Good news from another contest: The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year is a competition (first run in 2006) that aims to identify the best freely-licensed images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status. The 2011 results are published now and show us a variety of excellent images from the Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons community. It’s an international public vote, thus traditionally there is a focus on brilliant nature and landscape photography under the finalists – however, this year a Wiki Loves Monuments image from Russia has been voted 11th place in the the award:
The Saint Petersburg Mosque was opened in 1913 for the community of 8000 muslims in St. Petersburg, our image shows the colorful Maiolica portal of the building. Wikipedia has articles in 19 languages about this object of cultural heritage in Russia, which was the largest mosque of its days in Europe.
As a finalist in the Russian Wiki Loves Monuments competition, the image of Yuri Stepanovich Spodarenko has already been part of an exhibition in St. Petersburg and Narva (Estonia) that was organized by Wikimedia Estonia and Wikimedia Russia in 2011. Thank you Yuri, and congratulations again!
Wiki Loves Monuments: show the beauty of your local heritage and donate it to the world!