Imagery is found in Wikimedia projects as standalone contributions as well as powerful supplementary content to engage and communicate.
Imagery selection guidelines
As the saying goes, an image can tell a thousand words. We use images to help increase understanding and engagement with a subject. When using imagery in our projects, the selections follow the general guidelines:
- Contextually relevant. Images relate directly to the article subject.
- Neutral point of view. For example, when showing an image of a shark, use a side profile photograph of a shark rather than an action shot of a shark preying on another animal.
- Representation in the most accurate medium. Use a photograph of Rosalind Franklin in her biographic profile rather than artistic drawing. In an article about Donald Duck, use a cartoon still of Donald Duck instead of a photograph of a duck.
- Good resolution quality.
- Respects copyright. We always correctly attribute images, using Creative Commons, Fair use, or Public Domain images stored on Wikimedia Commons, as well as a multitude of other sources so long as they comply correctly with licensing.