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These are the candidates for becoming quality images. Please note that this is not the same thing as featured pictures. Additionally, if you just want some feedback on your pictures you can get that at Commons:Photography critiques.


The purpose of quality images is to encourage the people that are the foundation of Commons, the individual users who provide the unique images that expand this collection. While featured pictures identifies the absolute best of all the images loaded into Commons, Quality images sets out to identify and encourage users’ efforts in providing quality images to Commons.
Additionally, quality images should be a place to refer other users to when explaining methods for improving an image.


All nominated images should be the work of Commons users.

For nominators[edit]

Below are the general guidelines for Quality images; more detailed criteria are available at Image guidelines.

Image page requirements[edit]
  1. Copyright status. Quality image candidates have to be uploaded to Commons under a suitable license. The full license requirements are at Commons:Copyright tags.
  2. Images should comply with all Commons policies and practices, including Commons:Photographs of identifiable people.
  3. Quality images shall have a meaningful file name, be properly categorized and have an accurate description on the file page in one or more languages. It is preferred, but not mandatory, to include an English description.
  4. No advertisements or signatures in image. Copyright and authorship information of quality images should be located on the image page and may be in the image metadata, but should not interfere with image contents.


Pictures must have been created by a Wikimedian in order to be eligible for QI status. This means that pictures from, for example, Flickr are ineligible. (Note that Featured Pictures do not have this requirement.) Photographical reproductions of two-dimensional works of art, made by Wikimedians, are eligible (and should be licensed PD-old according to the Commons guidelines). If an image is promoted despite not being the creation of a Wikimedian, the QI status should be removed as soon as the mistake is detected.

Technical requirements[edit]

More detailed criteria are available at Commons:Image guidelines.


Bitmapped images (JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF) should normally have at least 2 megapixels; reviewers may demand more for subjects that can be photographed easily. This is because images on Commons may be printed, viewed on monitors with very high resolution, or used in future media.

This does not apply to vector graphics (SVG).

Image quality[edit]

Digital images can suffer various problems originating in image capture and processing, such as preventable noise, problems with JPEG compression, lack of information in shadow or highlight areas, or problems with capture of colors. All these issues should be handled correctly.

Composition and lighting[edit]

The arrangement of the subject within the image should contribute to the image. Foreground and background objects should not be distracting. Lighting and focus also contribute to the overall result; the subject should be sharp, uncluttered, and well-exposed.


Our main goal is to encourage quality images being contributed to Wikicommons, valuable for Wikimedia and other projects.

How to nominate[edit]

Simply add a line of this form at the top of Commons:Quality images candidates/candidate list Nominations section

File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Nomination|Very short description  --~~~~ |}}

The description shouldn't be more than a few words, and please leave a blank line between your new entry and any existing entries.

If you are nominating an image by another Wikimedian, include their username in the description as below

File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Nomination|Very short description (by [[User:USERNAME|USERNAME]]) --~~~~ |}}

Note: there is a Gadget, QInominator, which makes nominations quicker. It adds a small "Nominate this image for QI" link at the top of every file page. Clicking the link adds the image to a list of potential candidates. When this list is completed, edit Commons:Quality images candidates/candidate list. At the top of the edit window a green bar will be displayed. Clicking the bar inserts all potential candidates into the edit window.

Number of nominations[edit]

Carefully select your best images to nominate. No more than five images per day can be added by a single nominator.

Evaluating images[edit]

Any registered user whose accounts have at least 10 days and 50 edits, other than the author and the nominator, can review a nomination.
When evaluating images the reviewer should consider the same guidelines as the nominator.

How to review[edit]

How to update the status

Carefully review the image. Open it in full resolution, and check if the quality criteria are met.

  • If you decide to promote the nomination, change the relevant line from
File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Nomination|Very short description --~~~~ | }}


File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Promotion|Very short description --Nominators signature |Why you liked it. --~~~~}}

In other words, change the template from /Nomination to /Promotion and add your signature, possibly with some short comment.

  • If you decide to decline the nomination, change the relevant line from
File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Nomination|Very short description --~~~~ | }}


File:ImageNameHere.jpg|{{/Decline|Very short description --Nominators signature |Why you didn't like it. --~~~~}}

In other words, change the template from /Nomination to /Decline and add your signature, possibly with a statement of the criteria under which the image failed (you can use titles of section from the guidelines). If there are many problems, please note only 2 or 3 of the most severe, or add multiple problems. When declining a nomination please do explain the reasons on the nominator’s talk page – as a rule, be nice and encouraging! In the message you should give a more detailed explanation of your decision.

Note: Please evaluate the oldest images first and, if possible, for every picture you nominate, please review at least one of the other candidates.

Grace period and promotion[edit]

If there are no objections in period of 2 days (exactly: 48 hours) from review, the image becomes promoted or fails, according to the review it received. If you have objection, just change its status to Discuss and it will be moved to the Consensual review section.

How to execute decision[edit]

QICbot automatically handles this 2 days after a decision has been made, and promoted images are cached in Commons:Quality Images/Recently promoted awaiting categorization before their automatic insertion in to appropriate Quality images pages.

If you believe that you have identified an exceptional image that is worthy of Featured picture status then also nominate the image at Commons:Featured picture candidates.

  • Images awaiting review show the nomination outlined in blue.
  • Images the reviewer has accepted show the nomination outlined in green
  • Images the reviewer has rejected show the nomination outlined in red

Unassessed images (nomination outlined in blue)[edit]

Nominated images which have not generated assessments either to promote nor to decline, or a consensus (equal opposition as support in consensual review) after 8 days on this page should be removed from this page without promotion, archived in Commons:Quality images candidates/Archives October 2016 and Category:Unassessed QI candidates added to the image.

Consensual review process[edit]

Consensual review is a catch all place used in the case the procedure described above is insufficient and needs discussion for more opinions to emerge.

How to ask for consensual review[edit]

To ask for consensual review, just change the /Promotion, /Decline to /Discuss and add your comments immediately following the review. An automatic bot will move it to the consensual review section within one day.

Please only send things to consensual review that have been reviewed as promoted/declined. If, as a reviewer, you can not make a decision, add your comments, but leave the candidate on this page.

Consensual review rules[edit]

See Commons:Quality images candidates#Rules

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--[[User:yourname|yourname]] 12:36, 3 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Please open a new date section if you are nominating an image after 0:00 o'clock (UTC).
  • Please leave a blank line between your new entry and any existing entries.
  • Please help in reviewing "old" nominations here below first, many are still unassessed.
Thank you.

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Consensual review[edit]


These rules are in accordance with the procedures normally followed in this section. If you don’t agree with them please feel free to propose changes.

  • To ask for consensual review, just change the /Promotion, /Decline to /Discuss and add your comments immediately following the review. An automatic bot will move it to the consensual review section within one day. Alternatively move the image line from the main queue to Consensual Review/Images and follow the instructions in the edit window.
  • You can move an image here if you contest the decision of the reviewer or have doubts about its eligibility (in which case an 'oppose' is assumed). In any case, please explain your reasons. Our QICBot will move it for you. When the bot moves it, you might have to revisit the nomination and expand your review into the Consensual Review format and add "votes".
  • The decision is taken by majority of opinions, including the one of the first reviewer and excluding the nominator's. After a minimum period of 48 hours since the last entry, the decision will be registered at the end of the text using the template {{QICresult}} and then executed, according to the Guidelines.
Using {{support}} or {{oppose}} will make it easier to count your vote.
Votes by anonymous contributors aren't counted
  • In case of draw, or if no additional opinions are given other than the first reviewer's, the nomination can be closed as inconclusive after 8 days, counted from its entry.
  • Turn any existing comments into bullet points—add Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose and Symbol support vote.svg Support if necessary.
  • Add a comment explaining why you've moved the image here - be careful to stay inside the braces.
  • Preview and save with a sensible edit summary like "+Image:Example.jpg".

Consensual Review[edit]



  • Nomination Bonn, Martinsbrunnen. --AKirch-Bonn 14:40, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Discussion
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg OpposeSorry, no enough sharp --Ezarate 20:29, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I think blurring the background is a fair thing to do here. Composition is not the best but OK to pass QI. --King of Hearts 20:42, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose - But the fountain is photographed in very poor light, so that the girl's face is barely visible, whereas the background is very bright. Is it legitimate to consider the light in somewhat extreme cases when judging at QIC? I think so, because it means that this is not a sufficiently good picture of the subject. So to me, it is not a QI. -- Ikan Kekek 08:17, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
Running total: 1 support (excluding the nominator), 2 oppose → Decline?   --cart-Talk 09:59, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

File:Reklameskilt Hjemmet.jpg[edit]

Reklameskilt Hjemmet.jpg

  • Nomination Antique advertising sign for the Norwegian weekly "Hjemmet", now at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.--Peulle 14:47, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Discussion
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Looks somewhat distorted. Can his imagination. To me well enough.--Famberhorst 15:14, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose I disagree. Picture is tilted (go by the the red central line) and you really need to put your pictures in more narrower categories, this one is way to wide. --W.carter 11:00, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Running total: 1 support (excluding the nominator), 1 oppose → More votes?   --W.carter 09:58, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

File:Avond valt over de Tjongerdellen. Locatie, het Katlijker Schar (Ketliker Skar). Uitkijktoren Tjongertoer 02.jpg[edit]

Avond valt over de Tjongerdellen. Locatie, het Katlijker Schar (Ketliker Skar). Uitkijktoren Tjongertoer 02.jpg

  • Nomination Night falls over the Tjongerdellen. Location, Het Katlijker Schar Uitkijktoren Tjongertoer. --Famberhorst 15:26, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Discussion
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Looks like painting... The image is not sharp enoug. Sorry, but this is not a QI. --Halavar 16:06, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose IMO, beautiful photo but please use a standard. Also f-value 4 would have been much better and a much shorter exposure time would have given enough light for this composition. --Michielverbeek 06:27, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes/No/Comment, Michielverbeek? --Hubertl 05:08, 30 September 2016 (UTC) Sorry, a No --Michielverbeek 06:28, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
    • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Note: The picture was taken with a tripod. I always use a tripod! We stood on a watchtower and the horizon was far away. Personally, I think the picture pretty sharp, but my (old) eyes are not too good anymore.--Famberhorst 11:52, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support. Very atmospheric and sharp enough. QI for me -- Spurzem 18:44, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support per Spurzem. Very nice picture. -- Ikan Kekek 07:31, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support sehr schön. --Ralf Roletschek 20:46, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support QI for me too. --Alchemist-hp 07:05, 1 October 2016 (UTC)
Running total: 4 support (excluding the nominator), 2 oppose → Promote?   --Alchemist-hp 07:05, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Timetable (day 8 after nomination)[edit]

Sun 25 Sep → Mon 03 Oct
Mon 26 Sep → Tue 04 Oct
Tue 27 Sep → Wed 05 Oct
Wed 28 Sep → Thu 06 Oct
Thu 29 Sep → Fri 07 Oct
Fri 30 Sep → Sat 08 Oct
Sat 01 Oct → Sun 09 Oct
Sun 02 Oct → Mon 10 Oct
Mon 03 Oct → Tue 11 Oct