Best competition images are among the Picture of the year winners and finalists

Earlier in May, Wikimedia Commons picture of the year has been announced. It was the eleventh edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons image competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons.

All images promoted to featured picture status in 2016 were eligible for participation which means images from photographers and illustrators that the Wikimedia Commons community has chosen as some of the highest quality on the site.

There were 4765 people who voted in total and 1475 candidate images.

The winning image of Jubilee and Munin, Ravens of the Tower of London, got 615 votes.

Wiki Loves Earth 2015 and 2016 finalists came with second, eleventh, and four more places among 58 finalists. Congratulations!

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Second place: Wild elephants walking up a road in the area of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. Photo by Khunkay, CC BY-SA 3.0. The image won the 5th prize in the national contest of Thailand in Wiki Loves Earth 2015.
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Eleventh place: Sunset from top of Hawk’s Eye Rock. Protiate Kaminnia Natural Geological Monument. Photo by Ryzhkov Sergey, CC BY-SA 4.0. The image  won the 1st prize in the national contest of Ukraine.
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27th place: Gazelles` silhouettes glazing within the sun rays. Photo by Anass Errihani, CC BY-SA 3.0. The image won the 1st prize in the national contest of Morocco.
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30th place: Khlong Lan Waterfall, Khlong Lan National Park. Photo by Khunkay, CC-BY-SA-3.0. This image won the 8th prize in the national contest of Thailand in Wiki Loves Earth 2015
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38th place: Sunrise in Rio de Janeiro with Sugarloaf Mountain, seen from Tijuca Park. Photo by Donatas Dabravolskas, CC-BY-SA-3.0. This image was uploaded as part of Wiki Loves Earth 2016 in Brazil
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54th place: Sunrise in Meenikunno Nature Park, located in the south-eastern region of Estonia. Photo by Vaido Otsar, CC-BY-SA-3.0.  This image was among top 10 in Wiki Loves Earth Estonia 2016.
FastccihebrewQuality, featured or valued status is given to a picture by the community of  Wikimedia Commons. You can see all images promoted to Featured, Quality, or Valued with FastCCI, a gadget that shows up on category pages as a simple, two-part button.

More information on the picture of the year competitions you can also find over on Commons.

Photo Contest 2017 is coming soon!

On May 1, 2017, the Wikimedia community starts the fourth international photocontest aiming to picture under a free license as many natural monuments and protected areas as possible and to promote natural heritage sites around the World through Wikimedia projects. The competition is open to everyone!

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Antichasia mountains and Meteora in Greece. Photo by PP Photography , freely licenced under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Last year the contest attracted more than 13,600 participants.  The competition was organized in 26 countries in the same time, while the additional contest category ‘Biosphere reserves’ was open to participants from all 120 countries that are members of the UNESCO’s world network of biosphere reserves. The top 15 photos came from Serbia, Bulgaria, Nepal, Estonia, Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Thailand.

And again Wiki Loves Earth is set to start crowdsourcing gorgeous landscapes in May. Anyone can take part in the competition; however, registration on Wikimedia Commons is required. To enter the contest, find an item or place you are familiar with from the competition list, submit a picture you have taken (past or present), and upload it to Wikimedia Commons beginning May 1 through May 31, 2016.

The full report of the last year’s international jury, explaining its work, selection process and bringing the results together with comments of the jury, is available here.

We invite everyone to make this year’s contest a great and valuable contribution to free knowledge!

If you would like to join international WLE with your local contest or have any other questions, please, write on