Wiki From Above 2015

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Wiki from Above has come to an end and we would like to thank all the participants who submitted their entries via Commons. Here are the winners - congratulations to everyone!

Best Photograph - Bloubergstrand - SkyPixels
Winner - Best Photograph

2nd Best Photograph - Pringle Bay - Aerial Picture and Video
Winner - 2nd Best Photograph

Best Use on Wikipedia

Rock Lighthouse - Darkwing Aerials

Best Video Footage

Surgonda, aerial video - Capricorn4049

2nd Best Video Footage

Rhodes Memorial Cape Town - SkyPixels

Wiki From Above is a aerial photographic and video media competition for Wikipedia.

Wikimedia ZA has joined forces with FPV Fest SA to help encourage people to contribute aerial video and photographic content to Wikimedia Commons for use on Wikipedia.

The focus of this project is to increase the quality and quantity of aerial photographs and video media of important public landmarks and scenery in Africa. Participants are encouraged to also edit Wikipedia by adding their pictures, or media to relevant Wikipedia pages.


Date of Competition

1 March - 25 May 2015


Wiki from Above Facebook page
Wiki From Above 2015 Category on Commons
Competition page on FPV Fest

Over R10,000 worth of Prizes

Category Prize
Best PHOTOGRAPH R 2 500.00 Voucher from Action Gear
2nd Best PHOTOGRAPH R 1 000.00 Voucher from Action Gear

Category Prize
Best VIDEO FOOTAGE R 3 500.00 Voucher from Action Gear
2nd Best VIDEO FOOTAGE R 1 500.00 Voucher from Action Gear

Category Prize
Best Use on Wikipedia R 3 000.00 Voucher from Action Gear

The 'Best Use on Wikipedia' prize will be awarded for the best use of a submitted photograph or video on a Wikipedia page. This is judged by:

  • the relevancy of the submitted media to the page's topic
  • how much the submitted media improves the overall quality of the Wikipedia page
  • additional information given about the image on both Wikimedia Commons, and the Wikipedia page
  • any additional edits to the Wikipedia page that are judged to greatly enhance its overall quality
  • the number of other pages the submitted media can be used on

Wiki from Above Workshops

We will be hosting three workshops during the course of the competition.

Join us to learn how to submit content for the competition.

25 March 2015

Time : 18:30 - 19:30

11 April 2015

Time  : 10:00 - 12:00

25 April 2015

Time  : 10:00 - 12:00

All of the above workshops will be held at the Twenty Fifty Clubhouse, 8 Spin Street, Cape Town.

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Please contact The Administrator for more information.

Awards/FPV Fest

Prizes will be awarded at the FPV Fest that will take place on 31 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Photographs and video can be taken from on top of mountains, tall buildings (above 10 floors), aeroplanes, drones, hot-air-balloons, helicopters, or any other type of flying craft.
All submitted images and video content must comply with South African privacy and aeronautical laws and regulations.
All content is donated to Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons License so it can be freely used on Wikipedia and by the general public.
When submitting a video it must be submitted as a ".ogg" or ".ogv" or ".webm" format.
Participants are encouraged to submit video media that is less than 2 min in length, and does not contain any captains within the video itself. We want to be able to use the media on other language Wikipedia pages.
Media with no audio or original audio is encouraged, please do not add music to the clips.
Photographs that are very small (less than 1 megabyte) and/or that have a watermark will be penalised during the judging process. Participants are encouraged to upload images in their original size (the larger the better). Watermarked photographs are discouraged.

What should I shoot?

Photographs and videos of the following are most desired for use on Wikipedia:

  • Towns, Neighbourhoods and Settlements
  • Beaches & Parks
  • Monuments
  • Mountains, Valleys and Natural Landmarks
  • Important/Notable events

What pages should I edit?

You can edit any pages on Wikipedia.

How to enter

All entries will need to be submitted to Wikimedia Commons under the category tag "WFA 2015". See below for more detailed directions. Please feel free to contact Wikimedia ZA if you have any other questions.

Step 1

Step 2

Click the "Upload File" option on the left hand side of the screen under "Participate" on the Wikimedia Commons website. Then select the images you want to upload.

Step 3

Submit file in the following formats (if a video):

  • .ogg
  • .ogv
  • .webm

Due to complex intellectual property rights issues, Wikimedia Commons can not accept video content submitted in any other format. A helpful 'how to' guide on how to convert video media into these formats can be found here on Wikimedia or here if you are using VLC Media Player. It is suggested that you upload video content one video at a time.

If you are submitting a photograph, simply select the photographs you want to upload. It is suggested that you upload no more than ten photographs at a time.

Step 4

Select the Creative Commons license you want to donate your photograph/video under. The default license is CC-BY-SA which means that people must cite you as the author, and must share your media in the same way you have shared it with the world.

Step 5

Write a description about the submitted photograph/video. The more information given the better. Please add categories that it might fall under such as "Table Mountain" if it is an image or video of Table Mountain.

Step 6

Very important: please add the category "WFA 2015". If you do not enter this category we will have no way of knowing if or what you are submitting to the competition. Once you have done that then click "Next" to finish.


Mike Ormrod

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Orms owner Mike Ormrod started taking photographs in high school. A shrewd businessman from a young age, Mike earned extra pocket money by shooting at functions for family and friends in Grade 11 and 12. Mike's brother Chris was a professional photographer, and Mike joined him when he finished high school. Mike handled his brother's lab as well as acting as a photographer's assistant when required.

In 1996, Mike followed his passion and opened a photographic shop in Cape Town called Orms. His vision has always been to provide professional and amateur photographers alike with the best and latest gear at reasonable prices, and to stock the largest range of products. Orms also strives to keep South African photographers at the forefront of technological advances.

Today Orms has become more than the go-to photography shop for South Africans. It has evolved beyond just selling the best photographic gear and now offers everything from professional printing and framing, to d├ęcor solutions and personalized photo gifts. As the creative hub for South African photographers we actively support local photographers and constantly try to create a community experience for customers through our workshops, events, give-aways and competitions.

When asked about his vision for Orms, Mike said: "I want to keep up with current technology and the latest trends. My aim is to stay ahead in the digital world. I also strive to get Orms more involved in the education of future professionals and keen amateurs."

Douglas Scott

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Douglas is the current president of Wikimedia South Africa. He is also the organiser of the South African component of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photographic competition in the world, in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has been an editor of Wikipedia since 2006 and a member of the South African chapter of the Wikimedia volunteer society since 2011/12. He is always interested in projects that encourage more people to edit Wikipedia and contribute to Wikimedia Commons.

He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa and in his day job works in technology, data collection, and crime reduction.

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