Hello, Rehman!

As a local organizer in Latvia (2 editions of WLE, 4 editions of WLM) I can share my experience:

1) I would recommend jury of 3-5 members. There are no formal requirements for qualifications, but we have tried to include a photographer, a wikimedian (not organizer) and someone from nature conservation field. I asked and Nataliia offered to find some jury members from international team, if it was necessary.
2) I would recommend finding something for prizes. It heavily influenced the number of submissions when we decided to run Wiki Loves Monuments without prize pool (We got 449 images).
3) International team can get you small souvenirs, but not more. As an user group, we apply for Rapid grant each time (this is 6th time already). Consider looking for sponsors but it is easy for some people, but not for others.

 Mārtiņš / User:Papuass

On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 8:26 AM Rehman Abubakr <rehman.wikimedia@live.com> wrote:
Hi Nataliia and WLE team,

Thank you for this email. I hope to organise WLE for Sri Lanka for the first time this year. But I have a few questions for which I couldn't find a clear answer at the Commons pages.

Q1. What is the acceptable number of Jury members, and their recommended Wikimedia experience threshold, as well as their photographic industry skills?

Q2. Are local awards recommended? If so, do you recommend anything more than a certificate?

Q3. How are local awards usually funded for affiliates that don't often request for grants?

Thank you so much for your support! :-)

Yours truly,

Rehman Abubakr (Roy)

OTRS agent, Admin (English Wikipedia, Commons), Contributor (Wikidata, Meta)

From: Wikilovesearth <wikilovesearth-bounces@lists.wikimedia.org> on behalf of attolippip <attolippip@gmail.com>
Sent: 02 April 2019 23:47
To: Wiki Loves Earth Photograph Competition
Subject: [Wikilovesearth] Please help Wiki Loves Earth 2019!
Dear all,
We are pleased to announce Wiki Loves Earth 2019 — the 6th edition of Wiki Loves Earth international photo contest, which will take place in May and June this year. The previous five contests have attracted more than 500,000 photos on Commons (see https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/earth), and we hope that Wiki Loves Earth 2019 will show even better results.

And we need your help to make it happen! You can:

== Organise a local contest ==
If you are interested in organising Wiki Loves Earth 2019 photo contest in your country — please do it! We would gladly help you with the first steps.

To declare your participation, please add your country to https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2019/Participating_countries. If you don't have much experience in organizing WLE, you can learn more on how to organize a contest in your country (it’s not that difficult!) here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_2019/Organise . You can write to wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua and the international team will help you.

== Join the International team ==
If you do not plan to participate in organising a local contest and want to help other countries/affiliates/groups to organise it — please consider joining the international team. Write a letter to wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua describing your experience with organising projects (especially photo contests!). And please mention what languages you speak. Note that if you want to organise a contest locally — you should not be a part of the international team.

Please sign up on the talk page if you are interested in performing specific tasks.

== Suggest a jury member ==
If you know good nature photographers (whether they are from Wikiprojects or not!), please tell us! We will contact them and see if they can become jury members of local or international contests.

== Spread information ==
Please share info about the contest, translate the main page of the contest into your languages, post on social media etc. If you have an interesting story to share, please contact us at wle-team@wikimedia.org.ua or on social media.

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Best regards,
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv

Disclaimer: This letter is sent in my Wikimedia volunteer capacity as a member of the organising committee for Wiki Loves Earth 2018, not as a Board member of Wikimedia Foundation
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