The Community Prize was cancelled for the 2016 competition as there was not enough participation from within the community. Of those that did vote, a few seemed to be concerned with tampering with the vote. After a long and hard decision and time spent going through the contributions of each voter, the organisers decided to not award the Community Prize at all this year. This was tough decision made as the bid to influence the vote is not within the spirit of the Wikimedia movement. We felt that, as the stewards of the WMF’s grant, we could not justify awarding the prize under this dark cloud.
As the organisers of the competition we have awarded the Organisers Prize to Nubian Flute Player by Ahmed Emad H as it displays excellent framing and use of colour and light, as well as beautifully depicting on a rarely seen corner, in this case Nubia in Egypt, of this vast continent. Further, the collection of work that Ahmed Emad H contributed to Commons during this time has provided a wonderful spotlight on singers and musicians in Egypt: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles/Ahmed_Emad_H
Congratulations to Ahmed!! Thanks again to the Jury for their initial hard work in determining the first 3 winners.
Isla and Florence