The jury will determine the winners of the contest taking into consideration the following criteria. Kindly note that this is just not another photography contest. In order of importance, the criteria are as follows:

  • Effort put into researching the subject and taking the image – we welcome descriptive notes on the subject, how the photo was taken, processed etc.
  • Quality of description provided on the image (in any language) [judged primarily based on what is provided by the image submitter rather than other contributors].
  • Value of the image in terms of usage – ideally demonstrated by usage in any Wikimedia project of any language with appropriate captions and well-referenced text surrounding the image that demonstrates that the article has been greatly enhanced by the image.
  • Value of the image based on uniqueness – is it filling a blank, is it from a location that is hard to reach, is it the only image of its kind etc.
  • Technical quality (sharpness, use of light, perspective, composition, etc.)
  • Grounds for rejection of submitted images can include but are not limited to:

a) suspected of copyright violation;
b) if required jury members may contact participants via talk pages or email – if they cannot be reached or responses to emails are not received within 48 hours – then the submission may be considered suspect and be rejected, participants may please ensure that they enable email, watch talk pages, and check their spam folders;
c) lack of full EXIF information – where possible, contributors should include (or link to file versions with EXIF) other versions/from other angles in the other versions details;
d) excessive processing, use of unrealistic filters;
e) watermarks or credits on the image (credit to the author is ensured through the license and may also be included in the EXIF);

International Jury 2024 composition

The international jury for 2024 consists of Wikimedia users, food experts and professional photographers:

Biswarup Ganguly: A veteran Wikimedian who has contributed immensely to open knowledge through his documentary photographs of Bengal’s life, culture and heritage, especially of Kolkata and its surroundings. His photographs on Wikimedia Commons are frequently used in news media outlets and by book authors. He has been a jury of Wiki Loves Food and Wiki Loves Monuments photo competitions in India.

Abdul Momin: An award-winning Bangladeshi professional photographer whose work has been published in renowned platforms such as The Guardian, The Times, National Geographic, The Mail, The Mirror, The Telegraph, and many others worldwide. With over five years of experience as a Wikimedian, he has garnered recognition for his contributions. Several of his photos have secured top positions in both national and international levels of Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments competitions.

Sumit Surai: He is a food blogger and Wikimedian based in Kolkata whose photographs of the built heritage and culinary heritage of different parts of the world have enriched Wikimedia over the years. He has been on a jury of Wiki Loves Food and organized Wiki Loves Monuments photo competitions in India.