View this email in your browser

Photographs and Media Celebrates Africa on the Move on Wikipedia

Wiki Loves Africa celebrates Africa on Wikipedia every year by choosing a different theme. The 2020 theme is Africa on the Move! Competition starts on 15th February 2020.

[for immediate release] Cape Town, South Africa, 14 February 2020 – In this, the 6th, year of hosting the Wiki Loves Africa ( photographic competition, the organisers Wiki In Africa ( are pleased to announce that Wiki Loves Africa celebrates Africa on the Move! as the central theme for the annual visual celebration of Africa’s cultural diversity on Wikipedia. With a prize pot of USD3,300, the competition runs from the 15th February to  31st March 2020. Photographs, audio and videos that capture this theme are welcomed from anywhere on the continent, and beyond. 

The theme, Africa on the Move, encourages the visual, audio or video documentation of the many different modes, methods and infrastructure relating to transportation and movement used across the African continent … the usual and unusual, the banal and the extraordinary. 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, be it 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 animals.

The prize post for Wiki Loves Africa 2020 totals USD3,300. There are 3 main prizes for Wiki Loves Africa and, as with every year, there are two additional prize categories for photos and media that encompass:

  • Culturally specific or traditional representations of transport or structures that facilitate transportation

  • best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account)

People can enter photos from anywhere on Earth, but to be selected for prizes, the images must show a place in, or people related to, Africa. During the contest, volunteer groups and organisations will host events to build Wikipedia savvy communities around the contest. These events range from introductory workshops, and photographic excursions to upload sessions. The events not only build local volunteer groups but encourages local pride in local heritage and culture on a global platform. It also builds a culture of contribution to the internet that shakes up the single story of Africa[1].

Currently, there are 20 countries taking part in this focused way. The hosts of these interventions range from established communities in Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda to fledgeling volunteer groups and single enthusiasts in Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zambia. 

For the last five years, the Wiki Loves Africa contest has encouraged the donation of nearly 50,000 photographs to Wikimedia Commons for potential use on Wikipedia. In the first year, under the theme Cuisine, 873 people contributed 6,116 photographs. Cultural fashion and adornment was the theme for the next year, 2015, which saw 722 people contribute over 7,500 photographs. In 2016, Music and Dance contributed 7917 files from 836 people. In 2017, under the theme “People at Work” 18,294 photographs were entered by 2,473 people. Last year, under the theme of PLAY! 8,800 images were uploaded by 1350 contributors.

Wiki Loves Africa is activated by the Wikimedia community that created Wikipedia in support of WikiAfrica movement. The competition was conceptualised and is managed by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood of Wiki In Africa as a fun and engaging way to rebalance the lack of visual representations and relevant content that exists about Africa on Wikipedia. The competition is supported by, is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and supported in-kind by UNESCO and a host of local partners in individual countries. The images donated are available for use on the internet and beyond, under the Creative Commons license CC BY SA 4.0.

How do people enter? What else can be won? What events are happening where? These can be found on the contest page:

[1] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Danger of a Single Story TED talk:




Key Links:


Media release by Wiki In Africa 

For international media queries contact:

  • English: Isla Haddow-Flood
  • Cell: +27 76 077 3135
  • Email: isla @
  • French: Florence Devouard
  • Cell: +33 645 60 62 77
  • Email: fdevouard @


To see what’s going locally and to contact the teams, please click here.


  • 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

  • The prize for best quality video: $500

Each winner will also receive a Wiki Loves Africa branded power pack and other merchandise.


  • 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 historic 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: Participants must be registered on Wikimedia Commons and be contactable. Please enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons when registering so we can contact you if your image is chosen for a prize.

  • Rule 4: 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 5: All eligible pictures or media 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 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 that the audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account for your file to be eligible for a prize.



1. Take some photos ...

This is the fun part! You can enter media (photos, video clips or audio files) that shows people working, making things, and doing their jobs across Africa. Think rare and unusual perspectives of both ordinary and extraordinary jobs.

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 Commons 

You have to be registered on Wikimedia Commons to enter the competition. During registration, make sure your email is enabled so that we can contact you if you win! 

4. Enter your photos!

Use the Upload Wizard to enter your photographs. Scan the QR code below to go directly to the upload page. Remember to describe the photo and add relevant categories to the image. 

5. 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 an article doesn’t exist, then you might want to consider writing an article about that subject.



Wiki Loves Africa is an annual competition that crowdsources photographs, videos and recordings of Africa to form an open licenced archive of materials that tells the story of Africa on Wikipedia through the eyes of its people. Each year the contest is held, it has had a different theme that is universal, yet culturally rich. The theme for the 2014 photo contest was Cuisine. In 2015 it was Cultural Fashion and Adornment. In 2016 it was Music and Dance. In 2017 it was People at work and in 2019 it was Play!

Over the last 5 years, Wiki Loves Africa has achieved the following:

  • 48,466 images donated by 6213 submitters

  • WLA images viewed 15,9 million times each month (March/April 2019)

  • WLA images viewed 225,7 million times altogether

  • Wikimedia communities from 20 African countries have hosted participation events

  • Over 200 participation and training events have been held up until 2019.

  • The competition attracted high levels of new contributors – over 80% for each year.

  • A Wiki Loves Africa prize-winning image was included in the Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at the UNESCO, Paris (organised by John Cummings, WIR at UNESCO), and

  • Wiki Loves Africa’s ISA tool is a pilot project for Structured Data on Commons and the winner of the WikiData award for Best Multimedia Tool in November 2019.


About Wiki In Africa

WIA-LOGO_colour.pngWiki In Africa empowers and engages the citizens of Africa and its diaspora to collect, develop and contribute open educational and relevant content that relates to the theme of Africa under a free license; and to engage in global knowledge systems by encouraging access to, awareness of, and support for open knowledge, the open movement and the Wikimedia projects, working in collaboration with like-minded organisations.

Wiki In Africa is a non-profit organisation that is based in South Africa. It is the financial and legal structure that operates global initiatives in support of the WikiAfrica movement. The organisation is currently lead by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood. 

During 2019 it is working on WikiFundi and the WikiChallenge African Schools (funded by the Orange Foundation), WikiAfrica Schools, Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Women.   

About WikiAfrica

WikiAfrica is an international movement that takes place on the African continent and beyond. It encourages individuals, interested groups and organisations to create, expand and enhance online content about Africa. This involves motivating for the representation of the continent’s contemporary realities and history, its peoples and its innovations on the world’s most used encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. WikiAfrica is not owned by one organisation and it belongs to all people and organisations contributing to its scope.

In its various guises and hosted at several institutions (including lettera27, Africa Centre,, Short Story Day Africa, Wikimedia CH and Wiki In Africa), the WikiAfrica movement has consistently instigated and led multi-faceted innovative projects. These projects have activated communities and driven content onto Wikipedia. Examples include Share Your Knowledge, #OpenAfrica training Courses and Toolkits, Kumusha Bus (in Ethiopia and Ghana), WikiEntrepreneur (in Ethiopia and Malawi), Kumusha Takes Wiki (Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda), Wikipedia Primary (funded by SUPSI), Wikipack Africa, WikiAfrica Schools, WikiFundi, WikiChallenge, WikiAfrica Schools, Wiki Loves Women and Wiki Loves Africa 

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit charitable organisation that is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property.  

Twitter account
Facebook page
Copyright © 2020 Wiki In Africa, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp