Commons Picture of the Year

Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation — the parent organisation of many well-loved projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikiversity — runs the Commons Picture of the Year competition.

The aim of the competition is to identify¬†“the best freely-licensed¬†images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status”; an accolade awarded by the community indicating that a picture is one of the finest released into the commons.

With the first round of voting due to end on the 4th of May, the Fifth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year competition¬†has now started. If you’re eligible, get voting: the winners and runners-up from previous years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) are absolutely breathtaking and this year is sure to be no different.