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  Picture of the Year
    The Sixth Annual Wikimedia Commons POTY Contest
Thanks for your participation! The 2011 winners have been announced!

Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2011

Commons Picture of the Year 2011

#1 – 143 votes in Final; A view of the lake Bondhus in Norway. In the background a view of the Bondhus Glacier as a part of the Folgefonna Glacier. (POTD)
Credit: Heinrich Pniok (Alchemist-hp /

#2 – 118 votes in Final; Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24. (POTD)
Credit: Tracy Caldwell Dyson (NASA).

#3 – 57 votes in Final; Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands, Spain. Reflection on water. (POTD)
Credit: Luc Viatour (Lviatour).

#4 – 54 votes in Final; Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris), Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada (POTD)
Credit: Simon Pierre Barrette (Cephas).

#4 – 54 votes in Final; Portrait of the common wasp Vespula vulgaris depicting the characteristic head markings. (POTD)
Credit: Tim Evison, from Denmark (Tpe).

#5 – 46 votes in Final; Grandidier’s Baobab, picture taken near Morondava, Madagascar. (POTD)
Credit: Bernard Gagnon (User:Bgag).

# 5 – 46 votes in Final; 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. (POTD)
Credit: David Gubler (Kabelleger /

#6 – 39 votes in Final; 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. (POTD)
Credit: David Gubler (Kabelleger /

#7 – 37 votes in Final; Red deer (Cervus elaphus), in Freyr forest, near Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. (POTD)
Credit: Luc Viatour (Lviatour).

#8 – 35 votes in Final; Vicuña, one of two wild South American camelids. In the background the point on the Earth's surface that is farthest from the Earth's center, Chimborazo volcano - Ecuador. (POTD)
Credit: David Torres Costales (Dabit100).

#9 – 34 votes in Final; Animation of the act of unrolling a circle's circumference, illustrating the ratio π. (POTD)
Credit: John Reid (edited version by MGTom).

#10 – 32 votes in Final; Si-o-se Pol, also called the Allah-Verdi Khan Bridge, in Isfahan, Iran. It is highly ranked as being one of the most famous examples of Safavid bridge design. (POTD)
Credit: Reza Haji-Pour (Reza H.).

#11 – 31 votes in Final; Saint Petersburg Mosque. Maiolica of portal, in the form of Muqarnas. (POTD)
Credit: Сподаренко Юрий Степанович (Canes).

#12 – 29 votes in Final; Castle Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany. (POTD)
Credit: Wladyslaw (Taxiarchos228).

#12 – 29 votes in Final; Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) nesting on escobilla, Oaxaca, Mexico (POTD)
Credit: Claudio Giovenzana (

#13 – 28 votes in Final; A LCVP from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division wading onto 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. (POTD)
Credit: Robert F. Sargent, Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) of the United States Coast Guard.

#13 – 28 votes in Final; A nearly full moon sets as the space shuttle Discovery sits atop Launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 11, 2009. (POTD)
Credit: Bill Inglais (NASA).

#14 – 26 votes in Final; The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Licancabur volcano. (POTD)
Credit: Francesco Mocellin (Home Wiki).

#15 – 25 votes in Final; Eilean Donan Castle, as viewed from the south-east at sunrise. (POTD)
Credit: David Iliff (Diliff).

#16 – 23 votes in Final; A hot air balloon being inflated before air trip over Cappadocia, central Turkey, as seen from inside.. (POTD)
Credit: Benh Lieu Song (Benh).

#16 – 23 votes in Final; Pollination by a bee. (POTD)
Credit: Louise Docker (aussiegall).

#16 – 23 votes in Final; A snowy ski-lift on top of Åreskutan, in Sweden. (POTD)
Credit: Anders Carlsson (andersc77).

#17 – 22 votes in Final; Netherlandish Proverbs, oil-on-oak-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (POTD)
Credit: Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569) - edited version by Derrick Coetzee (Dcoetzee).

#18 – 19 votes in Final; Himeji Castle, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. (POTD)
Credit: Bernard Gagnon (Bgag).

#18 – 19 votes in Final; 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) (POTD)
Credit: Böhringer Friedrich (Böhringer).

#18 – 19 votes in Final; Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Caption/Grand star-forming region R136 in NGC 2070 (captured by the Hubble Space Telescope).jpg
Credit: Commons:Picture of the Year/2011/Credit/Grand star-forming region R136 in NGC 2070 (captured by the Hubble Space Telescope).jpg.

#19 – 18 votes in Final; A Red deer (Cervus elaphus), in Freyr forest, near Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium. (POTD)
Credit: Luc Viatour (Lviatour).

#19 – 18 votes in Final; One of the Maid of the Mist tour boats approaching the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. (POTD)
Credit: Saffron Blaze (Flickr).

#20 – 17 votes in Final; El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain). (POTD)
Credit: Luc Viatour (Lviatour).

#20 – 17 votes in Final; A mountain massif of Flakstadøya island backgrounding the road (Fylkesvei 807) to Nusfjord village, Lofoten, Nordland, Norway in 2010 September. For example, there are such summits as Stjernhauet, Stjerntinden, Bjørntinden and Sautinden either visible or nonvisible due to the cloud situation. (POTD)
Credit: Simo Räsänen (Ximonic).

#21 – 16 votes in Final; Écorché (with mummification) of a horse and his rider, (detail), made between 1766 & 1771 by the french anatomist Honoré Fragonard (1732-1799). Museum Fragonard of the National Veterinarian High School of Alfort, in Maisons-Alfort, France. The technique used is still partially unknown. (POTD)
Credit: Jebulon (French Wikipedia).

#22 – 15 votes in Final; Panoramic picture of Rätikon mountain range in Austria, near the border of Switzerland, with Austrian Alpine Club hut Tilisunahütte on the left. (POTD)
Credit: Böhringer Friedrich (Böhringer).

#23 – 14 votes in Final; Broad view of Hurricane Isabel captured from ISS. (POTD)
Credit: Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory of Johnson Space Center (NASA).

#24 – 11 votes in Final; Mouth of the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska. (POTD)
Credit: Richard Moore (Sbork).

#25 – 9 votes in Final; The Paris business district of La Défense at night as seen from the Tour Défense 2000. (POTD)
Credit: Dimitri Destugues (French Wikipedia).

#26 – 4 votes in Final; The Mona Lisa. (POTD)
Credit: Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) - scanned by C2RMF, edited version by Derrick Coetzee (Dcoetzee).

See Also

To the tables with results from the 1st and 2nd rounds, please see this page.
To translate the captions click POTD links of each images.