|It is requested that a photograph be included in this article to improve its quality.
The Free Image Search Tool or WordPress Openverse may be able to locate suitable images on Flickr and other web sites.
|This template is used on approximately 96,000 pages and changes may be widely noticed. Test changes in the template's /sandbox or /testcases subpages, or in your own user subpage. Consider discussing changes on the talk page before implementing them.|
This template is placed at the top of an article's talk page to request that someone take a photograph for an article or add a photograph (from another source) to an article.
It is not a general-purpose "no image present" indicator. Editors placing this template on a talk page should provide information about what photographs are wanted.
The template employs several optional data field parameters as described hereafter.
|1=- may be passed to indicate an appropriate topic subcategory. The positional parameter alternatively may be unnamed (e.g., instead of "|1=xxx", the string "|xxx" would have the same results as "|1=xxx").
|of=- may be passed to indicate what the subject of the photograph should be.
|in=- specifies where the photograph may best be taken, and adds the article to the appropriate location subcategory if there is also a "Wikipedians" category for the location (e.g. ((photo requested|in=Wisconsin)) adds the article to Category:Wikipedia requested photographs in Wisconsin if Category:Wikipedians in Wisconsin also exists). In addition, if
|in=is specified with a specific location in a state or province, if the specific location category does not exist, it will default to the last word given in
|collapsed=- may be set to collapsed=yes to close up the template message box.
|small=- toggles the message box from standard size to small, if small=yes.
|category=- suppresses the automatic categorization if category=no.
|free=- if free=yes, the substituted text will explicitly request a freely-licensed photograph.
|Basic template with no additional parameters||((photo requested))|
|With "in" specified||((photo requested|in=the United States))|
|With subject category parameter||((photo requested|consumer electronics))|
|With subject category parameter and multiple "in" specified||((photo requested|rivers and waterfalls|in=France|in2=Germany))|
|With subject category, in parameter and additional information parameter||((photo requested|architecture|in=England|of=the main entrance))|
|With "|free=yes" parameter||((photo requested|free=yes))|
|With "|small=yes" parameter||((photo requested|small=yes))|
Although it is possible to add just the template ((photo requested)) to a talk page, it is strongly advised that you add at least one category parameter. If you don't categorize your request, it will be placed in Category:Wikipedia requested photographs, and may not receive attention from subject/regional photographers, and it is more likely to be deleted by other editors.
For example, if a photograph of a specific car is required, then the following should be added to the talk page: ((photo requested|cars)) — this will then be added to Category:Wikipedia requested images of cars.
Picture of places are sorted by location, for example ((photo requested|in=Norway))
Adding more than one subject to the list of parameters will bring it to the attention of more people. If, for example, the subject is found in a location (or predominantly is in one country) then you can add more additional categories like so: ((photo requested|computer equipment|in=Russia))
For requests of people, reason for notoriety (i.e. occupation) and where they are known (born, lived, died, worked) is recommend. For example: ((photo requested||American football people|people of Pennsylvania))
If you are requiring a specific photograph of the article subject, it is possible to add detailed text. For example, in the talk page of a specific building: ((photo requested|architecture|in=London|of=main entrance hall))
For a full list of categories in use, go to Category:Wikipedia requested photographs. When selecting a category, please click down to the most relevant sub-category, and select the most appropriate to the topic of the article requiring a photograph.
Adding more than one subject category in the template is recommended.
If the subject matter isn't perfectly obvious (such as an article about a physical object), please explain your request on the talk page. It is very helpful to give photographers your ideas, particularly for abstract ideas, such as legal and philosophical concepts.
If you have a specific idea for another photograph, then use the |of= parameter to name the specific picture that you would like. This is particularly helpful if there are already photographs in the article.
Unexplained and uncategorized templates may be deleted by any editor.
Alternatively, several talk page WikiProject banners can also list an article as needing a photograph. For instance, the ((WikiProject Biography)) template supports adding the
|needs-photo= parameter. See image request templates list below.
However, where the talk page banners do not highlight a need for a photograph in an article or where photographs for the article are requested in more than three locations, this template may be placed on the talk (discussion) page of the article, instead.
Another alternative is to find existing photographs that might meet the needs.
Redirects to this template are considered "copies".
The following templates may be used on article talk pages to request the addition of particular types of media files. See the individual templates for usage notes. Specific templates are indented under the more general templates, and wherever possible, the most specific template should be used.