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My preferred pic for speaker biographies, etc. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, and you must mention that and credit the photographer, Lionel Allorge if you use it. (Large version, 1.21 MB; you may crop this to suit your needs)
An alternative picture, kindly placed in the public domain by Christoph Braun. No credit is required if you use this. (Large version, 14.87MB; you may crop this to suit your needs)
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I am Andy Mabbett. I live in Birmingham, England. I am Wikimedian in Residence with ORCID. You can find more about me on my primary user page on the English Wikipedia (which includes my declaration of interests); and my website:

See where my images are used on Wikimedia projects (may be slow to load); some statistical data about my images is available; also here; as are recent changes to my images. I've started to categorise my images that are used elsewhere and I keep some bookmarks of external sites using my images. Organisations who have used them include:

I have alternative account, User:PigsOTWing, used in training sessions.


If you use my images outside Wikimedia projects, I request a credit, thus:

Picture by & © Andy Mabbett, CC by-sa 4.0
In print
Picture by & © Andy Mabbett (, under a CC by-sa 4.0 licence

with the former example linking to the relevant image page on Commons, my website, and the relevant licence, each with no rel="nofollow" attribute.

Please double-check the spelling of my name, and make sure you have substituted (and link to) the appropriate licence.

Failure to give attribution without prior agreement voids any CC-BY licence.

File names[edit]

I am adopting a file name format along the lines of:

  • Object - YYYY-MM-DD - Andy Mabbett - nn

where "nn" is an ordinal for series.

Web for all[edit]

I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly.


I founded Wikipedia Project Microformats and have added microformats to Wikimedia Commons templates, and those on other Wikimedia projects.

I founded the Voice Intro Project (#WikiVIP), asking people who are the subject of a Wikipedia article to supply a short recording of their spoken voice.

I work with organisations to encourage them to open licence their media. Among my notable successes have been:

Some favourites from my own images[edit]

My favourites from media I've acquired[edit]

I often ask people or organisations to contribute images, or video, either individually, or in large batches. Some are artistic, some are historic, and some have news value.

Bad deletions[edit]

not copyright violations, and were uploaded by the Etsy seller after I sent a request to do so via their Etsy store.


Some professionals, who kindly donate some of their work under an open licence:


Structured data example
1920×1080 (9×5)
TGRT Testcard - 4×3




This user has uploaded 7914 images to Wikimedia Commons.
This user has uploaded 116 sounds to Wikimedia Commons.
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