Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vote for the world’s 7 Wonders of Nature

Selecting the world’s seven natural wonders is no easy task.
I just voted in the New 7 Wonders of Nature poll and agonized over my choices from the 28 finalists. A few were easy – the Amazon Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon. But picking the next five was rough.
The global New 7 Wonders of Nature initiative is led by Bernard Weber, a Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker, author and explorer. He is the founder of the New7Wonders Foundation, which is funded by licensing and commercial partnerships with companies, TV rights holders and event organizers.
The Zurich-based organization previously sponsored the selection of the seven man-made wonders of the world, announced 07-07-07. That poll attracted 100 million votes worldwide.
The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007 and will culminate with the declaration of the chosen sites on 11-11-11. More than 440 recommended sites were narrowed to 28 finalists.
I based my votes on a few criteria. First, the site had to be a place that was utterly unique in the world. Second, it had to have a definite wow factor. Third, it had to be a place that people would dream about visiting.
Rounding out my picks for the seven natural wonders are Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Matterhorn in the European Alps between Italy and Switzerland, and Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia.

Photos (top to bottom): The Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon and Ha Long Bay.

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