|This year's 25 Most Interesting Webcams includes a global perspective of people and places such as the exotic island of Bonaire; Cremona, Italy; Sydney, Australia; and Jerusalem, Israel. These unique live Internet cameras offer viewers access to breathtaking coral reefs, a taxi ride through Berlin, explore African wildlife or see what it is like to spend time in a county jail in Arizona. Other selections allow you to view four college students as they live their lives in a dorm, watch Michelle and her cat as she goes about her daily business or look in on Baby Kimmy as she continues on her way to becoming a toddler.
"Since EarthCam's opened it's doors in 1996, it has been our mission to expose our viewers to people, places and things that they might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience firsthand," said Sherri Uhrick, Webcam Producer. "This year's selections most definitely captured the essence of what EarthCam is all about and what we have to offer."
Criteria Used For Selecting Nominees:
- Unique & interesting webcam content
- Camera image quality
- Refresh rate
- Mostly live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year
- The overall look of the page along with the offering of archives and additional information about the webcam content
Judges, including executives from major media companies and celebrities, selected 25 out of 100 top webcams chosen by EarthCam producers and visitors to the EarthCam.com website. Additionally, many of the nominees came from EarthCam's bi-monthly Top 10 List (http://www.earthcam.com/topten.php). Judging criteria included quality of the image, compelling content and page design.
The judging panel (www.earthcam.com/top25/2000/judges.html), included: Cindy Margolis - TV celebrity, Brittany Petros - CBS's Big Brother co-winner, Lea Ann Leming - Vice President, Content Strategy, CNN Interactive, Jody Fennell - Vice President, Executive Producer, Weather.com Don Wilcox - Primetime Producer, ABC.com, Sue Klemens - Executive Producer, Discovery Online Networks, Gurmeet Sandhu - Producer, WGBH Interactive, Lisa Gallagher - Robertson Stephens, and Alan Mruvka - Founder of E! Entertainment.
Top 25 Most Interesting Webcams (http://www.earthcam.com/top25/2000):
- Abc Paris Cam - Multiple views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
- AfriCam - - Cam Tracker - Follow the action via the cam tracker... 15 cameras enable you to experience and watch African wildlife.
- Ali.com: Sao Paulo - View of Paulista Avenue, the greatest business center of the Latin American, located in São Paulo, Brazil.
- Baby Kimmy Cam - Meet Kimberly, a baby girl growing up on the East Coast.
- Bee Cam - - See Honeybees at work in a glass observation hive at Draper's Super Bee Apiaries in Millerton, Pennsylvania.
- Bonaire ReefCam - World's first permanent underwater coral reef webcam located off Caribbean Island of Bonaire.
- Coastalwatch: Sydney Harbor Cam - - Live view of the Sydney Harbor in New South Wales, Australia.
- Cremona Live - Multiple views of the monumental and historical heart of Cremona, Italy.
- DotCom Guy - - 12 cameras follow the action of DotComGuy, living totally off the Internet for a year in Dallas, Texas.
- Happy Wash Cam - - Streaming view of who's washing their clothes at Happy Wash in Strasbourg, France.
- Jail Cam - Four webcams give the general public a view inside a jail in Maricopa County, Arizona.
- KotelCam Westernwall.org - Live Audio/Video from the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, Israel.
- Lancaster Farming CowCam - Watch the cows in their barn at Kreider's Dairy farm in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
- Live Gorilla Cam - Remote-controlled cameras of western lowland gorillas in the New England Zoo.
- Loch Ness - Try to spot the Nessie in Scotland's Loch Ness.
- National Corvette Museum - Live webcams inside of the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY.
- Orca Cam - Watch killer whales in their natural habitat from the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, Washington.
- Piazza Garibaldi - A western view of Piazza Garibaldi in the heart of Sondrio's social life in Valtellina, Italy.
- Real World Irvine - 2 Girls, 2 Guys, 2 Cams. College students in Southern California sharing their adventures with the world.
- Soho Cam - Two views from the Café Latino and one inside the Cafe in trendy Soho, London, UK.
- ChelleCam - Meet Michelle and her cat living in Maryland.
- Taxi Cam Berlin - Drive with a taxi through Berlin, the capital city of Germany.
- Times Square Streaming - Experience Times Square through LIVE streaming video and audio.
- Trafalgar Square - Enjoy a live tour of London's Trafalgar Square.
- Wedding Cam - Watch couples tie-the-knot at The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel.