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Wikimedia Commons 2008 Picture of the Year - preliminary results

Voting has closed and vote verification is taking place, but assuming none of the pages have been massively tampered with, this is what the top 5 will look like:

#1 – Fire breathing by Luc Viatour. (finals voting) 76 votes. Luc is an outstanding photographer with an amazing 60 Featured Pictures!

#2 – Horses by Flickr user Mikel Ortega, with modifications by Richard Bartz. (finals voting) 74 votes. Because of the closeness I wouldn’t call the real winner until both of these had all their votes checked for validity.

#3 – Locomotives Roundhouse, a 1942 photograph from the “Office of War” Information Collection at the Library of Congress, with modifications by Durova. (finals voting) 48 votes. I am so pleased to see one of Durova’s images here, because in 2008 and 2009 she has had a huge impact on Featured Pictures and even more importantly has been helping others learn how to do this useful work, which puts a shine on important historical works. She is pretty inspirational as an example of “leading by doing”, if I can put it that way, and her blog is a decent read too, frequently interesting, incisive and/or funny. To do so well in what is blatantly a populist pretty picture comp is a real achievement. :)

#4 – Sun rays by Mila Zinkova. (finals voting) 45 votes. Mila also has a huge number of Featured Pictures (including third place in the 2007 Picture of the Year competition!). It’s great to see regular contributors gratified in this event. I would also wait for a final vote-check before confirming the order of results for this one and the previous one.

#5 – Hong Kong skyline by Base64, modified by Carol Spears. (finals voting) 38 votes. As far as I can recall, this will become the highest-ranked “really wide” panorama in the POTY finals to date.

It utterly boggles my mind that there are now at least 27 photographers who have > 10 Featured Pictures each. It represents an outstanding amount of dedication, and I hope that Picture of the Year is a little thank you to everyone who puts themselves through the ringer to have their work recognised as a Featured Picture.

My category finalist graphical summaries:

02 May, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Other animals

Here are the finalists from the category other animals:

(“Other animals” means not birds or bugs, BTW :))

These are Biandintz_eta_zaldiak_-_modified2.jpg, Synchiropus_splendidus_2_Luc_Viatour.jpg, Total_internal_reflection_of_Chelonia_mydas_.jpg and Red-eyed_Tree_Frog_-_Litoria_chloris_edit1.jpg.

Voting closes like… today! It’s time to make a tough decision and cast your vote for 2008’s Picture of the Year.

30 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Birds

Here are the finalists from the category birds:

These are Colibri-thalassinus-001-edit.jpg, Diving_emperor_penguin.jpg and Cyanistes_caeruleus_3_Luc_Viatour.jpg.

Voting closes 30 April.

29 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Arthropods

Here are the finalists from the category arthropods:

Again another strong category of photography for the Wikimedia Commons community, with all but one of the awarded works being created by editors. And remarkably, among these eight, there are two photographers who have two entries each!: Kevincollins123 and Richard Bartz. Congrats guys.

These are:

Voting closes 30 April.

28 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Plants and fungi

Here are the finalists from the category plants and fungi:

Plant photography has always been a strength of the Wikimedia Commons photographer community, so it is no surprise that these finalists are all home grown. I would be surprised if there was any more than a handful in this entire category that weren’t created by Wikimedians, actually.

These are Osteospermum_Flower_Power_Spider_Purple_2134px.jpg, Narzisse.jpg, Nelumno_nucifera_open_flower_-_botanic_garden_adelaide2.jpg, Dew_on_grass_Luc_Viatour.jpg and Alberi_AlpediSiusi.JPG (these last two are tied equal 4th).

Voting closes 30 April.

28 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Panoramas

Here are the finalists from the category panoramas (they’re pretty huge!):

These are

Voting closes 30 April.

27 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Nature views

Here are the finalists from the category nature views:

These are Pahoeoe_fountain_edit2.jpg, Mount-Yamnuska2-Szmurlo.jpg, Crepuscular_rays_in_ggp_2.jpg and Underwater_mcmurdo_sound.jpg.

Voting closes 30 April.

26 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Cities, architecture, constructions &c

Here are the finalists from the category cities, architecture, constructions etc:

These are

Voting closes 30 April.

25 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for Objects and outer space

Here are the finalists from the category objects and outer space:

These are Reflection_in_a_soap_bubble_edit.jpg, IrvingJohnstonAground.jpg, Stunt_Pyrotechnics_Luc_Viatour.jpg and Messier51_sRGB.jpg.

Voting closes 30 April.

25 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for People and human activities

Here are the finalists from the category people and human activities:

These are Fire_breathing_2_Luc_Viatour.jpg, Lange-MigrantMother02.jpg, WTC-Fireman_requests_10_more_colleagesa.jpg and 4-14_Marines_in_Fallujah.jpg. “Fire breathing” received a remarkable 225 votes.

Voting closes 30 April.

23 April, 2009 • ,

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POTY 2008: Finalists for non-photographic art and historic maps

Here are the finalists from the category non-photographic art and historic maps:

These are Anime_Girl.svg, Da_Vinci_Studies_of_Embryos_Luc_Viatour.jpg and Johannes_Vermeer_(1632-1675)_-_The_Girl_With_The_Pearl_Earring_(1665).jpg.

As per yesterday, voting closes 30 April.

21 April, 2009 • ,

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2008 POTY finals voting now open!

You may remember me mentioning the 2008 Picture of the Year (2008) competition during February and wondered what happened to the final round of voting. Well, it’s finally upon us :) and take this opportunity to appreciate the wonders of automated voting systems!

From 501 contenders, 51 have made it to the final — the top proportional number from each category. For the first time, we have category winners, which I think is a great idea. The single final overall winner will be drawn from this pool of 51.

Here are the finalists from emblems and diagrams:

These are 8-cell-simple.gif, Simple_CV_Joint_animated.gif and Wrist_and_hand_deeper_palmar_dissection-numbers.svg. You can find the total vote counts for each image in this category here. Only four images in this category gained over 100 votes — these three and the unlucky Rubik’s Cube SVG.

With any luck I will make a series of these images for each category. Remember, in the final you can only vote for one of the 51 choices. Check out the voting page for more information about how to cast your vote. Voting closes at the end of the month. And if you’d to vote for something that doesn’t require as much agonising, vote YES for licensing sanity! :))

21 April, 2009 • ,

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Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2008 voting now open

The 2008 competition is now open! So if you registered before 1 January 2009 and have at least 200 edits on any Wikimedia project, you’re eligible to vote. They’re pretty lenient guidelines so I hope there is a big turnout.

In 2008 there were 501 images declared to be Featured Pictures — quite an awesome feat (although I was surprised to see it was 13 less than 2007).

Again, voters may cast as many votes as they like in as many categories as they like. Last year, the top 28 across all categories went to the final round. This year,

Each category of images will have a first, second, and third place award in that category, plus a number of honourable mentions sufficient to make sure that 1/10th the number of images in each category get an award.

The winners and honourable mentions in each category will go on to the final round to determine the picture of the year.

The categories are Emblems and diagrams, non-photographic art and historic maps, people and human activities, objects and outer space, cities, architecture, constructions and related (one, two), nature views, panoramas (one, two), plants and fungi, arthropods (one, two), birds and other animals. You may notice there is quite a bit of overlap between the categories, some of which mark subjects (nature views) and others which mark formats (panoramas) or even meta-data like date. Having constructed the categories for 2007 I can only say it is a thankless task that will never please everyone. However this does a reasonable job at having all categories roughly the same size, and comparing “like with like”. (For some reason practically no one chooses historical restorations over cute mammals…)

Having about 50 images in the final round seems about right, too — enough to pore and agonise over without being a chore. I like that there will be category winners (new!) and so many “honourable mention” awards. We have so much talent, we can afford to recognise it all. :)

The actual mechanism of voting is also a bit different this year, using purely on-wiki voting, eschewing the custom-written software used last year. As a logged-in user, the experience is excellent — Javascript buttons under each image in each gallery, making it dead simple to cast a vote and also leave a comment. I only hope that it proves equally easy for the committee to tally up, and check false votes, at the end of the day! That is the worrying part.

For more info you can also check out the excellent Signpost write-up. But for now, get voting, and spread the word! You have until February 26, when Round 1 is closed.

16 February, 2009 • ,

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