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

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Challenges

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

Participation

Everybody can participate in challenges open for submission. You simply

  1. Choose one or all of the current challenges
  2. Read the challenge description(s), which may vary in their rules (e.g., some place restrictions on when the photos are taken)
  3. Take picture(s) for the challenge(s) during the challenge period (or, if allowed, select from your own existing pictures that are not yet on Commons)
  4. Upload your picture(s) during the challenge period
  5. Submit your candidates at the top of the current challenge gallery during the challenge period. To do that you click the [Edit] button of the Entries section of your chosen challenge and insert the File name above the last entry (or above File:-Insert image here-.svg for the first entry).
    Add your entry between the <gallery> tags as indicated. Gallery entries are placed each on a new line, and consist of the filename, a vertical bar |, and a description. For example:
    Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron
    For help on the syntax of entries in a gallery see Help:Gallery tag. Please do not add square brackets [[ ]] or include a thumb parameter or the full URL. The File: prefix is not required, but harmless.
  6. Do not sign your submission(s)
  7. If you want, you can have a look at previous challenges and Vote

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

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

New themes can be proposed and discussed here.

Assessment

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

Winning

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

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New media viewing experience

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

Challenges open for submission

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2022 – November – unfinished things

The new challenge features unfinished things

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

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout November UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. November 2022 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

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

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

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

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

There are 4 days 11 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)

Examples


Entries

2022 – November – Hair and Hairstyle

The new challenge features Hair and Hair styles

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

The challenge will remain open for submissions throughout November UTC.

Checklist for this theme:

  • Photographs must be the work of the nominator.
  • Photographs must be newly uploaded to Commons during the challenge submission period i.e. November 2022 UTC (but may have been taken earlier).
  • Submissions must be added to the top of the Entries section below.
  • Please do not nominate lots of similar photos; instead choose just your best and most varied images.

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

Electric steam iron.jpg|An electric steam iron

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

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

There are 4 days 11 hours left before this challenge ends. (refresh)

Examples


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Entries

Challenges open for voting

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


October 2022

Previous challenges

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September 2022

Abstract photography: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Couleurs de la lumière.jpg Pt18-176 Strandsediment.jpg Jewish Museum Berlin 1911-1735a.jpg
Title Light colors Sand at a beach in the surf zone,
Northern Algarve, Portugal
Emtpy rooms and hallway in the
Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany
Author Celeda Lusi Lindwurm Mozzihh
Score 11 10 9
Gifts: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image День рождения. Праздничный торт.jpg Shoes Filled With Gifts for Saint Nicholas Day.jpg Shiny Christmas balls.jpg
Title День рождения. Праздничный торт Shoes Filled With Gifts
for Saint Nicholas Day
Shiny Christmas balls
Author Tiraspolsky Changku88 Sneha G Gupta
Score 15 14 11

August 2022

Lake islands: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Squarci di luce su San Giulio.jpg Stellisee 20190716 094443.jpg San Giulio isola.jpg
Title Isola di San Giulio dopo
un temporale - Lago d'Orta
Stellisee, Switzerland Lago d'Orta Isola di San Giulio
Author 66colpi Ka23 13 66colpi
Score 19 13 12
Insects: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Schwalbenschwanz-Duell Winterthur Schweiz.jpg Curculio nucum-20220808-RM-090446.jpg Windenschwärmer Agrius convolvuli Binn VS Schweiz.jpg
Title Schwalbenschwanz-Duell
(Papilio machanon)
Nut weevil (Curculio nucum)
on a hazelnut
Windenschwärmer (Agrius convolvuli)
Author Hgut1842 Ermell Hgut1842
Score 20 18 11

July 2022

Big and small: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Big and Small Age Grandpa and Grandson 01.jpg Groß und klein 004 2022 07 15.jpg Baby's fist in daddy's hand.jpg
Title Hand of Grandpa and Grandson Big (E27s) and small
(E10s) incandescent
lamps
Baby's fist in daddy's hand.jpg
Author Nikhilmore nimo F. Riedelio Palauenc05
Score 22 15 10
Gaze: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Crocodylus niloticus im Kölner Zoo -20140321-RM-103546.jpg Girl with sharp eyes.jpg Don't disturb.jpg
Title Detail of a crocodile at Cologne Zoo Girl with sharp eyes I Want to Have My Peace
Author Ermell Saral Shots Barbara-Ingeborg
Score 12 11 11

June 2022

Air transport: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 2
image TR.AL.Antalya 2011-10-01 Airport 01 16x9-R.jpg Luftverkehrsinfrastruktur 001 2009 01 04.jpg Pulizie sottobordo.jpg
Title Antalya Airport, Turkey Split-flap display and airport check-in
in Terminal 1 of Frankfurt Main Airport
Operzioni di pulizia pista sotto
l'Antonov 225 Myra a MXP
Author Roy Egloff F. Riedelio 66colpi
Score 11 9 9
Dance: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Dance classically with strobo flesh.jpg Dance and joy.jpg Dance disco with strobo flesh.jpg
Title Dance classically
with strobo flesh
Dance and joy Dance disco with
strobo flesh
Author Mölchlein Annatsach Mölchlein
Score 14 13 11

May 2022

Kitchenware: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Alexanderwerk kitchen scale 1910-1920 sm.jpg Preserving jar opener - patended by Havolit - 1950s 2022-05-27 (focus stack).jpg Asando cuy.jpg
Title Alexanderwerk kitchen weight
scale circa 1910-1920
Preserving jar opener - wood,
metal, plastic - patented by
Havolit, manufactured in 1950s
Asando cuy a la brasa a la puerta
de una tienda en Baños (Ecuador)
Author Mariojan photo Franz van Duns Saldeplata
Score 7 5 5
Asian gardens: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Water reflection of Kinkaku-ji Temple with a tree on a rock in the pond, Kyoto, Japan.jpg Arakurayama Sengen Park - Japan.jpg Hakone 20220507 174848.jpg
Title Water reflection of Kinkaku-ji
Temple with a tree on a rock
in the pond, Kyoto, Japan
Arakurayama Sengen Park, Asama,
Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Rhododendron garden, Japan
Author Basile Morin Otto Domes Ka23 13
Score 17 9 8

April 2022

Stairs: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Mars 2007 Gare de Mons.jpg Vineyard stairway in the Enz valley near Vaihingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.jpg Bamberg Schleuse Treppe-20190701-RM-180108.jpg
Title Stairs to the station platform
before 2013 (Mons Belgium)
Vineyard stairway in the
Enz valley near Vaihingen,
Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Stairs at the lower entrance to the Bamberg lock
Author Anne Debaisieux Foeniz Ermell
Score 11 10 8
Eggs: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Ostrich egg vs chicken egg.jpg Box of eggs.jpg Uova di lepidottero.jpg
Title Ostrich egg versus
chicken egg.
Box of eggs Uova di lepidottero su foglie di
Lonicera (caprifoglio selvatico)
Author Annatsach Balise42 Albarubescens
Score 16 15 7

March 2022

Parliaments: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image 09423 - Havanna Capitol E facade.jpg London Parlament-20090730-RM-110352.jpg Parliament. View from the Danube.jpg
Title Eastern facade of the Capitol in La Habana, Cuba The House of Parliament Parliament. View from the Danube
Author Virtual-Pano Ermell Vi Ko
Score 16 14 8
Refraction: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Stift in Wasserglas.jpg Krokuswiese in Glaskugel IMG 0193WI.jpg Rainbow and drops on a CD.jpg
Title Stift in Wasserglas Krokuswiese in Glaskugel IMG 0193WI Rainbow and drops on a CD
Author ThoBel-0043 Kora27 Balise42
Score 13 13 9

February 2022

Villages: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Hohndorf im Frühling. Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen 2H1A0954WI.jpg Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Peyreleau, 74 habitants.jpg Provence, Gordes (PRO 02.45 0957).jpg
Title Hohndorf im Frühling.
Erzgebirgskreis, Sachsen 2H1A0954WI
It rained constantly on
Peyreleau, 74 inhabitants
Seitengasse in Gordes, Bergdorf
im Departement Vaucluse, Provence.
Author Kora27 Celeda Michael.F.H.Barth
Score 12 11 9
Pipe organs: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image 005 2014 12 29 Pfeifenorgel.jpg Orgel-gedaechtniskirche-speyer.jpg Orgel. Kirche in Wildbach, Sachsen 2H1A3852WI.jpg
Title Detail view of the pipe
organ in the northern aisle
of Speyer Cathedral
Organ in the Memorial Church in Speyer Orgel. Kirche in Wildbach,
Sachsen 2H1A3852WI
Author F. Riedelio Kmtextor Kora27
Score 9 8 6

January 2022

Multiculturalism: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Des femmes, des hommes, des musulmans, des chrétiens.jpg Canadian First Nations girl, costume with integrated Hello Kitty earrings.jpg [[File:|x240px]]
Title Woman, Men, Muslims, Christians Canadian First Nations girl
in traditional costume with integrated
earrings of worldwide
Japanese brand "Hello Kitty"
Fiori di glicine
Author Celeda Marc-Lautenbacher Repuli
Score 22 11 10
Big equipment: EntriesVotesScores
Rank 1 2 3
image Liebherr LRB 355 Hölzla-20160628-RM-105526.jpg Schaufelradbagger Ferropolis pls.jpg Schaufelradbagger̠Welzow2.jpg
Title Liebherr LRB 355 pile
driving and drilling rig
Discarded bucket-wheel excavator
from open-cast lignite mining
Schaufelrad eines Baggers
im Braunkohletagebau Welzow
Author Ermell Lusi Lindwurm Staubi59
Score 30 21 15