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Report accepted
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Project status

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?


Is your project completed?


Activities and lessons learned



  • Preparations for the contest
    • Created a list of areas to be photographed.
    • Drafted a set of rules for participation to the contest [1]
    • Selected the members of the jury committee. [2] It included a photographer teacher, a scientist and amateur photographer, and three experienced wikimedians.
    • Launched a website at http://wle.wikimedia.gr
    • Communicated the contest through the greek WP village pump, a centralnotice, facebook, twitter, and a press release.
  • Images were collected in category c:Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Greece
  • Selection of winners
    • We used the same jury tool that we used in our previous photo contest (Wiki Loves Jurytool) at http://jury.wikimedia.gr/wle-2016)
    • Selected images that were not elligible according the rules of the contest (inelligible subject, low resolution) [3]
    • Part of the jury held a prejury round giving scores to all images.
    • Second round was held with the top 88 of the images from first round. The whole jury scored 88 images [4]. The top 10 images were selected as winners. [5]
  • Award ceremony and editathon
    • We sought for a free and appropriate venue for the award ceremony and editathon. We got a space in Estudio Gallery, in Kifisia, Athens.
    • Printed posters and certificates, arranged for catering, and travelling for volunteers and winners.
    • Announced the event through the greek WP village pump, a centralnotice, facebook, twitter, and a press release.
    • The award ceremony and editathon were held on October 1st.[6]. Only 2 winners were present and the representative of the 3d one. The most of whom we had been contacted don't live in Athens and they didn't manage to come.
    • We organized also an online edit-a-thon announced in the el.wp village pump after the event to enrich Wikipedia, Wikispecies and Wikidata pages with images selected during the contest.

Lessons learned

What worked well?
  • We had the technical and human capacity to achieve the most of our goals
  • A series of good images were contributed to Wikimedia Commons, that covered regions and protected areas of Greece that wouldn't have been represented otherwise
  • Many new amateur photographers and outdorsies got involved to contribute high quality pictures in Wikimedia Commons, learning probably more about Wikimedia Projects
  • The jury tool
What didn't work?
  • First winner didn't show up to receive his prize as he hadn't registered an email address to his account despite our instructions, a series of messages on his user talk page to contact with us and the public announcement of the winners.
What would you do differently if you planned a similar project?
  • We would select a venue closer to the centre of Athens for the award ceremony and more accessible by means of public transportation.

Learning patterns


Outcomes and impact



Provide the original project goal here.
The overall purpose of this Wiki Loves Earth contest is to increase the amount of freely-licensed material related to Greek protected natural sites in Wikimedia Commons, and improve the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles about them, including illustrating the articles with the uploaded pictures. The project's general purpose is more people to know not only about Wikipedia, but also about Wikimedia Commons and new users to be engaged in the projects. Additionally, the Wikimedia movement and the local chapters to gain visibility within the involved communities.
Did you achieve your project goal? How do you know your goal was achieved? Please answer in 1 - 2 short paragraphs.
Most of the project's goals were exceeded, if not met. This also includes improving the quality of the already existing articles related to the pictures. Also many Nature Protected Areas of Greece were covered for first time with photos from the competition. The goal for quality or featured pictures was not met, but we think that it was set high in the first place anyway.

Progress towards targets and goals


Project metrics

Project metrics Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Numbers of photos uploaded: 2.500 3.309
150 participants uploading one or more pictures 346
At least 150 new users participating in the contest 321 93% of uploaders were registered after competition had started
4 months after the contest, 200 (and 10%) of photos are used on wiki projects 209 distinct images (or 282 total) used mostly in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects That is 6.32% of all images. Covered the absolute number but not the percentage due to large number of images from certain areas, and non-existing wikipedia articles for some of the areas.
4 months after the event, 50 (and 6%) of uploaded photos are categorized as valued, quality or featured 34 quality images
20 new areas to be photographed Cannot easily count. More than 100.

Global Metrics


We are trying to understand the overall outcomes of the work being funded across our grantees. In addition to the measures of success for your specific program (in above section), please use the table below to let us know how your project contributed to the Global Metrics. We know that not all projects will have results for each type of metric, so feel free to put "0" where necessary.

  1. Next to each required metric, list the actual outcome achieved through this project.
  2. Where necessary, explain the context behind your outcome. For example, if you were funded for an edit-a-thon which resulted in 0 new images, your explanation might be "This project focused solely on participation and articles written/improved, the goal was not to collect images."

For more information and a sample, see Global Metrics.

Metric Achieved outcome Explanation
1. # of active editors involved 356
2. # of new editors 321
3. # of individuals involved 360 participants, jury, organisers, sponsors
4a. # of new images/media added to Wikimedia articles/pages 282
4b. # of new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (Optional) 3.309
5. # of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects n/a Photo contest. See #4a.
6. Absolute value of bytes added to or deleted from Wikimedia projects n/a Photo contest. See #4b.
Learning question
Did your work increase the motivation of contributors, and how do you know?
  • The motivation of the photographers to contribute with pictures during Wikimedia photo contests is surely increased, as many of them participated to more than one photo contest (we know that from our jury members). People in Greece are now accustomed to this kind of contribution, but they mostly contribute with pictures.



What impact did this project have on WMF's mission and the strategic priorities?

Option A: How did you increase participation in one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option B: How did you improve quality on one or more Wikimedia projects?

Option C: How did you increase the reach (readership) of one or more Wikimedia projects?

Reporting and documentation of expenditures


This section describes the grant's use of funds


Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grants at wikimedia dot org, according to the guidelines here? Answer "Yes" or "No".


Please list all project expenses in a table here, with descriptions and dates. Review the instructions here.
Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Actual cost per unit Actual total Budgeted total Currency Notes
1 Travelling expenses Train ticket ticket 1.00 40.00 40.00 300.00 EUR Train return ticket for Glavkos for award ceremony
2 Fees, commissions etc Bank commission for Grant's incoming trasfer wire bank commission 1.00 3.00 3.00 30.00 EUR Net incoming transfer was 1.668,17 after subtracting the commission
3 Travelling expenses Air ticket ticket 1.00 99.48 99.48 300.00 EUR Air ticket Corfu - Athens with return for Magioladitis for award ceremony
4 Travelling expenses Compensation for travel ticket 1.00 65.00 65.00 300.00 EUR Compensation for gasoline at the price of one bus ticket with return from Thessaloniki for the 7th winner Mouratidis Nikos
5 Travelling expenses Urban transportation ticket 2.00 5.00 10.00 300.00 EUR Metro tickets from Venizelos airport to Athens and backwards for Magioladitis
6 Travelling expenses Urban transportation Taxi 1.00 7.16 7.16 300.00 EUR Taxi for transportation to the Corfu airport in the early hours of the day (there is no bus route at that hour of the day)
7 Fees, commissions etc Bank commission for bank transfer for 2d award bank commission 1.00 2.15 2.15 30.00 EUR Commission paid for 2d award
8 Certificates Quality paper package 1.00 10.95 10.95 11.00 EUR Quality paper for certificates.
9 Awards 2d award item 1.00 300.00 300.00 900.00 EUR via bank transfer for 2nd award winner Nojos88
10 Fees, commissions etc Bank transfer fee bank commission 1.00 1.15 1.15 30.00 EUR Bank transfer fees for 3d award
11 Awards 3d award item 1.00 200.00 200.00 900.00 EUR via bank transfer for 3nd award winner Thravalos
12 Awards Photo album item 1.00 29.90 29.90 900.00 EUR Book bought as prize for the winner of the edit-a-thon
13 Soft drinks, snacks, etc soft drinks and snacks served during the edit-a-thon and Award ceremony person 30.00 4.21067 126.32 100.00 EUR This expense category includes 7 invoices paid with cash on the spot. We had a shortage of 26.30 EUR on this category, covered by the Incidentals.
14 Posters posters with the logo and the awarded photographs unit 20.00 10.00 200.00 210.00 EUR the printing press issued 2 receipts (100.00 + 100.00 = 200.00 EUR).
15 Incidentals printing of certificates item 10 0.30 3.00 100.00 EUR printing of 10 certificates for the winners, expense that was not projected in the initial budget
16 Posters Posters (3) send via postal service package 3.00 5.10 15.30 210.00 EUR Posters send via postal service to 3 winners (who have sent us their adresses) of the competition to Preveza, Metsovo and Mitilini
17 Posters Cylinder packages and a plastic cylinder case for posters item 4.00 n/a 12.56 210.00 EUR Paper cylinders (3) for postal packages (3X1,19=3,57 EURO) and one plastic cylinder case for posters (8,99 EURO)
18 Banners Banners for the events of the User Group item 2.00 60.00 120.00 100.00 EUR Two banners at the price almost of one (we found an very good offer) for the events of the User Group in Athens and Thessaloniki. We had a shortage of 20.00 EUR on this category, covered by the Incidentals.
19 Fees, commissions etc Bank transfer fee bank commission 1.00 1.15 1.15 30.00 EUR Bank transfer fees for sending money payed for the banners
Total project budget (from your approved grant submission)
1.751,00 EURO
Total amount requested from WMF (from your approved grant submission, this total will be the same as the total project budget if PEG is your only funding source)
1.751,00 EURO
Total amount spent on this project
1.247,12 EURO
Total amount of Project and Event grant funds spent on this project
1.247,12 EURO
Are there additional sources that funded any part of this project? List them here.

Remaining funds

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 503.88 EUR were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/UG GR/Wiki Loves Monuments in Greece.
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503,88 EURO
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