Yesterday on the Wikimedia Commons discussion mailing list. the winners of the 2008 Picture of the Year Competition were announced. Every year Wikimedians vote on the thousands of newly posted, free (under a creative commons, GFD, or public domain license) images to choose winners from hundreds of distinct categories.
This year’s winner is a cc-by-sa 2.0 shot, ‘Horses on Bianditz mountain.’ by Mikel Ortega, with touch-ups by user Richard Bartz. The runners-up can be found on the results page.
Congratulations to the photographers (and re-touchers!) for their extraordinary contributions, and to the organizing committee.
The Wikimedia Commons contains over 4million freely reusable images. All of the images in Wikipedia and the Foundation’s other projects live in the Commons. Like Wikipedia, anyone can participate by uploading images, editing content, categorizing media, and generally making the project better.
Jay Walsh, Head of Communications