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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 licence 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:

  1. People in science – Scientists in their natural habitat.
  2. Microscopy images – Optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy images all fall under this category.
  3. Non-photographic media – Audio and video files, computer-generated imagery, etc.
  4. Image sets – Thematically linked images, that can be viewed as one set such as sets showing natural variation within animal or plant specimens. Image set could be made up from up to 10 separate images.
  5. General category – Everything else goes into this category, from archaeology to zoology and from vulcanology to astronomy.

For the Irish competition we will be awarding a sixth prize for an image representing Women in STEM in the people in science category.

Rules:

  • To participate you will need a Wikimedia account, you can create an account here. Be sure to add your email address so that we can contact you when you win!
  • 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.

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