A few days ago the winners of the seventh annual contest of most viewed images of the year are announced. With more than 3,990 votes, Pierre Dal (user: Kookburra 81) took home the top award for his picture of European bee-eaters.
1 round of voting began in mid-January, and the 2nd round – at the beginning of February. Considered photos were chosen among the chosen images in 2012 (more than 750 photos).
European bee-eaters, Ariege, France
Photograph by Pierre Dalous (User: Kookaburra 81)
# 1 – 347 votes in the final category in the first round: Birds. European bee-eaters, Ariege, France. Female (foreground) waiting for a proposal that would made by the man.
2. Second place
A great eruption on the Sun – August 31
Photograph by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
# 2 – 304 votes in the final category in the first round: Astronomy. August 31, 2012 the long string of solar material that is contained in the atmosphere of the Sun, “crown”, space at 4:36 pm. The coronal mass ejection was moving at a speed of more than 1450 kilometers per second. Emission was not directed toward Earth, but united with the Earth’s magnetic environment, or magnetosphere, causing auroras on the night of Monday, September 3.
3. Third Place
Shot on light bulb of airguns
Photograph by Stefan Krause, Germany (User: Ritchyblack)
# 3 – 209 votes in the final category in the first round: Objects. High-speed photography lights on which was shot from a pneumatic gun (to the right of the lamp). The camera was running by a solar cell, which was located in front of the gun.
4. Fourth place
Mobedalen, August 2011
Photograph by Simo Räsänen (User: Ximonic)
164 votes in the final category in the first round: Forms of nature. A wide view of the evening Mobedalen, Hordalend, Norway. The photo was taken from the eastern end of the valley.
5. Fifth place
Yak near Yamdrok lake, Tibet
Photograph by Dennis Jarvis (User: Archer10)
160 votes in the final category in the first round: Mammals. These long-haired oxen live across the Himalayan region of south Central Asia, the Tibetan Plateau and the far north of Mongolia and Russia. In the Tibetan economy is dominated by subsistence agriculture. Because of the limited availability of arable land, the primary occupation of the Tibetan Plateau is the breeding sheep, cattle, goats, camels, yaks and horses. The Tibetan yak is an integral part of Tibetan life.
6. Sixth place
Photograph by Mihael Grmek (User: Meho29)
153 votes in the final category in the first round: Cities and ruins. Shmaretna Mountain View, Skofja Loka, Slovenia.
Legacy of the castle park in Pszczyna, Poland
Photograph by Jacek Cisło (User: Poranek)
151 votes in the final category in the first round: Forms of nature.
8. Eighth place
Panorama of the crater of the volcano Darwaza
Photograph by Tormod Sandtorv (Flickr) – edited by User: Hellbus
151 votes in the final, in the first round Category: Views of Nature. Door to Hell, burning Derveze gas field in Turkmenistan. It is actually bigger than it looks. Three 17 mm frame attached together.
9. Ninth place
Vasco da Gama bridge, Lisbon, Portugal
Photograph by F Mira (Flickr)
139 votes in the final category in the first round: Structures and facilities. Merger in the mist – Vasco da Gama bridge, Lisbon, Portugal.
10. Tenth place
Park Tarvasjõgi at Kõrvemaa in Estonia
Photograph by Ireen Trummer (User: Ireena)
134 votes in the final, in the first round Category: Views of Nature.
11. Eleventh place
Silhouette of Endeavour
Photograph by Crew of Expedition 22 (NASA)
126 votes in the final category in the first round: Astronomy. Though astronauts and cosmonauts often encounter striking views of the Earth, a unique image is a series of colorful horizons of the Earth, has an additional feature: the silhouette of the space shuttle Endeavour. The view was photographed by a crew member of Expedition 22 to the International Space Station.Orange layer of the troposphere, where all weather create clouds that we normally see. This orange layer gives way to a whitish stratosphere and then the mesosphere. In some frames the black color is part of the window frame, not the blackness of space.
12. Twelfth place
Arlington, Biburi, UK
Photograph by User: Saffron Blaze
112 votes in the final category in the first round: Cities and ruins. Arlington was built in 1380 as a monastic wool shop. These buildings have been converted into weaving cottages in the 17th century.