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Wikivoyage:Image policy


Using Wikimedia imagesEdit

You can link images directly from Wikimedia Commons simply by including the file name as if the image was included locally; you should not re-upload the file to Wikivoyage.

Minimal use of imagesEdit

Don't get overexcited adding images to articles. Travellers may be using Wikivoyage from networks with very low bandwidth. In some countries, an internet café with ten computers connected to a single 56k modem is still fairly common. Even travellers in developed countries can often be limited to 10k mobile GPRS access.

Minimal use of images doesn't mean none. Instead, it means enough images to illustrate the text and show some of the highlights but not so many as to overwhelm the text and turn the article into a photo gallery.

More specifically:

  • Short articles (less than 3,000 bytes) should usually have no more than 1-2 images, including a map.
  • For longer articles, 1 image per screen (1,000 - 2,000 bytes) is generally adequate.
  • Images should be distributed throughout an article, not bunched up in any section.
  • Try to avoid having more than 2 or at most 3 successive images without space between them.
  • Make sure no images extend below the end of an article.

Image sizesEdit

Uploading high-quality source images is encouraged. When displayed, pictures can be automatically scaled to smaller thumbnails; see Wikivoyage:How to add an image for details.

Image alignmentEdit

By default images in Wikivoyage articles should be right-aligned. Occasionally, though, it may be better to left-align or center an image. For example, images that are much wider than they are tall (e.g., panorama photos, or the occasional map) should usually be centered. Left-alignment may be used to break up a long string of right-aligned images, to ensure that images appear close to the text that describes them, or to avoid visual conflict with infoboxes. Layouts are finicky, and what looks good on your screen can often look bad on someone else's, so if you do opt for non-standard alignments, here are a few guidelines to consider:

  • Don't use left-alignment just to squeeze more images into an article. A likely indicator that you're doing so is that vertical overlap seems necessary.
  • In a given section, put the first object (whether image or text box) to the right, especially if directly underneath the section header.
  • Avoid left-aligning an image if doing so would push any section heading or items in a bulleted list to the right; this can be confusing for the reader.
  • Any given layout should endeavor to use as few left alignments as possible. When in doubt, leave it right-aligned.
  • Test the layout with different browser window widths, at least down to 640px. If possible, also test with a mobile phone.

Following these guidelines will help to ensure the article doesn't have too many images, and prevent many unforeseeable formatting issues.

Montages and galleriesEdit

Wikivoyage does not use montages, or really any type of image other than maps or simple photography. Montages are problematic in particular for a travel guide, because their aesthetic is reminiscent of a travel brochure, or some other promotional, rather than informational, material.

Image galleries are discouraged, and should only be considered for showing multiple examples of a specific topic (for example, in describing flora and fauna or cuisine – but not attractions). Image galleries should not be used solely as a way to include a large number of different pictures in a destination article; we aim for a #Minimal use of images.

Present-day statusEdit

Prefer pictures which are representative for what a location looks like today. Avoid obsolete pictures, which for instance depict buildings which have been torn down. They can be considered in historical travel articles, if the context is clear to the reader.

Photos of businessesEdit

As a general rule, photos of individual businesses, especially those seen to be promotional, will be removed. Exceptions include images that are meant to be illustrative of the type of business establishment in a certain region, or those of exceptionally famous establishments. See also Wikivoyage:Don't tout.

If a business has its latitude and longitude specified through either the {{marker}} template or one of the {{listing}} templates (including {{see}}, {{do}}, {{buy}}, {{eat}}, {{drink}}, and {{sleep}}), it is possible to add a photo of that business to the dynamic map using the |image= parameter. Purely promotional images, such as logos for each location of identical chain restaurants and hotels, are best avoided; the content needs to be useful to the traveller.

People in photosEdit

Don't upload photos of yourself or your travel companions posing in front of stuff. You do look cute, but these types of photos don't really belong in a travel guide.

See also the official guideline on photographs of identifiable people at Wikimedia Commons.

Images for user pagesEdit

User page photos and graphics like maps of where you have been should be uploaded to Commons. Be sure to add the template {{User page image}} to the image when uploading so that it is clear the image is for your user page. Such images must be licensed for general use, but can be deleted if unused and seen not otherwise to be in scope, or if the number of personal images is out of proportion with your activity on WMF projects (such as Wikivoyage).

Buildings and artworks in photosEdit

Buildings and artworks like paintings and statues are copyrighted by the creator. However, in many countries, you are allowed to publish pictures of them as long as they are on permanent public display, and license those photos for editorial and commercial use (including Wikivoyage) without committing copyright infringement.

See Commons:Freedom of Panorama for an extensive discussion, including details of the law in many countries. If your image is not permissible on Commons because it is a derivative work of a copyrighted work of art or architecture, it may be OK to upload here under our Exemption Doctrine Policy.

Image formatsEdit

Images should be in one of the following formats:

  • JPEG - for photographs
  • PNG - for text, static maps, or computer-generated images
  • SVG - for icons and "source maps"

Unlike other Wikimedia projects, we prefer to display static maps in a PNG format, rather than an SVG format. They should also have a vector-format source file. This allows us to have one SVG "source map" file, which can hold multiple text layers for different languages, and from which we can export PNG map files in different languages. See Wikivoyage:How to draw static maps for more information.

For vector-format files, we prefer SVG, but other vector formats (Adobe Illustrator, PostScript) are better than nothing.

Animated Gifs should not be used in any Wikivoyage article.

Other mediaEdit

One of Wikivoyage's goals is to have Wikivoyage articles useful as printed pages. We therefore do not use other media files like digital sound clips or video images, with one exception: audio files for pronunciation may be used in phrasebooks.

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