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Wiki Loves Folklore (WLF) is an international photographic contest where the photographers can contribute media (photographs, video, and audio) about their local folk culture to Wikimedia Commons under free licenses to be used on Wikipedia and any other places with attribution. This photography contest is focused on folk culture of different regions, including folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore, and tradition, including ballads, folktales, fairy tales, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, etc. The campaign is targeted at protecting the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

The Wiki Loves Folklore International photography contest serves as a vital catalyst for preserving intangible cultural heritage, in accordance with the 2003 UNESCO Convention. It encourages people from diverse backgrounds to capture and share images representing their cultural heritage, effectively documenting and sharing these intangible aspects of culture. Through visual storytelling, it raises awareness about the importance of cultural practices, rituals, and traditions and promotes community engagement in heritage preservation. By showcasing intangible cultural heritage on Wikimedia Commons, Wiki Loves Folklore ensures its transmission to future generations, making it more accessible and relevant in the modern world while upholding the principles of the 2003 UNESCO Convention.

Every year, the Wiki Loves Folklore photography contest runs from February 1st to March 31st. Originally globally launched in 2019 as "Wiki Loves Love", the contest was subsequently renamed to "Wiki Loves Folklore." Over its 5-year journey, the contest has garnered an impressive collection of 79,844 media files from 168 different countries, with the invaluable contribution of 6,414 dedicated volunteers.


Winning pictures in former editions

Wiki Loves Love 2019

Wiki Loves Folklore 2020

Wiki Loves Folklore 2021

Wiki Loves Folklore 2022

Wiki Loves Folklore 2023

Our Partners

Wiki Loves Folklore is a project organized by the Open Heritage Foundation. We express our thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation along with Wikimedia Espana, Wikimedia Russia, Wikimedia Thailand, Wikimedia Peru, Wikimedia Community Kenya, Wikimedia Belgium, Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia of Benin Usergroup, Dagbani Wikimedians, Wikimedia Community of Tatar language User Group, Wikimedians of Erzya language User Group, Hausa Wikimedians Usergroups, Punjabi Wikimedians, Wikimedia Community Ireland, PhilwikiCommunity, IGBO Wikimedians Usergroup, Wikimedians of Albanian Language Usergroups, Wikidonne Usergroup, Community Wikimedia User Group Haïti, Amical Wikimedia, Wikimedia Community Malta, Wikimedians of Mali Usergroup, Yoruba Wikimedians Usergroup, Wiki Loves Falles, Women in Red, Global Open Initiative and Le Sans Page for supporting the project in the past years.

We would like to also thank Scholastic, American Folklore Society, TheFolkloreSociety, Archivalia Hypotheses (Germany), Wikiwand, Tribune India, Punjab Tribune, Ajit News, Dainik Bhaskar, VCA Government of Malta, fes ta, Businessnews,, Dainik Savera, Dainik Jagran, and Punjabi Jagran for their support to make this campaign visible to the public.

We also acknowledge the supported by national organizers from countries like Albania and Kosovo, Belarus, Benin, Burundi, Ghana, Haiti, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Land of Valencia, Mali, Malta, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and Zambia in the past years.

In the previous editions Wiki Loves Folklore has received uploads from 168 countries like Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Collaborating partners in countries

The Wikipedia project of Feminism and Folklore has been supported by affiliates and partner organizations from 11 countries – India, USA, Italy, France, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Tunis, Ghana, and Geneva.


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