The Corpus Callosum

Best Photo “Contest” Ever

There are no cash rewards, and no instant fame.  But I have
looked at a great many “best photo” series, and this is the most
enjoyable.  Why?  Because every single one of the
photos is in the public domain.

It’s the Wikipedia
Commons Picture of the Year
series.  The page is in
German.  My German is über-rusty, but it scarcely

This one is a photo from .  



  1. #1 chezjake
    January 28, 2008

    Hooray for public domain image archives!

    Too many of the image archives have been bought up by private interests, and there are now only three major players. Bill Gates personally owns Corbis, which now includes the huge former Bettman Archive. Let’s hope he doesn’t manage a solo buyout of the Getty Archive (the biggest), which went up for sale last week.

  2. #2 chezjake
    January 28, 2008

    Neat! I also just noticed that the #20 image was taken in George W. Childs State Park in the eastern Poconos of Pennsylvania — a gorgeous park with many opportunities for exploration and learning as well as lots of fun for kids.

    When I was a kid (back in the late ’40s through ’50s) our extended family met annually there for our “Mountain Day” picnic in early October. I’ve swum in that pool below the falls.

  3. #3 Rossweisse
    January 28, 2008

    That photograph is absolutely marvelous! Until I looked closer, I thought it was an O’Keiffe flower painting. It is amazing what one can do with rocks, if one puts one’s mind (and camera) to it.

  4. #4 Dave Briggs
    January 29, 2008

    Thanks very much!
    A beautiful collection of near surrealistic enjoyment!
    Dave Briggs :~)

  5. #5 Christophe Strobbe
    February 15, 2008

    There are actually links to version of the page in other languages at the top of the page. Here’s the link to the English language version.

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