2020 Wiki Loves Africa Photo Contest

Deadline: April 15, 2020.

Wiki Loves Africa is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media that relates to that year’s theme to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes. Each year’s theme is chosen by the community to be a universal, visually-rich and culturally-specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc


The theme can encompass the full representation of modes of transport across the African continent, as well as means the infrastructures (historical and contemporary) that have been developed to facilitate movement of people, animals or goods from one point to another.

Also inherent in the theme is the migration of people from one area, country or region to another, whether for business or personal security.

Types of images that illustrate aspects of the theme

A. Modes of transport

  • human-powered
  • animal-powered
  • by land : bicycle, wagons, carts, trains, trucks, busses, etc.
  • by rail : train, monorail, funicular
  • by water : water crafts: boats, fishing, ferries, liners, etc.; swimming, floating
  • by air : planes, aircrafts, balloon, abseiling or cable car
  • informal transport, paratransit (in this case, add it to Jungle_Bus_Paratransit_contest category too)
  • other …

B. Elements of Transport and Movement

  • Infrastructure: bridges, roads, flyovers, dirt roads, paths, signage, bus stops, train stations
  • Vehicles
  • Operation:

C. Functions of Transport and movement

  • Passenger transport
  • Freight, haulage and goods transportation to market
  • Medical

D. Impact of Transport and movement

  • economic
  • planning
  • by products and consequences
  • environmental


There are a few rules to respect for the images to be eligible.

  • Rule 1: All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. They can be uploaded by you or uploaded during a registered mass upload session. Your image must have your name or nom de plume on the uploaded file.
  • Rule 2: Entries will only be accepted if uploaded between the 15th February to 31st March 2020. You can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs or they are in the public domain), but they must be uploaded during those dates.
  • Rule 3: Images with watermarks or embedded signatures will not be eligible. All entries submitted to the contest will automatically be licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (or those in the public domain). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.
  • Rule 4: All eligible pictures will be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2020, this will be automatically assigned during the upload process. (Feel free to add other relevant categories and descriptions to make the images more usable on the projects.)
  • Rule 5: Participants must registered on WIkimedia Commons and be contactable. Please enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so we can contact you should your image be chosen for a prize.
  • Rule 6: To be considered for the video prize, the file must be uploaded in the video format (.ogg, .ogv, or .webm) that is required for Wikimedia Commons. Please note audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account for your file to be eligible for a prize.


At the international level, there are 3 main prizes for Wiki Loves Africa, and as with last year, there will be two additional prize categories for photos and media.
The international prizes are:

  • 1st prize: US$1000
  • 2nd prize: US$800
  • 3rd prize: US$500

Additional categories are:

  • Culturally specific or traditional representations of transport or structures that facilitate transportation : US$500
  • Prize for best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account): $500

Each winner will also receive a pack of goodies (proposed: a hat “I edit Wikipedia from Africa”, a branded battery, stickers)


1. Take photos!This is the fun part! You can enter media (photos, video clips or audio files) that covers the theme of people, vehicles, animals and infrastructure that help to move people, goods, animals and things across Africa. Think rare and unusual ways of looking at those items we might take for granted around us.

2. Select the best!Your media could go onto Wikipedia to illustrate an article. Choose photos and media where the subject matter is clear and in focus.

3. Register on CommonsYou have to be registered on Wikimedia Commons to enter the competition. Make sure your email is enabled so that we can contact you if you are a winner!

4. Read the rulesRead the rules listed below. It is really important that you follow these rules, otherwise all your efforts will have been wasted.

5. Enter your photos!Enter your photographs using this link to go directly to the upload page. Remember to describe the photo and add relevant categories to the image.

6. What now ?Now you are registered on Wikipedia, the fun doesn’t stop here!! There are many things you can still do:

  1. Take more amazing photos and enter them!
  2. Add your photos to the relevant article on the Wikipedia in your language.
  3. If you see that a subject that you are passionate about is not yet on Wikipedia, then you might want to consider writing an article about that subject
  4. Share the fun with others. Invite them to join http://bit.ly/EnterWLA2020



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