What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is an official landmark or area that has universal value and meets at least one of the selection criteria outlined by the organization. The sites that are on the list have some special physical or cultural significance that make it valuable to the human race in general. Think of the places on the list like museums out in the wild.


Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios, Cuba

What does being a UNESCO site mean?

These sites are noted and protected in order to bring significance to their historical or physical contribution to the world. An example of a place on the list is the Great Wall in China. It was built between 3rd century BC to the 17th century AD as military defense of China. Another great example is the first spot enlisted: The Galapagos Islands. Here, because of the islands’ isolation and unique location in the ocean, the development of animal, marine and plant life happened in a completely unique manner.

Galapagos Island Tortoise

Galapagos Island Tortoise, Ecuador

What does UNESCO stand for?

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The organization is charged with fostering and maintaining intellectual solidarity across the globe. UNESCO promots peace and security through collaboration.

What does UNESCO do exactly?

The goals of the organization are to advance mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, to give excitement to education and the spread of cultural understanding, and to help maintain, increase and disseminate knowledge.

In simpler terms, the mission is to encourage peace and understanding across political borders through learning who we are culturally and spreading knowledge of our earth, our origins and our history to everyone. If people are equally educated and have a similar understanding of where we come from and the origins of our earth we will live in a more peaceful and secure world. I certainly want to live in a more peaceful and secure world.


Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, Ecuador

It is my mission to photograph all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (1052 on the day of this article). I’m an artist, a photographer and I want to use my skills and intuition to make beautiful images of each and every one of these locations and share them with the world in hopes of elevating the understanding of how wonderful our planet is.

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