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Wiki's Pictures of the Year

Last updated on: July 9, 2012 18:58 IST

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Wikimedia Commons, the most popular website for sharing and using photographs, has compiled the best pictures of 2011.

In the second part of this photo series, rediff.com presents some of the most popular photographs from Wikimedia Commons.

ALSO SEE: Wiki's Pictures of the Year - Part I

Olive ridley sea turtle nesting at Oaxaca, Mexico

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Photographs: Claudio Giovenzana/Wikimedia Commons

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A LCVP from the US Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division onto Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing, two thirds of the Company E became casualties.

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Photographs: Robert F. Sargent/Wikimedia Commons

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A nearly full moon sets as the space shuttle Discovery sits atop Launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

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Photographs: Bill Inglais/NASA/Wikimedia Commons

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The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Licancabur volcano.

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Photographs: Francesco Mocellin/Wikimedia Commons

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Eilean Donan Castle, as viewed from the south-east at sunrise.

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Photographs: David Iliff/Wikimedia Commons

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A hot air balloon being inflated before an air trip over Cappadocia, central Turkey, as seen from inside.

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Photographs: Benh Lieu Song/Wikimedia Commons

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Pollination by a bee.

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Photographs: Louise Docker/Wikimedia Commons
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A snowy ski lift on top of Areskutan, Sweden.

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Photographs: Anders Carlsson/Wikimedia Commons

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Oil-on-oak-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

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Photographs: Pieter Brueghel/Wikimedia Commons

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Himeji Castle, Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

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Photographs: Bernard Gagnon/Wikimedia Commons

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Two boys at the beach. One is buried in the sand and the other is bending forward while holding the other's head.

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Photographs: B hringer Friedrich/Wikimedia Commons
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A Hubble Space Telescope image of the R136 super star cluster, near the centre of the 30 Doradus Nebula, also known as the Tarantula Nebula or NGC 2070.

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Photographs: R O'Connell/Wikimedia Commons

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A Red deer Cervus elaphus, in Freyr forest, near Han-sur-Lesse, Belgium.

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Photographs: Luc Viatour/Wikimedia Commons

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One of the Maid of the Mist tour boats approaching the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

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Photographs: Saffron Blaze/Wikimedia Commons

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El Golfo Beach in Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Spain).

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Photographs: Luc Viatour/Wikimedia Commons

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A mountain massif of Flakstadoya island in the background to the road to Nusfjord village, Lofoten, Norway.  

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Photographs: Simo Rsnen/Wikimedia Commons

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A horse and his rider, made between 1766 and 1771 by the French anatomist Honore Fragonard. Museum Fragonard of the National Veterinarian High School of Alfort, in Maisons-Alfort, France. The technique used is still partially unknown.

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Photographs: Jebulon/Wikimedia Commons

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A panoramic picture of Ratikon mountain range in Austria, near the border of Switzerland, with Austrian Alpine Club hut Tilisunah on the left.

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Photographs: B hringer Friedrich/Wikimedia Commons

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A broad view of Hurricane Isabel captured from the International Space Station.

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Photographs: Mike Trenchard/NASA/Wikimedia Commons
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Mouth of the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska.

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Photographs: Richard Moore/Wikimedia Commons

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