Having completed the 8th year of Wiki Loves Africa — our annual contest where creators across the continent contribute free media (photographs, video and audio) to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia communities (Wikimedia movement), and also make this shared media freely available for the Humankind — we are delighted that an image submitted to Wiki Loves Africa for the 2017 contest has won third place in the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year.
In December 2022, the stunning image above, Firefighter, Ashton Bay, March 2017 was honored with 3rd place in the annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2021. It was submitted by South African photographer StevenTerblanche for the Wiki Loves Africa 2017 contest under the theme of People at Work, and was one of 17,874 images submitted by 2,435 photographers.
Over the last 8 years, there have been almost 89,000 images submitted to the Wiki Loves Africa contests by 10,380 photographers. These images are added directly to Wikipedia’s image bank under a free license. Around 12,330 of these images have been used to illustrate articles on the Wikimedia projects. By being used to illustrate Wikipedia articles, these Wiki Loves Africa images have been collectively viewed 1.15 billion times since January 2017.