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Picture of the Year 2013 R1 Announcement[edit]

Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open![edit]

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topical categories. Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you may vote for as many images as you like. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in each category will continue to the final. In the final round, you may vote for just one image to become the Picture of the Year.

Round 1 will end on . Click here to learn more and vote »

Thanks,
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Picture of the Year 2013 R2 Announcement[edit]

Round 2 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open![edit]

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the second round of the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year were entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

There are two total rounds of voting. In the first round, you voted for as many images as you liked. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in each category have continued to the final. In the final round, you may vote for just one image to become the Picture of the Year.

Round 2 will end on . Click here to learn more and vote »

Thanks,
the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee

You are receiving this message because you voted in the 2013 Picture of the Year contest.

This Picture of the Year vote notification was delivered by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:22, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Picture of the Year 2013 Results Announcement[edit]

Picture of the Year 2013 Results[edit]

The 2013 Picture of the Year. View all results »

Dear ProfReader,

The 2013 Picture of the Year competition has ended and we are pleased to announce the results: We shattered participation records this year — more people voted in Picture of the Year 2013 than ever before. In both rounds, 4070 different people voted for their favorite images. Additionally, there were more image candidates (featured pictures) in the contest than ever before (962 images total).

  • In the first round, 2852 people voted for all 962 files
  • In the second round, 2919 people voted for the 50 finalists (the top 30 overall and top 2 in each category)

We congratulate the winners of the contest and thank them for creating these beautiful images and sharing them as freely licensed content:

  1. 157 people voted for the winner, an image of a lightbulb with the tungsten filament smoking and burning.
  2. In second place, 155 people voted for an image of "Sviati Hory" (Holy Mountains) National Park in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine.
  3. In third place, 131 people voted for an image of a swallow flying and drinking.

Click here to view the top images »

We also sincerely thank to all 4070 voters for participating and we hope you will return for next year's contest in early 2015. We invite you to continue to participate in the Commons community by sharing your work.

Thanks,
the Picture of the Year committee

You are receiving this message because you voted in the 2013 Picture of the Year contest.

Delivered by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:59, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Images of houses and their locations[edit]

Your tremendous uploads of entire streets of houses are potentially beneficial to the community, but they would increase their worth if they had coordinates attached to them–whether in the EXIF or using the {{Location}} tag. The addresses are useful, but for the sake of Commons, I believe better precision is needed for these images: geocoding all of your pictures will allow them to be pinpointed more readily in other environments that do not rely on extracting metadata from descriptions, such as interactive maps or webs. Mahir256 (talk) 01:14, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

Autopatrol given[edit]

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Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I have granted autopatrol rights to your account; the reason for this is that I believe you are sufficiently trustworthy and experienced to have your contributions automatically sighted. This will have no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to help users watching Recent changes or Recent uploads to find unproductive edits amidst the productive ones. Thank you. JurgenNL (talk) 08:33, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Philadelphia[edit]

Hi - I see that you've uploaded a heck of a lot of photos, which is great. Your latest batch, the ones from Philadelphia, were a bit under-categorized -- I have now gone through them all and added (and subtracted, were necessary) categories. For a building that is fairly well known, you should check to see if a category has already been created for it. If there is one, then there's no need to add sub-categories to your picture which will almost certainly be in the main category already. Even if there isn't a category for the specific building, a check into a street category, for instance, might show there's already a picture that's been uploaded of it, and then the two pictures (yours and the already existing one) can be put together into a new category. (As I said, I've done all that for the Philadelpha pictures.)

I haven't touched your Charleston photos - not only are there a lot of them, but I'm only passingly familiar with the city (I've been there twice, very beautiful place) so I don't think I'd be of much help. Perhaps Charleston isn't as fully categorized as Philadelphia, New York, Boston and some other cities are?

Anyway, thanks for all your good work. It's a pleasure to see someone contributing to the extent you have. Best, Beyond My Ken (talk) 04:33, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Oh, I'd like to second what was said in a previous comment - location information in the form of GPS coordinates would be great! Beyond My Ken (talk) 04:34, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Yep. The problem is that I use an actual camera to snap pictures so I don't have embedded GPS data like with my phone. Instead, I have to look it up by hand later. Still, I wouldn't mind (too much) doing that except that Wikimedia makes it hard to enter the data. The template for uploads allows you to enter the CAMERA location but not the OBJECT location. For sweeping vistas and undifferentiated shots of crowds and things like that, the CAMERA location makes sense. But, when the image shows a specific thing (like a building), the far more important information is the location of the actual OBJECT. So, to add that helpful info, I have to separately open each item and type it in. What a chore! Or, I could just fake it and enter the OBJECT location in the template, but I'd still have to go through the process of opening each one and fixing the code to convert it to OBJECT location instead of CAMERA location. For pictures in Charleston, I've tried to be better about tagging them with both the camera and object locations, but for things I snap while just walking around on vacation or something, I don't bother as long as the description of the photo includes an actual address users can consult. If I'm missing an easier way of doing this, I'd love to know, however.ProfReader (talk) 17:21, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
I'm in the same position as you, my camera doesn't have GPS. I use Google Maps to determine the location I took the picture from. Beyond My Ken (talk) 17:39, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh, incidentally, there is an object location template, Template:Object location. You use it just like the camera location template, just leave out the direction. Beyond My Ken (talk) 17:41, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Victoria Cathedral[edit]

I noticed you have recently taken and uploaded pictures from Victoria, Texas. Assuming you live in the vicinity I was wondering if you could take and upload a photo of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory in Victoria? Thanks for giving this your consideration. Farragutful (talk) 16:57, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, but I can't help with that. I'm just on vacation in Texas and drove about an hour over there the other day to see some historic buildings. While I was there, I walked around and snapped shots of National Register sites to help with the "Summer of Momuments" Wikimedia project. I didn't quite get to all of them. Alas. I was really surprised to see that of 100 or so National Register spots in the city, only about four had ever had photos taken. So, I'm assuming that there aren't a lot of contributors in the immediate area. Maybe just an email to the church asking for a photo you can use?ProfReader (talk) 17:03, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
That's okay. In addition to historical sites this is another one of my interests. When I see someone taking pictures in an area where we need one, I pounce. Enjoy your trip! Farragutful (talk) 17:12, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Renaming of images of Streets[edit]

Hi, when you request such renaming, would youplease alway add the name of the town?! There are nearl always more than one town with a street with these names. Marcus Cyron (talk) 23:51, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Will do. Thanks for helping get those photos sorted out.ProfReader (talk)