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The winners of the Seventh Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest were just announced, and the top 12 finalists are just as remarkable as years past. With over 3990 voters, Pierre Dalous (User: Kookburra 81) took home top honours with his photograph of European Bee-eaters.

Round 1 of voting began in mid-January with Round 2 commencing in early February. Eligible images consisted of all pictures selected and remaining as Featured pictures during 2012 (more than 750 pictures were Featured in 2012). To see all 44 finalists from Round 2, click here.


First Place
European Bee-eater, Ariège, France



#1 – 347 votes in Final; Category in Round 1: Birds. European Bee-eater, Ariège, France. The female (in front) awaits the offering which the male will make.



Second Place
Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun – August 31



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