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Wiki Loves Africa 2019

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Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media that is relevant to their experience to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes and is chosen by the community from a few universal, visually rich and culturally specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).

The project is a one-month competition which will start on the 1st of February and end on the 1st of March 2019.

In 2019, the contest theme is... Play
In 2017, we worked on People at work.
In 2016, the chosen theme was Music and Dance.
In 2015 the theme focused on Wiki Loves Africa Cultural Fashion and Adornment.
In 2014 the theme was Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine.

Competition scope: The Wiki Loves Africa 2019 theme is PLAY! This theme encompasses a host of approaches and is intentionally open to interpretation. The theme Play! encourages the submission of visual representations of joyful and serious games, sport, and recreation in the form of board or mental games, physical fun or contests, playful interactions, theatrical and musical performances, etc.
There will be two separate prize categories that cover:

  1. Women in sport
  2. Culturally specific or traditional formal forms of play, recreation or events

The project will be run at the entire continental level. However, some specific actions (training, communication etc.) will be held in some countries with national organisers. The project will feature a contest to select the best media at the continental level, with a ceremony and prizes as deemed appropriate.

Participating countries


The call for pictures and the contest will run in ALL African countries and beyond.

If you intend to host specific events and lead local actions, please list your chapter, your user group, or your name+country below

  1. Algeria - Contact: bachounda (rapid grant)
  2. Angola - Contact: Contreiras45 / DarwIn
  3. Bénin - Contact: Fawaz TAIROU (rapid grant)
  4. Cameroon - Contact: Geugeor (rapid grant)
  5. Chad - Contact: Abdallahbigboy (rapid grant done)
  6. Guinea-Bissau - Contact: DarwIn / Danilo Pereira Vaz (in Bissau)
  7. Guinée - Contact: Aboubacarkhoraa (rapid grant)
  8. Senegal- Contact Mouha.ibs (rapid grant)
  9. Libya- Contact Mounir Touzri
  10. Zambia - Contact Isaac Kanguya (rapid grant)
  11. Ghana- Contact Felix Nartey / Joy Agyepong
  12. Côte d'Ivoire - Contact Mouahé
  13. Uganda- Contact Alice Kibombo (rapid grant)
  14. Nigeria - Contact Sam/Jamie Tubers (rapid grant)
  15. Wikimedia Tunisia - Contact Habib Mhenni / Nasreddine Nas'h
  16. Mali - Contact: KAG1LP2MDIAKITE (rapid grant)
  17. Botswana - Contact : Mompati Dikunwane (rapid grant)
  18. South Africa - Contact: A3_Baard
  19. Tanzania- Contact Jadnapac

How to join


Regardless of whether you are African or not, you are welcome to join!

To get more info, please join the WLA Facebook group for organizers

Here are some examples of the things you may do for a start:

  • Let other people know about the contest. Your local community can include local Wikip/medians and aligned Open Movement members (enthusiasts from Creative Commons, Open Street Map, Open Data, OER, etc.). Relevant links to provide include
  • Fix pages on meta or Commons (improve the text, fix typos, translate...)
  • Help us to translate the Site Notice into those languages (as well as other relevant texts)
  • Help select the jury: suggest judges who might be interested in taking part in the international contest (perhaps a locally celebrated photographer, fashion designer, filmmaker or journalist). Volunteer yourself!
  • Participate in writing press releases: Help on crafting a press release template, adapt it, and send it out to your media contacts. Write blogs.
  • Help categorize and clean up uploaded photos on Commons during the contest
  • Help use images and videos in relevant Wikipedia articles
  • other suggestions ?

Open call for roles in the organizing team


Check the Facebook group for more information

Guidelines for Participating Countries


Below are some actions to consider working on with your team. We really look forward to working with you on this project and getting some great results! May the best photo/video/audio win!

Here is some examples of the things you may do for a start:

  • Let your community know about the contest. Your local community can include local Wikip/medians and aligned Open Movement members (enthusiasts from Creative Commons, Open Street Map, Open Data, OER, etc.). Relevant links to provide include WLA on Meta, WLA on Commons, WLA on Twitter and WLA on Facebook, and a Facebook group for organizers.
  • Think about the events, meet ups and training sessions that you can do with your community during the contest. Make sure everyone knows about it (and they are included in the press release).
  • Look for local partners: groups who might be key partners in spreading the word or hosting events.
  • If you are interested in hosting events around the project then and need funding before the 1st of December 2018, submit a rapid grant Suggested guidelines are here.
  • Join the African mailing list [1] (WLAf does not have a specific mailing list)
  • Provide press contact: When you know who your press person is, put their name and contacts down on this page.
  • Get together a list of media contacts in your country that you think will be interested in talking about the competition.
  • Participate in press releases: Help craft a press release template, adapt this for your country, and send it out to your media contacts. Other marketing and communication tools will be written and template created, and we will share everything with you for you to adapt and translate.
  • Help select the jury: suggest judges who might be interested in taking part in the international contest (perhaps a locally celebrated photographer, chef, filmmaker or journalist) .
  • Decide on whether you wish to host a national round of judging and prizes - if you do, you will need to organise the judges and the prizes (we can give you guidance on how).
  • Facebook has been set up - https://www.facebook.com/wikilovesafrica - please like this page - we will repost your info.
  • Twitter has been set up - http://twitter.com/WikiLovesAfrica - please follow and link your tweets about the competition to our handle.
  • other suggestions ?

The following may be available (if people are willing to help)

  1. a FAQ to answer general enquiries
  2. a curated page to help organise events
  3. A press release and FAQ for press (that you will need to localise for your country) and a list of talking points for you if the press contact you.
  4. Digital communication material
    1. The digital version of a leaflet presenting the project for local printing and distribution (you will have to determine how many prints and where you want to distribute it).
    2. The digital version simple A2 Poster for local printing and distribution.
    3. The digital version of stickers, badges and bumper stickers (your team should decide what you need to print and how many).
    4. A simple T-shirt design (this is not essential given the small budget, but again, is up to your team to decide).
  5. Upon request, a letter of accreditation for the team, that will help when approaching sponsors and partners to be involved. Please let us know if you need a letter like this.

Please let us know if there are other means of communication or channels you would like the competition to consider.

Communications Materials


The materials below are intended for organisers to use and adapt as they see fit. Should there not be something that you feel would be vital, please contact isla@wikiinafrica.org with your suggestions.

Social media guidelines (from Sascha at Rabbit in a Hat):


Thanks so much for your willingness to support and grow the message that WikiLovesAfrica’s 2019 competition is a GO! The global team has a dedicated social media manager for the duration of the competition but we would love you support wherever possible! Here are some ways you can do just that:


Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds and share our posts. The more organic reach we get the more we will be rewarded with so every share counts.


Comment and tag on the comments of a post. Any words of encouragement or tagging a friend or organization on the comments feed will also help us be seen by more people, more often.


We realise you may want to personalize your call to enter but please make sure you note the following:

  • The shortlink to the info page and entry is http://bit.ly/WLAPlay - keep posting this link to make it easy for people to enter and find out more.
  • Please ALWAYS credit the photographer for any photographs you post
  • Make sure that the pics you use are big enough to not distort or pixelate.
  • There are standard headers for Facebook and Twitter as well as a standard Instagram post that you are welcome to use. Please find them in the Social media templates section below

Be sure to include these bits of info – not necessarily all at once but over a few posts.

  • The competition is open to anyone, anywhere but the subject matter must represent something that took place in Africa or relates to African culture
  • You can enter as many times as you like
  • All work entered is subject to a Creative Commons licence agreement
  • The competition runs from 1 Feb-1 March

Please use the hashtags

  • #wikilovesafrica2019
  • #play
  • #PLAY2019
  • #Africa
  • #Instagood
  • #photo
  • #loveAfrica
  • #photooftheday
  • #travel
  • #instaafrica

And you can # the subject e.g. #nature #sport etc…

Thank you for your help!

Press release template:

  • Launch and theme announcement press release template_in English
Launch and theme announcement press release template_in English

Generic materials


Celebrating 5 years of Wiki Loves Africa

An A2 poster in English detailing 5 years of the Wiki Loves Africa photographic contest

2019 specific materials


2019 themed video

Wiki Loves Africa in 2019


Social media templates

  • Photoshop files can be found in the dropbox
  • Gallery of examples of Social media cover photos and posts:
  • Example of an Instagram post
    Example of an Instagram post
  • Facebook cover image
    Facebook cover image
  • Example of a Tweet
    Example of a Tweet
  • Example of a Facebook post _ Stadium Bungee!
    Example of a Facebook post _ Stadium Bungee!
  • Example of a Facebook post _Taureg Traditional Dance
    Example of a Facebook post _Taureg Traditional Dance
  • Example of a Facebook post _Freedom Park Festival
    Example of a Facebook post _Freedom Park Festival
  • Example of a Facebook post _Horn Blowing
    Example of a Facebook post _Horn Blowing
  • Example of a Facebook post _Basket Ball
    Example of a Facebook post _Basket Ball



Images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contest may win prizes!

  • 1st prize: US$1000
  • 2nd prize: US$800
  • 3rd prize: US$500

Additional categories:

  • Women in Sport : US$500
  • Culturally specific or traditional formal forms of play, recreation or events : US$500

Each winner will also receive a pack of goodies (proposed: a hat "I edit Wikipedia from Africa", a branded battery, stickers)

In addition, all top-15 winners of the international contest + the additional categories will receive a hat + stickers + a certificate

Examples of certificates

Examples of goodies

Current ideas

  • Wiki Loves Africa stickers
  • Wikipedia stickers
  • "I edit Wikipedia from Africa" cap
  • Wiki Loves Africa branded battery or Wikipedia branded battery

Fun facts for Wiki Loves Africa

  • 40000 photos have been uploaded as a total resulting from all Wiki Loves Africa edition (2014 - 2017)
  • In 2017, under the theme People at work, 2064 users uploaded more than 18 000 photos (Source: Wiki Loves Africa statistics )
  • In 2016, thanks to our partnership with UNESCO, a Facebook, Twitter et Instagram campaign was organised using the hashtags #Unite4Heritage and #WikiLovesAfrica. UNESCO tweets marked 67257 impressions and 1008 engagements (retweets, likes et commentaires). In Instagram, posts generated 178900 impressions reaching 127900 people, while receiving 9,536 likes and commments (Source: Unesco Monthly Visibility Report, January 2017 ).

Help needed / Besoin d'aide


Traduction en français

Cherchons volontaire pour traduire ce dépliant en français

Nous avons ce dépliant générique en anglais : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wiki Loves Africa generic A5 flyer (EN).pdf

Pour qu'il soit disponible en français, nous avons besoin d'un volontaire pour le traduire.

Vous pouvez ajouter les lignes de traduction ci-dessous :

J'ai traduis en français, j'attends de voir vos remarques sur le texte et les eurrer

Translation in portuguese




You may consider asking for a rapid grant from Wikimedia Foundation for 2019.

For all countries, please submit your funding request at Grants:Project/Rapid before December 1st 2018. If this is your first rapid grant, we strongly advise to submit it before Nov 15th.


Funds received

  • Guinée : Jan 15th
  • Zambia: Dec 7th
  • Benin
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Algeria : amount wired Feb 12th. Funds expected 15-20 days after
  • Nigeria : Feb 13th
  • Uganda

Proposed Please list your request below for tracking purposes

Previous year funding requests samples


Get inspired by previous requests

  1. Uganda : Wiki Loves Africa 2017/Uganda (your request in 2016: Wiki Loves Africa 2016/Uganda)
  2. Tanzania : Wiki Loves Africa 2017/Tanzania (your request in 2016: Wiki Loves Africa 2016/Tanzania)
  3. Ethiopia Wiki Loves Africa 2017/Ethiopia
  4. Nigeria : Grants:Project/Rapid/Jamie Tubers/Wiki Loves Africa 2017 in Nigeria
  5. Cameroun : Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedians of Cameroon User Group/Wiki Loves Africa 2017 in Cameroon
  6. Côte d'Ivoire : Grants:Project/Rapid/Mouahé/Wiki Loves Africa 2017 in Côte d'Ivoire
  7. Ghana : Rapid Grant in 2017
  8. Tunisia : Wiki Loves Africa 2017/Tunisia and Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia TN User Group/Wiki loves Africa 2017
  9. Egypt : Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikimedia Egypt UG/Wiki Loves Africa (draft)
  10. Algeria : Grants:Project/Rapid/WMDZ/Wiki loves Africa and Monuments
  11. Mali:: Grants:Project/Rapid/NfanaMali/Wiki Loves Africa



Tools and templates


Userbox : {{User WLA organizer}}