Wiki Loves Africa

Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest where people across Africa can contribute media (photographs, video and audio) about their environment on Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes and could include any such 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 2014 photo contest was Cuisine. Cuisine sought to document in the form of various media, the diverse types of cuisines across the continent of Africa. The theme will encompass the “foods”, “dishes”, “crops”, “husbandry”, “culinary art”, “cooking methods”, “utensils”, “food markets”, “festivals”, “culinary events”, “famine food” and any other issues related to cuisine on the African continent.

The theme for the 2015 photo contest was Cultural Fashion and Adornment. The competition 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.

Each year the two-month competition starts on the 1st October and end on the 30th November.

The project is run at the entire continental level. However, some specific actions (training, communication etc.) are held in some countries with national volunteer organisers. Each year there is a jury that selects the best entries at the continental level, with a ceremony and prizes as deemed appropriate. More information is available via this link and the Wiki Loves Africa website.

The contest has been made possible in 2014 and 2015 with support from:



WikiAfrica Malawi

Michael Phoya, Wikipedian in Residence at WikiAfrica Malawi, writes about his experiences.


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WikiAfrica Ethiopia

Read Abel Asrat’s blog about being a Wikipedian in Residence at WikiAfrica Ethiopia


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