A week of Wiki Loves Africa

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A week of Wiki Loves Africa

On the 1st October 2014, the first ever Wiki Loves Africa was launched across the continent and beyond. Since then, 488 photographs have been uploaded to the competition. You can view uploaded photographs here.

We are just getting started …

For those of you that don’t yet know, Wiki Loves Africa is a competition where people from across Africa (and beyond) can celebrate the diversity, richness and complexity of this continent we live on. They can do this by taking photographs, video or audio related to that year’s universal theme and entering that media into the competition. All media entered for the competition may ultimately be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles relating to the subject or be used in some of the other Wikimedia projects, such as WikiBooks or WikiVoyage.

For the first Wiki Loves Africa competition in 2014 we have chosen the theme Cuisine.

This universal, yet culturally specific theme encapsulates all that is glorious and challenging about our continent.  The competition offers the ability for people from all walks of life to contribute to a greater global understanding of Africa and its complexity. Cuisine presents a visually rich, evocative subject matter that establishes identity and enables understanding.

The competition will accept any media that is related to the production and consumption of food from across the continent, including the “foods”, “dishes”, “crops”, “husbandry”, “culinary art”, “cooking methods”, “utensils”, “food markets”, “festivals”, “culinary events”, “famine food” and any other issues that are related to cuisine on the African continent. You can find examples of the kinds of images we are looking for on this page: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa_2014

The competition involves introductory and participatory events in some countries on the continent, and a continent-wide call for local people to contribute to Wikipedia. By encouraging people from all walks of life to contribute to Wikipedia in this way, the competition will go some way to rebalancing the lack of information and nuance that presently relates to Africa’s coverage on Wikipedia and other online knowledge sources.

A trilingual project, Wiki Loves Africa has teams in some countries that will host specific actions (training, communication, fun events, and upload marathons, etc.). Volunteers are encouraged to become involved and organise Wiki Loves Africa events in their own countries. Entries from outside Africa will be accepted as long as they feature African cuisine.

The Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine contest runs for two months (1st October to 30th November) during which all entries will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under a free licence. The entries will be judged by a panel of experts from across Africa who will select the best media at the continental level.

Wiki Loves Africa is supported by WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and Fondation Orange.

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