frequently asked questions
what is World Heritage?
World Heritage sites are inscribed on the UNESCO List on the
basis of their merits as forming a significant contribution to the
cultural and natural heritage of the world. Their outstanding
universal value is considered to go beyond national boundaries and
to be of importance for future generations.
what is UNESCO?
UNESCO is the United
Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization. The Convention concerning the
Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted
by UNESCO in 1972. Since then 190 countries have ratified the
treaty. The World Heritage List currently includes 962 properties in 157 State Parties.
what sort of places are
Properties may be 'Cultural', 'Natural' or 'Mixed'. Cultural heritage
refers to monuments, buildings and sites with historical,
aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or
anthropological value. Natural
heritage refers to outstanding physical,
biological or geological features and includes habitats of
threatened species, as well as areas with scientific, environmental
or aesthetic value. Mixed sites have both
cultural and natural values.
what are the photos used for?
Photos uploaded to the ourplacephotos website are used to promote World Heritage. They are
used to educate and inform people about these wonderful places.
Photos and comments posted on the website are moderated to ensure
that they are suitable to promote World Heritage, and that they are
not offensive to individuals or cultural groups. Ourplacephotos reserves the right to
reject photographs due to commercial branding and technical issues.
All members contributing photographs must agree to Creative Commons
License with regards to distribution.
what is Our Place?
ourplacephotos is affiliated with
the established Our Place World Heritage global photographic
project - see www.ourplaceworldheritage.com
Our Place World Heritage has official
partnership status with UNESCO and is creating the
"world's first official World Heritage
photographic database" in conjunction with the UNESCO
World Heritage Centre in Paris.
Our Place sends professional
photographers on assignment to World Heritage sites around
the globe to document them for the UNESCO and Our Place
Our photos are used in official UNESCO publications; on the Our
Place World Heritage website; for educational and research
purposes, and in public photo exhibitions and displays
Our own first book, "Places of Wonder and
Discovery" is now available for purchase online
through the Our Place World Heritage website. It features images of
50 WH sites, all taken by our team of professional
The aim of Our Place is to celebrate 'our place
on our planet' through great and inspirational
photography. We believe that good photography can inform and
enthuse people about our shared global heritage, and hopefully
inspire them to respect their own and others' cultural and natural
Heritage sites, like all precious resources can exploited and
lost forever, or preserved and protected for the enjoyment of future generations.
We hope that you will contribute your photographs and enthusiasm
for this important global project. Sharing
your photos can make a difference.
how is Our Place funded?
Our Place's principal source of funding is
from international companies who want to establish the reputation
of being good global citizens and decide to demonstrate this by
joining Our Place in helping to preserve the world's collective
cultural and environmental heritage. We also gain some funding from
a variety of exhibitions we carry out around the world which
showcase images taken by the Our Place official photographic team.
These exhibitions also held educate our global community about the
significance and value of our most prized World Heritage
ourplacephotos - Photography for
preservation and protection