Images used in EN Wikipedia articles. I didn't take these, I either found them or just asked nicely for them to be released under the Creative Commons licenses (attribution or attribution share-alike) or GNU Free Documentation License for Wikipedia use. User:Videmus Omnia/Free Images is someone who's much better at this than I am.
I've made about 67 requests to Flickr users, and gotten these 46 images changed to Creative Commons Attribution or Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licenses, so we can use them. All I can offer them is effusive thanks, possibly a bit of publicity, since Wikipedia is the #8 web site in the world (was #9 when I started asking!), and the knowledge that they are contributing to a free Encyclopedia, but that seems to often be enough. Three people gave me multiple images each from one request; three others wouldn't change the license on Flickr, but emailed me the image under GFDL or CC-BY-SA; two people contributed single images that I cut into two for two articles; one has started to write me as their gateway to put images up on Wikipedia; one person said they were already a Wikipedia user, and would happily upload their image themselves; and one was not only a Wikipedian, but User:Jimbo Wales! At Flickr, I'm AnonEMouse0.
From Email Requests
I've gotten these 8 images from about 19 email requests (including one person who came to me asking how to best expand an article related to them -- naturally I suggested contributing an image; and two people whom I asked for one image, and got two!). A lower rate of success here, though the incentives would seem to be the same. I guess the difference is that Flickr users are usually fans, rather than article subjects, while these email requests are generally to people more closely connected to article subjects.
74 images so far. I looked around on the web for appropriate images with free licenses, and occasionally trimmed or cropped appropriately. A number of these came from http://lukeisback.com and User:Tabercil/Luke Ford permission - extra thanks, both of you! Other fruitful places for images with free licenses:
- The National Archives (US)
- The Library of Congress
- US Army Images
- Eyes on the Fleet US Navy photo gallery
- United States Marine Corps Image Archive
- United States Air Force Link Photos
- United States Coast Guard Gallery