Wiki Loves Africa 2022/WPWP

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Help illustrate Wikipedia: Participate to Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2022!

The WPWP campaign[edit]

Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) is an annual campaign where Wikipedia editors across world, Wikipedia language projects and communities add photos to Wikipedia articles lacking photos. This is to promote the use of digital media files collected from various Wikimedia photography contests, photowalks organized by the Wikimedia community, on Wikipedia article pages. Photos help to grasp the reader's attention better than a wall of text, illustrate content, and make the article more instructive and engaging for readers.

Thousands of images have been donated and contributed to Wikimedia Commons via various advocacy programs, photowalks, and contests including international photography contests such as Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Folklore, etc. Yet relatively few of these photos have been used on Wikipedia articles. Today, the Wikimedia Commons hosts millions of photo images but only a tiny portion of these have been used on Wikipedia article pages. This is a huge gap that this project aims at bridging.

Before participating, it is important to read the participation instructions and rules below in their entirety. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. All detailed participation rules may be found here: Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2022

Participate ![edit]

Every year, thousands of images are uploaded to Wikimedia Commons database as part of the Wiki Loves Africa photo contest.

But not every picture makes it into Wikipedia... and to be fair, not all images should make it there. Only the best, only the most useful, the most intriguing. A picture should only be added when it improves an article. Sometimes, a user will use an image to illustrate an article in a language... let's say English... but perhaps... it makes sense to also use that same image in the equivalent article in a different language!

There is higher usage of Wiki Loves Africa images on French and English Wikipedia, hence we recommend usage on other language wikis, especially local language Wikipedias!

So this year, we invite you to take some time to use Wiki Loves Africa images to illustrate Wikipedia articles. And we even offer some prizes for the most involved.

  • 1st prize - US $80 gift card
  • 2nd prize - US $50 gift card
  • 3rd prize - US $30 gift card


All WLA years are eligible.

To be eligible:

  1. you must add #WLA as a hashtag to your edit (as well as #WPWP)
  2. you must have registered your account before January 2022
  3. you must have made at least 300 mainspace edits to any language Wikipedia before 1st June 2022.

PLEASE PUT #WPWP #WLA in your edit summary!


The full list of all images uploaded as part of Wiki Loves Africa in the past may be found at :Wiki Loves Africa All Images


To see the various language Wikipedias where images from Wiki Loves Africa have been used:

  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2015
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2016
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2017
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2019
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2020
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2021
  • Click here for Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2022

You can also visit to run a query by yourself if you know how :)


2014 2015 2016 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Number of images 5857 7244 7765 17799 8169 16853 8197 16076
Total image usage (End of June) 3228 2409 2699 4391 1741 6186 1364 317
Total image usage (August 24) 3329 2493 2779 4460 2075 6417 1426 1001
Total image usage (Sept 7th) 3345 2513 2791 4527 2085 6471 1491 1422
Distinct image usage (End of June) 1167 (19,92%) 936 (12,92%) 1110 (14,29%) 1950 (10,96%) 971 (11.89%) 3588 (21,29%) 882 (10,76%) 280 (1,74%)
Distinct image usage (Aug 24) 20,17% 13,21% 14,59% 11,09% 13,01% 23,53% 11,03% 5,01%
Distinct image usage (Sept 7th) 1190 (20,31%) 959 (13,24%) 1134 (14,60%) 1980 (11,13%) 1065 (13,05%) 3638 (21,59%) 914 (11,15%) 838 (5,22%)

Useful links[edit]

Outcome of the campaign [edit]


According to the hashtag tool, we had (between July 11, 2022 and Aug. 31, 2022)

  • 923 revisions
  • 899 pages modified
  • 15 users
  • 220 projects

The tool shows that most of the edits were done on the English Wikipedia (130 edits), and second best was the English Wikipedia (70 edits)

3 editors pooled the majority of edits: 376 for the first one; 367 for the second, for 82 for the third.


Whilst all those edits were legitimate within the WPWP campaign, few edits made by the editors were actually not targeting Wiki Loves Africa images (in spite of being tagged #WLA...). We have decided to offer the Prize to the top 3 editors mentioned above. Congrats to them !!!

Issues and lessons
  • There were no issues really. As for lessons, we once again learnt how challenging the entire WPWP campaign is, which has attracted criticism to this 2022 campaign. We have also learnt of the View it! Tool, which is currently being tested, and could help improve a campaign like WPWP should we decide to continue to engage in it in the future.
  • As mentioned above, the two main editors actually tagged every single of the edits with #WLA. A sampling of their edits showed that probably none of the images they worked on were in any way related to Wiki Loves Africa. We will assume that it was a mistake and a misunderstanding from their part. It provided review work though, that should have not happened. We are not sure how to avoid that situation, except for trying to be even clearer next time about how to use the tags. It would also have been a good idea to identify that during WPWP, so as to ask them to stop (or use WLA images;)).