Wiki Loves Folklore is back with a Big Bang 21

Raiyani Muharramah Gendang beleq by RaiyaniM CC by SA 4.0 via Creative Commons

Wiki Loves Folklore is an international photography contest organized at Wikimedia Commons, an online repository of free-use images, sounds, and other media, in the month of February each year. The objective of the contest is to document folklore and intangible cultural heritage from different regions of the world. 

In the last two years, we have been able to document around 27000 media from over 125+ countries. In 2019, we had a successful international edition that ran from 1-28 Feb 2019 where we got 7121 images from 1700+ participants from over 120 countries in the theme pertaining to the festivals and ceremonies from different parts of the world. In 2020, the competition elicited 19,052 image submissions, 144 videos, and 13 audio files, the campaign documented folk culture of over 125 countries around the globe. Over 1496 photographers took part and around 20 affiliates collaborated in the project. 

Yakshagana by Shivaprasad Haluvalli, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In 2021, we are taking a new wheel which focuses on photography (and other media documentation including videos and audios) featuring the folk culture and folklore around the world, including, but not limited to folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, fairy tales, folk plays, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, and more! The dates for the submission in the photography contest on Wikimedia Commons are from 1 February to 28 February.

How to Contribute?

Probably you are wondering how you can take part. It’s simple: grab a camera, record an image, video or audio under the folklore theme, create a Wikimedia account and start uploading! To learn more about the rules, check out our Project page on Wikimedia Commons.

Starting 1 February to 28 February, interested Wikipedians, Wikimedians, folks, Glam advocates and Cultural enthusiasts can help bridge the knowledge gap on documentation on the theme folklore. If you are interested in participating in the photography campaign, start photographing and collecting media of your local culture and get ready for the photo campaign happening on Wikimedia Commons. For more information about rules and prizes of the contest, check our contest page

Feminism and Folklore Wikipedia Article Writing Contest

If you are interested in creating encyclopedia articles on Wikipedia, then we have another wonderful opportunity for you! There will be a concurrent Wikipedia contest organized in different local language editions where you can write about folklore, traditional cultures and festivities and people in folklore professions. The campaign will continue from 1 February to 31 March, with the theme folklore and to women in folklore professions. 

For any questions, reach out to us via wikilovesfolklore@gmail.com. Start gathering your cultural photographs and we look forward to welcoming you for the Wiki Loves Folklore campaign in February!  

Image Etched carnelian beads and gold jewelry, Nilgiri Hills culture, 1st millennium CE, Asia, G33 South Asia by Anthony Huan, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons