This email contains the winners of Wiki Loves Africa 2022, the latest releases for Inspiring Open, a call to join the SheSaid drive and coverage of WikiChallenge in French media.

Wiki Loves Africa 2022 Winners Announced!

First Prize Winner 'A Nubia' by Summering2018

Wiki Loves Africa is an annual continent-wide competition that shifts the visual narrative of Africa by encouraging people to contribute Africa-relevant photos, video or audio to Wikimedia Commons. The 2022 theme was Home&Habitat, and judging by the 16,265 entries received, it spoke to creative minds across Africa and beyond. 

After months of deliberation, our international panel of jurors created a shortlist of the Top 20 images. You can watch a video presentation of the Top 20 on Wiki in Africa's YouTube channel here or on Wiki Loves Africa's 2022 Wikimedia Commons page here.

From this shortlist, the jury has chosen the following execeptional images, a photo essay of Windows and a heartfelt video as the Wiki Loves Africa 2022 international winners

Wiki Loves Africa 2022 Photography Winners
1st Prize US$2000.: A Nubia by Summering2018 (Egypt)
2nd Prize US$1500: Home is My Work 2 by Mohamed Hozyen (Egypt)
3rd Prize US$1000: Planning Ahead by Ayorinde Ogundele (Nigeria)

Wiki Loves Africa 2022 Video Winner
Dream Home by Green Wilfred Somoni (Nigeria) wins this year's US$1000 video prize. 

Wiki Loves Africa 2022 Special Collection Prize 
This year a US$750 prize is awarded to a collection of images that tell a story. This year, the jurors felt Myousry6666 photo essay Windows Stories was poignant and beautifully executed.

Congratulations to all the winners!

All 16,265 photographs, videos and audio submitted to Wiki Loves Africa 2022 are released under CC-BY-SA-40, which means they are free to share and adapt as long as you give appropriate attribution. Learn more click here.

Tune into WikiAfrica Hour to hear from Africa's sharpest shooters!

On episode 17 of WikiAfrica Hour, we'll be chatting to the winners of the 2022 Wiki Loves Africa competition. We're talking cameras, lenses, composition, editing, the best time of day to shoot... basically everything you want to know about how to shoot a prize-winning photograph that has global appeal.  

WikiAfrica Hour’s September edition unpacked the evolution of the brand that identifies the world’s 5th most accessed website. We heard from Zack McCune, Director of Brand at the Wikimedia Foundation, and Erina Mukuta, Wikimedia Sound Logo community liaison. We talked about why these identities are important and how they evolve under the demands of new technology.  Click here to watch episode 16.

What's up with Wiki Loves Women?

Wiki Loves Women continues to celebrate African women with the launch of a new #SheSaid WikiQuote drive, while the first series of our Inspiring Open podcast continues to gain popularity as we near the final episode of the season.

With guests in a wide range of fields, from the creative, to the cultural curators and tech wizards in the Open space, Inspiring Open is an enlightening and entertaining journey through the lives of Africa's boldest female changemakers. 

Our latest guest on Inspiring Open is Mulenga Kapwepwe, an award-winning author and playwright from Zambia. In September we spoke to Jane-Frances Obiageli Agbu, a therapist who uses her open ethos to heal the world around her, and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah about sex, sexuality and inviting pleasure into your life. This week, we will chat with Ugandan writer and editor Hilda Twongyeirwe.

You can listen to any of the episodes via the Inspiring Open website or subscribe on any podcast platform so you never miss a dose of inspiration from Africa's most phenomenal women.

Wiki Loves Women first launched the #SheSaid campaign on Wikiquote in October 2020. By the 5th of January 2021, the campaign resulted in 867 new or improved articles (the majority were new) across 7 languages. The second edition was an even greater success, with over 1,500 Wikiquote entries created. The aim of SheSaid is to redress the imbalance of gender representation on Wikiquote. 

Would you like to join our global #SheSaid campaign and help to balance the representation of gender in the entries of Wikiquote? All the info you need to get your favourite notable quotes by women you admire onto WikiQuote is on our Wiki Loves Women/She Said meta page.

WikiChallenge African Schools has the attention of the French Press!

Image by Bile rene

The WikiChallenge African Schools competition, run annually in French speaking African schools, is aimed at children aged 9–12. The goal is to teach them how knowledge is  formed as they write articles about their immediate environment and contribute these articles to Vikidia. This year, schools from nine countries participated. The winners were announced in July and can be seen on our Vikidia Meta Page.

Meanwhile, a  wave of excitement ran through the WikiChallenges African Schools team, currently preparing to launch the 2023 competition, and the rest of the Wiki in Africa crew with three recent mentions in the French press. The Orange Foundation has scheduled a big push in Le Monde in the near future. Presently, two articles mention the project in l'Etudiant here and here.

We're thrilled, and hope you'll continue to support this vital project. 


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