Wiki Loves Africa is an annual contest where anyone across Africa can contribute media that relates to that year’s theme to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other project websites of the Wikimedia Foundation. Wiki Loves Africa encourages participants to contribute media (photographs, video and audio) that illustrate the specific theme for that year. Each year the theme changes. Each year’s theme is chosen by the community to be a universal, visually-rich and culturally-specific topics (for example, markets, rites of passage, festivals, public art, cuisine, natural history, urbanity, daily life, notable persons, etc).
When is the competition open ?
ENTER NOW! The 2022 competition closes on 15th April 2022.
What should we contribute ? Pictures! Audio! Videos!
The theme Home and Habitat calls for the submission of visual representations of home, habitat. The theme celebrates the diversity and unique spaces and places both humans and animals alike consider home. Those quarters, lodgings, rooms, addresses, locations, dens, nests, burrows and caves. Those places of safety and peace where people and animals can relax, recover, rest, reconnect with family and community, and where they can fully express themselves, their tastes, their identity and heritage.
More on the 2022 theme…
The theme for the 2022 contest is Home and Habitat.
Homes come in all shapes and sizes. They reflect our deep-seated identity, interconnections to our community and economic reality. They display our traditional roots, our aesthetic choices and our aspirations. >> Read more about the theme and get inspiration here.
How to enter
ENTER NOW!! Competition closes 15 April
- Take photos related to the theme Home and Habitat
- Create a free account or log in on Wikimedia Commons
- Consult our How to Enter page for useful advice on all things relating to the competition
- Make sure you follow the rules of the competition (otherwise your image might not be eligible)!
- Upload your photos (from the 15th February 2022 onwards!)
IMPORTANT: Please note that while the COVID-19 threat is still present globally, the Wiki Loves Africa team encourages people who wish to take photographs to exercise CAUTION. Wear a mask at in-person events or when taking photographs. Consider entering images from your archive or take images as you go about your daily tasks. Please do not place yourself (or any person with you) at risk or in danger. #staysafe.
What prizes are up for grabs?
There are several prizes up for grabs for quality entries:both at a national and international level. For national prizes, please see what events are being held locally in your country.
At the international level, there are 6 main prize categories for Wiki Loves Africa.
The international prizes are :
- 1st prize: US$2000
- 2nd prize: US$1500
- 3rd prize: US$1000
- Culturally specific or traditional representations of home, houses or spaces of living : US$750
- Prize for best quality video (audio and visual quality and storytelling will be taken into account): US$1000
- Special collection (a series of images that tell a story): US$750
Each winner will also receive a pack of Wiki Loves Africa-branded merchandise.
Disclaimer: Prize money may be dispersed in a gift card or voucher format
Selecting the Winners
View All 2022 Entries
The winners will not be selected until May-June 2022. Every year, there is a rigorous process involving three stages that makes sure that only the very best of the best are selected as the International Prize Winners. Review the Jury Process on the 2021 International Jury page.
Each year it is a tough choice to choose the final winning images. The 2022 winners will not be announced until July/August 2022, but there are many beautiful winning photos that have been selected over the last 7 years! View all the winners from previous Wiki Loves Africa!
While the International Jury process is active, National Winners are usually announced by the country teams. There are prizes for incredible photos being awarded via this process. Check out the 2021 National Winners here!!