Wikipedia launches contest to celebrate Africa’s fashion

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Of all of the millions of subjects you can read about on Wikipedia, subjects relating to Africa have the least coverage. This is because of a number of reasons, but mostly because many people do not know that they can donate their images, videos and audio. Wikipedia needs your help to show the richness, difference and beauty of Africa through a photo competition.

Wiki Loves Africa Cultural Fashion and Adornment is a photo competition, which celebrates and shares the daily practices of people across the continent with each other and the rest of the world, via Wikimedia Commons – the free media repository.

Specific to celebrating Africa’s fashion, entrants are asked to upload photographs, video or audio that are related to cultural dress and fashion. Images and media should show fashion and adornment that is defined by local cultural influences and can include cloth, styles, ways of wrapping and hanging, culturally defined jewellery, make-up, hairstyles, cloths and woven materials, etc.

You can enter the Wiki Loves Africa contest here.

Competition rules

Images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contest may win prizes! There are a few rules to respect for the images to be eligible.

  • Rule 1: All photos must be taken by the person submitting them. They can be either self-uploaded or uploaded during a registered mass upload session.
  • Rule 2: Upload can only be done in October and November 2015. But you can enter media that was taken at any time, even historical photographs (as long as you own the copyright on these photographs).
  • Rule 3: Images must be free of watermarks or embedded signatures to be eligible. All entries will automatically be submitted under a free licence such as Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC-BY-SA 4.0) (or in the public domain). Read more about the cc-by-sa license here.
  • Rule 4: All eligible pictures will be categorised under Images from Wiki Loves Africa 2015, this will be automatically assigned during the upload process.
  • Rule 5: Participants should enable e-mail on Wikimedia Commons so they can be contacted should their image be chosen for a prize.
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