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Fourth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year

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About POTY2009

What is Picture of the Year?

The fourth annual Picture of the Year competition is an event where the images that became Featured Pictures during the year are voted on by members from all Wikimedia projects, to produce a single Picture of the Year.


Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote if...

  1. ...you registered before 2010-01-01
  2. ...and have more than 200 edits before 2010-01-16 (that is 2010-01-15 UTC 24:00/2010-01-16 UTC 00:00) in any single Wikimedia project.

You can check if you meet the requirements here.

Where can I vote?

Look through galleries for the current round of voting (please take the time to look at all the pictures in any category you choose to vote in!), click the "Vote" button below any image you wish to support, and vote for that image by using the template Template:2009POTY/Vote, signed with 4 tildes:

#{{2009POTY/Vote|Your_username}}--~~~~
Round one (Categories)
from 2010-05-14T00:00(UTC) till 2010-05-21T23:59(UTC) (round one voting is now closed, thank-you to all those who participated!)
Round one galleries
  • Voting in Round 1 will determine winning images for each Category in the competition, as well as creating the list of finalists for Round 2.
  • You may vote for as many images as you like in Round 1, but can only cast one vote for each image.
  • The Round 1 Category winners, and the top 10 overall will advance to Round 2 (the Finals).

Round 2 (Finals)
from 4 de junio de 2010, 00:00 (UTC) till 11 de junio de 2010, 23:59 (UTC)
Finalists gallery (Large sized)
  • Round 2 voting will determine the overall winner for Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year.
  • Voting in Round 2 will be limited to the finalist images advancing from Round 1.
  • Any eligible user can vote in Round 2, even if they didn't vote in Round 1.
  • Single vote per eligible user.
  • The Round 2 image receiving the most (confirmed) votes will win Picture of the Year. Special recognition (including badging) will also be given to the second and third place finalists.

I have more questions!

If you have any problems, please contact the /Committee or post a question on the discussion page.

The contest is being run by a first-time team this year. We hope that you will help us if we make any mistakes.

POTY barnstar 1 2009.svg Commons Picture of the Year 2009: Results


The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2009 competition is now over and the winner has been selected. In total, 742 Wikimedians voted, of which 62 voted for the winner, Sikh pilgrim at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in India. With 56 votes Elakala Waterfalls in the Blackwater Falls State Park, USA takes second place. Third place goes to the Russian honor guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with 52 votes.

Commons Picture of the Year 2009

Sikh pilgrim at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar, India.jpg

Commons Picture of the Year 2009

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 : # 1 – 62 votes in Final;
Peregrino sij frente al Templo Dorado en la ciudad de Amritsar, India. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Paulrudd .




Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks.jpg
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# 2 – 56 votes in Final;
Cascada Elakala en el Parque Estatal Blackwater Falls, Virginia Occidental, EE.UU. (POTD)
Credit: Forest Wander from Cross Lanes, USA .




Russian honor guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Alexander Garden welcomes Michael G. Mullen 2009-06-26 2.jpg
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# 3 – 52 votes in Final;
La Guardia de Honor rusa da la bienvenida al almirante de la Armada estadounidense Mike Mullen, presidente del Estado Mayor Conjunto, durante una ceremonia en la Tumba del Soldado Desconocido en Moscú, Rusia, 26 de junio de 2009. (POTD)
Credit: MC1 Chad J. McNeeley .




Apis mellifera flying.jpg
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# 4 – 37 votes in Final;
Ejemplar de abeja europea o doméstica (Apis mellifera), que regresa a la colmena llevando granos de polen en los cestillos. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Muhammad Mahdi Karim .




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# 5 – 35 votes in Final;
Caballos salvajes en el parque temático natural de Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, cerca de Cleebronn, Alemania. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Brackenheim, Robin Müller .




360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky.jpg
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# 6 – 34 votes in Final;
La Vía Láctea arqueada en esta panorámica de 360° del cielo nocturno sobre la plataforma Paranal, sede del Very Large Telescope del Observatorio Europeo del Sur. (POTD)
Credit: ESO/H.H. Heyer .




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# 7 – 32 votes in Final;
Restos de la mina de carbón de Bois du Cazier tras el desastre de Marcinelle, Charleroi, Bélgica. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Lviatour Luc Viatour .




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# 8 – 29 votes in Final;
Un casquillo sale despedido con un rastro de humo cuando el soldado de 1.ª clase del ejército estadounidense Michael Freise dispara un rifle M-4. (POTD)
Credit: DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Suzanne M. Day, U.S. Air Force. .




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# 8 – 29 votes in Final;
Tavurvur, un estratovolcán activo cerca de Rabaul en Papúa Nueva Guinea (POTD)
Credit: Taro Taylor
edit by Richard Bartz .




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# 9 – 25 votes in Final;
Lechuza común (Tyto alba) volando. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Lviatour, Luc Viatour .




Sarcophagid fly Portrait.jpg
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# 9 – 25 votes in Final;
Mosca doméstica (Musca domestica), en Austins Ferry, Tasmania, Australia (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Noodle snacks .




Eilean Donan castle - 95mm.jpg
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# 10 – 23 votes in Final;
Castillo de Eilean Donan, en los Highlands escoceses. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Eusebius (Guillaume Piolle) .




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# 10 – 23 votes in Final;
Ejemplar de iguana común (Iguana iguana), tanmbién conocida como iguana verde o teyú, tomada en el Parque de Reptiles de Oslo (Noruega). (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Uspn, Bjørn Christian Tørrissen .




See all result in Final



Category tops



Category - People and human activities
Sikh pilgrim at the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) in Amritsar, India.jpg
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People #1 – 68 votes in Round 1;
Peregrino sij frente al Templo Dorado en la ciudad de Amritsar, India. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Paulrudd .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Panoramas
360-degree Panorama of the Southern Sky.jpg
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Panoramas #1 – 61 votes in Round 1;
La Vía Láctea arqueada en esta panorámica de 360° del cielo nocturno sobre la plataforma Paranal, sede del Very Large Telescope del Observatorio Europeo del Sur. (POTD)
Credit: ESO/H.H. Heyer .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Diagrams, emblems and maps
Mandel zoom 11 satellite double spiral.jpg
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Diagrams #1 – 59 votes in Round 1;
Vista parcial del Conjunto de Mandelbrot. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Wolfgangbeyer .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Nature views
Tavurvur volcano edit.jpg
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Nature views #1 – 58 votes in Round 1;
Tavurvur, un estratovolcán activo cerca de Rabaul en Papúa Nueva Guinea (POTD)
Credit: Taro Taylor
edit by Richard Bartz .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Non-photographic art, posters, stamps and historic maps
Great Wave off Kanagawa2.jpg
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Artworks #1 – 52 votes in Round 1;
La gran ola de Kanagawa, famosa estampa japonesa del pintor japonés Hokusai. (POTD)
Credit: created by Katsushika Hokusai,
restored and uploaded by Wikimedian Durova .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Other animals
Wildpferde Tripsdrill.jpg
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Other animals #1 – 51 votes in Round 1;
Caballos salvajes en el parque temático natural de Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, cerca de Cleebronn, Alemania. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Brackenheim, Robin Müller .




See result of this category in Round 1



Category - Plants and fungis
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Plants and fungis #1 – 49 votes in Round 1;
Seta de la especie Lactarius indigo (Schwein.) Fr. Especímen fotografiado en el Parque Estatal Strouds Run, Athens, Ohio, EE.UU. (POTD)
Credit: Mushroom Observer Dan Molter
edit by Tony Wills .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Birds
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Birds #1 – 48 votes in Round 1;
Lechuza común (Tyto alba) volando. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Lviatour, Luc Viatour .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Constructions, architecture, cities, ruins and related
Sydney Opera House - Dec 2008.jpg
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Constructions #1 – 47 votes in Round 1;
Vista nocturna del Teatro de la Ópera de Sídney (Australia). La imagen se ha tomado desde el puente situado en el puerto de dicha ciudad. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian User:Diliff, David Iliff .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Objects, outer space and miscellaneous
Bois du Cazier 2.jpg
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Objects #1 – 46 votes in Round 1;
Restos de la mina de carbón de Bois du Cazier tras el desastre de Marcinelle, Charleroi, Bélgica. (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Lviatour Luc Viatour .




See result in this category in Round 1



Category - Arthropods
Sarcophagid fly Portrait.jpg
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Arthropods #1 – 35 votes in Round 1;
Mosca doméstica (Musca domestica), en Austins Ferry, Tasmania, Australia (POTD)
Credit: Wikimedian Noodle snacks .




See result in this category in Round 1