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Writing:Photo for Congress

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Main article: Congress Project writing guidelines

This page is a content-and-style guide about how to include a photo for articles about Congress.
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Do not upload copyrighted images without permission. A list of accepted photo permission types is available here.

There are two elements of including photos on Congress pages. First is uploading the picture. Second is adding the picture to the Congress page.

Uploading pictures

See also: Image use policy
  1. Click the "Upload file" link under "Toolbox" near the bottom of the lefthand toolbar. You must be logged in to see this option.
  2. Once on the Upload file page, click the "Choose file" button and select the photo you wish to upload.
  3. Add the correct Image copyright tag.
  4. Add the correct.
  5. Click the Upload file button at the bottom of the page

Notes on uploading images

  • Do not upload files without correct copyright permission -- click here for a list of types of permissions.
  • To upload a file, it must be saved to your computer. If you find an image online on another site, download it to your computer so you can upload it to Ballotpedia.
  • Make sure to name the file something descriptive. For candidates, just use the person's name. For example, [[File:John_Kerry.jpg|John Kerry.jpg]].
  • For photos emailed by candidates, use "{{BP permission|link=email exchange with candidate}}"

Video demonstration of image upload process

Adding images to pages


For candidates, you can put the file name in the infobox for "Profile picture." For example:

  • |Profile picture = John Kerry.jpg

In the page

For other images, you can let the site automatically place the image on the page, or you can put the image exactly where you want it to be.


For the site to put the image on the righthand side of the page where it fits (underneath any righthand template or table of contents), just insert the following code near the top of the page:

  • [[File:XXXX.jpg|thumb|CAPTION]]

Replace the XXXX with the file name and the CAPTION with the desired caption.

You may also hyperlink text in the caption. For example:

  • [[File:Geoff Davis.jpg|thumb|[[Geoff Davis]]]]

Precise placement

If you need an image to appear in a certain place, you can force the site to display the image there by bracketing the same image code within table coding.

For example, the following code:

|[[File:WA1.jpg|thumb|1st Congressional District]]

Will appear as:

1st Congressional District


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