Wiki Loves Africa 2020
This project page documents a project currently in progress.
Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute free media that is relevant to their experience to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia communities (Wikimedia movement), and also make this shared media freely avaible for the Humankind.
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 happen around January-March 2020
Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media that illustrate a specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes and could include any universal, visually rich and culturally specific topic (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).
- 2014: Cuisine
- 2015: Cultural Fashion and Adornment
- 2016: Music and Dance
- 2017: People at Work
- 2019: Play!
- The project is run across the whole continent, however, some specific actions (training, communication etc.) are held in some countries with national organisers.
Wiki Loves Africa has achieved much over 5 years:
- 48,466 images donated by 6213 submitters
- Wiki Loves Africa images were viewed 15,9 million times per month (March/April 2019);
- Wiki Loves Africa images have been viewed : 225,7 million times altogether (up to April 2019);
- Wikimedia Communities in 23 African countries have hosted over 225 participation and training events;
- The competition attracted high levels of new contributors – over 80% for each year;
- A Wiki Loves Africa prize-winning image was included in The Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at UNESCO, Paris; and
- Wiki Loves Africa’s ISA tool is a pilot project for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons.