Leader Releases 5th Annual Selection of World's Best Internet Cameras
NEW YORK, December 29, 2003 – EarthCam
(www.earthcam.com), the world's
leading network of Internet cameras and recognized authority on the
webcam industry, has released its fifth annual list of the world's most
interesting webcams (www.earthcam.com/top25).
This year's 25 Most Interesting Webcams
include a global perspective of people and places from countries that
include the USA, Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, China
and Japan. These unique live Internet cameras offer viewers access to
the top of the Seattle Space Needle, the French Riviera and homes of
endangered wildlife. Other selections allow you to peek into the Arctic
Canada habitat of a beluga whale calf, visit with a Dutch family documenting
their live through 10 webcams, or take a tour of the “Big Apple”
via numerous NYC DOT traffic cameras that deliver streaming video of
key city landmarks.
"This year’s 25 Most Interesting Webcams
clearly features the increasing resources people have put towards creating
compelling webcam content,” said Brian Cury, founder and CEO of
EarthCam. “The 2003 list offers a great selection of cameras that
demonstrate the increased level of global adoption and diversity of
this exciting new medium."
The 25 Most Interesting Webcams were chosen by
a panel of EarthCam producers who selected the best out of hundreds
of popular webcam nominees. Generated by submissions from individual
webcam owners, fans and EarthCam researchers throughout the year, many
of the nominees were featured in EarthCam's weekly Top 10 List (http://search.earthcam.com/topten.php).
The criteria used for judging included quality of the image, uniqueness
of the content and overall technical achievements in webcam technology.
Top 25 Most Interesting Webcams (in alphabetical
- Amodal Suspension Live Video – Streaming
video from the location of the “Amodal Suspension” project
piece in Yamaguchi City, Japan. “Amodal Suspension” is
a large-scale interactive installation where people can send short
text messages encoded as unique sequences of flashes and sent to the
sky with a network of 20 robotically-controlled searchlights. Each
light sequence continues to circulate until the recipient or somebody
else “catches” the message and reads it.
- BBC Webcams – The BBC has created the
ultimate click-through camera tour around the United Kingdom. Choose
from webcams showing city scapes, famous landmarks, coastal scenes
and traffic views in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Beale Street Cam – The very first webcam
from Beale Street, the Home of the Blues. The robotic webcam gives
viewers a live look at the famous B. B. Kings Blues Club, the Budweiser
Pavilion, Pat O’ Briens’ and the skyline of Memphis, Tennessee.
- Beerlover Cams – See who’s grabbing
a beer on the world's first Motion-Detected Web Cam inside a real
Beer Fridge. Look through the comical archives of beer drinker’s
caught in action.
- Beluga Cam – Peek into the Arctic Canada
habitat of the Beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science
Centre. See clear streaming images of Aurora, Imaq, Qila, and Tuvaq
swimming, playing and feeding in the main Artic Canada habitat.
- City of Nice Webcam – Admire a view
overlooking the Promenade des Anglais and the French Riviera from
the Nice Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
- CRTVG Streaming Webcams – 30 Streaming
webcams showing tourist destinations in the Provinces of A Coruña,
Lugo, Ourense, and Pontevedra in Spain. Provided by The Compañía
de Radio-Televisión de Galicia.
- Discover Hong Kong – The Hong Kong
Tourism Board provides colorful, up-to-the-minute webcam glimpses
of Hong Kong’s most famous attractions: Victoria Harbour, Causeway
Bay, Victoria Park, the Hong Kong Skyway and a stunning view from
- DonkeyWatch Webcam – A unique webcam
perspective of the donkeys that are being cared for at the Donkey
Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, England. Since inception, over 8,800
have passed through the Donkey Sanctuary's gates.
- Krismay Cams – 4 webcams provide a
small window and digital diary of the everyday life of a young woman.
Krismay shares with viewers her webcam photo galleries, vacation photo
albums, journal. Meet and greet other viewers in Krismay’s forum
- Mexico Rotating Webcams –16 webcams
offer crisp and colorful live feeds from key locations throughout
Mexico including Zocalo, Eje Central, Bellas Artes, Venustiano, Carranza,
and Republica del Salvador.
- Mount Washington Observation Deck –
Enjoy a breathtaking view of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range
from the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.
- NYC DOT Cameras – Nearly 100 of New
York City Department of Transportation’s traffic cameras offer
commuters streaming video of traffic conditions from key landmarks
and roadways throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten
- Panama Canal – The World’s only
live webcam views of the Panama Canal. 2 webcams show traffic and
operations at the Miraflores and Gatun Locks at the Canal.
- QuetzalCam – The QuetzalCam effort allows
biologists to closely observe the nesting habits of this culturally
and ecologically important bird. At the same time, it gives viewers
from around the world the opportunity to experience a part of Central
America’s amazing Cloud Forest ecosystem.
- Reef Aquarium Webcam – Bright, vivid
panoramic images and time-lapse archives of colorful fish and coral
reef in an aquarium in Frankfurt, Germany. Using a Nikon Coolpix 900,
the panoramic image updates every 10 minutes.
- Smithsonian National Zoo AnimalCams –
Animal enthusiasts worldwide can explore the Smithsonian National
Zoo in Washington, D.C. via twelve webcams. The cameras offer live
streaming video of naked mole-rats, Asian elephants, tigers, pandas,
flamingos, octopus, and more.
- Space Needle Webcam – A one-of-a-kind
perspective on Seattle, Washington offering hundreds of awe-inspiring
images unique to the Space Needle.
- Sterlet Cams –10 webcams bring you
inside the Sterlet family’s wired home in Holland. Meet the
entire Sterlet family including the ferrets, control their lights,
see who’s raiding the refrigerator and who’s at their
- St. Petersburg Cams – 4 webcams showing
famous destinations and landmarks in St. Petersburg, Russia. Watch
streaming and static views of Vasilievsky Island, the Palace Square,
St. Isaak's Cathedral and the Lomonosov Square.
- Tehran Webcams – The first and only
webcams located in Tehran, Iran. These webcams show traffic views
from four locations in Tehran and update every couple of minutes.
- TigerHomes.org Live Animal Cams – 31
"state of the art" webcams enable viewers to observe rare
and endangered wildlife inside a privately owned animal sanctuary
and in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Animals featured are Madagascar lemurs
and all three different color varieties of the mystical tiger.
- USS Monitor Center Cam – Watch the
conservation of the USS Monitor’s revolutionary gun turret,
which was recovered by the U.S. Navy, NOAA and The Mariners’
Museum on August 5, 2002. It will spend at least 15 years being conserved
at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
- Valle d'Aosta Ski Cams – Over 20 ski
cams located in the Aosta Valley in Pila, Italy. Located just above
the lovely old city of Aosta, enjoy snowy views of the slopes and
- Webcam Tahiti – Watch international
cruise ships, marine ships and yachts dock at the picturesque Papeete
Seafront in exotic Tahiti of French Polynesia. While taking in the
scenery, book your tropical vacation through Tahiti Nui Travel.
Visit EarthCam to see this year’s 25 Most
Interesting Webcams, along with many other great cameras, at www.earthcam.com.
EarthCam.com is the leading network of live webcams
and, as the premier webcam portal, offers the most comprehensive search
engine of webcams from around the world. EarthCam provides complete
infrastructure services to manage, host and maintain live streaming
video camera systems for it’s corporate clients. Clients include
MSN, Yahoo!, Intel, AOL/Time Warner, ESPN, Panasonic, Ford, NASA, Kodak,
Toys “R” Us, This Old House and Discovery.com. As the foremost
provider of live images on the Internet, EarthCam webcasts events such
as the Daytona 500, Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve in Times Square
and the Super Bowl for the NFL. WebCamStore.com is EarthCam’s
full-service e-commerce site dedicated solely to providing webcam solutions.
Visit EarthCam at www.earthcam.com.