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Photo Challenge


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The Photo Challenge inspires photographers to take great pictures and upload them to Commons. Monthly thematic competitions encourage participants to try new subjects, new photographic or processing techniques, and to develop skills while improving the Commons repository of free images. Photographs entered into a competition must be new to Commons and taken by a Commons user.

Formal things

Challenges

Challenges are based on a theme and run for a month. The theme may be a concrete subject, an abstract concept, a photographic technique or artistic style.

Participation

Everybody can participate in challenges open for submission. You simply

  1. Choose one or all of the current challenges
  2. Read the challenge description(s), which may vary in their rules (e.g., some place restrictions on when the photos are taken)
  3. Take picture(s) for the challenge(s) during the challenge period (or, if allowed, select from your own existing pictures that are not yet on Commons)
  4. Upload your picture(s) during the challenge period
  5. Submit your candidates at the bottom of the current challenge gallery during the challenge period. To do that you click the [Edit] button of the Entries section of your chosen challenge and insert the File name above File:-Insert image here-.svg.
  6. Do not sign your submission(s)
  7. If you want, you can have a look at previous challenges and vote

Challenges are open to any Commons user. Submissions must be your own work, not previously uploaded to Commons prior to the challenge date and should illustrate the challenge theme in the opinion of the photographer. Please read the challenge descriptions, as there may be additional rules or explanations for specific challenges. There is no limit on the number of submissions per user (unless specially so restricted in the challenge), but please choose from among your best and most varied images.

To submit pictures, you edit the gallery of the contest and add your candidate(s) to the top of the list.

New themes can be proposed and discussed here.

Assessment

After the challenge has closed to new submissions, the pictures will be assessed by popularity voting in the subsequent month. You are allowed to vote for images submitted by others if your Commons account is at least ten days old and has more than 50 edits or if you participated in one of the challenges. Challenges open for voting can be found here.

Winning

The best three pictures will be awarded first, second and third place. They will be displayed on the Photo challenge page and may use the template {{Photo challenge winner}} on the file description page.

Table of contents

Contents

New media viewing experience

Please note users can disable the new media viewing experience for all images on Commons when logged in (uncheck "Enable new media viewing experience" under Files and click Save in Preferences, Appearance).

Challenges open for submission

2019 – July – Fires, flames and sparks in science and technology

The new challenge features Fires, flames and sparks in science and technology

Ideally, each submission should contain a summary description of the subject in the file information, including the location of the subject, and relevant categories should be added to the files to enable other Commons users to find them and use them. Please take care not to violate copyright in respect of non-free creative works, and observe our educational project scope and the personality rights of identifiable people, or your files may be subject to deletion.

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout July UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. July 2019 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.

  • Restriction: A maximum of four entries can be submitted per photographer.

There are 9 days 19 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)

Examples

Entries

2019 – July – fishing i aquaculture

The new challenge features fishing and aquaculture

Ideally, each submission should contain a summary description of the subject in the file information, including the location of the subject, and relevant categories should be added to the files to enable other Commons users to find them and use them. Please take care not to violate copyright in respect of non-free creative works, and observe our educational project scope and the personality rights of identifiable people, or your files may be subject to deletion.

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout July UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. July 2019 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.

  • Restriction: A maximum of four entries can be submitted per photographer.

There are 9 days 19 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)

Examples

Entries

Challenges open for voting

Voting is open to all registered contributors who have held accounts for at least 10 days and made 50 edits, and also to new Commons contributors who have entered the challenge with a picture. Users cannot vote for their own picture. Voters may select up to three photographs in each theme to award points and can give praise to other photos without awarding points. Voting will be open for one month. The votes not complying with those requirements will be removed or converted to praises. In some cases users might be asked to correct their votes after voting ends.


June 2019

Previous challenges

May 2019

Working Women: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Police woman in London Female harvester laughing
while carrying two heavy
sheaves of rice in Laos
Vogelflugschau. Sächsischer Adler- und Jagdfalkenhof auf dem
Schloß Augustusburg in Sachsen.
Author Ibex73 Basile Morin Kora27
Score 10 9 9
Insects: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Biene versunken in Blüte im Frühling in Norddeutschland
(Schleswig-Holstein)
Blow Flies Egyptian locust
Author ThomasLendt Nsyoanita F. Riedelio
Score 22 11 9

April 2019

Beginning and end: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Beginning and end of a cheesecake Lots of beginning and ends but no full circle Staircase of the abandoned Central Hotel in Annan, Scotland (DSCF8956)
Author Sally V Kmtextor Trougnouf
Score 12 11 9
Prisons: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Kresty-Gefängnis in St. Petersburg am Ufer der Neva. Russland. Fort Boyard (fortification), Île-d'Aix, in Charente-Maritime (Fr) Bayreuth Correctional Facility
Author Kora27 Pierre André Leclercq Ermell
Score 19 17 14

March 2019

Blades: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Old plough seen at a farmyard in Switzerland Rotella per pizza Forbici per parrucchiere
Author GabrielleMerk Garonzi Stefania Garonzi Stefania
Score 24 23 13
Town halls: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Old town hall in Bamberg Town Hall in Michelstadt
(Odenwald, Germany)
Tartu Town Hall (Estonia) in winter time
Author Ermell TeKaBe Vaido Otsar
Score 35 17 11

February 2019

Rotational symmetry: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Water surface hit by water drop CARE International – friendship and love Dome of the monastery basilica St. Martin in Weingarten
Author Jsalatas AntanO Ermell
Score 17 15 12
Lakes: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title The Körbersee with view to the Großer Widderstein Okama crater lake on Mt. Zao in the Tohoku region of Japan
has a circumference of 1,000 m and a depth of 27 m. The
acidic water-filled crater is called "Okama" because it resembles
a traditional Japanese cooking pot of the same name.
Sunset over Houghton Lake, Michigan.
Author F. Riedelio OKJaguar JoannaPoe
Score 16 14 12

January 2019

Engines and motors: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title IL-62 Flugzeugturbine. Aufgenommen in Leipzig. Heavy truck engine Motor Basich Brothers (Los Angeles - San Francisco) in Borax museum. Furnace creek resort USA.
Author Kora27 Spielvogel Pierre André Leclercq
Score 16 15 14
Bathrooms: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
Image      
Title Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen is a unique outdoor bath in Hakodate,
Japan, that combines a hot spring (water temperature 50
degrees Celsius) with the Pacific Ocean. Normally submerged,
the bath only appears when the tide is out.
Baiz' toilet, Berlin Bathroom in a hotel in Honfleur, Normandy, France
Author OKJaguar Dreirik Kmtextor
Score 18 16 14

2018

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2018.

2017

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2017.

2016

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2016.

2015

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2015.

2014

Archived to Commons:Photo challenge/Previous/2014.