These are some of the most awesome photographs you will ever see, being the winners of Wikipedia’s tenth annual photography contest. All of these images are freely licensed, so they are like free gifts for the world to enjoy. It’s time to say a big thank you to these 12 charitable photographers as we share with you their incredible offerings. Which is your favorite?
1. Pluto as seen from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft
This amazing color photograph of Pluto, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, really merits close attention. Not many people would expect a ‘planet’ so far from the sun to sport so many hues of red, orange, yellow and blue, but that is the wonder of science for you!
2. View of the interior of Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz.
The colors that the sun light makes when traveling through those beautiful stain glass windows and onto the luscious carpet make this one of the most gorgeous mosques in all the world.
3. Milky Way lying above a lady, California
This is the photograph that every cameraman dreams of taking. The Milky Way is the most amazing and spectacular vision that the night sky affords, all the more so for giving us incredible sites like this.
4. The Long Room of the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin.
It doesn’t matter how incredibly compact and powerful computer chips become, sights like this of a stately library full of old tomes from years gone by are the greatest means of transmitting the importance of learning and the wisdom to be found in letters.
5. Sunset view from the back of a waterfall, Iceland
These cliffs used to be part of the coastline, but now they are surrounded by lush vegetation, which affords such colorful photographs here at Seljalandsfoss.
6. Pillars of creation
This Hubble Space Telescope image of the so-called Pillars of Creation is utterly sublime. Each one of these pillars of cosmic dust and stars is about five light-years in height.