Proposal:Wikipedia loves ... my town

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After the success of the various "Wiki Loves Monuments" competitions, it seems like a worthwhile idea to try a similar model in Australia as an initial trial.

Rationale

One of the things we want to do is to let people know about how the can be involved in Commons and CC licensed work. The intent is to run a competition where the competitors have to learn about both - by having submissions on Commons, and by providing literature to entrants about Commons, CC and WMAU, we serve an educational role that should encompass both people interested in quick snaps and enthusiasts. Any photos would also be a plus, as there are a large number of Australian topics which are still insufficiently covered.

Theme

Rather than the general theme in the Wiki Loves Monuments competitions (monuments as a term having a more restrictive definition in Australia than in Europe), it is proposed that we have narrower themes for the competitions, to give competitors more direction. For the first competition, it is proposed that we go with a "Wikipedia loves ... my town". Entries will need to express the local area, although within that they have a fair bit of room to move. This will:

  • Be approachable to all, as there will be no need to travel beyond the local area.
  • Assist with Wikipedia's coverage of towns and suburbs, which are photographic themes that provide an easy and safe entry point for new contributors.
  • Be applicable for low-end equipment. Point and shoot cameras are sufficient, and wouldn't be at a severe disadvantage to dSLRs.
  • Tie into the "My place" program at schools.
  • Be open to all ages.

Later themes could include public art, animals and historical sites and the like, but the nice bit with "my town" is that it can be run more than once.

Rules

  • The competition will be open to all Australian residents, except members and families of the Wikimedia Australia committee and the judging panel.
  • The competition will be open from 1 November 2011 until 28 February 2012.
  • All photographs must have been taken during the competition period.
  • Entries need to be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons and released under a compatible Creative Commons or Public Domain license.
  • All entries must be the photographer's own work, and the entrant must be in a position to release the image under a CC license.
  • All entries need to be submitted as digital files. However, photos can be taken on a variety of media, including digital, negative film, Polaroids and transparencies.

Suggestions

  • Consider opening it up to New Zealand residents.
  • Some contests limit it to non-professional photographers only, or have two categories.
  • Limiting the number of entries per entrant.

Judging

Judging will be on three criteria: technical merit, educational value and composition. A panel of at least three judges will be formed, including at least one person from the current Wikimedia Australia committee.

Feedback will not be automatically available to contests, although there may be cause to consider individual feedback upon request.

Prizes

There are two potions with prizes. The first is to seek sponsorship, although I think we may have better luck with this after running a pilot program. The second is to fund it ourselves. If we go with the second, I'd recommend:

  • First prize: Either a Pentax K-n camera in the winner's choice of colour, or a lens of their choice to an equal value ($600)
  • Second prize: Panasonic Lumix FT10 point-and-shoot digital camera. ($300)
  • Third prize: Photography book. ($100)

Total cost if we sponsor the competition: $1000 (+/- $100 to allow for price fluctuations).