Tuesday, November 8, 2011

UNESCO Sites and Our Place Photos

Have you heard of Our Place Photos?

We had not either. But we were of course familiar with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which Our Place Photos aims to document by creating the world's largest photographic database.  Recently, the organization's social media coordinator contacted us and invited us to submit photos of Nepal's UNESCO sites.

Here's the cool thing: as much as we would like to say that it was our amazing photog skills that prompted this invitation, Our Place Photos is a community based web project that relies on submissions by anyone and everyone, from amateur to professional photographers, from casual tourists to photojournalists.

Until our recent submissions, there were no photos of Nepal's four UNESCO sites. We just changed that for two sites -- the Kathmandu Valley and Sagarmatha National Park (aka the Everest region) -- and you can view our photos here.

But the remaining two UNESCO sites -- Royal Chitwan National Park and Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha -- currently have no photos. So, we are calling on all of our readers who have traveled to these places and have photos to share: submit your photos and showcase Nepal!

For our other readers who have not been to Nepal and have no plans to visit (c'mon, haven't we tempted someone by now?), you can still contribute to Our Place Photos' mission by documenting all the UNESCO sites you have visited and photographed.

And now, I leave you with a few of our all-time favorite images from the Kathmandu Valley and Sagarmatha National Park.

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A "face lift" at Boudhanath

Swayambunath monkey

Patan Durbar Square

Spinning prayer wheels at Patan's north stupa

The festival of Teej at Pashupatinath

Namche Bazaar

Glacier en route from Dingboche to Tukkla

View from Lobuche

View from Kala Pattar

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