Wiki Loves Africa 2015 has been announced and eight intrepid volunteer groups across Africa are ready to host training events, meet-ups and upload sessions across Africa.
For the 2015 competition, Africa’s Wikipedia volunteers chose the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment. The contest encourages media that represents cultural dress, fashion and a diversity of adornment. Cultural fashion has been defined as clothing and body wear that presents local cultural influences and is determined by cloth, styles, ways of wrapping and hanging, etc. This theme also includes adornment, which is represented by culturally defined jewellery, make-up, hairstyles, tattoos and scarification, cloths and woven materials.
The competition runs from the 1st October to the 30th November 2015 and entries are welcome from anywhere on the continent and beyond. Training and upload events are being organised by groups of volunteers in Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.
The prizes for the competition are:
- 1st prize: a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 + an Africa-published book + Mystery gifts from the Wikimedia Store + print of the participant winning picture
- 2nd prize: US$300 Amazon gift + an Africa-published book + Mystery gifts from the Wikimedia Store + print of the 2nd prize picture
- 3rd prize: US$200 Amazon gift + an Africa-published book + Mystery gifts from the Wikimedia Store + print of the 3rd prize picture
- Community Prize: US$200 Amazon gift voucher + an Africa-published book + Mystery gifts from the Wikimedia Store + print of the Community Prize
The competition was conceptualised by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood as a fun and engaging way to rebalance the amount of visual representations and relevant content that exists about Africa on Wikipedia. All entries to Wiki Loves Africa will be directly uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (the digital repository of the Wikimedia projects) with the intention of being used to illustrate relevant existing articles or as a basis to begin new articles on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. The images donated are also available for use on the internet and beyond, under the Creative Commons license.
The international Wiki Loves Africa competition is organised by the Wikimedia community that created Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, and built the free media archive Wikimedia Commons. Wiki Loves Africa is supported by WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and local supporters in individual countries.
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/WikiLovesAfrica
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/wikilovesafrica
- The winning photos from Wiki Loves Africa 2014:
Winners from the 2014 competition: