The theme for the WWP 2012
year-long event is "Culture".
"Everything started in Greece…" said the spokesman at the opening
ceremony of the European Capital of Culture 2012 in Maribor,
Slovenia. There was a short silence in the audience then the
spokesman continued "…and thanks to Melina Mercouri, former
actress and Greece’s Minister of Culture, who got with her French
counterpart, Jack Lang, in 1985 and formulated the idea of
cultural capitals by designating an annual Capital of Culture to
bring Europeans closer together by highlighting the richness and
diversity of European cultures." In 2012 the Capitals of Culture
are Guimarães, Portugal and Maribor, Slovenia.
But culture didn’t start in Greece, it has existed since the start
of human society. Culture is the product of the relationship
among the people of an extended group, how they treat each other
and themselves. How polite they are or how merciless they can
be. As much as human societies are varied around Gaia so are the
various cultures and culture is changing with time, faster in some
societies slower in others. Street photography can very quickly
capture what kind of culture is in certain geographic area, but is
that true? Not very much anymore. Now we can find people wearing
Nike or Adidas shoes or T-shirts everywhere, even in tropical
forests on the equator or in the deserts of Arabia. Yes,
globalization is hiding the street culture and making it uniform.
It is the same way with food. The way we prepare and consume food
is also a part of our culture and that, too, is being changed by
Confused, about my not mentioning art, museums, rock concerts, the
classics, libraries, architecture, heritage, or cemeteries? The
way we treat and respect our ancestors is a big part of the
world's culture too. Culture has many different meanings, so feel
free with your interpretation of it. Try finding the lost
cultures in your area or find the same global culture across
different geographical locations. This is a year-long event and
you have a opportunity to find 4 “cultures” and present them to
the world. Culture is in your hands — panography is a part of
Because this is a year-long event you can submit up to 4 different
panoramas. You may upload any or all of them during any quarterly
The official shooting period started Sunday night/Monday morning
January 1st at 00:00 (technically 00:00:01 since there is no
00:00) and ends Monday night December 31st at 24:00. The open
editing period coincides with each of the 4 quarterly events'
editing period. All times are local to where you are when you
shoot it and where you are when you edit it (if you happen to be
traveling across time zones).
World Wide Panorama Event Coordinator
Get out there and shoot some panoramas!