I rarely see deletion of very simple tickets here. I can also reshape it as "paying" including also cash registers and similar. But we need something in that area, people don't take enough good photos of this "boring" topics, but we need a little bit more.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:40, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose not exited about this one. --Jarekt (talk) 16:02, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Up and down[edit]

Up and down, proposed by Neptuul

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but see also "Below" above. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose quite unclear of what is within a topic and what is not. Walking? Sex? Air travel? Stairs? Basketball? Volleyball? 50% of sports? anything to do with mountains? --Jarekt (talk) 14:48, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Within the topic are the various aspects of up and down --Neptuul (talk) 11:18, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I am not a fan of this type of themes, but I don't oppose.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:31, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment if noone shows any additional support, I put it in the archive next month.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:37, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

What is your ... ?[edit]

I would like something cultural and "personal" -- RTA 19:11, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

What is your view?[edit]

shoots from our windows to illustrate the world that surround us.

How is your breakfast like?[edit]

shoot of our daily breakfast to show different breakfasts around the globe. Not the hotel version.

What is your ways to work?[edit]

What kind of transport did you use to go to work?

What is your Sundays activities?[edit]

Did you to church, park, play...?

What is the food that you eat in celebrations[edit]

What did you eat at your birthday, some holiday...


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Jiel (talk) 09:41, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
  • What are we supporting first? The general concept or one of the specific variation?--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:47, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Where is the challenge here? Everyone's vacation photos will qualify for this... --P 1 9 9   14:47, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment ok after some months I have to ask, what do we want to do with this one? We confirm the idea and as with earth science we decline it in some specific competition? Or if noone else shows up with a positive comment, we put in the archive?
I must confess, I don't really like something of this idea. I mean it is not bad but it is like "social marketing"... I think that 50% of pictures already come from what people see around, some of the competition force you to look around specifically but a lot of other things are already in your life. This title makes the process more "personal" and it could work in a "social media" dimension, that's for sure.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:25, 18 September 2016 (UTC)
Talking about the "social" taste I think the media you inform people can make a real difference, think about those foodies uploading images of their lunch. I've already asked some chapter (e.g. Wikimedia CZ this month because they don't have WLM), to spread the info about some competition on social media. IMHO if the information arrives massively on those spaces, open to a bigger audience, this sort personal dimension is going to be more relevant in any case. And in the end there is no big difference between "breakfast" and "what is your breakfast"... and come one, even if it isn't "your breakfast", how could we know?--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:15, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
As I stated in the choice for October, please leave some comments :).--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:12, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Weather phenomena[edit]

Spectacular forms of weather phenomenons, from around the world.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Levin Holtkamp (talk • contribs) 15:36, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg CommentDunno, could we perhaps reduce this to something more specific, like "wind"? – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:52, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:42, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment we already have "clouds " and "rain", if we greenlight all of them we have to dilute these challenges.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:07, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: as per User:B_jonas, not specific enough. What will happen is that every outdoor picture will be uploaded to this challenge. --P 1 9 9   14:45, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I can think about "Rainbow" and "Lightning" as a specific theme.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:30, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
After removing "fog" and "rain" I think we could also remove this one and propose some specific competition maybe under the umbrella of "earth science". Tell me what do you think.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:20, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Winter weather[edit]

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Images should be allowed to be up to 12 months old to encompass both hemispheres L-Bit (talk) 03:10, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose: hundreds of winter weather image already on Commons, doesn't meet the objective of the photo challenge: "Monthly thematic competitions encourage participants to try new subjects, new photographic or processing techniques, and to develop skills while improving the Commons repository of free images." --P 1 9 9   17:52, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Winter in hemisphere North will not be at same time as at South, this segregate volunteers. -- RTA 16:37, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

Undocumented locations[edit]

We have 2 "Undocumented" challenges, but maybe we should start with "easy" undocumented locations challenge first:

  1. run en:Special:Nearby or similar tool at your favorite wikipedia
  2. photograph locations without images
  3. add image to the article

Only new images added to an old article related to a place that did not have an image depicting that place are eligible for the challenge. --Jarekt (talk) 15:39, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support: this should have been done long ago. --P 1 9 9   15:42, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I am working on a tool with another friend based also on local templates, I wanted to propose something similar when it was completed. For example one of the best tool available is wikishootme, but the items without P18 on data are not always missing images on commons. I made a national campaign to introduce users with strong local focus to these tools and to add existing images to wikidata items so wikishootme works fine, the results are good, but it takes some time. And tools are the key, you can't use just your local wikipedia, an image can be available on commons, that's sometimes more a problem of fixing a gap using existing images than a challenge to shoot new ones. Also local images not transfered on commons can be misleading. And the final idea was to use these tools for some national competition with prices offered by local chapter. End of the story. In any case Symbol support vote.svg Support but as with missing images of people please think at the necessary "infrastructure".--Alexmar983 (talk) 20:15, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
ok in March we will start the first "undocumented locations" challenge (see talk) but the main focus will be buildings. If you take a picture of a school, town halls, church in place where you have no other pictures, you are also documenting the place itself in a certain way. So it is better to focus on single items to cover as much as possible with a clear focus and than fill the remaining missing geographical locations, which can be both uninteresting or so much isolated that whichever picture we can get is a good result per se. This generic idea will be postponed for a while, almost a year.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:19, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Undocumented personalities[edit]

The following images would be OK of they were the first images depicting the person:

Portraits of notable people of which Commons has no other media.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support nice idea, let's hope to make some progress.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:47, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Supportb_jonas 15:42, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support; may be tricky though... --P 1 9 9   18:00, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but I agree that it might be tricky, so may be 2 month challenge? Also I would change it to no recent media, with recent defined as last decade. --Jarekt (talk) 01:36, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Every one will upload a photo of his father or a local person not very encyclopedic -- Jiel (talk) 21:48, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
The proposal said "notable people" as in en:Wikipedia:Notability (people). --Jarekt (talk) 12:28, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Proposed rules:

  • People with personal wikidata item, and more than month old biographical Wikipedia article in any wikipedia
  • People without any files (more than month old) depicting them that can be found by searching Commons or on pages linked from wikidata

--Jarekt (talk) 12:50, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Jarekt as I said when I asked to postpone this selection for the current month, we need some "tool". Now, I'm trying to understand how to produce a wikidata list. I am not sure if I can put the "at least one month" limit for existing articles. I think that even without that limit the output will be too much. Maybe the best option, since it is a global challenge, is to focus on wikidata item of people without P18 with at least 2 (or 3?) related platforms whichever they are. It is less wikipedia-centric, which is good. Also, mainly spammers insert two wikipedia articles in less than one month and when they do they usually spam images as well, so there is no real issue there. What about this option? Could it be ok?--Alexmar983 (talk) 17:11, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
I do not think we need tools for "undocumented" challenges, There is a lot of articles in wikipedia that do not have any images and they are not hard to find. You can use FIST tool to search a category on any wikipedia for articles without images. If you are at a university look up which profesors might have articles about them but no images, do to book signings, or concerts. Take photographs of local politicians at parades or town-hall meetings. Many of them might have articles but no photographs. Take photographs of public domain statues and check if they have images in articles. The enforcement would be mostly honor based with occasional check for some random fraction of images. It might have to take some work to identify subjects, so we might have to run it for more than a month. --Jarekt (talk) 02:31, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
If I though you couldn't take pictures, I would have opposed. So I don't understand why you are listing all the possibilities to find pictures :D. Coming back to the tools, FIST helps you to find pictures on the web, but the point is to upload an original pictures, not to find it on line right? Also, you have to take care about "local" images with specific copyright tags that can't be transferred on commons. If you use your local wikipedia in some languages, I'm quite sure you don't get the right output of missing images with FIST, because they have an image stored on the local platform. So again, we need to propose a toolbox, with a clear lists of pros and cons. Now, I am trying to produce a wikidata quarry with P18. Its cons is that there might be some false negative, but it is not wikipedia-centric. Also, the effort of inserting P18 when available on commons is really going on so the number of false negative is now quite low. Nothing we can't easily double-check. I am sure there are other options, I am just more expert in tool for missing images for places.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:46, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Undocumented species[edit]

Biological species of which Commons has no other media.

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support This would be useful for WIki Commons, so, there should be a rule though that the creature is named, BUT could this end badly with mis-identified creatures? L-Bit (talk) 03:04, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support but I am also worried about quality of identification. We should also be more specific about what "Commons has no other media" means: may be no species category, image in Wikipedia articles and no hits when searching for it using Latin name, at the beginning of the challenge? --Jarekt (talk) 12:38, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • I suppose "can't find it at commons when searching for latin and vernacular name" should be enough. If there already are scientific drawings of a species but no photographs, I'd count that as "undocumented" for a photo challenge as well. Concerning identification: It should probably be noted in the file description how the identification was done. E.g. give the literature reference for the book you used to determine the species. If you go to a botanical garden where the species are labeled, mention that in the file description – and don't blindly trust those labels. Try to double check online that you used the right label for the right plant (can be difficult to determine when the label is not directly attached to the plant) and verify that they are not just using an outdated synonym for a species that is already documented at commons under the current accepted name (happened to me several times). There should probably be a round of review done by a group of users with some experience with that before voting starts. --El Grafo (talk) 13:37, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Very niche. Not many people know well species and is able to do photo of them. They are already people active to illustrate Commons with that, a challenge will result of a lot of bad photo with poor/false identification Jiel (talk) 21:51, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, subject to El Grafo's provisos, and also with a strong preference for photos taken in natural (not captive / cultivated) conditions. Very useful for Wikispecies, as well as for all the wikipedias. - MPF (talk) 13:33, 14 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment L-Bit, El Grafo, MPF, Jarekt we could manage this only if we have more support from specific projects. I mean we need at least 10 users with expertise who can validate if the species is "Undocumented" because even not considering microscopic species every field (insects, spiders, algae...) is too big. It is clearly out of our usual effort here but I agree, we need those images. My opinion is that we close this proposal here because there's no way we can make it work for this type of competition... we're not "serious enough", for the same reason that I prefer that a scientific competition like that in November is better managed by someone "from the academia". I do believe in any case that as wiki we can think in a grater perspective. We can go on meta, and ask money to organize a real competition called "Wiki loves species". As far as I know from my "wiki loves monuments" experience, you need money for an infrastructure development (we can contact those who helped for WLM and WLE), some professional names in the jury, someone looking for a good scientific sponsor... We can do this, if we really want. It can be big.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:42, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Well we are hosting "Arthropoda" in September, "undwrwater photography" (plenty of sea species) was in August, so I guess this idea can be suggested after a while.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:17, 2 September 2016 (UTC)