Commons talk:Photo challenge/themes

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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.
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Arthropoda (other than insects)Edit

Same as Commons:Photo challenge/2016 - September - Arthropods. It's a topic that will be worth to repeat.

  •   Support as submitter; wait until at least 2019-10 so it's not too close to the insects challenge. – b_jonas 12:47, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:49, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 19:35, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support--Ermell (talk) 09:23, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support very good topic -user: Tbiw Tbiw (talk) 08:07, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support--Céléda (talk) 14:30, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

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...

  • Switching my vote to   Neutral. It is just not exiting topic. --Jarekt (talk) 14:51, 28 October 2019 (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)
  •   Comment seems like it would turn into a product catalog... — Rhododendrites talk |  15:32, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose quite difficult if you don't know any babies, and there'd be too many pictures of moulded plastic --Shillings1005 (talk) 13:30, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support I cite from above "... basically because we lack some pictures of current equipment, at least pictures centered on the equipment, not on the baby using it." and give full merit to the suggestion. This challenge could turn out to be very fruitful for wikimedia's unimpeded search for images of new and ingenious artefacts. It's certainly worth a try. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 16:42, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Kritzolina (talk) 17:19, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Marianne Casamance (talk) 09:29, 7 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment we could limit ourselves to the old objects--Céléda (talk) 14:52, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

  Support Tbiw (talk) 16:41, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Back to schoolEdit

After the summer holidays, many children return to school in September. it's time for new pictures, for new school years. Proposed by Marianne Casamance

  •   Comment - I think it should also include adults - Seefan 2012 (talk) 07:39, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment - This might be problematic in terms of personality rights. Especially as most of these pictures will depict children, I feel inclined to oppose. --Kritzolina (talk) 08:30, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment - we had a Schools challenge last September. Shillings1005 (talk) 16:31, 27 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes we had Schools challenge a year ago. It is fine to have it again in a year or two. --Jarekt (talk) 01:14, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment Schools without children--Céléda (talk) 15:02, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Universities and university students--Horchatamivida (talk) 14:18, 1 Mai 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment This idea seems to have been overtaken by events. We should put aside consideration of it at least until the schools are open again. BD2412 T 20:09, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment可是學校的孩子們有肖像權--Kathy (talk) 08:02, 6 May 2020 (UTC)


I’d like to see if Battlefield landscapes could be a common idea to post your our photos . Including American Revolution -,Civil War , etc... from here in the US or global photos of battlefields . These places of hallowed ground are honored as well as being placed of great beauty today . Sjanediana (talk) 20:59, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support and some images – Shillings1005 (talk) 06:28, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 12:16, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Tbiw (talk) 16:37, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Not such an easy one to do in Australia but still a good one but please wait until we can all go outdoors again. Calistemon (talk) 07:32, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment we could add military cemeteries--Céléda (talk) 15:07, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Beauty of natureEdit

The beauty of nature is the uniqueness of a nature.This consist of plant,animals,water e.t.c. The nature most be saved inorder not lose it beautifulness and regret the lose. Check out on some beautifulness.

Tbiw (talk) 19:05, 18 February 2020 (UTC)

  •   Comment Tbiw, Please create gallery of 10-15 images that represent your idea. You can use featured pictures or any other commons images. --Jarekt (talk) 03:44, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Tbiw (talk) 17:09, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Very broad subject --Céléda (talk) 15:16, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose too unspecific and very subjective Levin Holtkamp (talk) 15:41, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

National coat 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)

  •   Support -- Gozitano (talk) 08:26, 28 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Finderhannes (talk) 19:40, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Oppose coats of arms are very Eurocentric. While many countries outside of Europe have a national emblem or coat of arms, such as w:Armorial of Asia, they are seen comparatively rarely. Furthermore, many emblems or coats of arms have usage restrictions or copyrights, that preclude the uploading of reproductions of the official one. For example, there is a note on File:Coat of arms of Singapore.svg to this effect. dllu (t,c) 08:13, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
A lot of challenges exclude something, that's why there are two of them every month. It's like saying that I cannot propose "sea" because some countries are landlocked...--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:04, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Curves and SpiralsEdit

Deutsch: Kurven und Spiralen geht es um gebogene und gekrümmte Linien in allen Formen - möglichst Bildausfüllend!
English: Curves and spirals features arched and curved lines in all forms - if possible filling the entire image!
Français : Courbes et spirales, met en scène les lignes arrondies, les arcs, les spirales, dans toutes leurs formes - si possible en plein champ (gros-plan) !

See February 2015


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

—Preceding unsigned comment was added by 2001:B07:A14:AF3:959C:3263:FCE4:A05B (talk) 10:29, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

  •   Support We all, of course, have images of "dusk and dawn", mostly displaying a sky with a full palette of brilliant colours. And so have all our potential contributors.
    I assume that such a challenge would lean slightly more towards the desires of the "photographically oriented community" and correspondingly less towards the "taking images for Wiki usage members", but now and then one should provide a challenge that gives way to photographers' desires.
    Addendum: The limitations of sensor and film material in combination with the overtly dynamical illumination of these scenes would make this challenge especially attractive to those capable of correctly processing HDR images. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 22:55, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Good idea, maybe include dusk too? -- Ben.Walko (talk)
  •   Support -- ThomasLendt (talk) 17:04, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Sunsets provide great images, but we have a ton of them and they are not very useful for the wikipedia projects. --Jarekt (talk) 14:54, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Albarubescens 19:35, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- F. Riedelio (talk) 06:45, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Tbiw (talk) 16:42, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment How to choose from so many beautiful pictures ? --Céléda (talk) 15:37, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Red-back spider (talk) 05:22, 21 May 2020 (UTC)

Daily moment and facesEdit

How is your day today?We all feel moment how is yours.Are you feeling well today. Check your feeling and change it again.

Tbiw (talk) 16:58, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

  •   Comment just too catch fun and to describe and feel day too day Tbiw (talk) 20:31, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose I fear numerous violations of personal rights Levin Holtkamp (talk) 15:44, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment how do you feel that levinTbiw (talk) 11:54, 21 June 2020 (UTC)


Offers interesting views into houses, last views of old buildings and interesting machinery.

--KaiBorgeest (talk) 21:53, 29 April 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support -- Céléda (talk) 06:43, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Calistemon (talk) 08:28, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Seeing some example images that aren't residential buildings, maybe widen to demolition of buildings? -- 18:40, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Demolition contractors need to be careful. Mpho Dan (talk) 18:46, 7 May 2020 (UTC)

Electricity, Production and TransportEdit

Because electricity is at the heart of our lives.

--Céléda (talk) 07:49, 1 May 2020 (UTC)

Fernsicht - long distant viewsEdit

Distant views - views taken from great distances on Earth (no astronomical motifs). Not only superlatives of kilometers decide, but also the choice of motif, claim and the quality of the reproduction.

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)
No, but I wonder why the addition "and sediments" was chosen. Pictures of sediments without fossils would probably not stand a chance against the fossils in the vote. --El Grafo (talk) 11:12, 1 November 2019 (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)
  •   Support Per user Sixflashphoto. This challenge motivates one to delve into a photographic technique which many would otherwise not consider trying. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:49, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support as a motivation to make good use of new Technology Seefan 2012 (talk) 21:11, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- King of ♠ 14:14, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral --Céléda (talk) 06:34, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2020 - August - HDR


Samples at Commons:Photo challenge/2019 - May - Insects. This one is infinitely repeatable every three years, won't run out. Wait at least six months after the other arthropods theme.

  •   Support as proposer – b_jonas 22:47, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support As proposed, a topic for early 2021. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:51, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 03:51, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Ruthven (msg) 08:31, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Not now we got them in may 2019 --Céléda (talk) 06:43, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Islander61 (talk) 15:23, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

Islands in freshwater lakesEdit

This topic would be a source of inspiration for all contributors. Islands in freshwater lakes could be a very rich theme, that we will have lots of fantastic pictures. The category could be expanded with the theme "Islands in the ocean", but I prefer to propose it for another topic.

  •   Support as proposer – Marc-Lautenbacher 17:57, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
  •   SupportSeefan 2012 (talk) 15:37, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
  •   SupportThomasLendt (talk) 18:10, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 14:57, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Neutral In lakes only? Such islands are hard to find. How about including islands on rivers too? – b_jonas 18:55, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 19:35, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- King of ♠ 14:09, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Could be changed to "very small islands". --Céléda (talk) 06:48, 28 April 2020 (UTC)


It turns out that most of the existing LEGO sets are undocumented here, although many people have them at home. Ideal during quarantine ;-)

  •   Support as proposer --Geek3 (talk) 22:55, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --F. Riedelio (talk) 07:05, 16 April 2020 (UTC)


  • How is the copyright situation with Lego? I am actually surprised we have all those picutres, I would not have uploaded anything than free, self invented Lego creations. --Kritzolina (talk) 13:59, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
This is no problem at all. The LEGO Group owns the copyrights to its building instructions and to the photographs they published themselves. This is why we can't just copy those official images but it is necessary to take our own. The copyright is about the pictures and not about the objects that are shown. If the models themselves are copyrighted (not sure if they are, in fact it is their very nature that people make copies of it) is no concern for commons, as we do not upload plastic hardware. --Geek3 (talk) 10:24, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
Geek3, your analysis is not correct. Per Commons:Derivative works, if you take photograph of someones creation than your photograph is derivative work and you need to get the creator of the original to release his copyrights. So photographs of your own (or family member) Lego creations are OK, but photographs of other people creations are not. --Jarekt (talk) 13:35, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
Question Are builds from lego sets copyrighted? I'm always wondering if building by following the instructions is copyrighted and considered a reproduction (obviously Lego gives permission to do so)? And if so are photos of builds from lego sets allowed on Commons? -- 18:48, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Extending the themes to all construction games, could be a solution not to advertise only the Lego brand. Encyclopedic interest is also greater. --Céléda (talk) 07:17, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose This seems too much like favoring a particular company. Perhaps a more general focus on building blocks would be better, but I don't know how we would best convey that. BD2412 T 20:03, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
@Kritzolina, Celeda: I think we should do this photo challenge, but you'll have to photograph the Lego without it's logo on it. (You could sand it off etc.) --Red-back spider (talk) 06:50, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
The problem is not the logo (the logo is not on most of the pieces anyway) - the problem is that I believe that the design of the objects you create when you follow the instructions for those sets might be copyrighted. Geek3 thinks otherwise, but I am not yet convinced. I, like Jarekt, believe photos of such objects could be called derivative work and should not be on commons. --Kritzolina (talk) 07:35, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
To be constructive, I changed my opinion. I propose a broadening of the theme. --Céléda (talk) 07:33, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment we could change the themes into "Klemmbaustein"(DE). I don't know a English term for that. Levin Holtkamp (talk) 18:41, 15 July 2020 (UTC)

Lightbox photographyEdit

Lightbox photography is a useful photographic technique that can be done indoors by anyone. There aren't a great many examples of it on Commons, now could be a good time to improve the collection. (WikiHow shows an easy DIY.) – Shillings1005 (talk) 01:45, 19 April 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support --F. Riedelio (talk) 05:52, 20 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 13:27, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral--Céléda (talk) 06:57, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose it's a bit boring--Horchatamivida (talk) 14:25, 1 Mai 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support like to see if the entries could interest me more in this topic-- ThomasLendt (talk) 19:57, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Mining equipmentEdit

A variation of Commons:Photo challenge/2017 - August - Caves, Mines and Sinkholes. There is some slight self-interest in this from my side, as I work in mining but mining equipment, especially large ones, are very photogenic. One doesn't have to have access to a mine either to participate, Mining Museums provide ample opportunity, too.

Mobility aids for the handicappedEdit

We are definitely missing a lot of content on disability and things that help mitigate disability, here as well as on the Wikipedias. There is a lot to learn and discover about wheelchairs, I think! --Kritzolina (talk) 19:27, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support I like it. Levin Holtkamp (talk) 13:25, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Full support for a very noble idea! I humbly suggest either to expand the range of this theme slightly as "Mobility aids for the handicapped" or to retain this extended proposal for some future date. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 14:04, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
I definitely support the extension of the theme. --Kritzolina (talk) 18:53, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Support! the expanded range to mobility aids sounds like a good idea Mx Lucy (talk) 09:56, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support for "Mobility aids for the handicapped" --Jarekt (talk) 14:44, 28 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   SupportShillings1005 (talk) 09:34, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support MichaelMaggs (talk) 14:31, 24 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Céléda (talk) 07:54, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Islander61 (talk) 15:27, 18 May 2020 (UTC)


Reading the reports of anti-Chinese responses to the coronavirus outbreak, has encouraged me to reflect on how Chinese culture and art has influenced fashion and design in other countries and how there are people of every nationality I can think of that have a Chinese ancestry and cultural heritage. In a current political climate of populism and nationalism, it would be good to see Commons run a challenge to illustrate multiculturalism to show how intertwined our cultures are.

-- (talk) 10:52, 2 February 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support great idea and I sully support the reason behind it. --Jarekt (talk) 03:58, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   SupportShillings1005 (talk) 10:19, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - Islander61 (talk) 09:16, 20 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - Calistemon (talk) 07:34, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Very broad subject -Céléda (talk) 07:58, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Very interesting. Being broad isn't bad, it makes it easier to participate. --Horchatamivida (talk) 14:28, 1 Mai 2020 (UTC)

Nature's bluesEdit

Version of old Commons:Photo challenge/2018 - January - Blue .--Jarekt (talk) 12:44, 3 April 2020 (UTC)


While we already have a sizeable collection of pictures of some techniques of needlework, we are missing a lot of others. In addition many pictures are not high quality. --Kritzolina (talk) 12:18, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support as proposer --Kritzolina (talk) 12:18, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --F. Riedelio (talk) 05:34, 20 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral -Céléda (talk) 08:04, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support this would work. – b_jonas 14:53, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support--Kathy (talk) 07:49, 6 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Zquid (talk) 18:05, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

Orientation tablesEdit

  •   Support Musicaline (talk) 18:33, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 9:00, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose I find Orientation tables kind of uninteresting: they provide info about interesting stuff nearby and that is what usually should be photographed. Orientation tables and signs might also not be very usable on Wikipadia other than illustrate article about such signs. -- Jarekt (talk) 02:25, 27 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - F. Riedelio (talk) 06:50, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral -Céléda (talk) 08:19, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose too specific maybe. --Horchatamivida (talk) 14:29, 1 Mai 2020 (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)
  •   Oppose Apart from being thousands of miles (kms) away from some of us, parliaments and legislative buildings tend to be architecturally significant and in populous places, so there's already heaps of photos of them. Town halls was a good and interesting theme; I think we should pass on this one. Shillings1005 (talk) 10:12, 2 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Marc-Lautenbacher (talk) 22:52, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 19:35, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Only if including council chambers as well. That would be a useful challenge as, with Western Australia as an example, there is a need to get mor photos of those. Calistemon (talk) 07:37, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tbiw (talk • contribs) 20:40, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment I would broaden the subject into " Buildings in witch the legislative or executive power is exercised at the international, national or regional level." -Céléda (talk) 08:33, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

Pipe organEdit

I don’t know whether this proposal has already been discussed…Pipe organs can be found in churches, chapels and synagoges, in theatres and concert halls all over the world. The new photos can perfectly be used for illustration of Wikipedia articles. What do you think about this? --Maimaid (talk) 12:56, 7 May 2020 (UTC)

  •   Comment good people should turn Commons to religious institution. We don't know there we might not be able to avoid been biased to the religion not all the religion of the world is been declared why choosing this topic

Tbiw (talk) 20:35, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Sorry, but I don't understand what you want to say. Do you speak French? Best regards --Maimaid (talk) 20:31, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
Hello, I just traduct, but I agree to the basic idea of @Tbiw : Pipe organs don't exist in all countries, and thats very restrictive to numberous users. No, wait ? Sorry ? We should turn Commons to a religious institution ???

I just don't understand why you can say that. I suppose a writing error. Traduction : Les gens biens devraient transformer ommons en une institution religieuse. Nous ne savons pas que nous pourrions ne pas être en mesure d'éviter d'être biaisés pour la religion, toutes les religions du monde ne sont pas déclarées[concernées], pourquoi choisir ce sujet ? --'''''<span style="color:green, text-shadow:0.1em 0.1em 0.1em gray">--[[Utilisateur:Nicolas de Bourgoing|Nicolas de Bourgoing]] <sup>([[Discussion utilisateur:Nicolas de Bourgoing|&#128172;]])</sup> </span>''''' (talk) 15:53, 18 July 2020 (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)

  •   Oppose I think there are already many quality pictures of churches, temples, and other places of worship. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:56, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment: I feel like we have already done this topic, or something nearly identical to it. BD2412 T 15:23, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
  • There is a discussion at Commons talk:Featured picture candidates about how we have a lot of Christian religious buildings and very few FPs of other religious buildings. There are a variety of possible reasons, but I wonder if there's a way to arrange themes to focus on specific types. Certainly a "places of worship other than Christian" theme wouldn't be appropriate, but what about a sequence of themes which each focus on one religion's buildings? — Rhododendrites talk |  18:51, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
I like "places of worship (non-Christian)" approach We could also do "Masques, Synagogues and Temples" and mention non-Christian constraint in the details. --Jarekt (talk) 14:06, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment Tricky ! Prohibiting Christian places of worship can be considered like discrimination. -Céléda (talk) 11:09, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Islander61 (talk) 19:01, 12 July 2020 (UTC)


This are art work of clay which show the beauty of it rather than metals.Did you know that some other materials can be made from clay such as pot,cups and other materials.Too see some fantastic creative look below the creative and clay works. Tbiw (talk) 17:41, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

  •   Support – Nice idea for a theme. But I suggest we call it Pottery… "the craft of making objects from clay". I added a few more images. – Shillings1005 (talk) 10:13, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 17:17, 27 January 2020 (UTC)
  • One concern is the copyright aspect, as a lot of pottery created by others might be copyrighted, and I hate seeing images contributed to the photo challenge by new contributors deleted. If we do this theme we should have specific guidance related to copyright issues. Perhaps have gallery of images without copyright issues. --Jarekt (talk) 04:02, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 17:15, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support --Kritzolina (talk) 07:09, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support Tbiw (talk) 08:05, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  • ★★★-- Tbiw (talk) 16:43, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support--Céléda (talk) 11:12, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

Demonstrations and protestsEdit

In the days of protests against police brutality, Black Lives Matter protests, Hong Kong protests, protests related to COVID-19 pandemic, I think it is time for a challenge featuring current and past protests and demonstrations.

  •   Support as proposer --Jarekt (talk) 20:13, 20 July 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support -- YES ThomasLendt (talk) 16:35, 25 July 2020 (UTC)

See Commons:Photo challenge/2020 - August - Demonstrations

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)
  •   Oppose – this doesn't seem to be going anywhere (in four+ years). There's some potential, maybe someone will come up with a more appealing topic on a theme of religion if this one gets archived. Personally, I thought Crosses was okay… – Shillings1005 (talk) 10:05, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Comment Religious subjects are always delicate. Maybe a broad subject "all about all religions of the world" ( Worship, Religious symbols, Ceremonys...)

could be a solution ? --Céléda (talk) 11:39, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

  •   Oppose Commons is not a religious institution but all so I don't like the idea of this Tbiw (talk) 21:27, 18 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Support -- F. Riedelio (talk) 09:31, 19 May 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Islander61 (talk) 19:00, 12 July 2020 (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)
  •   Support kuckt an die Wände --Finderhannes (talk) 14:28, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Would be impossible for people in a majority of countries to participate due to COM:FOP. "Public art" could work, as there's always old sculptures to photograph. -- King of ♠ 23:14, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
    •   Comment Agree – and even where there's FOP, it's still tricky deciding if something's permanent or temporary, or if it's sanctioned or not. But "Public art" is a very broad topic. Perhaps limit it to "Murals" (on the basis of most of the examples)? They can be either street art or public art. – Shillings1005 (talk) 10:27, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Comment may be a light problem with copyright? Often, street art isn't copyrighted by the artist, but it could be. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 22:56, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support--Seefan 2012 (talk) 08:12, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Per User:King of Hearts arguments. Many of Photo challenge contributors are newbies and deciphering the copyrights of photographed works, might challenge even most seasoned contributors. I do not want a repeat of the situation in the past when most of the content winners were deleted as copyright violations. --Jarekt (talk) 14:39, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

I suggest "Graffiti" - graffiti doesn't have to be vandalism or illegal to fit the definition. The unmentioned duality to "graffiti" is that it is not just rebellious in nature and spirit, but also inspiring. There's many places on any personal property that are "in public sight." Any content is acceptable - even advertisements or sticker slaps qualify -as long as they're made, done, or recreated by hand, the copyright issue is probably null. The tone or image of submissions doesn't have to be dissenting, sacrilegious, political, or otherwise dangerous to constitute "graffiti." The very unopressable nature of graffiti can reduce risks of repercussion. If, for whatever reason, "graffiti" is still unpalatable, then maybe the related alternative, "Signs" ? Miss Gyver (talk) 10:49, 11 February 2020 (UTC)

  •   Comment I propose " Wall Paintings" -Céléda (talk) 17:01, 29 April 2020 (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)
  •   Support nice theme, like "blueprint come true", it has engineering and beauty. --Lacrymocéphale (talk) 22:30, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support why not.--Alexmar983 (talk) 01:16, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support eine Herausforderung, cool--Finderhannes (talk) 14:25, 24 February 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose – realistically… photos looking down from overpasses at random vehicles, leaning out of high buildings (endangering life and limb and photographic equipment), for photos that will be not-quite-plan views? Why? I ask politely. This gallery shows points of view impossible for many photographers. – Shillings1005 (talk) 09:35, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
@Shillings1005: We could definitely safely take pictures of the tops of vehicles while standing on bridges, balconies, or aerial photography taken with a drone. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:54, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
I forgot about drones, and how common they’re becoming. All the same, it’s one of the more exclusive themes being suggested. I suppose it’ll be okay, if it’s paired up with an easier one. – Shillings1005 (talk) 07:18, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - I like this idea. It's definitely something different. BD2412 T 16:13, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Geek3 (talk) 23:05, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral Funny, I hope no one will drop their camera on the target. -Céléda (talk) 18:44, 29 April 2020 (UTC)


Water sportEdit

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)
  •   Support Definitely not my subject, but a perfectly valid challenge in the field of sports. I'd surely give it a chance. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:27, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Tbiw (talk) 13:48, 26 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Neutral -Céléda (talk) 18:54, 29 April 2020 (UTC)


Also, jetties, piers, docks, quays, etc -- Shillings1005 (talk) 07:11, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Women in SportsEdit

As the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup is just finished, I would like to suggest we bring more pictures of female sportspeople to the commons and help diversify the content. --Kritzolina (talk) 19:27, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 13:37, 19 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Levin Holtkamp (talk) 07:42, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Not at all my topic, but a very good proposal. An annual rhythm for female-related subjects in the coming years would be quite appropriate. Thus, since we have had "Women at work" just a few months ago, this would point to March-May 2020, maybe in combination with a relevant sports event, but before the all-dominating 2020 Olympics (inauguration 2020-07-24). @All: what do you think about this proposal? -- Franz van Duns (talk) 14:14, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - BD2412 T 03:48, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Marc-Lautenbacher (talk) 22:46, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
  •   Oppose -- Tbiw (talk) 20:28, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Sports must be separated by discipline and not by the gender of practitioners. What would you think of a " men in sports " theme ? -Céléda (talk) 19:12, 29 April 2020 (UTC)
  •   Oppose Specific disciplines are interesting, maybe paralympics, but not a gender split ---KaiBorgeest (talk) 22:50, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Vidchat backgroundsEdit

Not sure if this is the right place, but how about a theme for vidchat backgrounds?! I thought of this when I wasn't able to find clear attributions or licenses at . If you download something you'll find restrictive terms associated with the image and thought something better could be done at Commons. Here's my [1] for the space genre. -Reagle (talk) 17:48, 12 May 2020 (UTC)



Sunsets Jasmine likes gacha (talk) 05:36, 14 July 2020 (UTC)

  •   Comment--Céléda (talk) 05:51, 2 August 2020 (UTC) It's look like dawm.
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