Oxford University Press hopes you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Following a weekend of food comas and couch potato-ing, here’s a slideshow celebrating the Place of the Year (POTY) shortlist nominees that hopefully will perk you up this morning. See how our ten finalists have changed over the years. We’re excited to announce the location that will join Yemen, South Africa, Warming Island, Kosovo and Sudan as a Place of the Year winner on December 3rd! Stay tuned!
London, UK 1897
Queen Victoria photographed for her Diamond Jubilee. She and Queen Elizabeth II are the only British monarchs to celebrate a 60th anniversary on the throne. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
London, UK 2012
Mosaic Picture of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, produced by Helen Marshall using more than 5000 photos at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, England. Photo courtesy Abuk Sabuk, Creative Commons License
Dr. Carl Sagan poses with a model of Viking lander, the first NASA Mission to land on Mars, in Death Valley, Calif. Credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Curiosity Rover’s location during first scooping. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechMars
Istanbul, Turkey, 1422
Map of Constantinople, now Istanbul, designed in 1422 by Florentine cartographer Cristoforo Buondelmonti. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons and Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
The city at night © NASA
First excavation on the Meyrin site in Geneva, Switzerland, soon to be home to the European Organization for Nuclear Research. © 1954 CERN
Press conference announcing the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle that gives mass to elementary particles (c) 2012 CERN
Myanmar/Burma ca. 1890-1923
Burmese women, one smoking a cigar. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton hugs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Rangoon, Burma. In April 2012, the Burmese opposition leader was elected to the Burmese Parliament. State Department photo/ Public Domain
Rooftops of Damascus, Syria. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress
View of Damascus from Mount Qassioun. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Arctic Circle 1913
Diana [MacMillan’s ship] just before sailing off on an Arctic expedition, 2 July 1913. Image courtesy of the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress.
Arctic Circle 2003
Polar bears approach the USS Honolulu while it surfaced 280 miles from the North Pole. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US-Navy
Calabasas, CA 1960
The Miguel Leonis Abode, a Monterey-style mansion home to Leonis, “The King of Calabasas” and a real estate mogul, and his wife Espiritu Chijulla, the daughter of a Chumash chief, at the end of the 19th century. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.
Calabasas, CA 2012
The current kings and queens of Calabasas. Image courtesy of E! Entertainment
Athens. Greece ca. 1910-1915
The Old Parliament House which served the Greek Parliament from 1875 to 1932 and currently the National Historical Museum. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress
Syntagma Square, facing the modern Hellenic Parliament building, has been the site of riots regarding proposed austerity measures amidst Greece’s economic collapse in 2012. Photo by Tango7174. Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands 1933
Map of Tokara Islands and Senkaku Islands, issued in Japan. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands 2012
Anti-Japan demonstrations over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute in Hong Kong in September 2012. Image courtesy of Voice of America
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