Wiki Science Competition 2017

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

Our culture cannot be imagined without science. And in our visual world, it’s not enough to just speak about science: we must also show it. For this, we need photographers to capture it and to share it. The WSC was created to encourage the creation and, especially, the free sharing of all sorts of imagery about the sciences.

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. Some examples of images submitted so 

If your images are suitable for a scientific article or to illustrate an encyclopedia or newspaper article, then they are also suitable for this competion.

Rules
  • 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 whatis 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 4.0CC-BY 4.0CC0 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.
Guidelines

The competition is not limited to only “classical” photographs, as images in science can come at many shapes and forms. We do accept even computer generated images and we are fully aware that drawing specific boundaries to various categories is nearly impossible. It will be even possible to add thematically linked images as sets: images added as one set would compete as one image for a prize in their respective category. Sets start from 2 linked images and may include up to 10 images. The author must provide in what category the image is competing, but the jury has the right to change that category if needed.

The preferred file formats are .jpg for images, .webm or .ogg for video files and .png for computer generated files. Wikimedia Commons is now also starting to support .stl format (3D files). You should always try to provide the best possible quality. If the images are too small, consider presenting them as a compilation in one file.

Images are collected to Wikimedia Commons, that is an online repository of free-use images, sound, and other media files. To add the files, it is necessary to first create an account there. You could use your own name as an username. All alphabets are supported. Please link your e-mail with your account so that it would later be possible to contact you if needed. You can see the files you have added under the link “Uploads”.

Besides the five competition categories, Wikimedia Commons also uses its own category system to link together similar files. You may skip adding those categories, but they would later be added to make images more easily findable. Still, one of the main goals of this competition is to spread scientific knowledge and making more scientific images publicly available has a great part in it.

Category system inside Wikimedia Commons is built on a principle that images should be placed only in the most specific categories there are. This is nessesary for sorting the images. Examples may be SEM images from Tallinn University of TechnologyMulti-walled carbon nanotubesVideos of Caenorhabditis elegansDallmann laboratoryFossils of IndiaOrnithologists from ItalyArchaeological bog finds, etc. One image my be placed into many distinct categories (like this image has been placed in the categories of “Lepidoptera antennae”, “Scanning electron microscopic images of Arthropoda” and “Aglais io anatomy”). Categories may be added and changed after the image has been added to Commons.

Image descriptions can be altered after the files have been added. The goal is to have as good descriptions as possible. Feel welcomed to upgrade the descriptions you have written.

After images have been added to Wikimedia Commons, they could also be used inside every Wikipedia language version and added to wikiarticles and be used within other Wikimedia projects as well (Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, Wikiquote, Wikidata, etc).

Users in Wikimedia Commons can also give images some special statuses. Like some outstanding images may be selected among Featured pictures or be given Quality image status.

Check out more about participating from the official source link

Organizing teams

Australia
Coordinator: secretary of WMAU

Austria
Coordinator: Andrea Kareth

Bulgaria
Coordinator: Asen Stefanov

Brazil
Coordinator: Francisco Carvalho Venancio

Chile
Coordinators: Carlos Figueroa & Marco Correa Pérez

Czech Republic
Coordinator: Josef Klamo

Egypt
Coordinator: Reem Al-Kashif

Estonia
Coordinator: Ivo Kruusamägi

Georgia
Coordinator: Mikheil Chabukashvili

Ireland
Coordinator: Rebecca O’Neill

Italy
Coordinator: Alessandro Marchetti

Kazakhstan
Coordinator: Bibigul Makazhanova

Latvia
Coordinator: Edgars Lecis

Poland
Coordinator: Paweł Marynowski

Russia
Coordinator: Dmitry Zhukov

Saudi Arabia
Coordinator: Ahmed Al-Elq

Serbia
Coordinator: Jelena Andreja Radakovic

Spain
Coordinator: Rubén Ojeda

Taiwan
Coordinator: ShangKuan Liang-chih

Thailand
Coordinators: Athikhun Suwannakhan & Taweetham Limpanuparb

Ukraine
Coordinator: Ksenia G

USA
Coordinator: John Sadowski

Special prize for China

A special prize will be offered to the best image of Wiki Science Competition 2017 from the People’s Republic of China.

A special prize will be offered to the best image of Wiki Science Competition 2017 from the People’s Republic of China. The prize will be offered by juror Alessandro Marchetti as a personal show of gratitude for his two year stay in this country. A winner will be selected from the Chinese finalists, and he or she will be offered a short weekend in the West Lake UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a free 2nd class train ticket back and forth to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, dinner at the restaurant and a one-night stay at a nice international youth hostel close to the scenic lake area. For people living close to the area who can come in one day, a simple back and forth ticket and a 1000 yuan cash prize can be offered. In case no Chinese picture will qualify for the final round, this special national prize can still be awarded, unless the quality of all images is considered too low.

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