Requirements, Prizes, Rules and Regulations,
Application Guidelines and Procedures.
There are millions of subjects you can read about on Wikipedia. But of all those subjects, the ones relating to Africa have the least coverage. This is due to a number of reasons, but some are linked to the fact that many people do not know that they can have their knowledge and cultures reflected on Wikipedia by donating their images, videos and audio to Wikipedia.
The richness, diversity and beauty of Africa deserves to be visually
celebrated on Wikipedia. YOU can help to do this. Everyone is welcome to
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 for the 2022 contest is… Home and Habitat.
The 2022 competition started on 15th February 2022 and closes on 15th April, 2022.
There are several prizes up for grabs, both nationally and internationally. For national prizes, please see what events are being held locally in your country.
At the international level, there are 6 main prize categories for Wiki Loves Africa.
The international prizes are :
- 1st prize: US$2000
- 2nd prize: US$1500
- 3rd prize: US$1000
- Culturally specific or traditional representations of home, houses or spaces of living : US$750
- Prize for best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account): US$1000
- Special collection (a series of images that tell a story): US$750
Each winner will also receive a pack of Wiki Loves Africa-branded merchandise.
Disclaimer: Prize money may be dispersed in a gift card or voucher format
Pictures ! audios ! videos !
The theme Africa on the Move! encourages the submission of visual representations of movement, migration or transportation,
whether local or regional, by path, road, sea, or air, self-propelled,
or by animal, natural or mechanical means. Submissions could also
capture the historical or contemporary structures that have been created
to facilitate movement or the transportation of people, goods, or
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 15th April, 2022.
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
- 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 2022,
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.
Notes on video
Other files, such as audio and video, are welcome. For videos, please submit files in the following formats:
How to Apply.
Everyone is welcome to participate. Upload your picture through the link below:
15th April, 2022.