Project: Photo of the Week

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Welcome to the Family History Photo of the Week project, a way to highlight some of the interesting photos that get uploaded to WikiTree each week.

Here is the archive of winners.

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Anyone can participate in the Family History Photo of the Week Project by nominating new photos, voting for your favorites, and by sharing on social media.

  • If you'd like to join, respond to this G2G post and we'll get you going!

See our badge list for the list of current voting members.

  • Add the photos tag to your G2G feed for updates and discussions about new ideas for the project and to see nominated photos.

To Do List

  • Nominate new photos for the week's contest. See Nomination for more details. The nomination period runs from Wednesday morning 10 am EDT to Wednesday morning 10 am EDT each week.
  • Vote for your favorite photos each week . The week's nominees are collected by Wednesday and the voting period goes til Friday 10 am EDT. See Voting for more details on the three ways to vote.
  • Share the photos around your social media feeds. Not just WikiTree members can vote-since we use both Facebook as one of our voting platforms. Anyone with accounts on those sites can vote, too, and sharing helps build our cousin bait. If you like a photo, share it! We've had a couple photos that have won because members shared the voting link with their family and got them to come participate.
  • Upload your own family photos to the profiles they belong to on WikiTree and nominate them. If you have any information about the photo, the individuals in it or a great story that goes with it, be sure to include what you know in the comments section on the photo page.


Criteria for selection and disqualification

Selection criteria is subjective. There are only a few guidelines and rules:

  • The photo needs to have been uploaded to WikiTree and have a privacy setting of Public or Open.
  • It should be a single, non-cropped photograph that includes a person or people.
  • It should be an original family photograph. It should not be scanned from a printed source or copied from another website.
  • The quality of the image is important. Many photos are wonderful but they weren't scanned at a high-enough resolution. The photo should be at least 400 pixels wide and 500 pixels high. More is better.
  • There cannot be copyright disputes. This does not mean that the photo is in the public domain. Copyright holders don't give up ownership when they upload images to WikiTree, as they are required to do on many other websites and most wikis. Uploaders give WikiTree a "license" to use the image. If there's a reasonable question about whether the uploader had the right to give this license the photo will be disqualified.
  • The same photo can't win more than once. A single member can win for different photos but they will never have more than one Photo of the Week badge.
  • Being a Voting Member doesn't disqualify you from having a winning image.
  • There must be a comment on the image page indicating where the photo came from (i.e. family collection).


You can nominate your own uploaded photos or you can browse through recently uploaded photos and nominate ones you like.

To nominate a photo go to the photo's details page on WikiTree. (If it hasn't been uploaded to WikiTree yet, click the image upload link from the profile of a person who's in it.) On the right side of the photo details page you will see a little button that says "Share on G2G."

This button will only appear on public photos, i.e. photos you don't need to be on the Trusted List to view. If there's a red lock icon in the upper-right corner of the photo page, you won't see the sharing button.

Here's an example of a photo details page with the button (look in the right column):

Here's a G2G post made with it:

You can also nominate photos by uploading them to our Family History Photo of the Week Group on Facebook.

It's OK to nominate photos if you're not sure whether or not they should be in the final set of nominees. The Project Leader will check photos to be sure they meet qualifications.


There are three ways to vote for the photo of the week.

Vote via the image page of the photo.

  • To vote using Google's +1 system, go to the image page and look for the +1 icon or text that says "recommend this on Google", the Facebook "Like" or any of the other sharing buttons at the top and middle of the page.

Vote via our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group.

  • Each Wednesday we post a Family History Photo of the Week Nominees album to our Family History Photo of the Week Facebook group. You can vote there by "liking" or "sharing" your favorite photos.

Vote via G2G.

  • Go to the shared photo feed. There you can easily vote for the nominated photos from the last week by giving each post you like an up-vote.

You're encouraged to vote for more than one photo, and vote by more than one method. There is nothing wrong with voting with G+, Facebook Likes, and G2G votes.

Anyone can vote. You don't need to be an official Voting Member. However, most photos don't ordinarily get much attention or votes outside their families. Voting Members are important because they regularly consider and vote on the nominees. They're also important when a clear winner isn't chosen through the vote.

If you cannot see the social media buttons on the photo page, this page has some trouble-shooting solutions.

Final selection of the winner

Final selection happens on Friday.

The winner is generally the nominated photo with the most votes.

If the winner with the most votes is disqualified the one with the second-most votes is the winner.

If there is a tie, there will be an extended period to gather more votes for the photos in question to try to determine the winner.


The winning photo and person who uploaded the photo both get the "Photo of the Week" badge.

See our archive gallery of past winners.

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