Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2008

The first round of voting has begun for the annual Wikimedia Commmons Picture of the Year Contest, and Wikimedians of all kinds are invited to help select the winner for 2010. If you created an account before January 1, 2011 and have made at least 200 edits to any Wikimedia project, then you’re eligible to vote for your favorite pictures. All 784 images that reached Featured Picture status in 2010 are in the running.

A volunteer-led contest, Picture of the Year is run by an organizing committee of Wikimedians. Since its inception in 2006, thousands of photos from people all over the world have been selected as Featured Pictures, and all of them are free for anyone in the world to reuse, remix and share.

The first round of votes will conclude Wednesday, May 4 at 11:59PM UTC  and the top photo in each category in addition to the top ten photos across the board will advance to Round 2 during the third week of May.

In 2008, a record of 994 voters participated and last year, 742 Wikimedians showed up to vote. This year, the committee is hoping to beat that record and recruit at least 1,500 Wikimedians to participate.

The Picture of the Year Contest is just as much about celebrating talented photographers and beautiful images as it is about celebrating those who have contributed to the cultural commons and inspiring more people to do the same. If you missed the deadline this year, please consider contributing your work today.

Moka Pantages, Global Development