Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates

This star, with one point broken, symbolizes the featured candidates on Wikipedia.

Featured pictures are images that add significantly to articles, either by illustrating article content particularly well, or being eye-catching to the point where users will want to read its accompanying article. Taking the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words", the images featured on Wikipedia:Featured pictures should illustrate a Wikipedia article in such a way as to add significantly to that article, according to the featured picture criteria.

Promoting an image

If you believe an image should be featured, create a subpage (use the "For Nominations" field, below) and add the subpage to the current nominations section.

For promotion, if an image is listed here for ten days with five or more reviewers in support and the consensus is in its favor, it can be added to the Wikipedia:Featured pictures list. Consensus is generally regarded to be a two-third majority in support, including the nominator and/or creator of the image; however, anonymous votes are generally disregarded, as are opinions of sockpuppets.

All users may comment. However, only those who have been on Wikipedia for 25 days and with at least 100 edits will be included in the numerical count. If necessary, decisions about close candidacies will be made on a case-by-case basis. Nominations started in December are given three extra days, due to the holidays slowing down activity here.

The archive contains all opinions and comments collected for candidate nominations and their nomination results.

If you nominate an image here, please consider also uploading and nominating it at Commons to help ensure that the pictures can be used not just in the English Wikipedia but on all other Wikimedia projects as well.

Delisting an image

A featured picture can be nominated for delisting if you feel it no longer lives up to featured picture standards. You may also request a featured picture be replaced with a superior image. Create a subpage (use the "For Delists" field, below) and add the subpage to the current nominations section.

Please leave a note on the talk page of the original FPC nominator (and creator/uploader, if appropriate) to let them know the delisting is being debated. The user may be able to address the issues and avoid the delisting of the picture.

For delisting, if an image is listed here for ten days with five or more reviewers supporting a delist or replace, and the consensus is in its favor, it will be delisted from Wikipedia:Featured pictures. Consensus is generally regarded to be a two-third majority in support, including the nominator. Note that anonymous votes are generally disregarded, as are opinions of sockpuppets. However, images are sometimes delisted despite having fewer than five in support of their removal, and there is currently no consensus on how best to handle delist closures, except that:.If the image to be delisted is not used in any articles by the time of closure, it must be delisted. If it is added to articles during the nomination, at least one week's stability is required for the nomination to be closed as "Kept". The nomination may be suspended if a week hasn't yet passed to give the rescue a chance.

Outside of the nominator, all voters are expected to have been on Wikipedia for 25 days and to have made a minimum of 100 edits. If necessary, decisions about close candidacies will be made on a case-by-case basis. As with regular nominations, delist nominations are given three extra days to run if started in December.

  • Note that delisting an image does not mean deleting it. Delisting from Featured pictures in no way affects the image's status in its article(s).
Step 1:
Evaluate

Evaluate the merit of a nomination against the featured picture criteria. Most users reference terms from this page when evaluating nominations.

Step 2:
Create a subpage
For Nominations

To create a subpage of Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates for your nomination, add a title for the image you want to nominate in the field below (e.g., Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Labrador Retriever) and click the "Create new nomination" button.


For Delists (or Delist & Replace)

To create a subpage for your delist, add a title for the image you want to delist/replace in the field below and click the "Create new delist nomination" button.


Step 3:
Transclude and link

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How to comment for Candidate Images

  • Write Support, if you approve of the picture. A reason is optional.
  • Write Oppose, followed by your reasoning, if you disapprove of the picture. All objections should be accompanied by a specific rationale that, if addressed, would make you support the image. If your concern is one that can only be addressed by the creator, and if they haven't nominated or commented on the image, and if they are a Wikipedian, you should notify them directly.
  • You can weak support or weak oppose instead, so that your opinion will be weighed as half of a "full" opinion.
    • To change your opinion, strike it out (with <s>...</s>) rather than removing it.
  • If you think a nominated image obviously fails the featured picture criteria, write Speedy close followed by your reasons. Nominations may be closed early if this is the case.
Recommendations added early in the process may be disregarded if they do not address concerns and/or improvements that arise later in the debate. Reviewers are advised to monitor the progress of a nomination and update their votes accordingly.
Prior to giving an opinion, the image should be assessed on its quality as displayed at full size (high-resolution) in an image editing program. Please note that the images are only displayed at thumbnail size on this page. The thumbnail links to the image description page which, in turn, links to the high-resolution version.

How to comment for Delist Images

  • Write Keep, followed by your reasons for keeping the picture.
  • Write Delist, followed by your reasons for delisting the picture.
  • Write Delist and Replace if you believe the image should be replaced by a better picture.
  • You can weak keep, weak delist or weak delist and replace instead, so that your opinion will be weighed as half of a "full" opinion.
    • To change your opinion, strike it out (with <s>...</s>) rather than removing it.
Please remember to be civil, not to bite the newbies and to comment on the image, not the person.

You may find the glossary useful when you encounter acronyms or jargon in other voters' comments. You can also link to it by using {{FPCgloss}}.

Editing candidates

If you feel you could improve a candidate by image editing, please feel free to do so, but do not overwrite or remove the original. Instead, upload your edit with a different file name (e.g., add "edit" to the file name), and display it below the original nomination. Edits should be appropriately captioned in sequential order (e.g., Edit 1, Edit 2, etc), and describe the modifications that have been applied.

Is my monitor adjusted correctly?

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In a discussion about the brightness of an image, it is necessary to know if the computer display is properly adjusted. Displays differ greatly in their ability to show shadow detail. There are four dark grey circles in the adjacent image. If you can discern three (or even four) of the circles, your monitor can display shadow detail correctly. If you see fewer than three circles, you may need to adjust the monitor and/or computer display settings. Some displays cannot be adjusted for ideal shadow detail. Please take this into account when voting.
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Displays also differ greatly in their ability to show highlight detail. There are light grey circles in the adjacent image. If you can discern three (or even four) of the circles, your monitor can display highlight detail correctly. If you see fewer than three circles, you may need to adjust the monitor and/or computer display settings (probably reduce the contrast setting). Some displays cannot be adjusted for ideal highlight detail. Please take this into account when voting.
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On a gamma-adjusted display, the four circles in the color image blend into the background when seen from a few feet (roughly 75–150 cm) away. If they do not, you could adjust the gamma setting (found in the computer's settings, not on the display), until they do. This may be very difficult to attain, and a slight error is not detrimental. Uncorrected PC displays usually show the circles darker than the background.
Note that on most consumer LCD displays (laptop or flat screen), viewing angle strongly affects these images. Correct adjustment on one part of the screen might be incorrect on another part for a stationary head position. Click on the images for more technical information. If possible, calibration with a hardware monitor calibrator is recommended.

Current nominations

Black-chested snake-eagle

Voting period ends on 27 Oct 2018 at 20:33:51 (UTC)

OriginalBlack-chested snake-eagle (Circaetus pectoralis) holding a snake in Awash National Park, Ethiopia
Reason
High quality large image. FP on Commons.
Articles in which this image appears
Black-chested snake-eagle
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Animals/Birds
Creator
Charlesjsharp



Naqsh-e Rustam

Voting period ends on 26 Oct 2018 at 18:13:49 (UTC)

OriginalNaqsh-e Rustam
Reason
High resolution, detailed, featured on Commons, high EV shot of a historical site with its own article. Probably what the reviewers at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Naqsh-e Rustam had in mind.
Articles in which this image appears
Naqsh-e Rustam, Iranian architecture, Achaemenid architecture, Rostami, List of necropoleis
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Places/Architecture
Creator
Diego Delso
  • Support as nominatorMER-C 18:13, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. --Gnosis (talk) 15:23, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Support very useful. Charlesjsharp (talk) 20:37, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
  • SupportBammesk (talk) 01:02, 18 October 2018 (UTC)



Eagle Nebula

Voting period ends on 26 Oct 2018 at 07:06:39 (UTC)

Original – Three-colour composite mosaic image of the Eagle Nebula, with north at top.
Reason
Higher resolution, good EV
Articles in which this image appears
Eagle Nebula, etc.
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Space/Looking out
Creator
ESO
  • Support as nominatorThe NMI User (talk) 07:06, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
  • This appears to be a slightly too small field of view, though I think it will be a bit difficult picking up the extended emission without saturating/blowing out the central region. Reserving judgement for now. MER-C 17:52, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
  • The image has lots of noise in some areas, isn't it excessive?! Bammesk (talk) 01:14, 18 October 2018 (UTC)



Triton

Voting period ends on 26 Oct 2018 at 07:06:38 (UTC)

OriginalVoyager 2 photomosaic of Triton's sub-Neptunian hemisphere
Reason
Good EV, excellent photo, high resolution.
Articles in which this image appears
Triton (moon), Neptune, Voyager 2, etc.
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Space/Looking out
Creator
NASA, uploaded by Jbarta



Mekong River

Voting period ends on 23 Oct 2018 at 05:03:22 (UTC)

Original – The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's twelfth longest river and the seventh longest in Asia. From the Tibetan Plateau the river runs through China's Yunnan Province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The extreme seasonal variations in flow and the presence of rapids and waterfalls in the Mekong make navigation difficult. Even so, the river is a major trade route between western China and Southeast Asia.
Reason
This seems to be the best photo that we have of the Mekong. It is the lead image of the Mekong article and used on five mainspace pages.
Articles in which this image appears
Mekong, Laos, List of Ramsar wetlands of Thailand, River pirate, Jullien's golden carp
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Places
Creator
Allie Caulfield, cropped by Pine
  • Support as nominatorPine 05:03, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment It's risky cropping someone else's image. I would object if anyone cropped mine. Does the photographer agree? Too much cropped I think. Charlesjsharp (talk) 13:00, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment – I agree with Charles about too much cropped, given the river is the primary subject. Bammesk (talk) 15:47, 13 October 2018 (UTC)



World War I casualties

Voting period ends on 21 Oct 2018 at 16:34:34 (UTC)

Original – British wounded of the Royal Berkshire Regiment returning from fighting on Bazentin Ridge, July 1916.
Reason
Lead image for World War I casualties, featured on Commons
Articles in which this image appears
World War I casualties, British Army during World War I, Ernest Brooks (photographer)
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/History/World War I
Creator
Ernest Brooks (photographer)
  • Support as nominatorMER-C 16:34, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
  • SupportBammesk (talk) 15:28, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Support - The NMI User (talk) 06:13, 16 October 2018 (UTC)



Closeup of the center of a stone wheel - Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, India

Voting period ends on 20 Oct 2018 at 14:18:21 (UTC)

Original – Closeup focusing the stone motif created at the center of the stone wheel - Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, India
Reason
A high resolution closeup image of the center of the wheel
Articles in which this image appears
Konark Sun Temple
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Artwork/Sculpture
Creator
Subhrajyoti
  • Support as nominatorSubhrajyoti07 (talk) 14:18, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Oppose - this has only been placed in the article today, and is only in a gallery, so fails the "Adds significant encyclopedic value to an article" criterion. I'm also not sure it's the best for encyclopedic value, as only a small part of the carving is in focus. TSP (talk) 15:08, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Oppose not FP composition - the eight carvings on the spokes are cut off. MER-C 16:20, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
Konark stone wheel
  • Oppose – A more visually accessible photo is already in the target article. Sca (talk) 14:06, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

  • Comment - Yes, but in that photo the center motif of the wheel has been got eroded/erased over time. This photograph specifically focuses on the center motif of another wheel in the same sun temple complex where the stone motif is still visible/reasonably intact-Subhrajyoti07 (talk) 17:32, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Aha, the temple has "24 elaborately carved stone wheels," so these are two different ones. Nevertheless, I concur with MER-C that the nominated pic. is too close up – a wider field would aid viewer recognition of a wheel form. Sca (talk) 21:50, 11 October 2018 (UTC)



Abyssinian black-and-white colobus

Voting period ends on 19 Oct 2018 at 07:27:35 (UTC)

Original – Abyssinian black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza guereza) male in Ethiopia
Reason
High quality expressive image of an Ethiopian subspecies. FP on Commons.
Articles in which this image appears
Abyssinian black-and-white colobus
FP category for this image
Wikipedia:Featured pictures/Animals/Mammals
Creator
Charlesjsharp



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