Well. After 31,000 votes were cast by over 650 users, I’m sure glad we didn’t count by hand this year. :)
The votes are in, the sockpuppets are discounted, and the finalists are decided. Twenty-eight worthy finalists await your consideration.
Voters cast, on average, about 48 votes. Over a third of voters chose each the tower, the squirrel and the turtle. Water strikes me as a strong theme, being present in 13 (nearly half) of the finalists.
Works by Wikimedians also dominate. Only four of the works are by non-Wikimedians: two from Flickr (the car and the NYC night shot), one (the mosquitoes) is from a Public Library of Science biology article, and one (the firefighting) is from our old friends at the US Air Force. So the odds seem good that this year’s winner wil be by a Wikimedian.
Of the 14 images created by Wikimedians, no less than three photographers have two entries:
- Malene Thyssen has the brown bear and the Egeskov castle
- Luc Viatour has the two cool green plant shots
- David Iliff has the Colosseum and the Palace of Westminster
It is no coincidence that seven of the Wikimedian photographers are featured on the Commons Meet our photographers page!
As with Round 1, eligible Wikimedians can get a voting token at the Voting page. Unlike Round 1, in the final you can only cast one vote. You can also optionally leave a comment about the image you vote for. The comments are collated for the presentation of the final winner, as seen in the 2006 results.
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