Some Amazing Pictures from Wikimedia Commons

Laser Pointed towards the Milky Way at ESO's Paranal Observatory

Wikimedia Commons – Picture of the Year Contest was first run in the year 2006 and is organized every year by Wikimedia Commons Foundation. The competition is open to everyone and the winner is decided by the votes of the participants and Wikipedia users. The images have to be shared under Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. Most images uploaded on Wikipedia fall under this category and are free for sharing if you give proper attribution to the original creators.

The pictures participating in this competition  are some of the most amazing and wonderfully shot images you would ever see on Wikipedia. These photos were shot by professional as well as amateur photographers. Some images which fall under public domain like those released by NASA and other public organizations are also nominated for this competition. 

Here, we have selected some of the most amazing photos from Wikimedia Commons which either participated in or won this competition.

Frogs Phyllomedusa Brazil Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2018
The photo capturing Two Phyllomedusa rohdei was taken by biologist Renato Augusto Martins in the Atlantic Forest in Bahia, Brazil. The picture won the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2018 – Attribution: Renato Augusto Martins
Jubilee and Munin Ravens on the Tower of London
The Ravens of the Tower of London are six captive ravens living at the Tower of London. According to a superstition it is believed that these ravens protect the Tower of London and “if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it”.– Attribution: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons

Elephants in Khao Yai National Park of Thailand
A family of Wild elephants walking up a road in Khao Yai National Park of Thailand –Attribution: Khunkay
Polar bear in Svalbard
Male Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) chasing a bearded seal. – Attribution: Andreas Weith
New Horizons Pluto Photo in color by NASA
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this High-res photo of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Winner 2015 Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year. – Attribution: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute
Nasir-al molk Pink Mosque
Interior view of Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran. – Attribution: Ayyoubsabawiki
Milky Way above Lady in Trona Pinnacles National Landmark California
Milky Way above a lady’s silhouette, at Trona Pinnacles National Landmark, California. Attribution: Ian Norman
Butterfly feeding on turtle tears
Julia Butterflies sipping tears from the eyes of turtles in Ecuador, as they bask on a log. This phenomenon is known as lachryphagy. Attribution: amalavida.tv
Tracy Caldwell Dyson Cupola Module ISS NASA
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson observing the Earth from the Cupola module of the International Space Station.  Attribution: Tracy Caldwell Dyson / NASA
Laser Pointed towards the Milky Way at ESO's Paranal Observatory
Astronomers observing the centre of the Milky Way using the laser guide star facility at ESO’s Paranal Observatory, Yepun. Credit:Yuri Beletsky (ESO).
Sarychev Peak Volcano Eruption
Sarychev Peak Volcano erupting on June 12, 2009, at Matua Island (North Kuril Islands) – Credit: Original photo by NASA
Sikh Pilgrim at the Golden Temple Harmandir Sahib
Sikh pilgrim at the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, India – Credit: Wikimedian Paulrudd.
Russian Honor Guard at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier
The Russian military honor guards welcoming U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2009. Credit: MC1 Chad J. McNeeley
Horses on Bianditz Mountain Spain
Two Basque Horses on Bianditz mountain, Spain Mikel Ortega / Richard Bartz
Fire Breathers in Belgium
Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band, performing ‘Fire breathing’ in a street of Chassepierre, Belgium. Credit: Luc Viatour
Broadway Tower in Cotswolds, England.
Broadway Tower in Cotswolds, England. Attribution: Newton2
Aurora Borealis aka Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis, aka the Northern Lights, at Bear Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska Credit: Joshua Strang (Public domain)

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