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Have a photographer present at edit-a-thons to photograph notable women with consent
problemStandard edit-a-thons don’t produce many pictures of women to fill gaps in Wikimedia Commons.
solutionHave a photographer attend your edit-a-thon to make portraits of notable women for immediate uploading.
created on21:44, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

What problem does this solve?[edit]

You want to add more photos of women to Wikipedia, but most March edit-a-thons focus on the writing text rather than creating images. As a result, too few images of women get uploaded to Commons during these events.

What is the solution?[edit]

To ensure more images get added to Commons during a physical event, arrange to have a photographer present at your event, and ask them to take portraits of notable women, with their consent.

For example, Black Lunch Table has been intentional about increasing the visibility of black artists on Wikimedia projects by hiring a professional photographer to make profiles of artists that attend their edit-a-thons.

Things to consider[edit]

  • Make sure you ask women if they want to have their photographs taken and uploaded on Commons - consent is super important!
  • If you have extra funds, you can hire a professional photographer to attend your event and take really nice profile pictures of the notable women who decided to join your edit-a-thon
  • Have the photographer or other volunteers upload the images to Commons during the event so they don’t forget to do it once they go home
  • Create a special spot at your event where these profiles will be taken. Add a cool backdrop and photographer’s lights to make sure you get a really nice photo.

When to use[edit]


  • We've been encouraging organizers to do this for #VisibleWikiWomen 2018 and 2019 and it's been really amazing to see Black Lunch Table build a process to create such quality new images for Commons. Siko (talk) 21:56, 7 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  • This model of engagement on Wikipedia allows for editors not only to edit via article creation but through the very images that populate the platform and ultimately the internet at large. Multiple modes of engagement are necessary to welcome in audiences with different interests. We have had great success with this at our edit-a-thons and appreciate Whose Knowledge? for recognizing the work of the Black Lunch Table. --Raggachampiongirl (talk) 22:10, 30 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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