(This is a guest post by User:Mono.)
3990 votes were cast by Wikimedians to determine the seventh Picture of the Year in this yearly competition on Wikimedia Commons. A total of 988 pictures promoted to featured picture status in the previous year were included in the competition. The organizing committee is pleased to announce the results, and would like to congratulate our winners.
The complete results are visible on the POTY 2012 results page. The competition consisted of two voting rounds—the top images from Round 1 continued to Round 2, which ended on February 14th.
The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year contest is an annual volunteer-led contest, running since 2006. This year, about 4,000 Wikimedians voted in the competition, a record turnout that shattered projected targets.
The support of the Wikimedia community made this incredible contest possible, and the organizers would like to thank everyone who participated.
Wikimedia Commons is a media repository hosting content that anyone can freely share, reuse, and remix. Wikimedia Commons editors nominate the best media for featured status in an ongoing project, and all featured pictures from the previous year are included in the annual Picture of the Year contest.
The contest is a fun and enjoyable event that not only celebrates our excellent photographers and illustrators, but everyone who contributes to Wikimedia. You are encouraged to donate your own work to the Wikimedia Commons as our library of freely licensed media files grows past 16 million files.
You can upload them yourself (details here) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are the copyright-holder or maintainer of a freely-licensed media collection that you would like to donate to the Commons.
Mono, Wikimedia Commons contributor