New7Wonders of Nature

Amazon River Jeju Island Maldives
A map indicating the location of the 28 finalists (red dots) and the 42 other candidates currently on the reserve list (black dots).

New7Wonders of Nature (2007–2011) was an initiative started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll. It was the second in a series of Internet-based polls led by Swiss-born Canadian Bernard Weber[1][2] and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation,[3] a Swiss-based foundation which Weber founded. The initiative followed an earlier New7Wonders of the World campaign, and attracted 100 million votes from around the world before voting finished on November 11, 2011.[4]

Stages of the campaign

The New7Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007, immediately after the campaign to elect the man-made New7Wonders of the World, in which more than 100 million votes were cast. From over 440 participants representing over 220 countries and through a national qualification and race to become one of the Top 77, as well as the recommendations of the Panel of Experts led by Prof. Federico Mayor, the list of 28 "Official Finalist Candidates" was determined. Voting until November 2011, during which time the New7Wonders World Tour planned to visit each of the finalists to allow them to present themselves to the voters across the globe.


Indonesia's Vice-Minister for Tourism said the company running the New7Wonders campaign used underhanded tactics, threatening to remove Indonesia's Komodo National Park from the list if Indonesia refused to host a declaration ceremony for $35M.[5] Nothing in the New7Wonders voting procedure prohibited repetitive voting, making the results subject to government and tourism industry campaigns to vote often for local sites with the financial incentive of increased tourism. Although New7Wonders is a non-profit organization that under US law has absolutely no disclosure of accounts, many activities related to administering voting and other logistical duties are run by the for-profit organization New Open World Corporation.

In South Korea, over the past four years, millions of Koreans and non-Koreans at home and abroad were encouraged by the central and Jeju provincial governments to make phone calls to vote and help the island win the designation. Employees of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province of South Korea made hundreds of millions of international phone calls to ensure Jeju island was selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in a worldwide poll. The payments estimated to be about 20 billion won ($17 million).[6]


Site(s) Country/Countries Image
Amazon Rainforest and River  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Colombia,  Ecuador,  French Guiana (France),  Guyana,  Peru,  Suriname,  Venezuela 7 - Itahuania - Août 2008.JPG
Hạ Long Bay  Vietnam Halong Bay in Vietnam.jpg
Jeju Island  South Korea Jungmun Daepo Columnar Joints with waves crashing.jpg
Iguazú / Iguaçu Falls  Argentina,  Brazil Iguazu Décembre 2007 - Panorama 4.jpg
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park  Philippines Puerto Princesa Underground River.jpg
Komodo Island (National Park)  Indonesia Komodo Dragons in the wild on Rinca island Indonesia..jpg
Table Mountain (National Park)  South Africa View from Signal Hill.jpg


Site Country Image
Bu Tinah Shoals  United Arab Emirates Aerial-View-of-Bu-Tinah-Island.jpg
Dead Sea  Jordan,  Israel Dead Sea by David Shankbone.jpg
Great Barrier Reef  Australia Part of Great Barrier Reef from Helicopter.jpg
Jeita Grotto  Lebanon Upper Jeita Grotto.jpg
Kilimanjaro (National Park)  Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro.jpg
Masurian Lake District  Poland Mikolajki jezioro mikolajskie.jpg
Sundarbans  Bangladesh,  India Sundarbans 02.jpg
Maldives  Maldives 405-Maldives.jpg
Angel Falls  Venezuela Salto Angel from Raton.JPG
Bay of Fundy (National Park)  Canada BayofFundy.JPG
Black Forest  Germany Baden-Baden 10-2015 img07 View from Merkur.jpg
Cliffs of Moher  Ireland Cliffs of Moher, looking north.jpg
El Yunque  Puerto Rico Pico El Yunque.jpg
Galapagos Islands (National Park)  Ecuador Galapagos iguana1.jpg
Grand Canyon (National Park)  United States Grand Canyon NP-Arizona-USA.jpg
Matterhorn / Cervino  Italy,   Switzerland Matterhorn-EastAndNorthside-viewedFromZermatt landscapeformat-2.jpg
Milford Sound  New Zealand Milford Sound at Sunset.jpg
Mud Volcanoes  Azerbaijan Gobustan State Reserve 05.png
Uluru (National Park)  Australia Uluru sunset1141.jpg
Vesuvius (National Park)  Italy Naplesbay01.jpg
Yushan (National Park)  Taiwan Mount Yu Shan - Taiwan.jpg

See also


  1. ^ "The project founder Bernard Weber - A Short History - World of New7Wonders". World of New7Wonders. Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  2. ^ "The project founder". About New7Wonders. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ "Learn about New7Wonders". World of New7Wonders.
  4. ^ "Voting procedure". World of New7Wonders. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31.
  5. ^ "Controversy mars Seven Wonders of Nature list".
  6. ^ "Jeju defers payment of phone bills for seven wonders". The Korea Times. December 14, 2011.