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Hello [FNAME],

My name is Isla Haddow-Flood. This email is sent on behalf of Wiki In Africa to share information about pan-Africa's largest photographic contest – Wiki Loves Africa

Wiki Loves Africa (www.wikilovesafrica.net) is an 
annual photography and media contest that reclaims Africa's visual narrative. With a prize pot of over USD10,000 across eight media categories, the 2023 contest focuses on Climate & Weather

The contest's impact over nine years has changed how the world views Africa. Since 2014, over 88,600 images have been entered by photographers across the continent to alter perceptions and add an African visual perspective to Wikipedia articles. The collective library of open-licensed images, videos and audio have been viewed 1,25 billion times since 2016.

We'd be grateful if you shared this news with your audience or colleagues. Photography and Wikipedia training and upload events are happening in many African countries, and we encourage entries from photographers everywhere. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with further questions about this story. 

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Warmest regards

Isla Haddow-Flood
Co-Executive Director
+27 760773135
[email protected]

Wikipedia’s photographic competition focuses on Africa’s Climate & Weather

Wiki Loves Africa 2023 – rapidly becoming Africa’s largest photographic competition – launched on 1st March to visually emphasise the short-term power and long-term impact of Climate and Weather on Africa’s landscapes and people. Photographers, videographers, filmmakers, and audiophiles (professional and skilled amateurs) are invited to enter. Entries will illustrate Wikipedia articles. Competition prizes total USD 10,500.


Cape Town, South Africa, for immediate releaseWiki Loves Africa (www.wikilovesafrica.net), the annual photography and media competition, is open for entries.

This year, Africa’s intrepid creatives are being asked to be visually inspired by nature's awesome and destructive power. Professional and amateur photographers, videographers, filmmakers, and audiophiles are invited to submit entries under the theme of Climate & Weather.

With the alarming statistics revealed at COP27 in 2022, Wiki Loves Africa is placing Climate and Weather at the forefront of the continental psyche. 

The 1,237 billion people of Africa (16.5% of the global population) account for 284 million page views of Wikipedia each month – 1,9% of the knowledge platform’s total monthly readership. Those who read Wikipedia from Africa might not see themselves or their realities represented, including visual representations of how they experience climate and weather.

The contest's focus on Climate & Weather intentionally focuses the continent’s attention on the outdoors and the forces (natural and unnatural) that are shaping our world.

This year’s theme invites photographers and artists to capture the power of nature and how that changes from day to day, season to season, and decade to decade. The theme celebrates all visual examples of the prevailing climate zones and day-to-day weather conditions across Africa. Images, videos, and audio clips are expected to capture a variety of ‘normal’ and extreme climatic and atmospheric conditions, including (but not limited to) thunderstorms, floods, clouds, winds, hurricanes, fogs, rainfall, sunlight, scorched earth, erosion, change in water levels, landscape vegetation, extreme heat, snow, ice, extreme cold, etc., as well as focus their lenses on the more personal and capture the impact of climate change on communities across Africa.

The theme is an important one for the African Wikimedia Movement. Running concurrently by Wikimedia communities across Africa (and supported by the Africa Union) is the Africa Environment WikiFocus. To align the visuals being entered as part of Wiki Loves Africa and the content being added through the Africa Environment WikiFocus, two additional prizes have been added to the Wiki Loves Africa prize categories – for the best video and best photo essay or collection that represents the impact of climate change. The addition of these two categories brings the collective prize pot to USD10,500.

Since 2014 Wiki Loves Africa has been encouraging people across the continent to change the visual narrative, close the gaps, and alter global perceptions of “Africa '' on Wikipedia (and beyond). The contest has facilitated the addition of 88,640 alternate ‘African’ perspectives to the Wikipedia free-licensed media library, Wikimedia Commons. Wikipedia’s more than 55 million articles (in 2021) can be accessed in over 300 languages, for free, and without advertisements, all created by volunteers. One out of seven distinct images entered for Wiki Loves Africa now illustrates a Wikipedia article, and these images have been collectively viewed 1,23 billion times. This equates to over 1 billion opportunities for a previously negative or biased perspective of Africa or Africans to be revised, reviewed, or altered.


“[Wiki Loves Africa] encourages me to work more and keep searching to find narratives to give a voice to people of my community and Africa.”
– Mohamed Hozyen, Wiki Loves Africa prize winner in 2022 and 2019.

Wiki Loves Africa not only changes how Africa is perceived, but it also provides a very necessary visible platform to grow the skills of African professional photographers eager to present their visual artistry to the world. Over 10,000 photographers from 55 countries have submitted entries throughout Wiki Loves Africa’s history. This is no mean feat in a region where access to and access for professional photographers is notoriously low. World Press Photo’s annual competition laments that 2% of its global entries are submitted from Africa.

Wiki Loves Africa is open for entries until 30 April.

Entries are accepted from anywhere globally but must represent ‘Africa’ and the theme of Climate and Weather. Multiple events are being hosted by over 30 local volunteer Wikimedia communities across Africa. All entries must be released under a free license and uploaded via Wikimedia Commons, the media library for Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia knowledge portals.

How to participate

  1. Take photos OR create a video and enter them! Visit the competition portal.

  2. You can attend a local event in your country: find out which Wikimedia communities are hosting events near you.

  3. Tell others about the Wiki Loves Africa competition or your entries on social media using #WikiLovesAfrica, and tag @WikiLovesAfrica in your posts.






  • 1st Prize: USD 2,000
  • 2nd Prize: USD 1,500
  • 3rd Prize: USD 1,000
  • 4th Prize: USD 750

Media (Video, Audio, Graphics, Photo Essays):

  • Best audio or video prize: USD 1,000
  • Best illustration or graphic: USD 750

Africa Environment Prizes:

  • Video: Best video representation of the impact of climate change: USD 2,000
  • Photo Essay: Best collections of images (photo essay) showing the impact of climate change: USD 1,200 

Media release by Wiki In Africa. For media queries, contact:

  • Isla Haddow-Flood
  • Cell: +27 76 077 3135
  • Email: isla @ wikiinafrica.org


  • Florence Devouard
  • Cell: +33 645 60 62 77
  • Email: fdevouard @ anthere.org

About Wiki Loves Africa
Wiki Loves Africa (WLA) is a photo contest that takes place annually across the African continent to challenge the relentless negative depiction of “Africa” on global knowledge platforms. Each year the community chooses a universal theme. In 2023 this theme is Climate and Weather. 

It encourages the ‘crowd’ contribution by developing and upskilling African photographers, creatives, and cultural practitioners by leveraging the power of the open movement. Their photographic, audio, or video entries under a free licence illustrate the world’s largest and most widely accessed knowledge resource, Wikipedia. Through local events and training around the competition, the project actively develops local creative and Wikimedia volunteer communities.

Wiki Loves Africa Facts and Figures (Jan 2023)

  • There have been 9 contests held annually since 2014
  • Over 88,640 images have been entered by 10,380 unique submitters from 55 countries;
  • Wiki Loves Africa images have been viewed 1,23 billion times altogether;
  • 337+ events held by 32 African Wikimedia communities;
  • Submitted images viewed 28 million times each month;
  • 80% of competitors are new to Wikimedia;
  • An image entered for Wiki Loves Africa was awarded 3rd place in the 2021 Picture of the Year prize on Wikimedia Commons; Another Wiki Loves Africa image made it to the shortlist;
  • An image entered for Wiki Loves Africa was included in the Journeys Through Our Fragile Heritage exhibition at UNESCO, Paris; and
  • Wiki In Africa’s ISA Tool (created for Wiki Loves Africa) was awarded the Best Multimedia Tool Prize at WikiData Conference 2019.

About Wiki In Africa
Wiki In Africa is a registered non-profit organisation based in South Africa and works across the continent and beyond. Its mission is to decolonising knowledge and the internet by facilitating global access for all to open knowledge that reflects and represents the diverse cultures, peoples, biodiversities, and histories of the African continent and other previously marginalized and disenfranchised communities with the same depth and breadth as other knowledges. 

It combats the content and contribution gap that perpetuates the digital divide that plagues Africa by creating engaging and fun opportunities that progress skills acquisition, leadership development, and community building. During 2023 its focus programs include Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Women, WikiFundi, WikiChallenge African Schools, and WikiAfrica Hour. 

About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) is a nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Its vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. The WMF believes that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

Wiki Loves Africa is a flagship project of Wiki In Africa

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