[African Wikimedians] Update Wiki Loves Africa

The Wiki Loves Africa photographic contest
is currently running, for the 6th year, under the theme “Africa
on the Move”

    It should be made clear that the goal of

the contest is not limited to collecting freely licenced images
to illustrate wikipedia articles (though of course, there is
also that…). It is also the opportunity to recruit and train
new contributors. It is also the opportunity to promote the
wikimedia projects in countries where the awareness can still
benefit from improvements. It is also the opportunity for tiny
new groups to join the larger community and increase their
knowledge of our mouvement.

    Naturally... this implies that a large part of the photo contest

operations usually take place in offline (face-to-face) events
(edit-a-thons, photo walks, upload sessions etc.). Which
obviously is currently a problem…

    So... we have just announced some

modifications to the contest rules and operations.

              This is due to the global health

crisis with all Wikimedia related events being cancelled.

        And this is due to a context... with rather few cases in

most African countries, the population in Africa is
currently not following the recent recommandations to
practice social distanciation or even to stay at home.

      First note

that all offline activities are being cancelled as expected.

      Second, winners ceremonies will be either cancelled (and gifts

later (we recommand to maintain the ceremonies and host them
after the crisis is over)

      The entry deadline for Wiki Loves Africa has been extended to

15th APRIL 2020 to accomodate the following changes :

                    We suggest

people to upload already existing, archived,
images that are sitting on their hard drives at home.

                      We will also be hosting some

ONLINE events and activities to ensure that participants
and teams are all supported and can still enter. Bear with
us… this will be an experiment ;)

      We also decided to

urge people to stay at home using the hashtags #StayAtHome and #RestezChezVous and hope that this
will help local teams further spread this message locally
for the sake of all.

                We have created a bunch of visuals to improve

communication in those directions, which will be used in the
next few days.