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Taking photographs can get you into some amazing locations - particularly when your focus is on documenting the variety of the World’s Heritage.

Recently I was invited to join a group of journalists and editors from the Asia / Pacific region for a photo seminar and location shoot in the South Island of New Zealand.

We were guests of Panasonic, the OUR PLACE photography sponsor who were launching two new cameras that are particularly suitable for travel and adventure photography. They are the TZ20 -which has an impressive 16X optical zoom, and the FT3 a toughened all weather camera which is waterproofed to a depth of 12 metres [40ft].

As part of the camera trials we flew by helicopter across the Southern Alps and landed at the stunning Lake Erskine a glacial lake that sits at over 1400 metres [5000ft] in Te Wahipounamu – the South West New Zealand World Heritage site.

Landing at such a spectacular and remote location is a special privilege and when the noise of the helicopter fades a visitor can really begin to appreciate this beautiful natural location.

Photographers strive to capture a unique and original view of a location and often try and avoid the clichéd and obvious images, but when you visit such a visually pleasing location, the traditional “mountains in water“ reflection type images seem more than adequate to capture the special nature of the site.

After all, in a location like that - what you see and experience is what you want your camera to capture – and that is some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

Lake Erskine is just one small part of the magnificent South West New Zealand World Heritage site [see our gallery images] and, as with many of the world’s stunning natural landscapes, is a good reason to pick up a camera and head out to explore and experience our place on our planet.

This month we have added picture galleries for an ancient rock art site in Azerbaijan; a Spanish colonial town and archaeological location in Mexico; a Bronze Age burial ground in Finland, and the historic city of Damascus in Syria.

And, very soon OUR PLACE will be launching a new on-line site where you will be able to share your photographs with other enthusiasts for travel and heritage. More details about that in the next newsletter.

Footnote: Lake Erskine in Te Wahipounamu is less than 400 Kilometres [250miles] from the city of Christchurch. Our thoughts are with the citizens of this recently earthquake-ravaged city.

Geoff Steven


New Picture Galleries

The drawings and engravings found in the rocks and caves of Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape in Azerbaijan, date from between 5000 and 40,000 years old and make a vivid testimony to the lives of the region's former inhabitants.
In the foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico are the architecturally rich Spanish colonial town of Oaxaca, and its near neighbour the archaeological site of Monte Albán which was an important social and economic centre in the pre-Columbian era from 500 BC: Historic Centre of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán.
One of Scandinavia's most important archaeological sites, Sammallahdenmäki , Finland, is composed of 36 Bronze Age burial cairns made from roughly hewn granite boulders.
The Ancient City of Damascus , Syria. The 'city of Jasmine' is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. It is a thriving religious and cultural centre dominated by the spectacular Umayyad Mosque.


La banque d’images de OUR PLACE sur le patrimoine mondial est développée en partenariat avec
le Centre du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. L’équipe OUR PLACE a déjà couvert plus
de 299 sites du patrimoine mondial dans plus de 87 pays.


El archivo fotográfico sobre patrimonio mundial OUR PLACE ha sido desarrollado en colaboración con
el Centro de Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO. El equipo de OUR PLACE ha fotografiado hasta ahora más
de 299 sitios declarados Patrimonio Mundial en más de 87 países.

We'd like to hear from you, contact us: info@ourplaceworldheritage.com

All OUR PLACE Photographs are taken with Panasonic LUMIX cameras

Panasonic supports the OUR PLACE project, see LUMIX GLOBAL

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