This policy explains how we use images (and, to some extent, other media) in Wikitravel.
Copyright information on images must be added to image pages. Images without copyright information are subject to deletion. It is not anyone else's job to chase down copyright info on an image. If you don't have it, or know it, don't add the image to Wikitravel. When in doubt, leave it out.
It might be possible to find the copyright holder in the image file's comment. Read comments in image files for details.
Please give the following information: year of copyright, name of copyright owner, license(es). If the image is public domain (i.e. no copyright), state this instead.
The licenses must include the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License Version 1.0, but a picture can be released under additional licenses (e.g. GFDL, see Wikitravel:Dual licensing for details). If you got the picture from a public source (web page, book, etc) then give a reference to the original.
Wikitravel Shared is a repository of images that can be imported by users of all language versions of Wikitravel. Images that are not English-specific, like photographs, should be uploaded to the shared system.
Images that have explanatory English text, like maps or diagrams, on them should be uploaded to English Wikitravel.
Minimal use of images
Travellers may be using Wikitravel from networks with very low bandwidth. In some countries, an Internet cafe with 10 computers connected to a single 56k modem is fairly common. So image use in articles should be kept at the minimum necessary.
This doesn't mean that 0 images is preferred to 1 image, but that no more images than are necessary to get across a point or impression should be used. 14 different photos of the Statue of Liberty don't really help travellers any more than one photo does. Not every street, hotel, restaurant, town square and statue needs to be memorialized with an image.
Images used in Wikitravel articles should be uploaded to the Wikitravel site. External images should not be used; they can be linked to, however.
Using Wikimedia images
Many images from the Wikimedia Commons or Wikipedia are as GFDL and thus not compatible with Wikitravel. However, an increasing number of Wikimedia contributors are choosing to dual-license their work under Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0, which is compatible, so check the image data and the uploader's User page for a possible dual-license note. At the moment you cannot link images directly from commons, instead you have to upload the files to Wikitravel, too.
Images should be in one of the following formats:
The GIF format is deprecated. It is technically inferior to PNG, which has about the same purpose. See http://burnallgifs.org/ for details.
Images should be less than 512kB total size, and preferably less than 256kB. There is a hard limit of 8Mb on uploads to wikitravel.org.
Pixel dimensions should be 1536x2048 (3 megapixels) or smaller, as this is enough for a 6"x4.5" print at 300 DPI (half a guidebook page). When displayed, pictures can be automatically scaled to smaller thumbnails; see How to add an image for details.
Image file names
Image file names should be somewhat meaningful. Many digital cameras give images names like "IMG00001.JPG". You should try to rename these files to something like "cathedral_in_cologne.jpg", or "spanish_steps.jpg", or whatever. Use descriptive names with full words and underscores ("_") between the words.
This makes it easier for other people to include the image in articles, and it keeps us from having name clashes.
Leave the image size out of the image file name. The image may be reformatted in the future. It can be confusing to have a "timbuktu_mosque_640x480.jpg" that's actually 250 pixels across.
People in photos
In general, photos of people will be removed from Wikitravel. There are two reasons for this policy:
One of Wikitravel's goals is to have Wikitravel articles useful as printed pages. Use of other media files — like digital sound clips or video images — is therefore deprecated.