Grants:PEG/WM CZ/Camera

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This submission to the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2009-10. This is a grant to an organization.

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Legal name of chapter
Wikimedia Česká republika
Grant contact name
Petr Novák
Grant contact user-name or e-mail
Grant contact title (position)
Project lead name
Petr Novák
Project lead user-name or e-mail
Project lead title (position), if any
Full project name
Amount requested (in USD)
USD 1 500
Provisional target start date
Provisional completion date
2011-06-30 (the date of the evaluation of the success of the project)

Project scope[edit]

Members of the Wikimedia Czech republic repeatedly asked the organization for possibility to obtain quality photographic equipment, especially for the following aims:

  1. Obtaining quality photographs work in interiors is complicated and often possible with classical compact digital cameras. To get detent results, at least system flash and average quality telephoto lens are necessary, also larger DSLR camera sensor with is a big advantage in those conditions.
  2. Good tripod, that will also be very useful for the Czech Municipalities Photographs project (grant request also filled).

Hight quality interior photographic work, which is very important for portraiting relevant people, isn't possible at this time because practically, neither Wikimedia Czech republic nor Czech wikiprojects in the whole have enough active people with suitable equipment. On the other hand, we have active skilled members who understand it both technically and in practice, enthusiastic users and successfuly working photographic projects.

Therefore, we intend to buy an entry-level DSLR with a standard a telephoto zoom, system flash, tripod (and other minor but necessary equipment like memory cards), and lend it to our members for the purpose of creating high-quality free-licences photos for Wikimedia projects. In order to help contributor use full potential of this equipment, we also plan to organize a few photographic workshops (there is a separate grant project for one, but if there is enough interest we will be doing those even without funding, although on a smaller scale).

Project goal[edit]

Goal of this project is to allow our members to take good portraits of relevant people, which is very often missing in suitable quality and also help other photographers take good photos of municipalities and other landscapes.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

Wikimedia Czech Republic does not require any non-financial help for this project.

Fit to strategy[edit]

This project will increase quality of photos of all kinds, portraits especially, and, first of all, greatly help to obtain quality photos of relevant people.

Other benefits[edit]

We believe that this project will give possibility to think about quality of uploaded photos to everyone who produce them for Wikimedia projects. We also believe that funding will attract more Wikipedia contributors to photography projects.

Measures of success[edit]

During the period of the running project, the equipment will be used to produce at least 50 high technical and/or content quality files that will be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Also, the equipment will be used on several workshops during the first year. We believe the camera will be used to deliver 120 high quality files in its second year and additionaly hundreds of "usable" photos each year.