Grants:Project/Rapid/UG LV/Wiki Loves Earth 2020/Report

Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Goals edit

Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

We run successful Wiki Loves Earth 2020 photo competition. We exceeded our most important goals, but did not meet some minor ones.

Outcome edit

Please report on your original project targets. Please be sure to review and provide metrics required for Rapid Grants.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
1000 photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons 1 268 Extended timeframe helped a bit, but again we found a new user who contributed his private archives of nature photos.
30 participants uploading a photo 31
15 newly registered participants 20
10% distinct photos used in Wikipedia articles 5% There was a lack of volunteers in adding images to the wikis.
our press release published in notable online publication not published We clearly lack skill and influence in this area.

Learning edit

Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
    • We had 6 different photographers in top 10, no one had more than 2 images. We had a rule of max 3 images in top 10.
    • Our Facebook and Instagram posts with images from contest got good attention (views, likes, new followers). We did post on a regular schedule.
    • The amount of money spent on prizes was about right, there were enough skilled enthusiasts with good equipment participating.
    • Jury was able to do everything on time thanks to fast initial image selection.
    • We managed to get help from Wikimedia Eesti as a fiscal sponsor, as our bank account used for previous grants was nor active anymore.
  • What did not work so well?
    • Our press release was not published by serious media. Our skills learned at Wikimedia conferences were not enough.
    • There was a lack in enthusiasm at the final part of contest among the organizers.
    • Small amount of images were added to wikis.
    • We worked with a fiscal sponsor for the first time (WMEE) and we were not aware that the prize money is subject to taxes. The situation was resolved by WMEE who covered the cost overrun.
  • What would you do differently next time?
    • We did not hold an awards ceremony because of COVID-19 pandemic. We will try to do that in out next contests when possible.
    • This contest was run for 2 months, next time we are sticking to 1 month as there was no big benefit from the longer time-frame.
    • Prepare some promotional materials for social media and printed posters.
    • Create an action plan on how to engage people on social media to convert them to participants.
    • Try using advertisements on Facebook (we have never tried that before).
    • Define roles and expectations for each member of organizing team.
    • Run ISA challenge during the contest to engage non-photographers.

Finances edit

Grant funds spent edit

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

Funds were spent for prizes of competition and small gifts for jurors. All costs are displayed in EUR.

Item Planned Actual Comments
Awards for participants 600 550 Gift cards
Gifts for jury members 80 82.59 Gift cards
Miscellaneous 50 158.15 Taxes
Total 730 790.74 Cost overrun was covered by WMEE

Remaining funds edit

Do you have any remaining grant funds?


Anything else edit

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