Grants:Project/Rapid/TRahman/WLE Bangladesh 2019/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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As part of the international contest, Bangladesh organized international Wiki Loves Earth photography competition for the third time in 2019. The topic of the contest was to upload pictures of local natural heritage and scenic landscape/wildlife at protected areas of the country. The main motivation behind participating the competition is that most of the protected area in Bangladesh haven't had the photographs under the free license when we started to participate this contest 2 years ago and we wanted to create a database of freely licensed photographs of all the protected sites of Bangladesh in Wikimedia Commons; Wiki Loves Earth offered an unique opportunity in this regard. The competition generated over 7300 photographs of 49 protected sites since 2017 and 1645 pictures uploaded this year alone.



Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of participants: 200 257 Because of a good press coverage the participation rate had been increased.
Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: 2000 almost 2000 After a month-long competition during June 2019, Bangladeshi participants uploaded almost 2000 freely licensed photographs of 49 different sites (out of 56) in Wikimedia Commons. After our initial screening 1645 photographs fall into the contest scope but rest of them is still useful for Commons educational value.
Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 400 260+ This photography contest had specific scope; listed protected sites only. Before the competition, there were only a handful of sites of Bangladesh that had photographs available on the internet and those sites were mostly from major cities and localities, let alone the availability of freely licensed photographs. After the contest out of 56, 49 of them now have pictures.
New user engaged: 0 214 (83%) We initially thought 50% of the participants will be new to Wikimedia projects but because of a good press coverage the participation rate had been increased to 83%.

Press mentions[edit]


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  • What worked well?

The press coverage about the event in local online and print media helped get more participation from around the country. We also reached local photography clubs and pursue them to participate. After a month-long competition during June 2019, a total of 257 Bangladeshi participants uploaded more than 1900+ freely licensed photographs of 49+ different sites in Wikimedia Commons. Among all the participants, few of them were women. About 260+ of all the photographs uploaded in the contest are now being used in Wikimedia projects.

Before this competition, there were only a handful of protected sites of Bangladesh that had photographs available on the internet and those sites were mostly from major cities and localities, let alone the availability of freely licensed photographs. The competition turned the situation into a better state. As people from various regions and districts participated in the competition, many of the less known sites were photographed alongside the better known ones.

  • What did not work so well?

The initial review process took a while then we anticipated before.

  • What would you do differently next time?

We'd motivate and ask more volunteers to help with the initial review before submitting them to the jury board.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

Subtotal: BDT 142,600
S/N Item Quantity Rate (BDT) Total (BDT) Notes
01 Crests and certificates 6 3,500 21,000
02 Prize bonds for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners 30,000 BDT 15,000 for 1st winner, BDT 10,000 for 2nd winner, and BDT 5,000 for 3rd winner
03 Highly Commendable Award 6 3,300 19,800
04 Mementos for Judges 3 3,300 9,900
05 WLE T-shirts 10 350 3,500
06 Customized Mugs 10 450 4,500
07 Pens 65 100 6,500
08 Calendar 50 305 15,250
09 Logistics 6,000 6,000
10 Service charges 800 800
11 Social media promotion 3,800
12 WLE Photowalks 2 7,800 15,600
13 Others 5,750 Expenses occurred for offline meetings which included travel, food allowances, etc.

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

Yes, BDT 13,600. If possible, we would like to spend the remaining funds for future WMBD programs and/or administrative expenses.

Anything else[edit]

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