Sudanese woman making traditional bread called kisra. Pic: Mohamed Elfatih Hamadien - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Africans at work – Wikipedia competition for African photographers

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Wikipedia is the world’s leading encyclopedia. Unfortunately, Africa is under-represented on the platform and the people at Wikipedia want to change that. One way they are doing this is a photography competition to get more photographs from around the continent onto the platform.

Says a statement from Wikipedia, “Of all of the millions of subjects you can read about on Wikipedia, subjects relating to Africa have the least coverage. This is due to a number of reasons, but mainly because many people do not know that they can donate their images, videos and audio to Wikipedia.”

They then explain the sort of photos they are looking for, “Please, document all manner of occupations that are undertaken across the African continent – these can be formal and informal, contemporary or ancient, business-oriented or creative.”

When does it take place

The competition started on 1st October 2017 and closes on 30th November 2017.
Winners will be announced around February 2018.

The prizes

There are a number of prizes, including two special prizes for photo essays that capture Women Working or Rare, Fading or Threatened Traditional Crafts, Styles or Way of Working.

1st prize: US$600
2nd prize: US$400
3rd prize: US$200
Organizer price: US$200
Photo Essay PrizesĀ : Women Working US$200
Photo Essay PrizesĀ : Rare, Fading or Threatened Traditional Craft, Style or Way of Working US$200

Competition rules

Competition rules
Images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contest may win prizes. There are a few rules to respect for the images to be eligible.

  1. All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. They can be either self-uploaded or uploaded during a registered mass upload session.
  2. Uploads can only be done from the 1st of October 2017 to 30th of November 2017. You can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs), but they must be uploaded during those dates.
  3. Images must be free of watermarks or embedded signatures to be eligible. All entries will automatically be submitted under a free licence such as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (or in the public domain). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.
  4. All eligible pictures will be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2017, this will be automatically assigned during the upload process. (Feel free to add other relevant category descriptions to make the images more usable.)
  5. Participants must enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so they can be contacted should their image be chosen for a prize.

And Video?
Other files, such as audio and video, are welcome. For videos, please submit files in the following formats:

  • .ogg
  • .ogv
  • .webm

More information

Find out how to submit your material and get other information on the competition here.

Picture: Sudanese woman making the traditional bread called kisra.
By Mohamed Elfatih Hamadien – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


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