Wiki In Africa/Wiki Loves Africa

Wiki Loves Africa was launched as an annual thematic photographic contest in 2014 (prior to the creation of the association). Anyone can enter images from Africa over the two months of the competition, although events are run in several focus countries by local teams. Over the last seven years, it has been active in 23 countries across Africa - and over 64,000 images and media files that celebrate the variety and richness of cultures of Africa have been contributed for use on Wikimedia Commons.

What Wiki Loves Africa is.

Themes that have been covered so far include Cuisine (2014), Cultural Fashion and Adornment (2015), Music and Dance (2016), People at Work (2017), Africa at Play! (2019), Africa on the Move (transport) 2020, Health + Wellness (2021), Home & Habitat (2022), Climate & Weather (2023), Africa Creates in (2024).

Status: active

Wiki Loves Africa was conceptualised by Florence Devouard and Isla Haddow-Flood in 2013 and launched in 2014. Wiki In Africa has been the lead organisation on the project since 2016, and the host since 2019. It has been previously hosted by the Africa Centre (2014, 2015) and (2016, 2017) as fiscal sponsors. Funding for the competition has been provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, Foundation Orange, with institutional support from the Goethe-Institut and communications support from Unite 4 Heritage, UNESCO.

Impact edit

The top 20 shortlist for Wiki Loves Africa competition under the 2022 theme, Home & Habitat.

Since 2014, the project has achieved the following (last update 2023):

  • Over 88,600 images have been entered by 9,269 competitors from up to 55 countries under a free licence (CC-BY-SA) ;
  • The images entered to Wiki Loves Africa are viewed 26 million times each month (Sept 2022);
  • Wiki Loves Africa's images submitted over the 8 years have been viewed 1.1 billion times (Sept 2022) altogether since Jan 2017;
  • Wikimedia communities from over 30 African communities in 24 countries have hosted over 330 participation events, information sessions and training workshops since 2014;
  • Two of Wiki Loves Africa’s images were selected as finalists in the Picture of the Year prize on Wikimedia commons. View them here.
  • A Wiki Loves Africa winning image was included in the Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris; and
  • Wiki Loves Africa’s ISA tool won the Multimedia category at the WikiData Awards 2019.
1st placed images of each year

You can view the international winning images from all years here.

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For organisers

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2023 Partners and Community Organisers edit


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Project extension 2021: Photographer professional development programme : Nos Jardins edit

Nos Jardins is photographer training that takes place between January and June 2021. This free masterclass covers various topics such as Free Culture, Wikimedia Commons (use of, upload of images, description), Wikipedia (integration of images), free licenses, and photographic advanced skills. It is targeted to professional or advanced amateurs. The trainees are expected to actively participate in the 2021 Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Earth contests. The trainers are Florence Devouard, Serieminou and staff members of, and professional photographers. The masterclass is being held through webinars and offline events and takes place simultaneously in Cameroon and Switzerland.

Nos Jardins is co-hosted by Wiki In Africa and The initiative is partially funded by Movetia.