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Friday, October 9, 2015


Deadline: November 30, 2015

(This information is published on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see

WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre has announced the 2nd iteration of the Wiki Loves Africa photo competition in 2015. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media – photographs, video or audio – that illustrates a theme chosen by Wikipedia volunteers across Africa. The theme changes each year to cover a 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). In 2014, the theme was Cuisine.

In 2015 Africa’s Wikipedia volunteers chose the theme Cultural Fashion and Adornment. The competition encourages media that represents cultural dress, fashion and a diversity of adornment. Cultural fashion has been defined as clothing and body wear that presents local cultural influences and is determined by cloth, styles, ways of wrapping and hanging, etc. This theme also includes adornment, which is represented by culturally defined jewellery, make-up, hairstyles, tattoos and scarification, cloths and woven materials.

The competition runs from October 1 to November 30 and entries are welcome from anywhere on the continent and beyond. Training and upload events are being organised by groups of volunteers in Algeria, Cameroon, Cðte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda.

The Wiki Loves Africa team has set up a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to encourage the larger community of Wikipedia editors and readers both in Africa and beyond to get involved by donating what they want towards the competition’s prizes. To ensure quality images we need to attract Africa’s best professional and amateur photographers with quality prizes. The prizes for the competition are:

The international Wiki Loves Africa competition is organised by the Wikimedia community that created Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, and built the free media archive Wikimedia Commons. Wiki Loves Africa is supported by WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre and is funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and local supporters in individual countries.

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