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Wikimedia Commons POTY 2011 winner

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Jun. 26th, 2012 | 11:19 pm

OK, the results of the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year 2011 competition have been announced!

The winner is this image of Lake Bondhus in Norway; I'd embed a copy, but it's only available under a non-free the Free Art License (with which I'm not sufficiently familiar to be comfortable using the image under its terms, although the fact that the GNU Project recommends it for free artistic works inspires confidence) and a decidedly non-free Creative Commons License1. But hey, it's just extra click if you want to see the image.

The second and third winners are a great self-potrait of T.C. Dyson at the International Space Station, and a photograph of the Cueva de los Verdes on Lanzarote. Congratulations to all the winners, as well as all others!

  1. I'm really not sure what to make of this. The Free Art License is presumably at least as free as e.g. the cc-by-sa license; if it weren't, it'd not be sufficiently free to be acceptable on the Wikimedia Commons, thus rendering the whole image non-free. So why not use a free Creative Commons license that has the same properties in practice as the Free Art License? It'd make it much easier for people, and I don't see a good reason for the non-free Creative Commons license.

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Heretic!

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from: shereth
date: Jun. 27th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
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It's a neat picture but I find myself underwhelmed with this year's selection!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 27th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
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Mmm, I know what you mean — with some at least, that certain artistic je ne sais quoi isn't quite there, is it? Technically, they're excellent, but nevertheless, something is missing.

I think that's an artifact of how the whole process works, really. The candidates are all pictures that were made Featured Pictures during 2011 (and votes are then cast in two rounds to determine first the finalists, and then the winners); but Featured Pictures themselves tend to be more focussed on technical excellency. Ultimately, the Wikimedia Commons are more used for stock-ish images that can be used on e.g. Wikipedia than for artistic endeavors and creative expression, and this is reflected both in the material that people upload and the Commons culture itself (which influences things like which pictures get featured).

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