Overview Worldphotos.org is a public service of the Cumorah Project, a nonprofit dedicated to research and education, including cultural and ethnographic research. When complete, this site will contain over 100,000 photos taken in more than 65 nations worldwide. All photos on this site are original. Except for initial highlight photographs, we have tried to post images in the chronological order they were taken to provide virtual tours. Content will be added regularly until complete.
Copyright Notice Photos and content are copyright (2021) by David Stewart and the Cumorah Project and may not be copied, reproduced, or reposted without written permission. This site is non-commercial. Our content is not for sale. If you would like to use one or more of or photos for non-commercial or educational use with attribution, please submit a request on the contact page.
Diversity Notice Many images depict diverse peoples, cultures, and faiths. This site is nonsectarian and nonpartisan. We celebrate in photography the diversity of human culture, and the faiths that have brought hope and joy to billions around the world while instilling moral and ethical values that have served as societal bedrocks. This site is not intended to promote or to discourage any faith, nor do we promote any culture, ethnicity, or group over another.
Amateur Photography Our photographers are amateurs. No warranty is expressed or implied. Photographs have not been edited or modified, with the exception of fixing tilt on some images with Rotation Pilot software. Image quality varies widely. Sometimes several photographs with only slightly different perspectives and framing may may portray the same scene. We have deleted many photographs of low quality, but have erred towards preserving images when we feel that they offer perspectives or information not fully represented in others. Nonetheless, we feel that many of our photographs are of good quality, and offer considerable content not publicly available from other online sources.
WorldPhotos.org Origins This initiative arose as a tangent to cultural and ethnographic research conducted by our researchers and contributors. Over time, we built a large archive with hundreds of thousands of photographs. After sharing some of our photos on social media, we found that there was broad interest in our material. With much planning and effort, we decided to move forward to make these images publicly available through the world photography project.
Policies and Standards Contributors have sought to comply with laws and regulations of various countries as well as museum policies in photographing the various subjects contained herein. Where required, contributors have paid entrance and photography fees at museums and other sites.
We also work to ensure that our imagery is family-safe. Statuary and art in certain locations includes nude or partially nude artistic figures found in public places or museums, many of which are widely depicted in art and travel books and in tourist photographs. While we have not sought out such works, we present them when represented as an important works of local heritage which are encountered by typical visitors in public places and museums. It would be difficult to post images of ancient Greek or Roman statuary or Renaissance art without including artistic figures which are pervasive to the genre. Expectations and beliefs regarding what imagery is appropriate vary among different cultures. We advise respect and sensitivity for cultures worldwide and their values.
By policy, our contributors do not photograph military installations, infrastructure sites, or locations reasonably deemed to constitute national security objects, with the exception of popular tourist sites for which similar imagery is already available online. If you are aware of any photographs which may violate our policies, please notify us.
We hope you enjoy our site and the photographs we have taken around the world. Please drop us a line to let us know or to share your thoughts.
Worldphotos.org is a public service of the Cumorah Project. Photos and content (c) 2021, all rights reserved.