Wiki Science Competition

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Wiki Science Competition
Official logo of Wiki Science Competition
GenreScientific photography, Nature photography, Scientific illustration
Begins1-15 November [1]
Ends1-15 December [2]
Years active6
Most recent2023
ParticipantsPhotographers, researchers, students
Organised byWikipedia community members

The Wiki Science Competition (WSC) is a global science photography competition for students, researchers, and others to contribute freely licensed high-quality, well-sourced images and other media to Wikimedia Commons.[3][4]

It evolved from the Estonian Science Photo Competition. The first global competition took place in 2017[5] and is held every two years,[6] occurring for most countries around November or December.[7][8] It has been called one of the most important photo competitions in the world.[9] The main organizer of the competition is Ivo Kruusamägi.

The first competition saw participation from over 2,200 contestants, with the number of images exceeding 10,000.[4][6] In 2017, there were five categories: People in Science, Microscopy images, Non-photographic media, Image sets, and a General category. In 2019, a new category, Nature, was added; in 2021, Astronomy was added.[10] A special prize for "Women in STEM" is also offered.[5]

Media are evaluated based on the detail of their description, with sources from high-impact journals, datasets, and other reliable third-parties being prioritized. This incentivizes expert-driven contributions backed by verifiable materials.

Among the countries were it has been launched and regularly held there are Estonia, Switzerland, Ireland, United States, Poland,[11] Ukraine, and Russia (where it is held in Spring).[12]


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  1. ^ most common starting date
  2. ^ most common ending date
  3. ^ Graziosi, Roberto (21 March 2018). "Scienze Wiki Science Competition: i vincitori". Focus (in Italian).
  4. ^ a b Fuoco, Michele (10 November 2018). "Le foto a muffe e batteri di Stefania Rizzelli diventano opere d'arte". Gazzetta di Modena (in Italian). Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  5. ^ a b Gorey, Colm (1 Nov 2017). "Irish Wikimedia community issues calls for best science photographers". Silicon Republic. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b "PHOTOS | See what are the best science photos in Estonia" Delfi Forte, 13 February 2018
  7. ^ Nüesch, Danja (6 November 2017). "Wikimedia-Fotowettbewerb - So wunderschön kann Wissenschaft sein" [Wikimedia Photo Contest - How beautiful science can be]. Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (in German). Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  8. ^ Lausson, Julien (October 26, 2019). "En novembre, sortez vos smartphones pour photographier la science et aider Wikipédia". Numerama (in French). Retrieved August 15, 2023.
  9. ^ Paolo Riva; Elisa Manca (22 May 2022). "Istituto Dalle Molle in Fotografia e a cosa serve la Realtà Virtuale (1./3)". RSI Rete Uno (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-08-16.
  10. ^ "SVIZZERA Wikimedia CH lancia un concorso internazionale di fotografia scientifica" (in Italian). Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  11. ^ Ratković, Nebojša; Jerchel, Paul; Hsing, Pen-Yuan; Sielicka-Baryłka, Klara (2020). "Wikipedia and Its Sister Projects as Important Elements of the Teaching and Learning Process – a Review of the Global Situation". Łódzkie Studia Etnograficzne. 59: 107–126. doi:10.12775/LSE.2020.59.07. ISSN 2450-5544.
  12. ^ "Объявлен старт конкурса «Снимай науку!»" [The start of the contest "Shoot Science!" has been announced.]. Nauka i Zhizn (in Russian). 2 April 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2023.

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