The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Contest for 2006 has begun. For those not in the know, Wikimedia Commons is a repository of free (as in speech) media. It is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation, the same people who brought us Wikipedia.
The overall quality of the nominations is absolutely excellent. Just take a look at the gallery of the 320 submissions. If you’re ever getting bored of your desktop background, just go here. And the best thing is that all of these images are absolutely free: you can use them for any purposes, even commercial, so long as you abide by the terms of their respective free content license agreements.