Commons:Picture of the Year/2014/Rules

Picture of the Year 2014

Official policies



  • There will be two rounds in POTY 2014.
    • Round 1 will include all images promoted to featured picture status in 2014.
    • Round 2 will include the top 30 () images from Round 1.
  • The top image will be declared as the Picture of the Year. The next two will be featured as runners-up.


Round 1 of POTY 2014

from 17 January 2015
until 31 January 2015

Round 2 of POTY 2014

from 15 February 2015
until 28 February 2015

Beta testing periods

  • There will be several days of beta testing period, so we can check whether the voting script is working successfully.
  • Votes in the testing period — the several days before the official opening date — are also eligible. The committee will count them as well as the votes cast in the later period.
  • If you find a bug for the voting tool, please report it to MediaWiki talk:Gadget-EnhancedPOTY.js; report other issues to Commons talk:Picture of the Year/2014.

Voter eligibility

  1. Users must have an account, at any Wikimedia project, which was registered before Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 [UTC].
  2. This user account must have at least 75 live edits on any single Wikimedia project before Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0000 [UTC]. Please check your account eligibility at the POTY 2014 Contest Eligibility tool.
  3. Users must vote with an account meeting the above requirements either on Commons or another SUL-related Wikimedia project (for other Wikimedia projects, the account must be attached to the user's Commons account through SUL).
  • Even if a user has multiple eligible accounts, each user can only cast votes from one account.
  • Votes from IP users will be considered invalid.
  • Votes cast by ineligible users/accounts, multiple/duplicate votes cast in violation of the rules will be invalidated.
  • Due to the large vote volume, we are unable to accept voters that do not meet this criteria as determined by the official POTY 2014 voter eligibility tool.
  • We may contact you on your talk page for up to 1 year after you vote to alert you to contest results and invite you to participate in next year's contest. You may opt-out at any time.

Voting rules

In Round 1 - multiple vote - eligible users may vote for as many candidates as they wish to support (one vote per image).

In the final Round 2 - three votes - eligible users may vote for only 3 finalists. Each of these 3 votes counts equal and one candidate must be only voted once. Note: if someone casts more than three votes, only the 3 most recent votes will be counted.



Galleries by content
Arthropods Arthropods (41)Birds Birds (51)Mammals Mammals (22)Other animals Other animals (20)
Plants and fungi Plants and fungi (46)Bones, shells and fossils Bones, shells and fossils (10)People and human activities People and human activities (70)Paintings Paintings (38)
Settlements Settlements (26)Castles and fortifications Castles and fortifications (37)Religious buildings Religious buildings (45)Constructions and buildings Constructions and buildings (90)
Artificially illuminated outdoor spaces Artificially illuminated outdoor spaces (64)Infrastructure Infrastructure (27)Interiors and details Interiors and details (97)Frescos, ceilings and stained glass Frescos, ceilings and stained glass (31)
Panoramic views Panoramic views (48)Nature views Nature views (55)Water Water (52)Astronomy, satellite and outer space Astronomy, satellite and outer space (13)
Maps, diagrams and illustrations Maps, diagrams and illustrations (14)Vehicles and crafts Vehicles and crafts (38)Objects, rocks and miscellaneous Objects, rocks and miscellaneous (43)Videos and animations Videos and animations (4)
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Image eligibility

Round 1
  • All Featured Pictures from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.
  • The top 30 images from Round 1, by number of votes, from any category will go to the final round — the categories are irrelevant when it comes to counting the votes.
  • If top two images in a category are not in the top 30 of all images, they will be also promoted to the Final to guarantee a diverse final.

A candidate should not be disqualified or replaced without careful discussion as long as it is not deleted (Ex. : a deletion request alone is not enough reason to disqualify an image.)

POTY awards