Let me tell you a story about how to get a lovely picture into Wikipedia.
Images in Wikipedia have been released from copyright, 'donated' as it were, for common use. They get uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. You will need to create an account unless you already have a Wikipedia one.


Create an account:

An anonymous name is recommended.

Upload wizard

The copyright holder name is the one you put into the license release

(not the anonymous username, but who has permission to release the image).

I usually use the license - Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).

You can upload a low resolution image if you are worried about other use as this restricts it

 (eg. low res is ok for the internet).

Use this category “Category:Performing Arts Aotearoa - Wiki Project” so we can find them.

Other categories you might find useful: 

Theatre Companies in New Zealand ~ Playwrights from New Zealand ~ Actors from New Zealand

Designers from New Zealand ~ Dance in New Zealand ~ Dancers from New Zealand

Choreographers from New Zealand ~ Theatre directors from New Zealand ~ Theatre of New Zealand

Opera vocalists from New Zealand ~ Entertainment venues in New Zealand


Meta data

Tag the subject (people) and your company in the' items portrayed in this file
depicts page '(if they are there) 

Help available

Please message me if you get confused or confounded (


It is easy to take pictures of buildings, places, theatres and venues.

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

About copyright

The copyright holder is usually the photographer or the organisation that contracted them (depending on the contract). Professional photographers often don't give away their copyright because quite rightly it's their earnings and their creative work.


Historical images go out of copyright after time.


Unless there is an image in Wikimedia Commons there can't be a picture of you, your work or your organisation on Wikipedia. With an attribution license (like CC BY-SA 4.0) then all other uses of the image are traced back to your organisation or project or you.


I would love to have some more images to choose from for the Performing Arts Aotearoa Wikiproject. 

Get in touch. ~ Lisa Maule 

Adding images to Wikipedia articles

Wikipedia articles have an 'add image' button where you can search for the file name or the image. You can also copy and paste the thumbnail address from Wikimedia Commons. Different editors do it different ways. Have a go - great to get an intro to Wikipedia editing first.