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The purpose of this page is to propose and discuss future themes of Commons:Photo challenge. Each month, when choosing new themes, the organizers will look here for proposals, usually with the highest level of support.

  • Before proposing a new theme, take a look in the archives to get a general idea of what kind of proposals were successful before. If scheduled at enough distance, new proposals can also be similar to already used themes, or to previously rejected themes.
  • When creating a new section for each theme suggestion, follow the alphabetical order and include a gallery of example images.
  • Please vote or leave comments for the proposals of other users so we can have better idea about the community support.
  • Use {{pro}}, {{contra}} and {{comment}} (Symbol support vote.svg Support, Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose & Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment) to discuss the theme suggestions. Add your comment at the end of the section.
  • Please add Commons talk:Photo challenge to your watchlist and participate in the monthly discussions about future challenge themes.
  • Before removing a proposal that does not have enough or clear support, leave a last reminder.

We value all your feedbacks and inputs. Thank you!


Baby related equipmentEdit

See Category:Baby-related equipment. Proposed by Alexmar983

We can do better. Few pictures have a high definition, for example. Compared to other categories, images from museums or archives are more than usual, basically because we lack some pictures of current equipment, at least pictures centered on the equipment, not on the baby using it. I guess that people prefer to take pictures of their children than of the baby-related objects they use, that's where the "gap" comes from.

So there's a lot to improve: strollers, baby carriages, cribs, walkers, bassinets, high chairs, playpens, feeding bottles, baby slings...

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:16, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support--Ibex73 (talk) 05:53, 10 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support not especially thrilling at first sight, but let's see what people make of it. A solid, straight-forward theme that would make sense to run along something more fancy that might not be for everyone. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
I kinda agree, but maybe in the end it is not so "easy" as it looks like.. who knows.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:35, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Supportb_jonas 12:35, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose nope --Trougnouf (talk) 19:13, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Bathrooms and toiletsEdit

Believe or not, that's challenging and maybe even necessary. Open the page Bathroom and take a look... most of the images used for the galleries have low resolution. I don't think we have a lot of high quality images of this topic. I can understand that there is always something more interesting than them around... but in the final result is that in the end most of our pictures in the subcategories are of poor quality.

I think the result would be useful and probably with some rare, funny, technical or unexpected output.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:29, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

  •   Neutral I agree with the justification that it's necessary, but it seems to me like we already have a lot of decent pictures about bathrooms. – b_jonas 16:26, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Ibex73 (talk) 15:53, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Definitely, we need more higher quality, unique, and interesting pictures of bathrooms and toilets. Even though there are so many pictures of toilets and etcetera, we need better pictures. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 22:13, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes! The world has so much variety that needs documentation. --Trougnouf (talk) 19:14, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support--Finderhannes (talk) 19:38, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Too much pictures don't harm anyone. It's good to have more options but I think we should vote very carefully because so it's easier for the admin to prioritize and the process is faster as we need more theme and more pictures on this platform. 13:29, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Comment Added a few more exterior pictures of public toilets to the samples, to make the theme more accessible for people like me who don't like taking photos inside a public bathroom. Also added some other interesting pictures. I commented out one photo that seemed redundant, but if you think it should be there, be bold. – b_jonas 19:34, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Beginning and EndEdit

  Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:40, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

comments? :)--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:49, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

  Support Considero que puede ser una idea interesante que moverá a la inspiración y creación.--Ivan2010 (talk) 19:50, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

  Comment "Beginning and End", or "Beginning or End"? The first two sample images depict both; the rest just one or the other. Images that depict both would be more interesting and more challenging, and if that is the intent then it should be made clear in the instructions when/if this makes it to the fore. --Kbh3rdtalk 18:49, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

it is the difficult one I guess, and this is going to be a two-month challenge. I don't dislike it per se, but if we accept we should update the gallery, I agree with you.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:36, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
We could accept composite image, like before and after a certain event. That's a possibility.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:40, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
A tombstone with a date of birth and death, and a man with grandson. Better?--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:05, 7 February 2017 (UTC)
An image of a dead-end train or tram station?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:48, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
Start-finish line at Olympic stadion.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:24, 16 February 2017 (UTC)
start and end minute of a timer---Alexmar983 (talk) 13:03, 21 February 2017 (UTC)


Originally: Razors From the safety razors of XX century to now. But ancient razor too; maybe a lot will be Gillette --Assianir (talk) 09:56, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

  •   Support the idea of razors. if anyone thinks is too specific, we can enlarge the theme. --Alexmar983 (talk) 10:44, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support but I would widen it to knives, swords, etc. --Jarekt (talk) 15:57, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
So "blade, knifes, swords and razors"... does any en-N have a more fitting title?--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:33, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
"Blades" might be the most generic. --Jarekt (talk) 17:34, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Any comments after the change?--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:52, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support not especially thrilling at first sight, but let's see what people make of it. A solid, straight-forward theme that would make sense to run along something more fancy that might not be for everyone. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Question The example images show old tools. Is this the intention, or do you want to cover modern bladed tools too? – b_jonas 12:30, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
There was no intention b_jonas, you can change the gallery if you want.--Alexmar983 (talk) 02:24, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
Probably all types of blades, there is an image of a modern box cutter and blender blade --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 15:25, 8 July 2018 (UTC)


category:Blood doesn't have a lot of good pictures.

It is an unsual proposal, I am totally aware and I am not a weirdo. I want mainly to test sone feedbacks on less common themes: in my experience if approved they give unexpected and even useful results. Now that we accept more frequently two-month challenges (and noone seems confused), I try to look into more peculiar themes.

If you think some of the possible outputs could be too "dark", I understand. I was originally interested in the scientific images we can get too, and I hope we won't have too much images of blood donations, there are covered enough.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:52, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Also "fake" blood is fine. As long we get a creative output, everything is probably useful for commons. I add an image of a cosplayer.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:13, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support--Gozitano (talk) 08:24, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Combine with "bone" below to have a "Blood and bone" Halloween-themed contest in October. I am sure we will get plenty of pictures of both. BD2412 T 01:08, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
We could do that. If noone opposes I can merge them during the summer.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:31, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
I am starting to have second thoughts on this union. We'll see.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:38, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

  Oppose I think some people may find it a bit too disturbing. Atomicdragon136 (talk) 19:57, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

Coats of armsEdit

It was: flags and coat of arms Proposed by Alexmar983

We have many drawings or schemes, but seeing the symbol in its environment makes it more "real".--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

  Comment What is it: Flags or COA's? This is 2 challenges in 1. To make it a real challenge, maybe it should be "COA on flags". --P 1 9 9   14:11, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

COAs existed before flags, but it is more a continuum. In many countries of the "third world" COAs are less common, and I wanted a theme sufficiently global. To me they don't sound too different but you can propose to split it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 18:37, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:39, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Now that we currently have two-months challenge, I reshape this proposal as just "coat of arms". Flags are common, so it is not my main target of the two. This way is closer to a classical "architectural" challenge. Coat of arms are often like obelisks or balconies or similar, a detail.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:27, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Combustion enginesEdit

A picture of a car engine. Doorknob 747 (talk) 13:36, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Let's expand this to all engines. BD2412 T 15:46, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
    • Actually, could we make one for all kinds of engines other than those of cars? I'd like to see ship engines, but also better educative pictures of interiors of washing machines and similar, because we really lack those. – b_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC)
I kinda agree so I boldly change it to "engines", formally still including cars. But I use no car images.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:50, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:07, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
  •   Question Referring to en:Engine#Terminology: is this for combustion-leads-to-rotation kinds of engines only or can we also include things like electric motors, en:Pump-jets or other fancy stuff? If the former, that should be made more clear; if the latter, I'd go for something like engines, motors and propulsion. --El Grafo (talk) 09:57, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
We have electric motor as a different challenge, so I'd say it is mainly "Heat engines". I never though about it but that's how I would schedule it. So in my view the two challenges are "electric motors" and "Heat engines" (plus or minus cars if we want an easy or a complex challenge), and they should in any case be proposed at a certain distance of at least 2-3 months.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:31, 15 February 2017 (UTC)
Whoops, didn't realize the electric motors above. Next step: en:Combustion engines in general or limited to en:Internal combustion engines? --El Grafo (talk) 11:10, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
IMHO, not everyone know the different types of engines. So I would focus on a more generic theme (Combustion engine), as long as it is "kindly suggested" to avoid cars. We can do the more refined challenge later, based on the results of this one.--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:39, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  Support agreed, let's go for Combustion engines. --El Grafo (talk) 13:05, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
ok, I change the title in few weeks if noone opposes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:16, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
changed. later I move it to "C".--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:30, 16 April 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support(Z28scrambler (talk) 22:56, 2 July 2017 (UTC))
  •   Support as it's now combustion engines in general, not just car engines. I'd still prefer it as a single theme together with electric engines, but support either way. – b_jonas 16:36, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Crimes, Infractions and MisdemeanorsEdit

Can you take a nice picture at something that happened or is happening and it is against the law? I guess it is not easy, and I'd like to see the output. Plus, there might be some interesting local cultural aspect to show.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:08, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 17:22, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Doors and DoorwaysEdit

From wood, glass, metal or whatever material, unique, ornate, or different doors or doorways are found on many different buildings or structures. (Z28scrambler (talk) 23:11, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

  Support We did mailboxes, we will make balconies or keyholes probably and we can make doors. I put some other examples.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:47, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

What about details of doors in the gallery?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:48, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

  Support There is significant diversity of doors around the world. Jsamwrites (talk) 06:12, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

  Support --Ermell (talk) 21:00, 29 November 2017 (UTC)   Support --El Grafo (talk) 10:01, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

  •   Support--Finderhannes (talk) 19:41, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I used to be reluctant in supporting the topics that I photograph too, because of conflict of interest, but in retrospect, that's probably not a good strategy. I'll start to support them now, I can still skip nominating my photos. – b_jonas 10:12, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Destroyed and disappeared places and buildingsEdit

Recent events such as the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake made me think about how it's important for wiki to get informative pictures of areas and structures before they were destroyed by human or natural causes. it's always something that is worth a detailed search, which sometimes proves unsuccessful. That's why I suggest this challenge. It may require to scan some old pictures, but still I think it is worth the effort.

There are also thousands of structures of local interest that are gone. In the gallery I use "famous" example but all types of sites should be welcome.

This has some similarity to the "closed shops" challenge, but those structures are often still there... this is more focused, more difficult and also more culturally relevant. In any case, I suggest to schedule them at a certain distance, if both selected.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:41, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

here is a query of destroyed or dismantled building. It's not complete but I hope it can help for the most recent one. The submission should include in the submission (caption or file description) some information about the site. BTW, another violent herthquake in New Zealand right today. Can you believe it?--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:58, 13 November 2016 (UTC)
  Oppose I like the idea of collecting photographs of destroyed places, but it is quite a challenge to take photograph of a place before it is destroyed (unless you are the one destroying it), so this challenge would be for people that can do a deep dive into their photo archives and pull out photographs of places or objects which are no longer there. I can not imagine too many people that can do that. --Jarekt (talk) 21:36, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
You can also take pictures of the destroyed place, we still have no free copyright images of the earthquake effects in Central Italy, that's useful and necessary as well. Of course it's not easy as well in many cases, I agree. This proposal is like images of technology and drones, probably a difficult two months challenge. I like this 2+1 pattern, let's use it. It helps to be more efficient: we proved we can handle 3 challenges at the same time, so we can think a little bit less about this issue. Those with old photos mainly search at their desk, and the others have another challenge to go outside and shot.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:12, 26 January 2017 (UTC)
  Support There will not be many photos, but those which are recovered from archives will be very precious for Wikipedia, because they really fill gaps.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:34, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
But those supposed to ye your photographs, not scans of other people photos or drawing. I agree archival photographs are great but they do not belong in Photo Challenge. --Jarekt (talk) 02:40, 3 September 2017 (UTC)
  Support per what KaiBorgeest says. Just make sure there's another theme with an easier bar of entry at the same time. – b_jonas 13:59, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:21, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose I fear that it's an open door to copyvio. Plus, it will be impossible to captivate a lot of users, because it's a "scanning" challenge and they will not use their camera. --Ruthven (msg) 13:12, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
almost all our challenges are an open door to copyviol in some ways... and all of them are challenging in some ways, that's why we have two of them each month. We can have dozens of "easier" challenges but we also need difficult ones. It's impressive how after so many years a key concept is still partially interiorized: some challenges are worth the effort (of uploaders and organizers) for what they bring, that's why we also do those. We asked to take pictures of electronics in the past, aren't they covered by design copyright sometimes? I mean you can apply these objections to many of them, basically sometimes the only reason why we do or not do some of them is only if someone shows up saying or not saying that there is such specific worry, but it is quite random.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:50, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
BTW, digital cameras exist since many years and in the meantime many things have disappeared, so it's not even only "scanning"... only if you want to go for something that way. We have one uploader who scans old images of 1970s and 1980s by routine, for example. This "scanning" issue is another funny one. If 1 out of 24 challenges is more scanning-oriented is just part of balanced scenario. It's just one of those 10-20% that have less entries, but more valuables. Big deal, we can postpone the deadline too.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:53, 24 February 2018 (UTC)


This can include any type of dust of any type. It can be on objects or in the air.

  •   Oppose it does not sound like a inspiring challenge to me. --Jarekt (talk) 14:41, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Earth ScienceEdit

Earth Science

English: Field images and conceptual cartoons that show atmospheric/environmental/geological/geodynamic processes that shape the Earth at any spatial or time scales. Geotagged field photographs of scientifically significant landscapes or outcrops are particularly welcome. This call aims at bringing the recent en:Wiki Loves Earth contest closer to the scientific community in the Wikimedia projects.

Proposed by user:Gaianauta

  •   Support Very appropriate, the Earth Sciences are very disadvantaged but there are many good images in Commons. --PePeEfe (talk) 18:12, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
  •   Support useful.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:54, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  • strong   Support, but minus the cartoons (photo challenge). --El Grafo (talk) 14:18, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  •   Support very useful, either pictures of outcrops and field details, either of thin sections--Bramfab (talk) 15:32, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  •   Info I've added some quick examples, please feel free to replace them with better ones. --El Grafo (talk) 16:04, 17 June 2015 (UTC)
  •   Comment I think Colin has a point here. The scope of this theme is extremely broad, it might backfire. Maybe cut it down into several smaller but better defined challenges? --El Grafo (talk) 15:40, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
  Support would be very interesting, maybe smaller (outcrops or geotopes or sources or spings or erosion) --Geolina mente et malleo 13:50, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
  Support Nice idea -- Jiel (talk) 21:43, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support. Interesting and not too specific. Rozmador (talk) 21:48, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
well, we agreed it was too specific so that's not something we can work on.--Alexmar983 (talk) 03:27, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

How toEdit

So I suppose we should make a list of the similar proposals and do at least 4-5 of those competitions over the following months before we file this one in the archive right? --Alexmar983 (talk) 11:17, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Similar competitions are:

I think that as soon as we (=I?) put some old proposals in the archive, I could introduce something new like "Mines, sinkholes and caves". And later something like "coastlines and seashores", "fossils and sediments" "Canyons and gorges"... what do you think? Do we have to be even more specific?--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:34, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

You do not have to put old proposals in the archive to propose new ones. But I agree we might have to shelf this one and do several narrower ones. All that you suggested sound good. --Jarekt (talk) 02:35, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
I don't but I kinda prefer. Of course, if you want to propose them before I do, help yourself.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:30, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
I moved them here as subsections.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:33, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Fossils and SedimentsEdit

Fossils and Sediments Proposed as part of Commons_talk:Photo_challenge/themes#Earth_Science--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:35, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

  •   Comment FYI, we had already "fossils" in a past challenge.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:37, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:35, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Oppose in this form, as we had "fossils" not too long ago. --El Grafo (talk) 13:01, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
well, it was years ago if I remember correctly. But we'll see the other comments. By the time we decide, maybe it is even more time.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:50, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Canyons and gorgesEdit

Canyons and gorges ; proposed by Alexmar983

See the category

  •   Support--Jarekt (talk) 15:35, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support I like the idea. It would get me and I would think others out of my area and go exploring. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:50, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Electric MotorsEdit

Motors or generators that run on or produce electric current. From power plant generators, toy slot car motors, washing machines, rail or tram motors even electric cars and road vehicles.

  •   Support to be scheduled far away from the competition about "engines" and "domestic appliances"--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:59, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:06, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

noone in one year? I am surprised. Should we enlarge this one?--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:28, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

Maybe combine with Internal Combustion Engines? Maybe called "Prime Movers" to include any type of mechanical device that produces kinetic energy?Z28scrambler (talk) 21:58, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support Electric motors are cool! (well, sometimes hot :) --- [Tycho] talk 14:10, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Comment I'd prefer the unified “engines” theme, which contains this, the “combustion engines” proposed above, and more. Yes, I'd like to see more washing machine interiors, which are electric engines, but that's hard, and we've done Home appliances inside and outside in 2016-12. – b_jonas 01:29, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
    I think there are already enough good pictures of gas engines. I think electric motors is better for a challenge.
    — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atomicdragon136 (talk • contribs) 20:06, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I'd still prefer engines in general, beacuse of ships. But even if the challenge topic is only for electric motors, I support this. We may want a warning notice so that people don't electrocute themselves when trying to get access to a motor. – b_jonas 10:17, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Extreme or unusual weather phenomenaEdit

I am reusisng some of the ideas of the rejected proposals "rain" and "clouds", and "Weather phenomena", with some overlap with the general cycle of earth science themes.

Some examples are tornadoes, floods, cloud-to-cloud lightning, intense snow blizzards, funnel clouds, tsunamis, sandstorms... maybe extreme air pollution? personally I think we should give it a chance if it is better defined, and it is quite clear we are looking for pictures in a challenging situation. No risk people upload photos of simple drizzle.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:46, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Eye CareEdit

See this Photo competition for exampels and hashtag "#EyeCareForAll".

  • Eye Care
  • photo-document the impact of eye health in people’s lives
proposed by --Atamari (talk) 08:51, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
  •   Support I proposed something similar for teeth, but the two ideas were not related. if both are accepted this should be done first of course, and they should be distantly scheduled (at least 3-4 months)--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:30, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support. --P 1 9 9   12:44, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support I cannot contribute anything myself to this topic, but there should be more often such specialized topics far away from mainstream. Quantity alone is not everything which counts.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:42, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Comment Now that we have three supports and it is getting possible to be selected in the next months, I inform you that World Sight Day is usually held on the second Thursday of October. Google it yourself. So we can schedule this one in October. Also, I was thinking to suggest a theme about handicap but we can enlarge this to blindness (adding such examples in the gallery). Let's wait for more comments.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:15, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support. MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:57, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

So can I enlarge it to "eye care and blindness"? Put some pictures of blind people too? BTW 99% this is going to be selected for the next month.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:34, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Fires, flames and sparks in science and technologyEdit

"Fire" was consdered too generic so it was archived as rejected. We had one about firefighters, too. So no more images of "fires". I try, as previously suggested, to reuse the idea in this more specific proposal. We always need more technical images, so that's a possibility.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:55, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:38, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

I am sorry because i think it is a useful and challenging (but not so rare) theme, but no other support showed up in months. Let's wait a little bit more.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:01, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support Maybe add "sparks" for welding, steel cutting etc? --El Grafo (talk) 13:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Sure El Grafo, I do that soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:55, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
Done.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:16, 28 March 2017 (UTC)

FYI wiki loves science is in November so this shouldn't be selected soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:09, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support That's a pretty cool topic --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 20:07, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support This one makes me think. That's usually a good thing. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:51, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Fishing and AquacultureEdit

it was originally: Fishing (Angling) With hands, hooks, poles, rods, reels, nets, and line there are many varied and interesting ways for one of human-kinds oldest way to obtain food. Fishing can be done in all seasons worldwide. Include photos of people fishing for sport or necessity or fishing equipment, lures, rods, reels, etc..

  Support Ok, I tried to avoid in the gallery the use of images of "people" and "fish" and "boats", but after a survey I agree that we do need good technical pictures. Too many photos have low resolution, for example. And challenges about professions and food didn't get many pictures of this type so far.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:59, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:38, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  • "nets" (April 2017) is 30% about fishing nets, so if it increases its support, let's schedule this one far away in any case.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:47, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

What about "Aquaculture"? We could including in the title. If you agree. i could merge it with a new challenge but we already had "food production and processing" and it wasn't very successful (too much "cooking"-oriented, IMHO). So maybe I can rename this one "fishing and aquaculture"... I think they are still closely related. --Alexmar983 (talk) 14:13, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

I will change the title in the next weeks, ok?--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:03, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Done! Here is the new gallery--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:02, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

Fruit, vegetable and cereals harvestingEdit

Photos of the process of gathering a ripe crop, Proposed by Fauvirt (talk) 23:20, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 12:07, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support, but please call it just “crop harvesting” or “harvest”, to include plants that are neither fruits nor vegetables nor cereals, such as cotton or sunflower. – b_jonas 02:11, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support if named “crop harvesting” or “harvest” as proposed above. --El Grafo (talk) 14:18, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I like “harvest” better as well. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 22:44, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Grounded ShipsEdit

Photos of ships or large boats that have been permanently grounded either by nature or man. (Z28scrambler (talk) 22:38, 2 July 2017 (UTC))

Can we enlarge it somehow? I have fear it is too specific.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:58, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

High-dynamic-range imagingEdit

High-dynamic-range imaging

  •   Support as a proposer --Jarekt (talk) 15:41, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I am usually neutral about "technical" challenge but I like the pictures I see in the gallery, I want more of them.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:31, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support LotharHakelberg (talk) 03:25, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose This topic will bring us some brilliant pictures, but also many HDR exaggerations, probably only a few of them will have encyclopedic value--KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:00, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
    • KaiBorgeest, that's not really true any more. HDR is absolutely standard practice for large interior photography and night photography: a significant portion of featured pictures are HDR. -- Colin (talk) 09:45, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support though may be hard to dell from a JPG whether the image used HDR techniques. -- Colin (talk) 09:45, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
    • Colin, sometimes I use it myself, e.g. to fill up a hard shadow. But in all these cases including the good examples above, HDR is not the content, but just a tool. If we want to encourage more photos of the kind above, it is - in my opinion - a good idea to propose a motif topic which may benefit from HDR. For example 'large interior photography'.--KaiBorgeest (talk) 20:17, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
      • KaiBorgeest, well it might be an idea, if this challenge runs, to offer suggestions like that, so people know what might be worth trying. I think part of the photo challenge is to encourage photographers to try new techniques, not just to spark creative ideas about what to photograph. If we just suggested the 'large interior photography' then it wouldn't obviously encourage anyone to try the technique. -- Colin (talk) 07:23, 3 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support It may lean towards the artistic side but I still think it's a cool topic. Its another one that forces you to work on something you might not normally do. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:53, 24 October 2018 (UTC)


Horses (equestrian sport, riding school, wild horses, carriage/farm horses); proposed by F. Riedelio

  •   Support Ibex73 (talk) 21:19, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support ok but not too close to other animal-related challenge.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:29, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:40, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

This look a little bit neglected. Can some stranger leave a recent comment on this one? We can use it as a next "natural" theme if we increase its support a little.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:00, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

@Alexmar983 I added two new images. Is that enough for a comment? – b_jonas 14:08, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
b_jonas if you add a "favorable" too, people will now better when it's up to quickly evaluate. Besides specific circumstances most of the requests are considered for approval when they have more than 4 or 5 votes, in my experience.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:13, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  Neutral ok, I'll explicitly vote abstain then. – b_jonas 14:16, 31 July 2017 (UTC)


Insect macro photography.

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:03, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support The non-insect arthropod challenge was fine, so this will work too. – b_jonas 12:47, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support But to make it different from the past non-insect arthropods challenge, we should really limit it to actual insects. I've thus removed two sample images from the list, as they showed spiders. I guess the challenge description should have some information on what is an insect (as opposed to spiders, scorpions, centipedes etc.) – something along the lines of "must have 6 legs" … I think we should also require the subjects to be determined down to at least genus level. --El Grafo (talk) 10:16, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes, should include only insects, not other animals. No, I don't think we should require determining the subjects to the genus level. Insects are very varied, you can't expect submitters to be expert entomologists. Also, requiring identification would cause people to mostly submit photos of common insects, but photos of rarer insects are more variable. I added more pictures. It's easy: we have lots of good arthropod pictures, but need more, and will always need more. The topic is repeatable. – b_jonas 01:53, 6 March 2018 (UTC)

Interior clockEdit

All sorts of interior clocks Proposed by Ibex73 (talk) 15:34, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

  •   Neutral Eww. I personally hate these things, so I won't slap a support stamp here. But they're important for Commons scope, in the sense that we'd better photograph them all now before they all get thrown away in favor of cheaper modern clocks. – b_jonas 01:58, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support--Finderhannes (talk) 13:00, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Changing my vote to support, since I saw in the museum how hard it is to get good photographs of this. – b_jonas 10:44, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Keyholes and key switchesEdit

See Category:Keyholes. We have some nice images, but not a lot of them. It could be interesting, because you can find some of them around but it is not easy to create a nice, creative, image. This could maybe inspire to look for unusual example. I added "key switches" in the title because they are a subcategory and we really need something better specifically in that direction. Keys are possible in the pictures but they should not be the main focus.

  •   Support--Gozitano (talk) 08:28, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Musicaline (talk) 16:24, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support--Finderhannes (talk) 13:01, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I agree that does have some quality images of keyholes, however not so many. People can contribute more interesting or quality images. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 16:29, 4 November 2018 (UTC)

Lakes, mores and pondsEdit

It is intended as "undocumented" lakes and ponds. Proposed by Alexmar983.

Starting from March 2017 we will begin the "undocumented" challenges and it is going to take a while to refine the tools. This is the new "frontier" of our geographic challenge. I am setting up a series of proposal as I said in the talk. So, why lakes? Well, in some countries there are thousands of them and they are still undocumented. Think about the northern part of Canada for example. Another example: svwiki created via bot all the entries to their lakes and they are A LOT. Of course since like hills and mountains statistics and language are never homogenous, I also include ponds. And you can also focus on oasis, I guess.--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:48, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

ok I am not sure about the "undocumented", so maybe it is going to be more "free".--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:44, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

We can reshape it as a "free" challenge. I hope we will not end up getting too much of images of important and big lakes.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:15, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

What about just "small lakes"? It is ambiguous but I think "mores, ponds and small lakes" get the idea. We can check the upload and voters can be more critical if they think the lake is important. So no lake Eire, Garda, Victoria... just "small" one, the one you rarely know the existence if the are outside of your region or county. Managing with the gray area is worth the effort of getting dozens of pictures of less known spots. What do you think? I put small lake in gallery.--Alexmar983 (talk) 07:59, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
Noone?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:56, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I'd say let's do this. There's some risk of getting boring pictures, but I think we'll get good ones too. – b_jonas 02:02, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:54, 27 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support I'd say this is a good one. It's one most everyone can do if they get out a bit. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 01:54, 24 October 2018 (UTC)

Long exposure photographyEdit

Star trails, Car long exposure, People disappearing by long exposure, etc.

This proposal was here already in October 2015. I am neutral with "technical" challenges but I suggest that whoever agrees should show up his/her support. Otherwise this can be put in the archive.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:12, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

anyone? Say something!--Alexmar983 (talk) 22:26, 20 August 2016 (UTC)
We had "Long exposure photography" in April 2016, BTW...--Alexmar983 (talk) 21:26, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --ComputerHotline (talk) 06:38, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support Why not do it again this time? I am a fan of long exposure photography. -- Poké95 05:10, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
"again" is not an issue (see the fossils challange), although a small variation of the theme could be a nice idea, if you can suggest some. Generally speaking, of course. Again I have no specific idea in these cases, my main goal is "missing stuff"--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:17, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:43, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose --We should not repeat the same topic in such short intervals. --KaiBorgeest (talk) 21:57, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
I suspect that this selection process usually consider one year a fair interval for an almost identical theme. BTW with three "supports" this can still take a while usually to be selected. So I don't think there is a "practical" issue here.--Alexmar983 (talk) 06:33, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Any new comments on this one? it's been a while.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:00, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

  Request Maybe make it more challenging? For example, long exposure beyond 30 seconds or long exposure photos of water. --- [Tycho] talk 10:33, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support We don't have huge numbers of good-quality long-exposure images. I don't think we need to make this one harder; the exposure length should be based on the needs of the subject, and not be arbitrarily restricted. MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:29, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I think this is worth a go. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 22:46, 31 October 2018 (UTC)


I think it is ok to play with specific themes with potentially vague outputs. And expensive stuff is usually more interesting than normal stuff, but we can make more proposal for those too, later. in any case, I am quite sure it is challenging.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:07, 23 July 2017 (UTC)


We had "reflections" last year. This is overlapping a little bit but you can focus on the mirror or on what is reflected inside. So even if it falls in that category, it is not a theme totally focused on "objects". We have enough images of different mirrors so I hope it is encouraging original composition or the depiction of particular mirrors. Also, most of the images are not great they can be better, IMHO.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:43, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support - very good. BD2412 T 10:38, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes, this would allow interesting compositions, so it is a worthy photo challenge. – b_jonas 09:14, 28 May 2018 (UTC)



One of the oldest and most simplest forms of monuments. Located worldwide in cemeteries, memorial parks and public places. They come in all sizes, but only one shape.

  •   Support ok, obelisks are more or less like sundials or clocks on public buildings. I support this one for the same reasons I have supported those proposals.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:47, 13 September 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 15:54, 25 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Nicholas Gemini (talk) 19:45, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support Musicaline (talk) 16:25, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Fauvirt (talk) 09:21, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Pastry and cakeEdit

All sorts of pastries and cakes Proposed by Ibex73 (talk) 15:30, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support Oh! This is a very good one. I know from earlier research that we don't have enough good photos of them. – b_jonas 02:06, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   SupportOppidumNissenae (talk) 18:58, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support --Trougnouf (talk) 19:17, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Yep. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 10:21, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Adding a few more sample images. Now I'm hungry. – b_jonas 17:29, 1 December 2018 (UTC)

Parliaments and legislative buildingsEdit

Proposed by ArionEstar

"legislative" means also regional chambers in many countries. That is good, even better considering almost all the national parliaments have been described, although I am sorry for Russian and French people, I don't think their countries have a strong legislative autonomy at the moment. Let's be sure to include ancient Parliaments in the gallery. With ancient and regional parliaments, it is probably better.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:21, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

  •   Comment How small of a unit of government will be ok for this challenge? Will this include town councils? There is another proposal for "Town halls (city halls)". The two topics would overlap. If this topic is limited to only national governments and the unit below the national government (eg. state, province, territory), it may be difficult for some to participate because of the long distance needed to travel. For example, for me it would be a four-hour drive (275mi/450km) each way to travel from Central Florida (a region home to about 5 million people) to the state capitol in Tallahassee; from the state's most populous region around Miami, it would be a seven hour drive each way (480mi/775km)! There is a similarly large distance from southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) to that state's capitol in Sacramento. For that reason, I think that the two topics should be merged into one—"Legislative buildings"—that includes national (eg. parliaments), regional, and municipal (eg. town halls) legislative buildings. AHeneen (talk) 00:13, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
Town halls are not "legislative buildings" in many areas . It is a subtle definition, in some countries only the central state has a legislative power, local unities can make decrees or local ordinances. For example in Italy Tuscany has a legislative assembly, in France Corse does not. We have to find some fitting definition. In any case, i feel that a merge could also work, we can't just ask people to know which building is of a local executive or a local legislative or a low-level local administrative branch... any ideas?--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:41, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 02:17, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Trougnouf (talk) 19:18, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Question This is only the buildings of national parliaments, or even buildings of local institutions (for example: buildings where there are governments offices of a city, of a province or a region of a state)? --Nicholas Gemini (talk) 09:50, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Police vehiclesEdit

Police Vehicles ; proposed by Ibex73 (talk) 15:41, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

I fixed the gallery, but we have a lot of those pictures.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:55, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:52, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

I suspect this is not accepted with no support in half a year. Any comment?--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:55, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

I put it in the archive soon.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:31, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Too specific, maybe. Before I put in the archive, any last suggestion for a broader theme? Like "Public safety" vehicles?--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:37, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

Prison buildingsEdit

Prison buildings ; proposed by Maimaid

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Maimaid (talk • contribs) 14:32, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
  •   Support I would like it Levin Holtkamp (talk) 11:42, 24 February 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support Great idea!
    — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 12:19, (UTC)
  •   Support sure, there are a lot of pictures of jails and prisons we don't have. But you only showed pictures taken from outside. Inside is important as well, we should suggest this option explicitly, in my opinion.--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:18, 5 March 2016 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Good idea, but in some parts of the United States, taking photos of in use prisons is frowned upon and possibly illegal.
    — Preceding unsigned comment added by Z28scrambler (talk • contribs) 22:37‎, (UTC)

I try to revive this suggestion, after one year. What if we try a broader theme such as "justice"? We have the one about crimes and misdemeanors, we could merge them or simply schedule two challenges far away. This one could become "prisons, jails and courthouses"... any other ideas? Or we can leave this theme, but it is time someone else shows up for support.--Alexmar983 (talk) 08:30, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Public appearances of public sphereEdit

Photos of act of performing or participating in a public event (television appearances, speeches, political activities, performances etc.) from employees of the public sphere, celebrities. Fauvirt (talk) 19:32, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Religious symbolsEdit

Crosses (wayside cross, summit cross,...); proposed by F. Riedelio

  • Can we broaden this to religious symbols generally? Otherwise, it seems to display favoritism to one group. BD2412 T 17:57, 13 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes, we can IMHO. --F. Riedelio (talk) 10:43, 26 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I will update the proposal accordingly. Cheers! BD2412 T 15:43, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
  •   Comment Runs the risk of partisan uploading and voting. I have less faith in the scope of our contributors L-Bit (talk) 03:26, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Will turn into war of religion and Wikipedia doesn't have to promote cults Jiel (talk) 21:47, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
  •   Comment ok we can file "crosses" in the archive and reshape the proposal as "religious symbols", but I hope that would not be controversial as well... I mean LGBT is controversial for some cultures, yet we had proposed it if I remember.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:42, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Religious symbols

  •   Support - we have had many contests before where religious structures or images were included in the entries, and this has yet to lead to a "war of religion". BD2412 T 14:59, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support I've tried to recreate a gallery with specific religious symbols, not just scenes of religious practices.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:56, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:40, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Any new comments to finalize this proposal?--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:34, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

  •   Oppose I don't find this theme interesting enough. Forty new photos of crucifixes and two holy trinity columns would be rather boring to look at. – b_jonas 14:23, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
like forty new photos of sundials, or clocks on public buildings... plus it is not even those two options, we would have many different types of symbols. It's always like that when you suggest a theme about religion, people have more worries than usual, IMHO.
In any case if after so many months this proposal it's stuck, let's remove it.--Alexmar983 (talk) 14:05, 10 September 2017 (UTC)
I put in the archive soon. very ironic to look at BTW after so many months... "crosses?" "no! only crosses, not good!" "religious symbols?" "still too many crosses"... Is "crossphobia" a word? It should be IMHO :D--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:41, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Rotational symmetryEdit

Rotational symmetry is found in natural phenomena, architecture, and many other things. Proposed by dllu (t,c) 01:59, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

  •   Support I like it. --Jarekt (talk) 02:12, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support --El Grafo (talk) 14:22, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Yeah, I see this could lead to interesting submissions. – b_jonas 10:33, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Rural decayEdit

Manmade structures in rural settings that are falling apart, decaying, rotting, have flaking paint, etc; generally caused by people leaving rural areas for urban and suburban areas and/or population decline but could also be simple neglect. I'm thinking this should be limited to places like farms, meadows, wooded areas, and small villages but not things like abandoned ancient stone ruins. --- Proposed by PumpkinSky talk 14:40, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

We can do this as well. In these last months, we are really pushing a lot of decaying or rotten "stuff". We have to start to pick one of the other "similar" ideas soon, or it will take ages to schedule them all, given a decent time to avoid overlap.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:03, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

The proposed theme above "Destroyed and disappeared places and buildings" is in line with what I referred to as "abandoned and ancient ruins". That's the only similar pending theme I find. For themes already used, I found "100 years later" and "Mother Nature strikes back", both from back in late 2015. PumpkinSky talk 15:21, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
I was referring to "corroded objects" too. And I also proposed broken stuff, which created no reaction. There is also "archeological sites", so you see we are really pushing in that direction from different perspectives. We can approve them all, we simply should dilute them a little bit.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:36, 10 June 2017 (UTC)


See the Stationery, proposed by Alexmar983.

They are everywhere but we don't have a lot of nice pictures of these items. Japan is fine, but the rest of the world is not. As an "object-oriented" challenge it could be interesting.--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:48, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Noone? So hard with objects!--Alexmar983 (talk) 11:53, 13 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support not especially thrilling at first sight, but let's see what people make of it. A solid, straight-forward theme that would make sense to run along something more fancy that might not be for everyone. --El Grafo (talk) 11:00, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Musicaline (talk) 16:30, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support. There is a need for some much higher-quality pictures in this area. MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:08, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Supportb_jonas 16:42, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Street artEdit

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. Other terms for this type of art include "independent public art", "post-graffiti", and "neo-graffiti", and is closely related with urban art and guerrilla art.

Alternatively we could do Public art to allow for sanctioned work and avoid disambiguation.

See also: Category:Street art

  Comment I like public art in general, but I think it's too wide for a challenge. – b_jonas 10:45, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Top views of vehiclesEdit

Top views of vehicles. Prefer views looking directly downwards, i.e. plan views. We currently have very, very few photos of cars directly from above (most of the photos in Category:Top views of automobiles are not true top views, but are taken at an angle from the side). The top view, or plan view, is said to be one of the best for appreciating a car's design. We also have few top views of watercraft, and no top views of trains. Top views of aircraft are the most common, but having more would always be nice. Proposed by dllu (t,c) 02:25, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

  •   Support Wow, good out of the box idea. Let's do this. It isn't even too hard. What with all the highway bridges with pedestrian access, I have taken photographs from them too. – b_jonas 10:47, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Town halls (city halls)Edit

town halls; proposed by Maimaid

  Support Ibex73 (talk) 19:20, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Oh come on! We've had Commons:Photo challenge/2015 - May - Mother Nature Strikes Back, Commons:Photo challenge/2015 - November - Windows, and Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - March - Inside / Outside. There's no way you're going to add a fourth category matching the same pair of photos I submitted for the first one of those. That's just uninspired.   Opposeb_jonas 13:01, 12 April 2016 (UTC) Very well. Changing my vote to   Neutral. – b_jonas 10:57, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

  Comment We really had a lot of similar challenges about buildings but we can store it here for a while... but it has nothing wrong per se.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:14, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

  Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:43, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

  Support if limited to include only undocumented townhalls (i.e. townhalls not yet on Commons, we don't need more pics of Paris City Hall). This will encourage photographers to widen out and hopefully result in more images that can be added to WP articles. --P 1 9 9   15:19, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

  •   Support I support this topic as a stand-alone, but prefer that it is combined with a separate topic suggested above for "Parliaments and legislative buildings". I left a comment in that topic about the difficulty it may be for some because of the long distances that may be required to travel. I think that the two topics could be merged into one—"Legislative buildings"—that includes national (eg. parliaments), regional, and municipal (eg. town halls) legislative buildings. AHeneen (talk) 00:17, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Trougnouf (talk) 19:20, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

  Support --Nicholas Gemini (talk) 09:52, 3 June 2018 (UTC)


  Support as original proposer. We have very few good images of trampolines, so much that I find it hard to get good example images. A reason why they're worth documenting is that they're locale-dependent: in Sweden I've seen a trampoline in the garden of every other house, whereas in Hungary you can basically only find some in amusement parks and amusement fairs. (That said, there's a set in Budapest Városliget that I should take a photo of.)

If you find it too narrow, then include Category:Bouncing castles too.

May need a copy of the warning about identifiable persons from Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - April - Children playing. – b_jonas 14:51, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Personally, I'd include the bouncing castles too.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:08, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Neutral Trampolines seem to me like luxury items common in some countries, but possibly rare in others. --Jarekt (talk) 12:00, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
In some rich areas people don't have them in any case. many people would call them "un'americanata" in Italy and never buy them, so it is not even about the luxury. In any case, we could add other similar items used for safety, like the jumping sheets. --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:37, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
I'm making a separate gallery of bouncy castles. Mix it in if you decide to add them to the challenge. We have much more pictures of those, although not many good quality pictures. Could someone find example photos of inflated bouncy pads floating on a lake and add it to the gallery please? – b_jonas 23:55, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Trees and forestsEdit

  •   Support as a proposer --Jarekt (talk) 12:14, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Supportb_jonas 15:37, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Alexmar983 (talk) 05:38, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Nxr-at (talk) 11:02, 3 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Comment I think there is potential here for at least two separate challenges. I would divide it into "Lonely Trees" (which is a cliché on its own) and "Forests". Photographically, these are two very different things, requiring very different approaches. --El Grafo (talk) 15:30, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
I like that idea. Maybe when we do it we will constraint the challenge to one of those two. --Jarekt (talk) 16:28, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Water SportsEdit

Skiing, power boats/ power boat racing, , swimming, diving any water sport where water is the playing field.

  •   Support compared to other areas, lots of pictures have relatively low quality. It could be useful.--Alexmar983 (talk) 04:12, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 04:13, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
  •   Support Ibex73 (talk) 17:06, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Supportb_jonas 12:35, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Comment this will wait till next spring, probably.--Alexmar983 (talk) 05:06, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Weathercocks and Tower roostersEdit

  •   Support Why not ? Musicaline (talk) 09:01, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I wanted to propose this last year, maybe I forgot. Nice idea.--Alexmar983 (talk) 10:05, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
  •   Info The title doesn't work for the UK. In British English we would usually call them 'weather vanes" MichaelMaggs (talk) 15:32, 2 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Info I suggest to broaden the scope to all sort of things mounted on the roof top including finials and fancy local architectural features like guckehürle. --AFBorchert (talk) 08:55, 8 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Ibex73 (talk) 15:41, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Places of WorshipEdit

Goodmorning everyone! I would like to propose (I do not know if it has already been proposed) to make a theme on places of worship, of any religion or of a specific religion.--Nicholas Gemini (talk) 18:29, 1 June 2018 (UTC)


Dawn is my favourite moment of the day and it would be fine if we could do a photo challenge about it.

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