Wiki Loves Folklore

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Wiki Loves Folklore is an international photographic contest organized annually at Wikimedia Commons to document folk cultures in different regions of the world. Wikimedia Community Malta organized the first edition for this contest in Malta in 2022. Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 is a continuation of Wiki Loves Folklore 2021 with the theme of folk culture. The origin of the project started in 2018 from commons:Commons:Wiki Loves Love 2019 on the theme of ceremonies and festivals of love.

Wiki Loves Folklore also extends to the related activity called Feminism and Foklore, which is an international writing contest organized at Wikipedia annually around the same time to document folk cultures and women in folklore in different regions of the world. However, the theme here is very loose and a wide range of articles dealing with feminism (but not folklore) and folklore (without a feminist focus) are also included.


  • Login to your Wikimedia account or (create a Wikimedia account here)
  • Make sure that your account includes your email address as this is the way you'll be contacted if you win.
  • UPLOAD HERE (throughout the month of FEBRUARY - until 15 March)
  • Indicate the country where your photo was taken


This photography contest is focused on folk culture of different regions on categories, such as, but not limited to: folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore, and tradition, including ballads, folktales, fairy tales, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, folk arts, folk religion, mythology etc. You can check out some examples here.

Scope in Malta

As the contest takes place throughout the month of February, in Malta the focus is particularly on the Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck (on 10 February in Valletta, Marsalforn and Munxar), Carnival (last week of February across Malta and Gozo), and preparations for Lent (start on 2 March 2022).

Beyond the specific focus, the main Wikimedia Commons categories for this photo contest are Folklore and Folk culture (i.e. folklore).

Folk culture by country, Folk art, Chinese fortune telling, Folk dance, Europeade, Folk festivals, Folklore, Folk games, Gavari, Folk groups, Folk magic, Folk museums, Folk music, Newweling, Folk religion, Traditional music, Traditional songs, Folk wrestling.


  • 1st prize: 400 USD
  • 2nd prize: 200 USD
  • 3rd prize: 100 USD
  • Top 10 consolation prizes: 10 USD each
  • Best Video prize and best Audio prize: 25 USD, 25 USD (each)
  • Top uploader prize for images: First Prize 100 USD, Second prize 50 USD
  • Wiki Loves Folklore Postcards to top 100 Uploaders
  • Certificates and postcards to Local Organizers

(Disclaimer: Prizes to be dispersed in a gift card or voucher format by International organizing team, not by Wikimedia Community Malta.)


  • February 1 – March 15, 2022
  • Start for photo submissions: February 1, 2022 00:01 (UTC)
  • Deadline for photo submissions: March 15, 2022 23:59 (UTC)
  • Start for article submission: March 1, 2022 00:01 (UTC)
  • Deadline for article submissions: March 31, 2022 23:59 (UTC)
  • Results Declaration: To be declared on July 25, 2022 at WLF 2022 page on Commons

(Note: Result declaration is subject to changes and may be delayed subject to circumstances with the pandemic.)


Organizing team in Malta

Workshops and photowalks

Every Thursday evening throughout February, WCM will be holding online workshops around the use of Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and Wikipedia editing (indicated times are CET/UTC+1):

  • 3 February: 6pm until 8pm
  • 10 February: 6pm until 8pm
  • 17 February: 6pm until 8pm
  • 24 February: 6pm until 8pm

Feminism & Folklore

These will lead into the Feminism and Folkore/Art+Feminism session/s during the first week of March.

  • 3 March: 6pm until 8pm
  • 5 March: 10am until 4pm (including lunch and photo walk)
  • 10 March: 6pm until 8pm
  • 17 March: 6pm until 8pm

Further details will be announced soon. Please check back later...

Please note

All images uploaded via the special upload wizard will be put in the Category:Images from Wiki Loves Folklore 2022.

All uploads from Malta need to indicate the country where the photo was taken, and they will appear at Category:Images from Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 in Malta.

If you don't specify the country during upload, your images are likely to end up in the category of images from an unknown country.

See also