Wikinews:Picture of the Year 2008/round 1

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Round One

Will open for voting on January 24 and close on January 31 if supported by community consensus. All images with two supports or more will be carried through the the second round of voting. You may vote for any number of images.

Voting is now closed


Note: All image captions are the ones originally used in the News in Pictures template.

Image A
At the Xinyi Public Assembly Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, the 2008 Taiwan Designers' Week showed topical phenomena on environment, modern lifestyle, current incident, and subculture. (Image A)

Image B
Thomas Dold (left) from Germany, and Jenny Li (right) from Taiwan, take the top honors at the 2008 Taipei 101 Run Up respectively in Men's and Women's Elite classes. (Image B)

Image C
Mays Island in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the flooding of 2008, taken from Interstate 380 at around 2:00 p.m. on June 12, 2008. Nearly all of downtown is submerged in water. (Image C)
Image D
Leaders of various African countries met as part of the 2008 World Economic Forum on Africa. (Image D)
Image E
Dinosaur tracks have been found in the Arabian Peninsula. The above image shows some of these tracks. (Image E)
Image F
In the 2008 Taiwan Excellence Awards, ASUS Eee PC 4G was judged as the Gold Award and voted as the Most Popular Product. (Image F)
Image G
More than just a trade show, the 2008 Young Designers' Exhibition showcased different creative conceptions at the Taipei World Trade Center. (Image G)
Image H
Not only there will be a senior competition - "Best Choice of COMPUTEX", but winners from the "Design and Innovation Award" will be also announced prior to COMPUTEX 2008. (Image H)
Image I
The Olympic torch recently returned to Chinese soil, with an estimated crowd of 100,000 welcoming it in. A Wikinews reporter was at the event. (Image I)
Image J
Mila Zinkova visited Moss Landing, California and took this and other pictures of sea mammals that are frustrating local officials. (Image J)
Image K
"RoboScooter", jointly designed and produced by the Creativity Lab of ITRI, SYM Motors, and the MIT Media Lab, finally launched in Taiwan by the Next Consortium of ITRI. (Image K)
Image L
Mila Zinkova spent ten days near the Halema`uma`u crater capturing this and other images (Image L)
Image M
As the undergoing trade show of 2008 SecuTech Expo, some elites from IT security industry pointed out the opportunities and threats on information security. (Image M)
Image N
George W. Bush, the president of the United States yesterday marked the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States. (Image N)
Image O
People involved in open source products from across Taiwan gathered together at the 2008 Taiwan Open Source Development Conference to present to others a variety of research which is relevant to the open source community. (Image O)
Image P
University of Cincinnati hosted Independent's Day, for independent presidential candidates to debate at. Turnout was less than expected. (Image P)
Image Q
A reporter from Wikinews recently interviewed Brooks Lindsay, who is the founder of the online wiki Debatepedia, which claims to be the 'Wikipedia of Debates.' (Image Q)
Image R
Snow fell over much of the United Kingdom overnight, with many roads being closed as a result of this. The image above shows some of this snow. (Image R)
Image S
Sony Fair 2008, the 5th annual digital product show by Sony Taiwan with its theme slogan "HD Entertainment Park", showcased excellences from high-definition AV-media solutions in Taipei, Taiwan. (Image S)
Image T
The Taiwan Textile Foundation chose March 30 as the Taipei In Style Day and invited several fashion designers in Taiwan to showcase their new designs on trend clothings and purses. (Image T)
Image U
Individuals and organisations around the world announced their support for the environment by turning off lights and electrical appliances between 8 and 9 pm for Earth Hour 2008. (Image U)
Image V
A report published recently has claimed that "small-bodied humans" have been found in the limestone caves in the rock islands of Palau, Micronesia. (Image V)
Image W
Climate change has impacted wildlife and water users across Wyoming and the Western States. (Image W)
Image X
Marek Wesoły, who won the 2nd Stage Champion in Pingtung, once again won the 8th Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in the Taipei City Hall. (Image X)
Image Y
Kam-po Wong, who ever won the 1st Stage Champion in Kaohsiung, once again won the 7th Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. (Image Y)
Image Z
Kyle Gritters, a cyclist from Health Net Pro Cycling Team, won the 6th Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in Taipei County. (Image Z)
Image AA
Krzysztof Jeżowski, a Polish cyclist from Merida Europe Team, won the 4th Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in Taichung City. (Image AA)
Image AB
Kam-po Wong, a cyclist from Hong Kong Pro Team, won the 1st Stage Champion of 2008 Tour de Taiwan in Kaohsiung. (Image AB)
Image AC
Rik Ceulemans, a Belgian marathon runner, won the 2008 Taipei County Jin Shi Marathon in Taiwan. He paid his own way to get to Taiwan for the event. (Image AC)
Image DA
Artist's conception of the Norwegian vault used to store seeds from 268,000 samples as an agricultural 'insurance policy' (Image DA)
Image AD
Hundreds of developers of freely licensed and open source software from all over Europe met in Brussels, Belgium this weekend for FOSDEM 2008. (Image AD)
Image AE
Firemen working to control a large fire in a party supply warehouse in the populous neighborhood of Once in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Image AE)
Image DB
Celebration of the declaration of independence of Kosovo from Serbia in Vienna on February 17 (Image DB)
Image AF
The Internet group Anonymous on February 10 held protests critical of the Church of Scientology. Picture taken from London, England. (Image AF)
Image DC
Turkish ship UND Adriyatik on fire. Photo taken from Fort Punta Christo, near Pula, Croatia (Image DC)
Image AG
A polling station in Utah opens for "Super Tuesday" in the 2008 US Presidential Elections. 24 states will vote today, to decide who they want to run for the 2008 elections. (Image AG)
Image AI
Recently at the 2008 Taipei Game Show, Namco Bandai Games Inc. showcased the beta version of the rhythm game series "Taiko no Tatsujin 11: Asian Version" as it became a hot topic recently in Taiwan. (Image AI)
Image AJ
Not only consumers, executives from digital content industry all supported the 2008 Taipei Game Show to help gaming industry in Taiwan. (Image AJ)
Image DD
The Standard Chartered Marathon, nicknamed "The Greatest Race on Earth", held its third stage in Mumbai, India (Image DD)
Image AK
Amnesty International staged worldwide protests to mark the sixth anniversary of the first arrival of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. (Image AK)
Image AL
In the 2008 Taipei City New Year Countdown Party, the Taipei 101 skyscraper showed the "Love Taiwan" mark during the New Year celebration fireworks. (Image AL)
Image AM
Not only publishing, designing executives, and government officials, the Kid Book Hall from Taipei International Book Exhibition showed another style from conception of recycling and reusing. (Image AM)
Image AN
A recent survey found that Big Ben was the most popular UK landmark. The image above shows some of the landmarks that made it into the top ten. (Image AN)
Image AO
A man was arrested in Bristol, United Kingdom on suspicion of terrorism Friday. There has also been a controlled explosion. Parts of the city were evacuated. The person who was arrested is believed to be 19 years old. The above image shows the nearest major road, Henleaze Road in the hours after the arrest (Image AO)
Image AP
The above graph shows the increase and decrease in city councillors for the three main parties in the UK local elections. Blue represents the Conservative party, red represents the Labour party and yellow represents the Liberal Democrats. (Image AP)
Image AQ
In the investigation of a fire on a Boeing 767 cargo plane at San Francisco International Airport last week, it has been revealed the operator received a threat the week before. (Image AQ)
Image AR
The G8 summit was today launched in Hokkaido, Japan. The above image shows the press conference made at the launch of the summit. (Image AR)
Image AS
Although the 34th G8 Summit was ended, but the demonstration of anti-globalists exposed a critical issue on poverty, etc. (Image AS)
Image AT
Sporting is good, but safety should be considered the most important factor before sporting. (Image AT)
Image AU
Four months and 3,200 kilometres ago, Canadian runner Jonathan Howard (right) began his run across the second-largest country in the world, to raise awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). (Image AU)
Image AV
Multiple large explosions have been reported at Sunshine Propane Industrial Gases, a propane facility in northern Toronto near Keele Street and Wilson Street near the Highway 401, at approximately between 3:25 and 3:50 am EST, at Murray Rd. & Spalding Rd. The above image shows the explosion (Image AV)
Image AW
The Bristol Organic Food Festival, which is Europe's largest festival for organic food, has launched in Bristol. The above image shows Bristol's Millennium Square during the festival. (Image AW)
Image AX
The public and celebrities were treated to performances by Diddy and DJ'ing by Samantha Ronson at the 2008 eTalk Festival Party, held the evening of September 5. The party was held by broadcaster CTV, in celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival. (Image AX)
Image AY
An F/A-18 Hornet sitting on the tarmac at the completion of the 2008 Reno Air Races. (Image AY)
Image AZ
Stephane Dion, seen making a speech in Brampton, Ontario during the final days of the Canadian federal election, is set to step down as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, after his party lost multiple seats in the House of Commons. (Image AZ)
Image BA
Wonderland Greyhound Park is one of two Massachusetts dog racing tracks that will be shut down by the passing of Question 3. (Image BA)
Image BB
A simulated version of a black hole, similar to the one scientists discovered at the center of the Milky Way. (Image BB)
Image BC
No clean feed protests against the Rudd government's mandatory ISP filtering at Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Australia (Image BC)
Image BD
Organizer Hunter Hargrave arrives for LeftOut protest of HRC dinner, San Francisco (Image BD)


Voting is now Closed. Please do not add more votes.

Please vote with a list of all the images which you believe should be carried through to round two, formatted in the following way
* A, T, AA, AJ ~~~~

  • I, L, P, U, DA, AQ, AT, AY Jonhall (talk) 00:42, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • P, L, D, E, N Stepshep (talk) 03:02, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • U —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jp215 (talkcontribs) Vote not to be counted as Jp215 not eligible to vote for picture of the year. Anonymous101talk 13:49, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • BC, AW, AT, DB, D, N Ottre (talk) 12:48, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • C, D, I, AG, AK, AV, BA Anonymous101talk 13:43, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • B, C, D, J, L, P, R, N, DA, AD, AE, AF, AG, DB, AK, AQ, AV, AT, BC TUFKAAP (talk) 14:42, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • AL, BB NuclearWarfare (talk) 19:58, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
  • G, J, L, P, X, AE, AG, AL, AM, AQ, AV, AY Patrol110 (talk) 01:49, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I, DB, AL Aguilac (talk) 02:26, 25 January 2009 (UTC) Vote not to be counted as user account does not exist on Wikinews (see w:User talk:Aguilac). Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 23:30, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • T—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 02:55, 27 January 2009 (UTC) Vote not to be counted as not by registered account. Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 23:30, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • D, I, U, DA, DB, AG, AK, AL, AS ~Planoneck~ 21:07, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I, N, DA, AL RaminusFalcon (talk) 21:21, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
  • AV, AY, AQ, AK, DB, I --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 02:01, 26 January 2009 (UTC)
  • B, D, I, L, N, T, X, DB, DC, AL, AQ, AT, AV, AX, AY --Melancholie (talk) 10:59, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • L, P, U, DB, AQ, AY. Lvova (talk) 11:52, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • U, L, X, B. Iffcool (talk) 12:05, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I Bennylin (talk) 12:19, 27 January 2009 (UTC), for now
  • X, AE, AS, AY, BB, BC Jedudedek (talk) 12:29, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • E, R, AK. --Stefan »Στέφανος«  12:37, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • B, I, L, U, Z, DB, AF, AG, AQ, AX, AY, BB Dobromila (talk) 13:17, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • D, N, P, U, AE, AG, AJ, AK, AT, BA Chandlerjoeyross (talk) 16:49, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  • BB, ASD, AZ -Djsasso (talk) 18:09, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
    • Please clarify your vote. Did you mean to vote for A, S, and D or AS and D? Bawolff 04:09, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
      • Sorry that should be BB, AU, AZ. I was looking at part of the description and pulled the wrong letters out. -Djsasso (talk) 04:21, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
  • L, DA, AL, AY, BB – Hunyadym (talk) 00:03, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • J, P --SVTCobra 00:13, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • D, I, J, DA, AE, AF, AL, AQ, AY --Bibliomaniac15 (talk) 00:31, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • P, AF, AK. --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 11:23, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • C, D, E, K, N, P, DB, AF, AL, AQ. --Chris Mann (Say hi!|Stalk me!) 23:12, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • J, T, P, AC, AL, AY, AZ, BD Gopher65talk 23:32, 28 January 2009 (UTC)
  • D, L, P, DB, AF, AK, AL, BC. seresin (¡?) 03:33, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
  • L, AF --Sigma 7 (talk) 01:04, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
    • Please prove that your wikipedia and wikinews accounts are owned by the same person. (easy way: special:mergeaccount). Bawolff 09:08, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
      • Done. I was already using a unified account, but some of the edit counter tools didn't detect the account as such. --Sigma 7 (talk) 17:10, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
        • Hmm, thats weird. Thanks for responding (and sorry for being overly suspicious). Bawolff 04:21, 5 February 2009 (UTC)
  • L, N, P, X, AE, DB, AF, Ak, AQ, AR, AS, AT, AY, BA, BC, BD Bawolff 23:28, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
  • L, P, BD IlyaHaykinson (talk) 11:25, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
  • I, N, DB, AS, BC -- Kevinhksouth (talk) 13:13, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
  • U, G, AL, AG. Miranda (talk) 01:44, 1 February 2009 (UTC)

Voting is now closed (as of 05:34, 1 February 2009 (UTC). Miranda was the last person to vote). Round two will start shortly (once round 1 results are official)


See Wikinews_talk:Picture_of_the_Year_2008#Round_one_results for full details:

  • Fifty-nine images were present for round 1. Eleven surevived.
  • Images with 10 or more votes (leaders of the pack): D, DB, I, L, P, AL, AQ, AY [8]
  • Images with 2 or more votes (not too shabby): B, C, D, E, G, I, J, L, N, P, R, T, U, X, AE, AF, AG, AK, AL, AQ, AS, AT, AV, AX, AY, AZ, BA, BB, BC, BD, DA, DB [32]
  • Images that did not make it (0-1 votes): AC, AD, AJ, AM, AR, AU, AW, DC, K, Z, A, AA, AB, AI, AN, AO, AP, DD, F, H, M, O, Q, S, V, W, Y [27]
  • Images that had 8 or more votes (actually made it): D, I, L, N, P, AF, AK, AL, AQ, AY, DB [11]
  • Results compiled by Bawolff (talk · contribs) and Chris Mann (talk · contribs)