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Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos

Using Petscan WMF Labs Tool[edit]

Petscan (http://petscan.wmflabs.org) may be used to find articles that don't have photos in your preferred language. Subsequently, Massviews Analysis (https://pageviews.toolforge.org/massviews/) may be used to sort the Petscan articles by views per day. Steps are indicated below:

  1. Go to http://petscan.wmflabs.org
  2. From Categories tab, you may select your preferred language code (ar, en, sk, for example)
  3. Filter by categories that interest you by specifying each in the Categories text field (one per line without "category:" prefix). For example, the category "Monuments and Memorials in Lagos" on en:wiki.
  4. Specify the search depth for subcategories to include (0 means to not use subcategories)
  5. Click on the "Page Property" tab, then select the No option for Lead Image.
  6. Click the Wikidata tab
  7. Choose which Sitelinks to filter by (has all enwiki, dewiki, zhwiki, fawiki, frwiki, but none gawiki, for example)
  8. Click on the Output tab
  9. Choose PagePile as the format
  10. Click on Do It to execute the search.
  11. Copy the Pile number at the top of the search (at top-left, the results page will show "Pile 12345", where 12345 is the pile number)
  12. Go to https://pageviews.toolforge.org/massviews/
  13. Choose Page Pile as the Source from the drop-down menu next to the search field
  14. Paste the pile number in the Source search field

Once this is done, the list of articles in that category with no photos will be generated. Then go to Wikimedia Commons to search for corresponding images with the article title.

Photography contests[edit]

You can find the photos uploaded as part of Wikipedia's major annual photography contests here

  1. c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa by country
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2014 - "Cuisine"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2015 - "Cultural Fashion and Adornment"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2016 - " Music and Dance"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2017 - "People at Work"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2019 - "Play!"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2021 - "Health + Wellness"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2022 - "Home and Habitat"
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Africa 2023 - "Climate and Weather"
  2. c:Category:Wiki Loves Monuments
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Monuments by country
    c:Category:Images from Wiki Loves Monuments
  3. c:Category:Wiki Loves Earth
    c:Category:Wiki Loves Earth by country
    c:Category:Images from Wiki Loves Earth
  4. c:Category:Wiki Loves Heritage (Belgium)
  5. c:Category:Wiki Loves Public Space (2017 in Belgium)
  6. c:Category:Wiki Loves Art (2016 in Belgium)
  7. HELP campaign (Estionia 2011 - 2019)
  8. c:Category:Wiki Science Competition
  9. c:Category:WikiKaleidoskop (12 Indonesian and general topics)
  10. c:Category:Wiki Loves All Wiki Lives photo competitions


You can find the photos uploaded as part of photowalks here

  1. c:Category:Photowalks
  2. c:Category:Wikiexpeditions

Wikipedia articles needing images[edit]

In these categories, see the sidebar under Languages for links to articles needing images in your home Wikipedia

  1. en:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs
  2. en:Category:Wikipedia requested photographs by location
  3. en:Category:Wikipedia requested images

This page contains categories of pages identified as needing photographs. For the English Wikipedia, a list of these pages ordered by importance/popularity can be obtained using WMFLabs' MassViews tool here: MassViews Analysis. (Allow a few minutes to load, due to the size of the list.)

Identifying Wikipedia articles needing images[edit]

You can provide a link to articles or category of articles needing images in your home Wikipedia

Using request categories[edit]

Combining categories with other sources of data to find articles that need images[edit]

You can combine other characteristics about articles into search results to get more interesting and limited.

Searching for articles with .jpg, .tiff, or .gif in the text

You can search through your Wikipedia for articles

You can modify this search for specific categories using the search interface

Machine learning topics[edit]

For example, you can combine the category "Category:No local image but image on Wikidata" with topics defined by the ORES Machine learning model of topics. For example:

The topics for the machine learning model can be found here. Note that these articletopic models are only available on a limited number of wikis.

Combining search with Petscan

Or if you are interested in other kinds of intersections, you can produce similar data from combining categories, Wikidata or search results on Petscanː http://petscan.wmflabs.org/

Suggestion of image insertion of an article based on its presence on the equivalent article of another language wikipedia[edit]

Aka, redlist for images, using Glamify tool.
Many "red" lists have been created for Wiki Loves Africa. Access Here



The FIST tool (Deadlink, July 2022) allows you to search for Free Images based on the topic. Note that queries that include a large number of images can be very slow.

WDWP a new tool developed for the WPWP has an index of articles with missing images in certain languages (This tool is very useful)


The WDFIST tool allows to assign images to Wikidata items. Any Wikidata item that is used in an Infobox can possibly automatically show the image, depending on the language infobox logic.

File Candidates[edit]

FileCandidates has pre-compiled lists of potential images on Commons (as well as free images on Flickr that can be transferred to Commons) for Wikidata items. A Commons image found for a Wikidata item can then be used on the corresponding Wikipedia article.


WikiShootMe shows Wikidata items, marked as with and without image, Wikipedia articles, Commons images, and others on a map. Ideal if you are physically in a location and want to see what objects around you need an image on Wikipedia and Wikidata. The Commons mobile app also shows nearby articles needing a picture.