The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year is a competition that was first held in 2006. It aims to identify the best freely licensed images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status. All of these images are freely licensed, so they are like free gifts for the world to enjoy.
Here are the pictures that became winners of the 10th annual photo competition on Commons.
Photo of the Year
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode. The image resolves details and colors on scales as small as 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers). The viewer is encouraged to zoom in on the image on a larger screen to fully appreciate the complexity of Pluto’s surface features.
A view of the interior of Nasir ol Molk Mosque located in Shiraz. The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade that make beautiful colors when light is passed through them and is reflected on the carpets.
Milky Way lying above a lady’s silhouette, at Trona Pinnacles National Landmark, California.
The Long Room of the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin
Sunset view from the back of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Suðurland, Iceland. The waterfall of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 metres (200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline.
This Hubble Space Telescope image of the so-called Pillars of Creation is utterly sublime. Each one of these pillars of cosmic dust and stars is about five light-years in height. Astronomers combined several Hubble exposures to assemble the wider view. The towering pillars are about 5 light-years tall. The dark, finger-like feature at bottom right may be a smaller version of the giant pillars. The new image was taken with Hubble’s versatile and sharp-eyed Wide Field Camera 3.
Port and lighthouse overnight storm with lightning in Port-la-Nouvelle in the Aude department in southern France.
Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile yawning at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan.
Sunrise with Paraná pines (Araucaria angustifolia) as seen at the Serra da Bocaina National Park, Brazil.
Rådhuset metro station, Stockholm. East entrance/exit.
Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales, Colombia. The place is a popular pilgrimage location since the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1754. The first shrine was built by 1750 and was replaced by a bigger one in 1802 including a bridge over the canyon of the Guáitara River. The present temple, of Gothic Revival style, was built between 1916 and 1949.
The Spitfire is the pride of the RAF and a true symbol of British patriotism and aviation excellence. This rare shot gives you a feeling of what it must be like to have this devastating beauty on your tail.
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