Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki Loves Earth Tanzania 2021

WM TZA/Wiki Loves Earth 2021
Wiki Loves Earth in Tanzania is an annual photographic competition part of the global Wiki Loves Earth competition. The goal of the competition is to engage Tanzanian photographers to collect photos of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes in Tanzania and to train them on how they can contribute their photos and content to Wikimedia commons hence strengthening the local Wikimedia community. These photos will be used by Wikimedians to improve WMF projects such as using them in different Wikipedia articles that lack photos.
targetSwahili Wikipedia, English Wikipedia and Wiki Commons
start date01 June
end date10th July
budget (local currency)4,621,780.95 TZS
budget (USD)1993USD
grant typeGroup
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Tanzania Community user group

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Please see the sample Contest application before drafting your application.

Project Goal edit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit existing and new photographers to capture Tanzanian heritage and scenic landscapes to and contribute them to Wikicommons
  2. Increase skills for existing editors and photographers
  3. Add or improve photos of local natural heritage and scenic landscapes in Tanzania and improve existing articles on both English and Swahili Wikipedia.
  4. Increase awareness of Wikimedia Foundation projects in Tanzania

Project Plan edit

Activities edit

Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:
1. What content will the contest focus on, and why is it important to your community?

The contest will focus on adding photos of natural scenic landscapes and preserved natural heritage sites and their content. This is because people struggle to get photos of the sites when creating articles about natural heritage sites and because of changes brought by the environmental changes, these photos will be of value in the future in terms of documenting the history of our natural heritage.

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

We have an official page of Wiki Loves Earth Tanzania on Facebook and we also have an official Facebook page for the Wikimedia Tanzania Community user group where we share the detail about the contest to the community. Links to the pages Wiki Loves Earth Tanzania page Wikimedia Community User group page. And we also have Telegram group for the active members where we also share whatever is happening to the community.

3. How will you let participants know about the contest? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

We let new participants know about the contest through targeted social media posts, through word of mouth from active Wikimedia community members and we will also conduct online gathering to inform the community about the contest. Here are link to our social media pages Links to the pages Wiki Loves Earth Tanzania page Wikimedia Community User group page. And we also have Telegram group for the active members where we also share whatever is happening to the community. And we encourage active members to share the news to their friends through WhatsApp and other messaging platforms.

4. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?
Note: Grantees, judges, and other contest leaders are ineligible to receive prizes. Grantees who are serving as judges may not receive gifts through grant funding.

We will setup a jury to judge the contest in collaboration with the global WLE organising team and we will follow the guidelines in the process.

5. For photo contests, what is the strategy to get images used on projects?

We will engage editors to inform them of the availability of the photos to make sure the photos are used in articles.

6. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

Link to completed assessment Completed Risk assesment

7. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

The past WLE contest helped us inform the government that we can use Wikimedia projects to inform the world about our natural reserves and attract tourism after one of the photos from Tanzania made it to the global top 15. We believe this initiative will help us make our country's natural heritage known to more people through photos that will be collected and through the articles that will use the photos

Impact edit

How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more:

For photo contests:

  1. Number of participants: At least 50 community members participate in the contest activities and at least 20 photographer participate in the contest
  2. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: At least 200 good photos uploaded to Wiki Commons
  3. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects : At least 20 photos used in Wikipedia articles

Resources edit

What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

We have a team that will organise the contest, The team will be led by:
  1. Paul Mandele - Contest organiser
  2. Antoni Mtavangu - Logistics manager

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  1. 173USD for data bundles(Data bundles for online sessions and photo uploading sessions)
  2. 350USD for awards (200USD, 100USD, 50USD gift vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners respectively)
  3. 340USD for equipment rentals (Renting cameras to support photographers who don't have cameras and renting laptops for photo uploading session)
  4. 60USD for subscriptions to online events platforms (For online meet-ups and judges sessions)
  5. 60USD for social media promotion (promoting the contest and link to upload photos)
  6. 200USD for snacks for 25 people for two photo uploading sessions (The sessions will help us teach photographers on how to upload photos on Wiki Commons)
  7. 810USD for photo hunt (We will take experienced and upcoming photographers to the nearest protected site for photo hunt as a way to train upcoming photographers on taking natural landscape and wildlife photography as we collect photos from the site and to help upcoming photographers contribute good photos in Wiki Commons and in upcoming contents)
Total 1993USD

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