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

Some Amazing Pictures from Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest was first run in the year 2006 and is organized every year by Wikimedia Commons Foundation which is a part of Wikipedia. It selects some of the best images from the featured images of Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Commons database which is a online repository of free use images, sounds and videos. The competition is open to everyone and the winner is decided 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 on Wikipedia fall under this category and are free for sharing if you giver 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 whereas some of them were taken in space or international space station. Some images which fall under public domain like those released by NASA and other government organisations are also nominated for this competition. 

Here we have selected some of the most amazing photos which you would ever see on Wikipedia.

Frogs Phyllomedusa Brazil Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2018
The photo was taken by biologist Renato Augusto Martins. He  found these two in the Atlantic Forest in Bahia, Brazil. In the Photo Two Phyllomedusa rohdei vie for a branch, one passing over the other seemingly reaching for something just outside the frame. The picture won the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2018– Attribution: Renato Augusto Martins / CC BY-SA 4.0
Jubilee and Munin Ravens on the Tower of London
Jubilee and Munin, Ravens of the Tower of London. – Attribution: © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Ravens of the Tower of London are six captive ravens which live at the Tower of London. Their presence is traditionally believed to protect The Crown and the tower. A superstition holds that “if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it”.

Elephants in Khao Yai National Park of Thailand
Wild elephants walking up a road in the area of Khao Yai National Park of Thailand – Attribution: Khunkay (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Polar bear in Svalbard
Male Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) chasing a bearded seal. – Attribution: Andreas Weith (CC BY-SA 4.0)
New Horizons Pluto Photo in color by NASA
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution enhanced color view 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 (public domain)
Nasir-al molk Pink Mosque
A view of the interior of Nasir ol Molk Mosque located in Shiraz, Iran. – Attribution: Ayyoubsabawiki (cc-by-sa-4.0)
Milky Way above Lady in Trona Pinnacles National Landmark California
Milky Way lying above a lady’s silhouette, at Trona Pinnacles National Landmark, California. Attribution: Ian Norman
Butterfly feeding on turtle tears
Two Julia Butterflies drinking the tears of turtles in Ecuador. The turtles placidly permit the butterflies to sip from their eyes as they bask on a log. This “tear-feeding” is a phenomenon known as lachryphagy. Attribution:
(CC BY-SA 2.0)
Tracy Caldwell Dyson Cupola Module ISS NASA
Self portrait of Tracy Caldwell Dyson in the Cupola module of the International Space Station observing the Earth below during Expedition 24.  Attribution: Tracy Caldwell Dyson / NASA / PUBLIC DOMAIN
Laser Pointed towards the Milky Way at ESO's Paranal Observatory
In mid-August 2010 ESO Photo Ambassador Yuri Beletsky snapped this amazing photo at ESO’s Paranal Observatory. A group of astronomers were observing the centre of the Milky Way using the laser guide star facility at Yepun, one of the four Unit Telescopes of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). – Credit:Yuri Beletsky (ESO).
Sarychev Peak Volcano Eruption
Sarychev Peak Volcano erupts June 12, 2009, on 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 guard welcomes U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2009. Mullen is on a three-day trip to the country, meeting with counterparts and touring the Russian military academy.  – Credit: MC1 Chad J. McNeeley
Horses on Bianditz Mountain Spain
Horses on Bianditz mountain. Behind them Aiako Harria mountain can be seen. Mikel Ortega/Richard Bartz
Fire Breathers in Belgium
Fire breathing “Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band” in 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, or Northern Lights, shines above Bear Lake, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska Joshua Strang (Public domain)

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