New 7 Wonders of Nature – Really?

A few days ago the winners of the New7Wonders of Nature was announced and I’m sure more than a few people were surprised by the results. Considering some of the ‘big names’ that made the final 28 it was very interesting to see how influential the public vote was in determining the winners.

It is pretty clear to me that there has been some serious campaigning done by the tourism boards of some of the lesser known wonders in order to gain a place on the list, unfortunately at the expense of what I will call ‘quality control’.

Here is the sequence of events that led to a decision being made:

  • The voting process began back in December of 2007 with a global vote to determine the nominees from over 220 countries. This voting continued until the 7th of July 2009 and the 77 nominees were then selected.
  • A Panel of Experts then selected 28 finalists on the 21st of July 2009.
  • The public then voted for their favorites – with more than 100 million votes cast.
  • The 7 winners were announced on the 11.11.11

So to give you a little background here is the list of 28 finalists and we will discuss the winners shortly.

The Finalists


1. Amazon

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela

Amazon

2. Angel Falls

Venezuela

Angel falls

3. Bay of Fundy

Canada

Bay of Fundy

4. Black Forest

Germany

Black Forest

5. Bu Tinah Island

United Arab Emirates

Bu Tinah Island

6. Cliffs of Moher

Ireland

Cliffs of Moher

7. Dead Sea

Israel, Jordan, Palestine

Dead Sea

8. El Yunque

Puerto Rico

El Yunque

9. Galapagos Islands

Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

10. Grand Canyon

United States

Grand Canyon

11. Great Barrier Reef

Australia

Great Barrier Reef

12. Halong Bay

Vietnam

Halong Bay

13. Iguazu Falls

Argentina, Brazil

Iguazu Falls

14. Jeita Grotto

Lebanon

Jeita Grotto

15. Jeju Island

South Korea

Jeju Island

16. Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

17. Komodo Island

Indonesia

Komodo Island

18. Maldives

Maldives

Maldives

19. Masurian Lake District

Poland

Masurian Lake District

20. Matterhorn/Cervino

Italy, Switzerland

Matterhorn Cervino

21. Milford Sound

New Zealand

Milford Sound

22. Mud Volcanoes

Azerbaijan

Mud Volcanoes

23. Puerto Princessa Underground River

Philippines

Puerto Princessa Underground River

24. Sunderbans

Bangladesh, India

Sunderbans

25. Table Mountain

South Africa

Table Mountain

26. Uluru/Ayers Rock

Australia

Uluru/Ayers Rock

27. Mount Vesuvius

Italy

Mount Vesuvius

28. Yushan

Chinese Taipei

Yushan

Ok so from this esteemed list of natural wonders the following seven received the most votes by you and were announced the New7Wonders of Nature.

The Winners

1. Amazon
2. Halong Bay
3. Iguazu Falls
4. Jeju Island
5. Komodo Island
6. Puerto Princessa Underground River
7. Table Mountain

Is it just me or does this list seem a little stacked. Firstly more than 50% (4 out of 7) of the winners are from the same continent – Asia. Secondly there are only 3 continents represented – Asia, South America and Africa. Finally, the vast majority of the winners are from developing countries.

Why is this important to the voting? Well, in my opinion, there are 2 major factors – 1. Government backing and funding 2. National pride

I am not here to say that these wonders shouldn’t be on the list but they definitely wouldn’t be on my own personal list which would look something like this: Amazon (South America), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Maasai Mara National Reserve (Africa), Grand Canyon (USA), Dead Sea (Israel), Antarctica, Mount Everest (Nepal)

Now it’s time to have your say. Tell us what wonders would be on YOUR list?

Image credits: New7Wonders

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2 thoughts on “New 7 Wonders of Nature – Really?

  1. yes mate I agree. I didn’t even know that someone had decided that we needed a new list of wonders …. keep the original list …

    • They are going to have a list for everything soon…. as long as it makes them money. Some very interesting choices don’t you think?

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