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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 an 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.

{{photo requested

Parameters legend

  • |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").
Up to three positional parameters (e.g., 1=, 2=, 3=) may be used to specify appropriate subcategories. For example, use {{photo requested|1=sportspeople|2=musicians}} or {{photo requested|sportspeople|musicians}} to add the page to Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of sportspeople and Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of musicians.
  • |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 |in=
Additional in2=, in3=, ... up to in20= parameters may be used to specify up to twenty location categories (such as for roads that cross multiple counties or celebrities and others who may frequent multiple locations).
  • |collapsed= - may be set to collapsed=yes to close up the template message box.
If more than six locations are specified (e.g., in=, in2=, in3=, in4=, in5=, in6=, in7= ... are used), the template message box will collapse automatically without using the collapsed= parameter. Specifying collapsed=no will keep the template message box expanded, no matter how many in= parameters are specified (i.e. no matter how many locations are specified).
  • |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.

Notes on parameters

  • If no category or location parameters are present, this template adds the article to Category:Wikipedia requested photographs.
  • To avoid needlessly cluttering up talk pages, it is usually appropriate to remove any unused parameters from the template. A common initial configuration for the template includes the following basic parameters:
{{photo requested| |of=|in=|in2=|in3=}}


Description Template Example
Basic table 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}}

Categorize your request

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 know (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.

Explain your request

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.

Alternatives to using this template

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".

See also

Media request templates

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, where possible, the most specific template should be used.