Wiki In Africa/Wiki Loves Africa
Wiki Loves Africa was launched as an annual thematic photographic contest in 2014 (prior to the creation of the association). Anyone can enter images from Africa over the two months of the competition, although events are run in several focus countries by local teams. Over the last seven years, it has been active in 23 countries across Africa - and over 64,000 images and media files that celebrate the variety and richness of cultures of Africa have been contributed for use on Wikimedia Commons.
Themes that have been covered so far include Cuisine (2014), Cultural Fashion and Adornment (2015), Music and Dance (2016), People at Work (2017), Africa at Play! (2019) and Africa on the Move (transport) in 2020. The contest will be held in the first quarter of 2021.
Wiki Loves Africa has been variously hosted by the Africa Centre (2014 and 2015) and Ynternet.org (2016, 2017, and 2019) as fiscal sponsors. It was conceptualised by Florence and Isla and Wiki In Africa has been the lead organisation on the project since 2016, and the host since 2019. Funding for the competition has been provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, Foundation Orange, with institutional support from the Goethe-Institut and communications support from Unite 4 Heritage, UNESCO.
Since 2014, the project has achieved the following:
- Over 64,000 images have been entered by 8,120 competitors from up to 59 countries under a free licence (CC-BY-SA) ;
- The images entered to Wiki Loves Africa are viewed 41 million times each month (May 2020)
- Wiki Loves Africa's images from the first 5 years have been viewed 466 million times altogether (May 2020)
- Wikimedia communities from 24 African countries have hosted participation events, information sessions and training workshops; this year, the African-Brazilian community also got involved
- Over 250 participation and training events have been held up until 2020;
- A Wiki Loves Africa prize-winning image was included in the Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters, Paris,
You can view the international winning images from all years Commons:Wiki Loves Africa#Winning pictures in former editions '''here'''.
Project extension 2021: Nos Jardins
Nos Jardins is photographer training that takes place between January and June 2021. This free masterclass covers various topics such as Free Culture, Wikimedia Commons (use of, upload of images, description), Wikipedia (integration of images), free licenses, and photographic advanced skills. It is targeted to professional or advanced amateurs. The trainees are expected to actively participate in the 2021 Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Earth contests. The trainers are User:Anthere and staff members of Ynternet.org, and professional photographers. The masterclass is being held through webinars and offline events and takes place simultaneously in Cameroon and Switzerland.
Nos Jardins is a co-hosted Wiki In Africa and Ynternet.org. The initiative is partially funded by Movetia.