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 competition was first organised in Estonia, and it expanded to all of Europe in 2015. European Science Photo Competition resulted in the addition of 9793 freely licensed images by over 2200 participants to Wikimedia Commons that can now be used in Wikipedia and by anybody for any purpose. 2017 is the first time it’ll be organised all around the world, and we’re expecting even more images this time around!
The WSC happens at two levels: national and international. It means that in many countries, there would be a national contest with its own jury and prizes. Winning pictures would advance to the international final, and these nominated pictures will be judged by the international jury to chose the overall winners. For countries where there is no national organising team, the international team 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.
WSC is a biennial competition and next competition after 2017 should take place in late 2019.
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!.