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Arthropods (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)

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)
  •   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)

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

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)

  •   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)


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)


This can include any type of dogs

--Aliens-birthday (talk) 18:15, 28 December 2018 (UTC) Aliens-birthday (talk) 22:26, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

  •   Oppose Too commonplace (without pun) --Lacrymocéphale (talk) 23:55, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

  CommentScheinbar habe ich das alles falsch verstanden. Ich habe geglaubt die user sollen hier verschiedene Themen für den Fotowettbewerb posten. Aber es wird ja da schon genörgelt, wenn man ein Thema angibt und einige Fotos dazustellt. --Aliens-birthday (talk) 12:51, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

  •   Oppose I don't think it's much of a challenge to me. And there's already a lot of good pictures of dogs on Commons. --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 20:03, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

--   Comment I would support this topic if it enclosure dog breeds recognized by the FCI Levin Holtkamp (talk) 13:19, 18 July 2019 (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))

current challenge 08/2019

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Levin Holtkamp (talk • contribs) 17:20, 17 August 2019 (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)
  • I added two more photos of church doors. – b_jonas 01:04, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

  Support Balabinrm (talk) 08:59, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

  SupportShillings1005 (talk) 08:50, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

  Support I have lots of images of doorknobs, locks and keys, and the like, but nigh zero complete doors. No conflict therefore. Time to unpack my equipment. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:14, 2 August 2019 (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)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - --ThomasLendt (talk) 16:11, 26 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Not my subject, but a fine challenge, worldwide. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:28, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Seefan 2012 (talk) 15:22, 6 August 2019 (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)

  •   SupportRhododendrites talk |  22:26, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Not an easy one, but I definitely think it is worth doing. Perhaps not combine it with "blindness", but with aids for the blind? --Kritzolina (talk) 17:17, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support A supposedly difficult challenge, but maybe we'll get a bounty of images from less industrialised countries where eyesight is more endangered than in, e.g. Europe. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 16:41, 17 August 2019 (UTC)


– Proposed as "Bananas" by Shillings1005 (talk) 07:47, 28 February 2019 (UTC).

  •   Comment Why specifically bananas, and not other fruit? --Atomicdragon136 (talk) 00:52, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
    • Faced with a lot of spare bananas one day, I was just wondering what other people do with their bananas. But “Fruit” is a better theme. So I changed my proposal. It overlaps with Harvest, but only slightly. – Shillings1005 (talk) 07:07, 5 April 2019 (UTC)
    • Added some photos. – Shillings1005 (talk) 08:33, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Sure – b_jonas 22:50, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 13:13, 19 July 2019 (UTC)

  Support - Albarubescens 9:00, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

  Support Good idea, excludes all images from "fast food franchises" and the like. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:34, 2 August 2019 (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)
  •   Support Yes, just "harvest". – Shillings1005 (talk) 03:59, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
  • I still think it's not supposed to be restricted to just fruit, vegetable and cereals, so I added a cotton harvest photo. That makes it more interesting too, since I live in the old world and I see cereal and sunflower fields, vineyards and fruit orchards all the time, but not cotton seeds. – b_jonas 00:52, 28 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Indeed, "harvest". -- Franz van Duns (talk) 17:01, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Wrecks and wreckage (was Grounded Ships)Edit

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)

  •   Support – If it could be expanded to, say, "Wrecks and wreckage". That would provide more opportunities. I added some images. – Shillings1005 (talk) 04:56, 28 February 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 00:48, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support dllu (t,c) 08:15, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --ThomasLendt (talk) 16:10, 26 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support A profund challenge! Capturing the remnants of man-made artefacts. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:39, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -Seefan 2012 (talk) 15:27, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support I actually love wrecks and document them wherever I can --Kritzolina (talk) 17:13, 6 August 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)


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)
  •   Support --Kritzolina (talk) 07:49, 22 January 2019 (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)

  Comment Can we widen this please? It could be merged with 'Dogs' above into a 'Domesticated animals' challenge. There was a 'Working animals' challenge in 2016, but that's all for any domestic animals so far. – Shillings1005 (talk) 12:50, 5 August 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support I would also widen the scope, but just slightly and not quite as far as Shillings1005. My suggestion: Riding animals or mounts, which excludes pack animals, draft animals, and the like, but nevertheless will provide photographers all over the world a chance to find some suitable subject.
    But I would still agree to "horses only", if that is the choice of the community. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 22:36, 6 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support I like the pure topic "horses" because there are so many different horse breeds. I hope we will see a big broadband of this. Levin Holtkamp (talk) 17:27, 17 August 2019 (UTC)


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)

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)
  •   Support if it's not restricted to those gold ones on mantelpieces. I added some more images. – Shillings1005 (talk) 09:56, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Clocks are both common household items and public artefacts, ranging fom miniature cuckoo clocks to Big-Ben-sized constructions. Wiki has many images, but these are in need of higher-quality, higher-resolution images, which such a contest would easily provide. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:59, 2 August 2019 (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)

  Support Same motivation as the theme "High-Dynamic-Range Imaging". This challenge similarly motivates one to delve into a photographic technique which many would otherwise not consider trying. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 16:47, 2 August 2019 (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)

  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 11:57, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support I guess I should support this after uploading a photo of a basin with so many ivory relief insets that you need a full-time cleaning staff to use it. – b_jonas 09:13, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Oppose --Trougnouf (talk) 19:16, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  •   Comment Maybe combining two antagonistic challenges named "Luxury" and "Poverty" within a single month could possibly attract more entries than usual. Although on second thoughts any contestant would have a tough time here in Germany fulfilling all the paperwork required for images of (poor) persons by the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:06, 2 August 2019 (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)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  •   SupportShillings1005 (talk) 10:03, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:07, 2 August 2019 (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)
  •   Support -- Franz van Duns (talk) 16:57, 2 August 2019 (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)

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)

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)

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)

  •   Oppose I am not exited about this topic and it does not seem to have much support from others. --Jarekt (talk) 02:28, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Public parksEdit

While many parks are already well documented on commons, a lot of smaller towns and especially places outside of Europe and Northern America have parks that still could use more good pictures. Parks are everywhere, but they come in many different varieties and they often have a lot of different things that can be interesting to photograph - flowerbeds, landscaped nature, statues, fountains, benches, walkways... --Kritzolina (talk) 07:51, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

  SupportShillings1005 (talk) 12:53, 5 August 2019 (UTC)

Rainwater drainageEdit

Anything that directs the flow of precipitation: channels, canals, gutters, drains, ditches, etc. -- Shillings1005 (talk) 23:17, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support- Albarubescens 9:00, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support What a wonderful down-to-earth subject! Any kind of drainage system will do, the spectrum ranges from gutters and channels managing week-long rain in the highlands to techniques for mastering once-a-decade rainfalls in the desert. Let the images from all over the world roll in. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:14, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support very interesting, includes custom cultures. this topic offers historics and modern views. I like it Levin Holtkamp (talk) 18:02, 17 August 2019 (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)

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)
  •   Support --El Grafo (talk) 10:25, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support --OKJaguar (talk) I would support this theme since abandoned structures and entire "ghost towns" are sadly not uncommon around where I live. 29 December 2018 (UTC)
added a pic. OKJaguar (talk) 22
41, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --ThomasLendt (talk) 16:08, 26 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support But don't make it only about buildings. I'd like to see abandonned cars and such like too. – b_jonas 22:54, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support- Albarubescens 9:00, 25 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support I would preferably stick to the challenge title "Rural decay" to keep out industrial decay, city decay, and the like. Of course, a scrapped car in a rural setting would would be a valid entry. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:22, 2 August 2019 (UTC)


Sensors are devices that gather information about the physical world.

Examples include thermometers, light sensors, cameras, encoders, flow meters, microphones, pressure sensors, strain gauges, and so on. Sensors may be big or small, and are found abundantly in all households in all sorts of devices. Yet, despite their ubiquity, there are relatively few good photos of them on Commons. dllu (t,c) 01:44, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

  •   Support as proposer dllu (t,c) 01:44, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support, sounds good. BD2412 T 13:11, 1 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --Jarekt (talk) 13:35, 19 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:47, 3 August 2019 (UTC)


See the Stationery category, 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)
  •   Support I've been meaning to take a good photo of my rOtring pencil... dllu (t,c) 08:17, 2 June 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support ThomasLendt (talk) 09:28, 28 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support All the world over everyone has some kind of stationary spread over his/her desk, provided one has a desk. But even a pencil stump arranged beside a scrap of paper on a baked mud floor would do. An seemingly easy topic, and exactly that fact makes this a rather difficult challenge. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:53, 3 August 2019 (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)

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 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

current challenge 08/2019

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Levin Holtkamp (talk • contribs) 17:30, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
  •   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)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support El Grafo's idea, pick one or the other and then save the other one for maybe a year later. -- King of ♠ 23:16, 15 May 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support --ThomasLendt (talk) 16:15, 26 June 2019 (UTC) Great! Please split into "Lonely Trees" and "Forests"
  •   Support, particularly for the "lonely trees" option. BD2412 T 02:47, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes per User BD2412. The option "solitary tree" is an especially challenging subject, as aesthetically convincing backgrounds are often hard to come by. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 12:26, 2 August 2019 (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)
  •   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)

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)
  •   Support - Albarubescens 21:00, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support - please broaden the scope to all kind of wether vanes ThomasLendt (talk) 06:32, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Yes, indeed: a befitting title: Weather vanes. -- Franz van Duns (talk) 13:25, 2 August 2019 (UTC)


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)

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)

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)
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