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Flickr Photo Finder for Wikipedia Articles

Tool lives here:

This tool is designed to help you find photos on Flickr for Wikipedia articles and contact the photographer. It's a Python application that leverages the Flask framework for web development.

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This tool is developed and maintained by Edward Betts ( Its primary purpose is to simplify the process of discovering and contacting photographers on Flickr whose photos can be used to enhance Wikipedia articles.

Key Features

  • Search for Flickr photos related to specific Wikipedia articles.
  • Generate messages to request permission to use photos on Wikipedia.
  • Handle exceptions gracefully and provide detailed error information.


To use the tool, follow these steps:

  1. Start the tool by running the script.
  2. Access the tool through a web browser.
  3. Enter the Wikipedia URL for the article you want to find photos for.
  4. Optionally, provide a Flickr URL if you already have one in mind.
  5. The tool will extract relevant information and generate a message for you to request permission to use the photo on Wikipedia.

Error Handling

The application includes error handling to ensure a smooth user experience. If an error occurs, it will display a detailed error message with traceback information. The error handling is designed to provide valuable insights into any issues that may arise during use.

Running the Application

To run the application, ensure you have Python 3 installed on your system. You will also need to install the required Python modules mentioned in the script, including Flask, requests, and others.

  1. Clone this repository to your local machine.
  2. Navigate to the project directory.
  3. Run the following command to start the application:
  1. Access the application by opening a web browser and visiting the provided URL (usually http://localhost:5000/).

That's it! You can now use the Flickr Photo Finder tool to streamline the process of finding and contacting photographers for Wikipedia articles.

If you encounter any issues or have questions, feel free to contact Edward Betts (

Happy photo hunting!