Aug 14, 2012

The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

 

The winners of the Sixth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest were recently announced and the final round gallery is a sight to behold. Since 2006, the contest has featured the best photographs available on Wikimedia Commons.

To be eligible, a photograph must first have been featured on the site in 2011. There were a total of 600 pictures featured last year. There are multiple rounds with winners determined by voting by the community. Only eligible users may vote. You need more than 75 edits before Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0000 [UTC] in a single Wikimedia account to qualify.

Below you will find a highlight from the most recent contest. You can click any image or the name of the photographer below the photo to be taken to the original page on Wikimedia Commons. To learn more about the annual contest, please visit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2011

 

 

 

23rd Place – Hurricane Isabel captured from ISS

 

hurricane isabel from iss space The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

 

From his vantage point high above the earth in the International Space Station, Astronaut Ed Lu captured this broad view of Hurricane Isabel. The image, ISS007-E-14750, was taken with a 50 mm lens on a digital camera. The date of the original photo was September 15, 2003. This picture finished in 23rd place with 14 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

18th Place – Two Boys at the Beach Playing

 

one boy with head in sand the other looks like he is picking up his own head The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Böhringer Friedrich

 

Two boys at the beach. One is buried in the sand and the other is bending forward while holding the other’s head. (Not a photo montage). This picture finished in 18th place with 19 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

16th Place – A Snowy Ski lift on top of Areskutan in Sweden

 

snowy ski lift on top of areskutan in sweden The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Anders Carlsson

 

A Snowy Ski lift on top of Åreskutan, in Sweden. The original photo was taken December 29, 2012. This picture finished in 16th place with 23 final round votes.

 

 

 

16th Place – Balloon Inflating in Cappadocia

 

cappadocia balloon inflating The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Benh Lieu Song

 

A hot air balloon being inflated before air trip over Cappadocia, central Turkey, as seen from inside. Original photo was taken June 18, 2010. This picture finished in 16th place with 23 final round votes.

 

 

 

13th Place – Space Shuttle Discovery Under a Full Moon

 

space shuttle discovery under a full moon 03 11 09 The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Bill Inglais (NASA)

 

A nearly full Moon sets as the space shuttle Discovery sits atop Launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 11, 2009. This picture finished in 13th place with 28 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

13th Place – Into the Jaws of Death

 

into the jaws of death d day world war 2 normandy omaha beach The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

 

A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of the Company E became casualties. This picture finished in 13th place with 28 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

12th Place – Olive ridley Sea Turtle Rests on Beach in Mexico

 

sea turtle resting on boach in oaxaca mexico The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

 

An Olive ridley turtle nesting on Escobilla Beach, Oaxaca, Mexico. This picture finished in 12th place with 29 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

12th Place – Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany

 

castle neuschwanstein bavaria germany The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Wladyslaw

 

Castle Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany. This photo was originally taken on June 16, 2011. The picture finished in 12th place with 29 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

11th Place – Entrance to the Saint Petersburg Mosque

 

saint petersburg mosque entrance The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Canes

 

Saint Petersburg Mosque. Maiolica of portal, in the form of Muqarnas. The original photo was taken on August 4, 2011. This picture finished in 11th place with 31 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

10th Place – The Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge

 

allah verdi khan bridge of 33 arches The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Reza Haji-Pour

 

Si-o-se Pol, means 33 Bridges or the Bridge of 33 Arches, also called the Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge, is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. The original photo was taken on August 14, 2011. This picture finished in 10th place with 32 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

9th Place – Unrolling a Circle’s Circumference

 

Pi unrolled 720 The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Created by John Reid

 

Animation of the act of unrolling a circle’s circumference, illustrating the ratio Pi. This was originally created on October 7, 2006. This animation finished in 9th place with 34 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

7th Place – Red deer in Freyr forest near Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium

 

red deer in freyr forest near han sur lesse belgium The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Luc Viatour | www.Lucnix.be

 

Red deer (Cervus elaphus), in Freyr forest, near Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. This photo was originally taken on September 17, 2011. This picture finished in 7th place with 37 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

6th Place – Freight Train Ploughs Through Snow Drifts

 

freight train plowing through the snow The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by David Gubler | bahnbilder.ch

 

CargoNet Di 12 “Euro 4000” (road number 312 006) plowing through snow drifts at about 100 km/h. The train is an intermodal freight train from Bodø towards Trondheim. The picture was taken on the Saltfjellet between Lønsdal and Bolna, Norway on March 17, 2011. This picture finished in 6th place with 39 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

5th Place – Train Crossing the Cize – Bolozon Viaduct Over the Ain River

 

train crossing the cize bolozon viaduct over the ain river The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by David Gubler | bahnbilder.ch

 

A SNCF TGV Duplex trainset is crossing the Cize – Bolozon viaduct over the Ain river. The viaduct is part of the Haut-Bugey line, which was reopened in December 2010 for TGV services between Geneva and Paris. This photo was originally taken on April 22, 2011. The picture finished in 5th place with 46 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

5th Place – Baobab Tree near Morondava, Madagascar

 

baobab tree near morondava madagascar The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Bernard Gagnon

 

Grandidier’s Baobab, picture taken near Morondava, Madagascar. Original photo was taken on March 14, 2007. This picture finished in 5th place with 46 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

4th Place – Portrait of the Common Wasp

 

macro close up of wasp head The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Tim Evison

 

Portrait of the common wasp Vespula vulgaris depicting the characteristic head markings. This photo was originally taken on October 7, 2007. The picture finished in fourth place with 54 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

4th Place – Marsh Wren in Quebec, Canada

 

marsh wren in quebec canada The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Simon Pierre Barrette

 

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris), Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada. This photo was originally taken on June 19, 2011. The picture finished in 4th place with 54 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

3rd Place – Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain

 

cueva de los verdes canary islands spain The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Luc Viatour | www.Lucnix.be

 

Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain. Reflection on water. This photo was originally taken on July 16, 2011. This picture finished in 3rd place with 57 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

2nd Place – Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson On Board the ISS

 

tracy caldwell dyson on board iss looking at earth The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

 

Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24. This photo was originally taken on September 11, 2010. The picture finished in 2nd place with 118 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

1st Place – Lake Bondhus in Norway

 

lake bondhus norway The 2011 Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the Year

Photograph by Heinrich Pniok

 

A view of Lake Bondhus in Norway, and in the background of the Bondhus Glacier, part of the Folgefonna Glacier. This photo was originally taken on July 3, 2011. The picture finished in 1st place with 143 votes in the final round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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