Wiki Loves Africa 2024/Communication/Ten Years of Wiki Loves Africa

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Wiki Loves Africa – the largest photo contest in Africa[edit]

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  • Where possible, contextualise the last 10 years of the context. Bring the real, tangible and resonant things around the images and photographers that have been involved.

What is Wiki Loves Africa?[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is an annual photographic and media competition that encourages Africa’s visual storytellers. Wiki Loves Africa encourages people across Africa to contribute media (photographs, video and sound files) about their environment on Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa particularly encourages participants to contribute media that illustrate a specific theme for that year.

Each year the theme changes and focuses on any universal, visually rich and culturally specific topic, such as Cuisine (2014), Cultural Fashion and Adornment (2015), Music and Dance (2016), People at Work (2017), Play! (2019), Africa on the Move! (2020) and Health + Wellness (2021), Home and Habitat (2022), Climate and Weather (2023). In 2024, the theme focuses on Africa Creates.
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The problem Wiki Loves Africa solves[edit]

“Photography continues to play a key role in how we are seen, not just as Africans, but as black people from every corner of the world. Stereotypes and prejudice are incited by images, and if it’s used, yet again, to undermine those of us who are truly doing the difficult work, then we need to have some uncomfortable conversations.“ -- Aida Muluneh, Ethiopian photographer, The problem with photojournalism and Africa, Al Jazeera, 2017

We are visual beings: our perspectives, our world is shaped by the images we consume, often subconsciously. Photography captures a story in a moment. It is used to present a debilitating, repetitive, negative single-story of our continent. Conversely, it can positively alter our viewpoints by sharing powerful moments steeped in our specific cultures, shared humanity and universal reality, all the while presenting multiple African contexts.

Wiki Loves Africa reclaims Africa’s visual narrative with photos that illustrate alternative African perspectives and cultural living interpretations of universal and human realities on Wikipedia articles. Wiki Loves Africa is one of the largest annual photographic contests in Africa. Since 2014, it has spearheaded alternative ways for 11,160+ photographers to share their Africa with the world. Its success is remarkable given that World Press Photos reports only 3% of their 2021 annual submission came from Africa.

How the competition is organised[edit]

The project is a two-months competition which will start on the 1st March 2024 and end on the 30th April 2024.
The project runs across the entire continent, however there are local and national groups of Wikipedians that have volunteered to host specific actions (training, upload events, communications, etc.) in their countries. In addition, there are several groups of individuals within Africa, and Wikimedia groups outside Africa that are (and encouraged to be) involved.
The project is a contest where, after the contest closes, the best media at the continental level are selected and prizes are awarded. An international jury will determine the best entries for the continental competition. Where there are local organising groups, they will decide to organise (or not) judging and local prizes for their country.
Wiki Loves Africa was created and developed, and is managed by the principals at Wiki in Africa, it is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation. Actions and activities in each country are supported by the Wikimedia community in the form of Usergroups and volunteers across Africa.

10 years of Wiki Loves Africa[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa poster for Wikimania 2023.
Wiki Loves Africa poster for Wikimania 2023.

Since 2014, Wiki Loves Africa has become one of Africa's largest annual competitions. Its success is through inviting professional and enthusiastic photographers, filmmakers and audiophiles across Africa to visually celebrate different aspects of their Africa. Every year is a different theme. Together the submissions have created one of the largest openly licenced archive of visual materials that tells the story of Africa through the eyes of its people and is accessible on Wikipedia and its projects.

The 10th edition of Wiki Loves Africa starts on the 1st March 2024.

The project is run across the whole continent, however, some specific actions (training, communication etc.) are held in some countries with national organisers.

The Impact of Wiki Loves Africa[edit]

As one of the largest annual photographic contests in Africa, over the last 9 years Wiki Loves Africa’s team has built an alternative means for over 11,160 photographers from 55 countries to showcase their visions of ‘their’ Africa with the world, via the Wikimedia projects.
The images have a life beyond the competition, with these images being placed in articles on Wikipedia, and thus being viewed by over 1.3 billion times (Jan 2023) altogether since Jan 2017; with 28 million eyes via Wikipedia articles in January 2022 alone.

Wiki Loves Africa has achieved much over 9 years:

  • Over 102,026 images have been entered by 11,165 competitors from up to 55 countries under a free licence (CC-BY-SA).
  • 32 Wikimedia communities from 26 African countries have hosted participation events, information sessions and training workshops.
  • At least 357 participation and training events have been held by participating communities between 2014 and 2023.
  • The competition attracts high levels of new contributors to the Wikimedia projects – an average of 80% of participants are newbies.
  • The images entered to Wiki Loves Africa are viewed over 28 million times each month (Jan 2023).
  • Wiki Loves Africa’s images from the first 8 years have been viewed over 1,23 billion times altogether (Jan 2023).
  • A Wiki Loves Africa prize-winning image was included in the Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters, Paris.
  • Wiki Loves Africa’s ISA Tool won the WikiData Award 2019 for Best Multimedia Tool.
  • Mohamed Hozyen, a prize winner for Wiki Loves Africa 2019, was selected for the The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), Prins Claus Fonds and Magnum Foundation Arab Documentary Photography Programme.
  • A Wiki Loves Africa image Firefighter, Ashton Bay, March 2017 submitted by South African photographer Steven Terblanche for the Wiki Loves Africa 2017 contest under the theme of People at Work. The stunning image was selected for 3rd position for the Picture of the Year 2021 award and depicts a courageous firefighter battling against a veld-fire at Ashton Bay, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa.

View Wiki Loves Africa's 1st Prize Winners![edit]

See all Wiki Loves Africa Prize Winners[edit]

The Wiki Loves Africa Brand Identity[edit]

Logo: Heart in a case, in a jigsaw piece, besides “Wiki Loves Africa” text.

Logo colours[edit]

R241, G97, B96
C0, M77, Y57, K0
Pantone 7416 C

R8, G173, B157
C77, M7, Y47, K0
Pantone 7465 C

R255, G218, B39
C1, M11, Y93, K0
Pantone 115 C

R253, G252, B254
C0, M1, Y0, K0
Pantone 663 C

Showcase your event with these Wiki Loves Africa materials[edit]

You can find Wiki Loves Africa materials whatever the year, and for every year on Commons.

Wiki Loves Africa impact posters[edit]

You can find Wiki Loves Africa materials whatever the year, and for every year on Commons.


Wiki Loves Africa Communication Platforms[edit]

Discussion channels[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa Communication Archive[edit]

Find more marketing materials. Do not hesitate to explore previous Wiki Loves Africa theme communications!

Wiki Loves Africa reports:[edit]

Other links of interest[edit]