WHTour.org has relaunched, offering 360-degree virtual tour of World Heritage sites from across the globe. WHTour.org is an independent non-profit organization documenting the UNESCO World Heritage List with a series of 'panographies'. The site is the work of Belgian photographer, Tito Dupret.
During the 7 years already committed to this project, Dupret has helped produce some of the most impressive panographies ever seen of some of the most historic, rare and often unreachable sites from across the planet in full-colour, full-screen splendour. From China, Tanzania, Indonesia, Iran and India to Egypt and now the Middle East, each of Dupret’s panographies is produced with the aid of RealViz’s panorama assembling software, Stitcher Unlimited.
"For the last 15 months I have not published a single image," explains Dupret. "Around 8 of these were spent shooting 80 new World Heritage sites. An additional 7 months were needed to build the new site and to post-produce the ‘panographies’ – 360 degree imaging.
"The site now includes significant new areas, including the Middle East and East Africa. These are regions, which currently attract a lot interest in the news, but unfortunately often not for the right reasons. What we want to present is a peaceful message on the rich heritage and natural beauty of these regions."
"I have been using Stitcher since 2001,” says Dupret “and it has always been a pleasure for me to discover the latest versions of the software, as each one has helped me to reduce the time spent in post-production when producing my panographies. In this way, I can capture as many locations as possible within a limited time frame, and maximize our documentation of the World Heritage sites. We are very proud to have RealViz on board as an official sponsor of the World Heritage Tour."
In addition, the site is now available in French as well as English. There is also a powerful new search engine, different viewing formats, including QuickTime® & Adobe Flash Player, plus a Print mode.
"There are also cubes that you can print, cut, fold and put together with your kids on your knee,” explains Dupret. “This is a fabulous way to help them learn about what World Heritage is."