Mikelo, one of our contacts at Flickr who has been featured a couple of times at our Eusko Flickr section has been awarded by Wikipedia according to this note published at EiTB:
Wikipedia appraises picture taken by Basque
Mikel Ortega, a young photographer from Renteria, Gipuzkoa, found inspiration on Bianditz mountain.
A picture taken by Mikel Ortega Mendibil (Renteria, Gipuzkoa) has been chosen as the best free image of the year 2008 by the editors of Wikipedia, the free and multilingual on-line encyclopedia project.
The picture shows two horses on Bianditz mountain (Gipuzkoa) with the so-called Aiako Harria/Peña de Aia, or Aia's peak, in the background.
Mikel Ortega told eitb.com reporter David Pérez that the picture was taken "about two years ago, " when he was trekking in the mountains with several friends.
The 31-year old uploaded the image to Flickr under the Creative Commons license, which allows creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.
Someone decided to upload Ortega's photo to Wikipedia and suddenly, he got a stunning surprise without "promoting the picture," as he said astonished.
The picture was modified by a German user called Richard Bartz, who removed a horse that was in the background - see the original image.
However, he clarified that he is not engaged in professional photography but in computers.
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