It hardly seems fair to call these the “new” 7 wonders of nature, since they’ve been around for some time.
But today, on 11/11/11 at 11:11 GMT, the winners were announced of a nearly 4-year global campaign to officially designate the new 7 wonders of nature, something that hasn’t happened for thousands of years.
The winners, in alphabetical order, are the Amazon rainforest of South America; Halong Bay in Vietnam; Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina; Jeju Island just off of South Korea; Komodo in Indonesia; Puerto Princessa Underground River in the Philippines; and Table Mountain in South Africa.
Begun in December of 2007, New7Wonders (N7W) opened up the world – literally – to global voters to nominate their favorite places. This was condensed into a list of 77 places in July 2009. Two weeks later a panel of experts announced the 28 finalists. Since then, they’ve allowed people to vote for the new natural wonders.
Each of these places is beautiful, but I have to be honest, I would have gone in a different direction for the winners. Honestly, how did Komodo win out over the Grand Canyon? And Table Mountain? That one seems just plain boring. I totally would have gone with the mud volcanoes. And the Maldives should have made it in there somewhere … maybe over Halong Bay. I feel a bit petty saying all that, but it’s how I feel – they should have just let me choose the winners. I was going to be upset about Jeju Island winning, but after viewing their video (near the bottom of the page on the link), I’m glad their enthusiasm was rewarded.
That said, each of the 7 winners (and the 28 finalists voters got to choose from) is breathtaking and has some awesome pictures to go with it. So we’ve scoured Newscom to bring you some of our favorites of the winners. No matter how we feel about the outcome, I do think that these 7 should be on your places to visit bucket list … it would be cool to say you’ve visited all 7 of the natural wonders of the world.
Tell us: how many of these places have you been to already?
See more photos of the winners and the finalists back at Newscom.
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