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World Heritage - a World Wide Panorama
June 19-21, 2004

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decoA VR panorama (VR for virtual reality) is a specially created computer image that goes all the way around the viewer. It is a revolutionary way to document a particular place and time - the next best thing to being there.

VR panoramas are interactive. Use the mouse to rotate the panorama, use Shift and Control to zoom in and out.

On the Solstice weekend, June 19-21 2004, more than 110 photographers in 32 countries around the world created VR panoramas with the common theme of World Heritage. This site showcases the results of their efforts.

Winner of the Exploratorium's Ten Cool Sites Award
for educational excellence, September/October, 2004.

History of the Idea – Tito Dupret

Belgian photographer Tito Dupret is a man with a personal crusade -- to photograph (including VR photographs) UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He has been traveling for several years, producing amazing panoramas of Angkor in Cambodia, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, many places in China, and most recently in Sri Lanka. Tito's site, http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/ (Update March 2015: gone?) is rapidly becoming an outstanding archive of images of our common cultural heritage.

After seeing the success of the first World Wide Panorama, Tito suggested that world heritage be used as the theme of the next event. He felt that this theme would continue the WWP's goal to promote awareness of VR Photography while sharing Tito's goal of promoting awareness about World Heritage.

At the time of the event there were 754 officially designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are listed by region and country at: http://whc.unesco.org/nwhc/pages/sites/main.htm 

The sites have been selected by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization). More information about this group and their program at: http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm 

The sites are scattered widely over the surface of the earth. Since the definition of world heritage includes natural landscapes as well as man-made ones, there are sites in both heavily populated regions and remote areas. They celebrate world cultures from the neolithic to relatively recent times. Some are single buildings, many are entire historic towns or city centers, some are long abandoned. 

New sites are continuously being evaluated and added to the list - additional sites were announced as the world wide panorama event proceeded. 

The theme of the panorama shoot is world heritage, not just UNESCO World Heritage sites. Many participants (about half) were not able to reach a UNESCO inscribed site, so they made their own nomination of a place worthy of consideration as world heritage.

All images are copyright by the individual photographers. Use in any way other than viewing on this web site is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the relevant photographer.
All images and panoramas are NOT in public domain, unless stated otherwise by the contributor! The individual photographers retain their rights to their works. Any inquiries need to be sent to the individual participants. The WWP admin team does not provide contact information beyond what has been made public by the participants on their profile pages.

The overall site is copyright by the World Wide Panorama Foundation, a California Public Benefit Corporation.

The World Wide Panorama events were originally sponsored by the Geography Computing Facility at the University of California Berkeley, and hosted by The Geo-Images Project. The WWP is now run by the World Wide Panorama Foundation, a California Public Benefit Corporation.
This is a non-commercial project, done simply to create enthusiasm for VR photography, and provide an outlet for our collective creativity.

The World Wide Panorama was founded by Don Bain and Landis Bennett. Interactive maps and database programming by Markus Altendorff. Logo and region graphics by Kat Bennett. Google Earth management by Thomas Rauscher.

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