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The Wikimania Awards are a free content writing and media contest that takes place at Wikimania. The contest is for the best video, audio, image, and textual content created for use on Wikimedia projects over the past year. Any content that was created after August 8, 2005 is eligible for entry in the contest. A special category is set aside for content created on the way to, or at, Wikimania 2006. Submitted content must be free content, and in use, or usable, on at least one content page on a Wikimedia project.

A Wikimania film screening Friday night will also showcase some longer free-content video shorts, some of which have been turned into full documentaries.


  • Submissions can be entered for one category only.
  • Submissions must be your own work
  • Submissions should be suitable for use on one or more Wikimedia projects (not Commons alone)
  • Submissions must be licensed under the Creative Commons Public Domain, the GFDL, or the Creative Commons Share-Alike 2.0 license, or multi-licensed including one of these licenses.
  • Submissions must be fully copyright compliant (e.g., there should be no copyright concerns about the subject of the media)
  • Entries should be uploaded to commons and listed at the gallery pages below
  • The closing date for entries for categories 1 to 6 is 3 August 2006. Entries for all sections of category 7 must be complete by August 5 2006.
  • File types:
    • Audio should be submitted as .ogg files
    • Photos should be submitted as .jpg files
    • Video should be submitted as Ogg/Theora (w:User:Gmaxwell will perform conversions from other formats).
    • Writing can be submitted in any open format
  • Photos should be suitable for printing at 20 X 30cm. Audio and video should be no more than 40 MB in size after compression
  • Submissions may be digitally manipulated to improve any aspect, but should remain a true and accurate representation of the subject.
  • Consideration will be given to the choice of subject, with unusual or difficult to obtain subjects being given extra credit, but the quality of the submission will be the primary consideration.

Content nominations

Please nominate the best Wikimedian created media or text you have encountered on a Wikimedia project for the free content contest (if created within the last year). To nominate a work, please link to it below and note the primary authors/creators (and let them know their work has been nominated :).

If you are interested in judging the contest, or have a prize to offer, please add your name further down the page. For more information, contact wikimania-info@wikimedia.org.

Text submissions

Judging criteria: Ideal submissions will be

– Entirely or mostly written / transcribed / released under a free license in the past year
– Well written and educational, or good exemplars of a specific topic
– Well sourced and illustrated
– Available in multiple languages

Current events and Pop Culture

see News below

History & Biography

Humanities, Social science, Art & Culture

Natural Science & Technology

News (summary & original reporting), Current events

Textbook modules

Quote and dictionary selections

Media submissions

Judging criteria: Ideal submissions will be

– Entirely or mostly created / developed / remixed / released under a free license in the past year
– Educational, or good exemplars of a specific topic; in use on a Wikimedia project other than Wikimedia Commons
– Aesthetically pleasing

All the still image entries can be viewed in the Second Life virtual world, at this SLURL location.

Unsorted submissions

Please sort the following submissions into one of the categories below.

Category: Maps and Diagrams

Maps and Diagrams

This includes any diagram or map that is interesting, informative, or aesthetically pleasing.

For just these nominations, see Maps and Diagrams

Category: Photography - Nature

Photography - Nature

A specific insect, plant, animal etc. or a more general image of natural phenomena. Subjects must be accurately identified in order to make them fully suitable for the projects (i.e. "insect" is not sufficient, which species is it?).

For nominations see Photography - Nature

Category: Photography - People

Photography - People

This can be a specific person mentioned on the projects, or a more general illustration of a person (for example doing a particular job or of a particular nationality).

For nominations see Photography - People

Category: Photography - Places

Photography - Places

This includes landmarks from particular places as well as more general images.

For nominations see Photography - Places

Category: Photography - Objects

Photography - Objects

A catch-all category. Might include an illustration of a recipe for Wikibooks, a household item for an article on Wikipedia, and so on.

For nominations see Photography - Objects

Category: Audio


Entries in this category should be recordings of music, speech, sounds of nature, or other audio content. For information on and help with audio formats, see meta and en.wikipedia.

For nominations see Audio

Category: Animation


Entries in this category should be animated gifs or shorts, or edited video of drawings, puppets, clay, etc.

For nominations see Animation

Category: Video


Entries in this category should be video clips, edited shorts, or other true-to-life video content. For information on and help with video formats, see meta.

For nominations see Video

Category: Wikimania


Content created on the way to or at the Wikimania conference - Photography, Audio, Video.
Submissions must be complete by sometime on August 5th.

For nominations see Wikimania (first submissions welcome on August 2nd)

Film screening

Any free content video is suitable for submission to the film screening, regardless of its provenance or use on Wikimedia projects. "Free content" in this context means content available for derivative and commercial use.

Video shorts

  • Wikimania 2005 montage, by Rory O'Connor and Danny Schechter
  • BBS documentary, by Jason Scott Sadofsky

Other media





Other Interested

Awards offered

  • 1 Nokia 770 Internet Tablet for the best overall media and writing submission, thanks to Nokia
  • 1 Wikinews shirt or hat, for the best 2 news and current events contributions -- Sj
  • 1 $50 Amazon.com gift certificate, for the best Wikipedia submission
  • 1 copy of Catherine Munro's "This is an Encyclopedia" poster, to every finalist for encyclopedic writing.
  • 1 container peanut butter surprise, for the best surrealist artshow entry -- Sj
  • 1 gift certificate for a free book from PediaPress, to each of 3 winning text entries
  • 1 Wayuu Bag, from the Wayuu people in Venezuela.