What is Wiki Loves Folklore?

Wiki Loves Folklore is an international photo contest which aims at documenting culture and heritage of different parts of the world. Wiki Loves Folklore is a continuation of Commons:Wiki Loves Love 2019 project with the theme of folk culture. The contest will run from 1 February until 28 February 2021.

The basic aim of the competition is to collect photos of cultural heritage to illustrate articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. The photos provided must match the theme, although the contest is not limited to any official list of protected areas, which means that most users will be able to find several pertaining subjects close to the theme emphasizing on folk culture of that area. Last year our theme was festivals, rituals, and ceremonies to document the cultural heritage. This year we are back with folklore heritage. There have been contests organized in different regions locally on the national levels, such as Wiki Loves Culture, Wiki Loves Festivals, Wiki Loves Folk, Wiki Loves Heritage for documenting culture.

Our cultural photo contest brings opportunities to photographers around the globe to document culture around different parts of the world.

In 2019, 120+ countries participated and we hope that this year we can bring together cultural heritage from different parts of the world, including, underrepresented regions without organized affiliates.

The project will be run on an international level. However, some specific actions (promotional events, communication, etc.) will be held in some countries with participating affiliates in their regions. You can also organize the contest independently in your country/region on behalf of your organization/affiliate, please reach out to our international team or email us at wikiloveslove@gmail.com for more information regarding the local-level organizing.

What happens to the photos or media after they are uploaded?

All images or media that are used on Wikipedia are uploaded to a website called Wikimedia Commons. This is a large and wonderful database of images, audio, and video files. All those media files are published under free licenses – this means that they are free to be re-used by anyone as long as they say who authored the photograph or media and keep them free (under the same license). For more information on Wikimedia Commons’ license policy, read here.

How do I get involved?

It’s really simple and easy, and fun! You may participate in two main ways:

  • You can participate in the contest itself! Grab your camera (or any relevant device) and shoot pictures or a video clip or a sound file. Upload!
  • Be part of a local event! In this case, please check out Local events. If you want to organize your own events (please do!), then check out the Organizers’ FAQ.

You can also help by making the photo contest Wiki Loves Folklore more accessible and available to more people in the world by providing translations in your language. To help, go to Commons:Wiki Loves Folklore/Translations.

What are the technical requirements for the pictures?

There aren’t any general technical requirements for the pictures. All self-taken photos that fulfilled the other basic rules and fit within the Wikimedia Commons scope will be accepted into the contest. The main goal of Wiki Loves Folklore is to collect as many pictures that can be used on Wikipedia as possible. Quality pictures are essential to the success of your entry and the competition. For tips and tricks on how to take a good quality image for Commons, take a look at these guidelines:

Atelier photographique, in French: Atelier photographique

What software will be used to upload pictures?

We will be using the UploadWizard simplified by a special Wiki Loves Folklore overlay.

Pictures can be uploaded using other tools (e.g. Commonist, but this requires further knowledge of wiki markup and Wikimedia Commons itself).

To upload images, please use this link (or the blue button on the contest’s main page).

How should I tag the images?

All images uploaded via the special upload wizard will be put in the Category:Images from Wiki Loves Folklore 2021. If you do not use the specialized upload wizard, please add the template {{Wiki Loves Folklore 2021}} to the tags so that we can identify the image as part of the contest.

Where will special activities take place?

Affiliates that would like to host events to present Wikimedia Commons, and organize photo hunt parties or mass-upload sessions events can list themselves here.

Click here to get more information and in contact with the local organisers.

How can I contact you?

Please drop a message on the talk page: Commons talk:Wiki Loves Folklore.

Contact us at our channels:

  • wikilovesfolklore@gmail.com