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Featured picture candidates


Featured picture candidates are images that the community will vote on, to determine whether or not they will be highlighted as some of the finest on Commons. This page lists the candidates to become featured pictures. The picture of the day images are selected from featured pictures.

Old candidates for Featured pictures are listed here. There are also chronological lists of featured pictures: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and current month.

For another overview of our finest pictures, take a look at our annual picture of the year election.

Formal things[edit]


Guidelines for nominators[edit]

Please read the complete guidelines before nominating.

This is a summary of what to look for when submitting and reviewing FP candidates:

  • Licensing – Images licensed with solely "GFDL" or "GFDL and an NC-only license" are not acceptable due the restrictions placed on re-use by these licenses.
  • Resolution – Raster images of lower resolution than 2 million pixels (pixels, not bytes) are typically rejected unless there are strong mitigating reasons. This does not apply to vector graphics (SVGs).
    • Graphics on Commons are not only viewed on conventional computer screens. They may be used in high-resolution print versions, and the images may be cropped to focus on portions of the image. See Commons:Why we need high resolution media for more information.
  • Scans – While not official policy, Help:Scanning provides advice on the preparation of various types of images that may be useful.
  • General quality – pictures being nominated should be of high technical quality.
  • Digital manipulations must not deceive the viewer. Digital manipulation for the purpose of correcting flaws in an image is generally acceptable, provided it is limited, well-done, and not intended to deceive.
    • For photographs, typical acceptable manipulations include cropping, perspective correction, sharpening/blurring, and color/exposure correction. More extensive manipulations, such as removal of distracting background elements, should be clearly described in the image text, by means of the {{Retouched picture}} template. Undescribed or mis-described manipulations which cause the main subject to be misrepresented are never acceptable. For images made from more than one photo, you can use the {{Panorama}} or {{Focus stacked image}} templates.
    • For historic images, acceptable manipulations might include digitally fixing rips, removal of stains, cleanup of dirt, and, for mass-produced artworks such as engravings, removal of flaws inherent to the particular reproduction, such as over-inking. Careful color adjustments may be used to bring out the original work from the signs of ageing, though care should be taken to restore a natural appearance. The original artistic intent should be considered when deciding whether it is appropriate to make a change. Edits to historic material should be documented in detail within the file description, and an unedited version should be uploaded and cross linked for comparison.
  • Valueour main goal is to feature most valuable pictures from all others. Pictures should be in some way special, so please be aware that:
    • almost all sunsets are aesthetically pleasing, and most such pictures are not in essence different from others,
    • night-shots are pretty but normally more details can be shown on pictures taken at daytime,
    • beautiful does not always mean valuable.
Artworks, illustrations, and historical documents[edit]

There are many different types of non-photographic media, including engravings, watercolors, paintings, etchings, and various others. Hence, it is difficult to set hard-and-fast guidelines. However, generally speaking, works can be divided into three types: Those that can be scanned, those that must be photographed, and those specifically created to illustrate a subject.

Works that must be photographed include most paintings, sculptures, works too delicate or too unique to allow them to be put on a scanner, and so on. For these, the requirements for photography, below, may be mostly followed; however, it should be noted that photographs which cut off part of the original painting are generally not considered featurable.

Works that may be scanned include most works created by processes that allow for mass distribution − for instance, illustrations published with novels. For these, it is generally accepted that a certain amount of extra manipulation is permissible to remove flaws inherent to one copy of the work, since the particular copy – of which hundreds, or even thousands of copies also exist – is not so important as the work itself.

Works created to serve a purpose include diagrams, scientific illustrations, and demonstrations of contemporary artistic styles. For these, the main requirement is that they serve their purpose well.

Provided the reproduction is of high quality, an artwork generally only needs one of the following four things to be featurable:

  • Notable in its own right: Works by major artists, or works that are otherwise notable, such as the subjects of a controversy.
  • Of high artistic merit: Works which, while not particularly well known, are nonetheless wonderful examples of their particular type or school of art.
  • Of high historic merit: The historical method values very early illustrations of scenes and events over later ones. Hence, a work of poor quality depicting a contemporaneous historical event can be nonetheless important, even if the artistic merit is relatively low. Likewise, scans or photographs of important documents – which may not be at all artistic – nonetheless may be highly valuable if the documents are historically significant. The reason for the image's historical importance should be briefly stated in the nomination, for those reviewers unfamiliar with the subject.
  • Of high illustrative merit: Works that illustrate or help explain notable subjects, for instance, illustrations of books, scientific subjects, or technical processes. The amount of artistic merit required for these will vary by subject, but, for instance, an illustration that makes the working of a complicated piece of machinery very clear need not be notable as a piece of artwork as well, whereas an illustration for a book might well be expected to reach much higher artistic standards.

Digital restorations must also be well documented. An unedited version of the image should be uploaded locally, when possible, and cross-linked from the file description page. Edit notes should be specified in detail, such as "Rotated and cropped. Dirt, scratches, and stains removed. Histogram adjusted and colors balanced."


On the technical side, we have focus, exposure, composition, movement control and depth of field.

  • Focus – every important object in the picture should normally be sharp.
  • Exposure refers to the shutter diaphragm combination that renders an image with a tonal curve that ideally is able to represent in acceptable detail shadows and highlights within the image. This is called latitude. Images can be on the low side of the tonal curve (low range), the middle (middle range) or high side (upper range). Lack of shadow detail is not necessarily a negative characteristic. In fact, it can be part of the desired effect. Burned highlights in large areas are a distracting element.
  • Composition refers to the arrangement of the elements within the image. The "Rule of thirds" is one useful guideline. Horizons should almost never be placed in the middle, where they "cut" the image in half. Often, a horizon creating a top or bottom third of the space works better. The main idea is to use space to create a dynamic image.
    • Foreground and background – foreground and background objects may be distracting. You should check that something in front of the subject doesn't hide important elements and that something in background doesn't spoil the composition (for example that the streetlight doesn't "stand" on someone's head).
  • Movement control refers to the manner in which motion is represented in the image. Motion can be frozen or blurred. Neither one is better than the other. It is the intention of representation. Movement is relative within the objects of the image. For example, photographing a race car that appears frozen in relation to the background does not give us a sense of speed or motion, so technique dictates to represent the car in a frozen manner but with a blurred background, thus creating the sense of motion, this is called "panning". On the other hand, representing a basketball player in a high jump frozen in relation to everything else, due to the "unnatural" nature of the pose would be a good photograph.
  • Depth of field (DOF) refers to the area in focus in front of and beyond main subject. Depth of field is chosen according to the specific needs of every picture. Large or small DOF can either way add or subtract to the quality of the image. Low depth of field can be used to bring attention to the main subject, separating it from the general environment. High depth of field can be used to emphasize space. Short focal length lenses (wide angles) yield large DOF, and vice versa, long focal lenses (telephotos) have shallow DOF. Small apertures yield large DOF and conversely, large apertures yield shallow DOF.

On the graphic elements we have shape, volume, color, texture, perspective, balance, proportion, noise, etc.

  • Shape refers to the contour of the main subjects.
  • Volume refers to the three dimensional quality of the object. This is accomplished using side light. Contrary to general belief, front lighting is not the best light. It tends to flatten subject. Best light of day is early morning or late afternoon.
  • Color is important. Oversaturated colors are not good.
  • Texture refers to the quality of the surface of the subject. It is enhanced by side lighting… it is the "feel" to the touch.
  • Perspective refers to the "angle" accompanied by lines that disappear into a vanishing point that may or may not be inside the image.
  • Balance refers to the arrangement of subjects within the image that can either give equal weight or appear to be heavier on one side.
  • Proportion refers to the relation of size of objects in picture. Generally, we tend to represent small objects small in relation to others, but a good technique is to represent small objects large contrary to natural size relationship. For example, a small flower is given preponderance over a large mountain…. This is called inversion of scales.
Not all elements must be present. Some photographs can be judged on individual characteristics, that is, an image can be about color or texture, or color AND texture, etc.
  • Noise refers to unwanted corruption of color brightness and quality and can be caused by underexposure. It is not a desirable quality and can be grounds for opposition.
  • Symbolic meaning or relevance … Opinion wars can begin here … A bad picture of a very difficult subject is better than a good picture of an ordinary subject. A good picture of a difficult subject is an extraordinary photograph.
Images can be culturally biased by the photographer and/or the observer. The meaning of the image should be judged according to the cultural context of the image, not by the cultural context of the observer. An image "speaks" to people, and it has the capacity to evoke emotion such as tenderness, rage, rejection, happiness, sadness, etc. Good photographs are not limited to evoking pleasant sensations …

You will maximise the chances of your nominations succeeding if you read the complete guidelines before nominating.

Video and audio[edit]

Please nominate videos, sounds, music, etc. at Commons:Featured media candidates.

Set nominations[edit]

If a group of images are thematically connected in a direct and obvious way, they can be nominated together as a set. A set should fall under one of the following types:

  • Faithful digital reproductions of works notable in their own right, which the original author clearly intended to be viewed as a set. Examples: pages in a pamphlet, crops (puzzle pieces) of a prohibitively large scan, a pair of pendant paintings. Not acceptable: Arbitrary selection of sample works by an artist.
  • A sequence of images showing the passage of time. They could depict frames of a moving/changing object or a static object during different times of day or different seasons. Examples: diagrams illustrating a process, steps of a dance, metamorphosis of an insect, maps/drawings/photos of the same subject over the years (frame of view should be more or less the same).
  • A group of images depicting the same subject from different viewpoints, preferably taken under the same lighting conditions when possible. Examples: Exterior and interior of a building, different facades of a building, different interior views, obverse and inverse of a banknote/coin. Not acceptable: A selection of different rooms in a skyscraper, the facade of a church plus an organ, any images of fundamentally different scopes.
  • A group of images which show all possible variations of a particular class of object. Examples: Male and female versions of an animal (preferably in the same setting), all known species of a genus. Not acceptable: A few breeds of cats (unless they share a defining characteristic and represent all possible examples of that).

Simple tutorial for new users[edit]

Tutorial: Nominate on COM:FPC
How to nominate in 8 simple steps









NOTE: You don't need to worry if you are not sure, other users will try their best to help you.

Adding a new nomination[edit]

If you believe that you have found or created an image that could be considered valuable, with appropriate image description and licensing, then do the following.

Step 1: copy the image name into this box, after the text already present in the box, for example, Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Your image filename.jpg. Then click on the "create new nomination" button.

All single files:

For renominations, simply add /2 after the filename. For example, Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Foo.jpg/2

All set nomination pages should begin "Commons:Featured picture candidates/Set/", e.g. "Commons:Featured picture candidates/Set/My Nomination".

Step 2: follow the instructions on the page that you are taken to, and save that page.

Step 3: manually insert a link to the created page at the top of Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list: Click here, and add the following line to the TOP of the nominations list:

{{Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Your image filename.jpg}}

Strongly recommended: Please add a gallery page and section heading from the list at Commons FP galleries. Write the code as Page name#Section heading. For example: Commons:Featured pictures/Sports#Individual sports

Optional: if you are not the creator of the image, please notify them using {{subst:FPC-notice|Your image filename.jpg}} -- ~~~~.

Note: Do not add an 'Alternative' image when you create a nomination. Selecting the best image is part of the nomination process. Alternatives are for a different crop or post-processing of the original image, or a closely related image from the same photo session (limited to 1 per nomination), if they are suggested by voters.


Editors whose accounts have at least 10 days and 50 edits can vote. Everybody can vote for their own nominations. Anonymous (IP) votes are not allowed.

You may use the following templates:

  • {{Support}} (Symbol support vote.svg Support),
  • {{Oppose}} (Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose),
  • {{Neutral}} (Symbol neutral vote.svg Neutral),
  • {{Comment}} (Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment),
  • {{Info}} (Pictogram voting info.svg Info),
  • {{Question}} (Pictogram-voting question.svg Question),
  • {{Request}} (Pictogram voting question-blue.svg Request).

You may indicate that the image has no chance of success with the template {{FPX|reason - ~~~~}}, where reason explains why the image is clearly unacceptable as a FP. The template can only be used when there are no support votes other than the one from the nominator.

A well-written review helps participants (photographers, nominators and reviewers) improve their skills by providing insight into the strengths and weaknesses of a picture. Explain your reasoning, especially when opposing a candidate (which has been carefully selected by the author/nominator). English is the most widely understood language on Commons, but any language may be used in your review. A helpful review will often reference one or more of the criteria listed above.

Unhelpful reasons for opposing include:

  • No reason
  • "I don't like it" and other empty assessments
  • "You can do better" and other criticisms of the author/nominator rather than the image

Remember also to put your signature (~~~~).

Featured picture delisting candidates[edit]

Over time, featured picture standards change. It may be decided that for some pictures which were formerly "good enough", this is no longer the case. This is for listing an image which you believe no longer deserves to be a featured picture. For these, vote:

Text to use Displays as Meaning
{{Keep}} Symbol keep vote.svg Keep It deserves to remain a featured picture
{{Delist}} Symbol oppose vote.svg Delist It does not deserve to be a featured picture anymore.

This can also be used for cases in which a previous version of an image was promoted to FP, but a newer version of the image has been made and is believed to be superior to the old version, e.g. a newly edited version of a photo or a new scan of a historical image. In particular, it is not intended for replacing older photos of a particular subject with newer photos of the same subject, or in any other case where the current FP and the proposed replacement are essentially different images. For these nominations, vote:

Text to use Displays as Meaning
{{Keep}} Symbol keep vote.svg Keep Do not replace the old image with the new image as a FP.
{{Delistandreplace}} Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace Replace the current FP with the proposed replacement.

If you believe that some picture no longer meets the criteria for FP, you can nominate it for delisting, copying the image name into this box, after the text already present in the box:

In the new delisting nomination page just created you should include:

  • Information on the origin of the image (creator, uploader);
  • A link to the original FP nomination (it will appear under "Links" on the image description page);
  • Your reasons for nominating the image and your username.

After that, you have to manually insert a link to the created page at the top of Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list.

As a courtesy, leave an informative note on the talk page(s) of the original creator, uploader(s), and nominator with a link to the delisting candidate. {{subst:FPC-notice-removal}} can be used for this purpose.

Featured picture candidate policy[edit]

General rules[edit]

  1. The voting period is 9 complete days counted from the nomination. After the end of this period the result will be determined. Votes added on day 10 and after are not counted.
  2. Nominations by anonymous contributors are welcome
  3. Contributions to discussion by anonymous contributors are welcome
  4. Only registered contributors whose Commons accounts have at least 10 days and 50 edits can vote. Exception: registered users can always vote in their own nominations no matter the account age and number of edits.
  5. Nominations do not count as votes. Support must be explicitly stated.
  6. Nominators and authors can withdraw their nominated pictures at any time. This is done by adding the following template: {{Withdraw}} ~~~~. Also, remember that if more than one version is nominated, you should explicitly state which version you are withdrawing.
  7. Remember, the goal of the Wikimedia Commons project is to provide a central repository for free images to be used by all Wikimedia projects, including possible future projects. This is not simply a repository for Wikipedia images, so images should not be judged here on their suitability for that project.
  8. Rules of the 5th day based on vote counts on day number 5 (day of nomination + 5)
    1. Pictures are speedy declined if they have no support (apart from the nominator).
    2. Pictures are speedy promoted if they have 10 support votes or more and no oppose votes. (Note that if it takes more than five days to reach this threshold, the picture can be promoted as soon as it is reached.)
    3. Once either speedy criterion is reached, the voting period is considered closed, and no more votes may be added.
  9. Pictures tagged {{FPX}} may be removed from the list 24 hours after the tag was applied, provided there are no support votes other than that of the nominator.
  10. Pictures tagged {{FPD}} (FP-Denied) may be removed from the list 24 hours after the tag was applied.
  11. Only two active nominations by the same user (that is, nominations under review and not yet closed) are allowed. The main purpose of this measure is to contribute to a better average quality of nominations, by driving nominators/creators to choose carefully the pictures presented to the forum.

Featuring and delisting rules[edit]

A candidate will become a featured picture in compliance with following conditions:

  1. Appropriate license (of course)
  2. At least seven Symbol support vote.svg Support votes (or 7 Symbol oppose vote.svg Delist votes for a delist) at the end of nine days
  3. Ratio of supporting/opposing votes at least 2/1 (a two-thirds majority); same for delist/keep votes
  4. Two different versions of the same picture cannot both be featured, but only the one with higher level of support, as determined by the closer. Whenever the closer is not sure which version has consensus to be featured, they should attempt to contact the voters to clarify their opinions if not clear from the nomination page.

The delisting rules are the same as those for FPs, with voting taking place over the same time period. The rule of the 5th day is applied to delisting candidates that have received no votes to delist, other than that of the proposer, by day 5. There is also a limit of two active delisting nominations per user, which is in addition to the limit of two active regular nominations.

The FPCBot handles the vote counting and closing in most cases, current exceptions are candidates containing multiple versions of the image as well as FPXed and withdrawn nominations. Any experienced user may close the requests not handled by the bot. For instructions on how to close nominations, see Commons:Featured picture candidates/What to do after voting is finished. Also note that there is a manual review stage between when the bot has counted the votes and before the nomination is finally closed by the bot; this manual review can be done by any user familiar with the voting rules.

Above all, be polite[edit]

Please don't forget that the image you are judging is somebody's work. Avoid using phrases like "it looks terrible" and "I hate it". If you must oppose, please do so with consideration. Also remember that your command of English might not be the same as someone else's. Choose your words with care.

Happy judging… and remember... all rules can be broken.

See also[edit]

Table of contents[edit]

List may contain works considered Not Safe for Work (nudity).

Nominators are requested, out of courtesy, to include the {{Nsfw}} template with such images. Users may select the gadget in user preferences "Deferred display of images tagged with {{Nsfw}} on COM:FPC" to enable the template's effect of hiding the image until selected.

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Featured picture candidates[edit]

File:WTB 20220723 Ulrichsberg Aussichtsturm Alpenblick 9792.jpg[edit]

Voting period ends on 14 Feb 2023 at 10:00:13 (UTC)
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Stairs of the observation tower Alpenblick in Ulrichsberg, Upper Austria, seem from the basement of the tower
  • Gallery: Commons:Featured pictures/Places/Interiors#Austria
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info The stairs of the observation tower Alpenblick in Ulrichsberg, Upper Austria, seem from the basement of the tower. Created and uploaded by Z thomas, edited by Ailura, nominated by --Aristeas (talk) 10:00, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support We have some featured picures of staircases, but most of them belong to castles, churches or expensive office buildings. This one is different: I was fascinated by this view of the stairs of an observation tower, a solid construction from mighty beams. When looking at it in detail, please consider that because of the extreme differences in depth it is impossible to get everything tack sharp. The symmetry of the original photo was diminished a bit by that board at the right, therefore I have nominated this cropped version, because here at FPC we usually love symmetry; but if you prefer the original, please just state so, we can switch the nomination to the original. --Aristeas (talk) 10:00, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support It's another great find. But I actually prefer the original because of its wider format and the fact it fills your vision better, especially since most now have widescreens. The board isn't that detracting in my opinion, so maybe it should be offered as an alternative. - Benh (talk) 10:57, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support The original metadata would be interesting but are unfortunately not included. I also like the original version of the image better.--Ermell (talk) 11:57, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info Thank you for your reviews, Benh and Ermell. As both of you prefer the original, it seems that my concern about lack of symmetry was superficial ;–). We are still in an early state of the nomination, so I have just switched the nomination to the original (uncropped) version of the photo and hope this is OK for everybody. If somebody prefers the cropped version, we can still offer it as an alternative version. Sorry for the confusion and thanks, --Aristeas (talk) 13:02, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Станіслав-Аджигольський маяк з висоти (edited).jpg[edit]

Voting period ends on 14 Feb 2023 at 09:22:34 (UTC)
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The Ukrainian Stanislav Range Rear light in the Dnieper estuary

File:Rügen asv2022-08 img27 Lauterbach Mole Bahnhof.jpg[edit]

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Train of Rügen narrow-gauge railway

File:Église Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola.jpg[edit]

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Église Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola

Giraffe - Bremerhaven[edit]

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  • Gallery: Commons:Featured pictures/Objects#Machines
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info This extraordinary container crane is located at the southern end of the Columbuskaje Bremerhaven and is nicknamed "Giraffe". It was built in 1976 by the Peiner Träger company. Since the area of the Columbuskaje where this crane is located is not built on solid ground but on wooden poles, the ground cannot support a normal solid construction container crane. To save weight, the crane was erected in a lattice construction. It is a full-fledged container crane with a height of 54 m and a jib length of 93 m. It can carry loads of up to 38 tons.
    These shots may possibly be the last photos of this crane on Wikimedia as the crane is scheduled to be dismantled sometime in 2023.

Created by Llez - uploaded by Llez - nominated by Llez -- Llez (talk) 10:55, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Yellow-bellied sapsucker juvenile (85726).jpg[edit]

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Juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker

File:Masks in the rain.jpg[edit]

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Dancers in the rain during a Philippine Folk Festival
  • Gallery: Commons:Featured pictures/People#Events
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info created and uploaded by Michol Sanchez - nominated by Kritzolina -- Kritzolina (talk) 18:39, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Kritzolina (talk) 18:39, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose poor crop on the right. --SHB2000 (talk) 23:09, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support That crop is unfortunate, but it would have been hard to find a better one. I don’t mind it because this is such an impressive photo, really National Geographic stuff. The tight crop takes us mid into the centre of action. Due to their costumes and the blurring effect of the rain the dancers appear somewhat ghostly, dancing like weightless apparitions through the rain; despite the difficult situation the colours are vivid (but not overdone), the frontmost person is astonishingly sharp, and the photographer has taken the right shutter speed to make the raindrops appear as rain – you can count them, but still see their motion. --Aristeas (talk) 09:27, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support in line with Aristeas' convincing analysis. -- Radomianin (talk) 10:55, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Colorful costumes but the feet are cut off -- Basile Morin (talk) 11:15, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support per Aristeas. Daniel Case (talk) 19:43, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Rosalina 🍵 459506 03:57, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support No, the crop isn't perfect - but everything else is pretty close. BigDom (talk) 06:57, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Iglesia parroquial, Arezzo, Italia, 2022-09-17, DD 83-85 HDR.jpg[edit]

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Romanesque belltower of the church of Santa Maria della Pieve, Arezzo, Italy.

File:Iglesia de Santa María sobre Minerva, Roma, Italia, 2022-09-15, DD 08-10 HDR.jpg[edit]

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Ceiling of the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy.

File:Göttingen asv2022-06 img37 Altes Rathaus.jpg[edit]

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Göttingen Town Hall

File:Mt. Auburn Cemetery (00417p).jpg[edit]

Voting period ends on 10 Feb 2023 at 19:46:51 (UTC)
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Ash tree behind a columbarium in Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Gallery: Commons:Featured_pictures/Places/Other#United_States
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info I just liked the motif here, with the ash tree in the background framed by the columbarium, sort of growing "out" of it. Taken in the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. Three-frames stitched. all by — Rhododendrites talk |  19:46, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg SupportRhododendrites talk |  19:46, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Works for me. This perspective on the tree turns the columbarium with its rather conventional architecture into an impressive monument. (I hope they don’t prune or fell that tree. I have seen such stupid things too often here in Germany – that trees which were the main attraction of a park, a cemetery or an avenue have been mutilated oder cut down for “practical” reasons or questionable security reasons.) --Aristeas (talk) 18:34, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Mt. Auburn is known for starting the trend of garden cemeteries in the US back in the early 19th century. They wind up being at least as much about horticulture as burials/interments, and I dare say more people use them for parks/walks/birdwatching than because they have loved ones there. In other words, I think this ash is safe as long as it's healthy. :) — Rhododendrites talk |  19:00, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • It’s very reassuring to hear this ;–). Thank you very much! --Aristeas (talk) 09:01, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's a National Historic Landmark as the first American rural cemetery. Once churchyard cemeteries started getting too full, someone got the idea that maybe cemeteries should be a pleasant place to spend your time, so it should have the same features as a park.

As a result of its heritage status I, too, doubt that one could take that tree down unless there were valid safety reasons (like, it was dead and posed a risk of collapsing on someone). Daniel Case (talk) 19:21, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That’s good to know. Thank you for the insights! --Aristeas (talk) 08:48, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Cape Raoul from Lookout.jpg[edit]

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Cape Raoul from a lookout in Tasman National Park, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

File:Wedding Party Photo at Meiji Shrine Tokyo.jpg[edit]

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Japanese wedding party

File:Saint Francis de Sales Oratory (St. Louis, Missouri) - vault at the crossing.jpg[edit]

Voting period ends on 9 Feb 2023 at 14:40:47 (UTC)
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gothic church vault
  • Gallery: Commons:Featured pictures/Places/Interiors/Religious_buildings/Ceilings
  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info created by Nheyob - uploaded by Nheyob - nominated by Nheyob -- Nheyob (talk) 14:40, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support -- Nheyob (talk) 14:40, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose Perfectly fine but too small to be an FP in 2023. Compare the resolution of the church ceiling nominees that we have voted to feature in the last few years. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:12, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thank you for the reality check. I always appreciate your advice and perspective! --Nheyob (talk) 12:29, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • BA candidate.svg Weak oppose per Ikan Kekek. --SHB2000 (talk) 20:16, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment Kudos for the composition – it is difficult to achieve a satisfying photo of such vaults from a slanted angle, you have found a beautiful solution. However this vault is so wonderful that (like Ikan) I would wish for more resolution. In addition I also see a problem with the level of details, sorry: at “only” 2,560 × 1,600 pixels I would expect the photo to be perfectly crisp, but it is a bit soft. Probably this results from the camera settings. The D5300 uses a 24 megapixels APS-C (“DX”) sensor, so using ƒ/22 is too much, diffraction eats the fine details. Even on my FF (“FX”) camera I avoid aperture values > ƒ/11, and in theory at 18mm focal length on a APS-C (“DX”) sensor ƒ/8 should give enough DoF to get most of the vault in focus while maintaining a high level of details. In addition using ƒ/8 should also make it easier to use the base ISO value (100, I guess) instead of ISO 400, this should further improve fine details. --Aristeas (talk) 08:20, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thank you for the encouragement & good advice! I'll keep this in mind for future projects. --Nheyob (talk) 12:28, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Thank you! Well, it would be great if you could repeat that photo some day. This beautiful vault is certainly worth a FP. --Aristeas (talk) 16:39, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per Ikan ... I kept thinking, well, I'd like to see this at higher resolution, but then realized I'd already clicked for that. Daniel Case (talk) 05:15, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Melanodryas cucullata - Glen Davis.jpg, featured[edit]

Voting period ends on 9 Feb 2023 at 10:29:42 (UTC)
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Male melanodryas cucullata seen near Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

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Result: 16 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → featured. /FPCBot (talk) 13:00, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Campanula cervicaria - Keila.jpg, featured[edit]

Voting period ends on 9 Feb 2023 at 06:48:26 (UTC)
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Campanula cervicaria
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment category added, though I can't identify it at species level. It's the same plant and location taken with better camera. -- Ivar (talk) 07:33, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unconfirmed results: (info)
Result: 18 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → featured. /FPCBot (talk) 13:00, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Hooded Robin female 0A2A5956.jpg, featured[edit]

Voting period ends on 9 Feb 2023 at 06:44:53 (UTC)
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Hooded Robin
  • Ikan Kekek: males are more colorful or ornamented than females in most bird species. That doesn't mean we should nominate only the pretty ones. Face-smile.svg -- Ivar (talk) 08:25, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Agree. Better close-up at the same focal length, and the background color is darker -- Basile Morin (talk) 01:33, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Result: 12 support, 0 oppose, 0 neutral → featured. /FPCBot (talk) 13:00, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Flims Waldhaus in Graubünden 17-09-2022. (actm.) 25.jpg[edit]

Voting period ends on 8 Feb 2023 at 05:43:00 (UTC)
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  • Thank you for your comment. I just checked, but the histogram of the photo looks good and the photo processing is set to normal contrast. The bare steep rock walls are covered with fine crushed stone which is constantly moving.--Agnes Monkelbaan (talk) 16:57, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

File:Microscopic image of crystals growing from melted sulfur.jpg (delist)[edit]

Voting period ends on 5 Feb 2023 at 22:57:34

Proposed Replacement

  • Pictogram voting info.svg Info This proposed version was uploaded by Aristeas during the original nomination and has improved the composition by removing the mismatched elements from the bottom of the image. (Original nomination)
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace -- IamMM (talk) 22:57, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace For FP, this is a nicer composition. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:40, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace For a WP article, I would use the original photo, but for FP the cropped version seems more appropriate. --Aristeas (talk) 09:05, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace per Ikan. -- Radomianin (talk) 17:23, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace per others --Kritzolina (talk) 20:00, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace Daniel Case (talk) 16:33, 31 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace --GRDN711 (talk) 19:03, 1 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol redirect vote.svg Delist and replace -- Rosalina 🍵 457679 12:26, 4 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Symbol keep vote.svg Keep I actually prefer the first one - despite the imperfections it seems more true-to-life. BigDom (talk) 06:54, 5 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Timetable (day 5 after nomination)[edit]

Tue 31 Jan → Sun 05 Feb
Wed 01 Feb → Mon 06 Feb
Thu 02 Feb → Tue 07 Feb
Fri 03 Feb → Wed 08 Feb
Sat 04 Feb → Thu 09 Feb
Sun 05 Feb → Fri 10 Feb

Timetable (day 9 after nomination, last day of voting)[edit]

Fri 27 Jan → Sun 05 Feb
Sat 28 Jan → Mon 06 Feb
Sun 29 Jan → Tue 07 Feb
Mon 30 Jan → Wed 08 Feb
Tue 31 Jan → Thu 09 Feb
Wed 01 Feb → Fri 10 Feb
Thu 02 Feb → Sat 11 Feb
Fri 03 Feb → Sun 12 Feb
Sat 04 Feb → Mon 13 Feb
Sun 05 Feb → Tue 14 Feb

Closing a featured picture promotion request[edit]

The bot[edit]

Note that the description below is for manual closure, this is mostly not needed anymore as there exists a bot (FPCBot) that counts the votes and handles the process below. However after the bot has counted the votes a manual review step is used to make sure the count is correct before the bot again picks up the work.

Manual procedure[edit]

Any experienced user may close requests.

  1. In Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate image, then [edit].
    Add the result of the voting at the bottom (on a new line with a space first)
    {{FPC-results-reviewed|support=x|oppose=x|neutral=x|featured=("yes" or "no")|gallery=xxx (leave blank if "featured=no")|sig=~~~~}}
    (for example see Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:The Bridge (August 2013).jpg). See also {{FPC-results-reviewed}}.
  2. Also edit the title of the candidate image template and add after the image tag
    featured or not featured
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]] ===
    === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]], featured ===
  3. Save your edit.
  4. If it is featured:
    • Add the picture to the list of the four most recently featured pictures of an appropriate gallery of Commons:Featured pictures, list as the first one and delete the last one, so that the number is four again.
    • Also add the picture to an appropriate gallery and section of Commons:Featured pictures, list. Click on the most appropriate link beneath where you just added it as one of the four images.
    • Add the template {{Assessments|featured=1}} to the image description page.
      • If it was an alternative image, use the subpage/com-nom parameter: For example, if File:Foo.jpg was promoted at Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:Bar.jpg, use {{Assessments|featured=1|com-nom=Bar.jpg}}
      • If the image is already featured on another wikipedia, just add featured=1 to the Assessments template. For instance {{Assessments|enwiki=1}} becomes {{Assessments|enwiki=1|featured=1}}
    • Add the picture to the chronological list of featured pictures. Put it in the gallery using this format: File:xxxxx.jpg|# - '''Headline'''<br>created by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]], uploaded by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]], nominated by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]]
      • The # should be replaced by 1 for the first image nominated that month, and counts up after that. Have a look at the other noms on that page for examples.
      • You may simplify this if multiple things were done by the same user. E.g.: File:xxxxx.jpg|# - '''Headline'''<br>created, uploaded, and nominated by [[User:xxxxx|xxxxx]]
    • Add == FP promotion ==
      {{FPpromotion|File:XXXXX.jpg}} to the Talk Page of the nominator.
  5. As the last step (whether the image is featured or not; including {{FPX}}ed, {{FPD}}ed and withdrawn nominations), open Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list, click on [edit], and find the transclusion of the nomination you've just finished closing. It will be of the form:
    {{Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:XXXXX.jpg}}
    Copy it to the bottom of Commons:Featured picture candidates/Log/February 2023), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.

Closing a delisting request[edit]

  1. In Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate image, then [edit].
    Add the result of the voting at the bottom (on a new line with a space first)
    '''Result:''' x delist, x keep, x neutral => /not/ delisted. ~~~~
    (for example see Commons:Featured picture candidates/removal/Image:Astrolabe-Persian-18C.jpg)
  2. Also edit the title of the delisting candidate image template and add after the image tag
    delisted or not delisted
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]] === becomes === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]], delisted ===
  3. Move the actual template from Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list to the bottom of the actual month page on Commons:Featured picture candidates/Log/February 2023.
  4. If the outcome was not delisted, stop here. If it is delisted:
    1. Remove the picture from Commons:Featured pictures, list and any subpages.
    2. Edit the picture's description as follows:
      1. Replace the template {{Featured picture}} on the image description page by {{Delisted picture}}. If using the {{Assessments}} template, change featured=1 to featured=2 (do not change anything related to its status in other featured picture processes).
      2. Remove the image from all categories beginning with "Featured [pictures]" (example: Featured night shots, Featured pictures from Wiki Loves Monuments 2016, Featured pictures of Paris).
      3. Remove the "Commons quality assessment" claim (d:Property:P6731) "Wikimedia Commons featured picture" from the picture's Structured data.
    3. Add a delisting-comment to the original entry in chronological list of featured pictures in bold-face, e. g. delisted 2007-07-19 (1-6) with (1-6) meaning 1 keep and 6 delist votes (change as appropriate). The picture in the gallery is not removed.
  5. If this is a Delist and Replace, the delisting and promotion must both be done manually. To do the promotion, follow the steps in the above section. Note that the assessment tag on the file page and the promotion tag on the nominator's talk page won't pick up the /replace subpage that these nominations use.

Manual archiving of a withdrawn nomination[edit]

  1. In Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list click on the title/link of the candidate image, then [edit].
    In the occasion that the FPCbot will not mark withdrawn nominations with a "to be reviewed" template and put them in Category:Featured picture candidates awaiting closure review just like if they were on the usual list, put the following "no" template:
  2. Also edit the title of the candidate image template and add after the image tag
    not featured
    For example:
    === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]] ===
    === [[:File:XXXXX.jpg]], not featured ===
  3. Save your edit.
  4. Open Commons:Featured picture candidates/candidate list, click on [edit], and find the transclusion of the nomination. It will be of the form:
    {{Commons:Featured picture candidates/File:XXXXX.jpg}}
    Copy it to the bottom of Commons:Featured picture candidates/Log/February 2023), save that page, and remove it from the candidate list.