Wikimedia Community Ireland are excited to announce that this year we will organise the local edition of the international photography contest Wiki Science in November 2017. The competition calls on participants to take pictures related to the science and upload them to Wikimedia Commons under a free license, to generate a more robust collection of open licenced scientific images.

The contest was held for the first time in Estonia, and spread throughout Europe in 2015 . That year the contest collected 9793 images with free license of more than 2200 participants who uploaded them to Wikimedia Commons. This year 2017 will be the first time this contest will be held worldwide, and we expect even more images!

There are 5 images categories: people in science, microscopy images, non-photographic media, image sets, and a general category. For the Irish competition we will be awarding a sixth prize for an image representing Women in STEM.


  • This contest will be held in November. Only images uploaded in November 2017 will be eligible for competition.
  • For the photo to be considered scientific, it needs to have a robust description. The description should provide information about what the image shows, how and where.
  • Anyone, except the jury, can add images. The number of images per participant is unlimited.
  • The authorship must be from the person uploading the photograph to Wikimedia Commons. You can only participate with your own images, or with images of which you are one of the authors. In the latter case, all names of co-authors must be provided.
  • Images must be published under a free-use license. Possible licenses are CC-BY-SA 4.0, CC-BY 4.0 and CC0 1.0.
  • As this is a photo contest, we expect images of good quality and size . The size of the image should be at least 2 megapixels, unless the technology used does not allow it. The larger the file, the better.

We are delighted to be supported by the Science Gallery, and to have The Designist sponsoring our prizes.