The Wikipedia photo contest around science

Organisation:  Wiki Science Competition (WSC)

Event Duration:  01 Nov . 2018--15 Dec . 2018

Last Date To Apply:  15 Dec . 2018

The Wikipedia photo contest around science

About the Event

The Wiki Science Competition (WSC) is an international photo contest for the sciences. It is organised by Wikimedia, that is the movement behind Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia – a global collaboration authored by volunteers.

The WSC was brought to life to encourage the creation and, especially, the free sharing of all sorts of imagery about the sciences. It takes place once in two years in November.

The WSC happens at two levels: national and international. It means that in many countries there will be a national contest with its own jury and prizes (more from here). Winning pictures will advance to the international final, and will be judged by the international jury to chose the overall winners. For countries where there is no national organising team, a second international jury will take their place and chose the national candidates for the international final: the goal is that all the photographers in the world have the possibility to participate in the competition.

Any support is welcome: from uploading a single image, or spreading the word about the contest, to becoming a partner or sponsor. This November, cultural heritage will be in the spotlight on Wikipedia! Check the rules and access the upload forms from here.

Image categories

The competition has five image categories: People in Science, Microscopy images, Non-photographic media, Image sets, and General category.


  • The Wiki Science Competition 2017 will be held from November 1st to December 15th. Only the images uploaded during this period will be eligible for the competition, except when a local competition is held in a different time-frame. Times for the local competitions are listed here.
  • Everyone is allowed to add images, except the members of the jury. There’s no limit to the number of images a participant can upload.
  • The uploader must be the author of the photo, or in the case of institutional uploads, the representative of the organization. You can only participate with your own images, or with images of which you are one of the authors (i.e. you must own the copyright). In the latter case, all the co-authors’ names must be provided.
  • For the photo to be considered scientific, it needs to have a good description. Every photo must have an English language description, but descriptions in other languages are also welcomed. The description should provide information about what is on the image, how and where; it was made, and what is important to notice.
  • The images must be published under a free use license or as public domain. The possible licenses are CC-BY-SA 4.0, CC-BY 4.0, CC0 1.0, and similar.
  • As this is a photo competition, we expect images of good quality and size. The image size should be at least 2 megapixels, unless the technology used doesn’t allow it. The bigger the file, the better.
  • Files will first compete at the country level and up to five finalists in each of the competition categories per country may advance to the international final.

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