Mission
TrekEarth is dedicated to fostering a global community interested in photography from around the world. TrekEarth members strive to provide engaging photographs and useful critiques for each other and the entire internet community.
Overview
The underlying theme of TrekEarth is learning more about the world through photography. TrekEarth fosters this by allowing photographers to display their work grouped by regions in a supportive and orderly environment. This is accomplished by an easy-to-use system which encourages people to critique each other's work. Integrated with this system are forums designed to encourage discussion about specific photos, countries, and general topics. Since TrekEarth is globally oriented, it is completely multilingual capable, allowing for the widest audience possible. Ultimately, TrekEarth depends on the civility, honesty and participation of its members. By reviewing the Terms of Service, the TrekEarth community will remain true to itself, and helpful to all.

Background
TrekEarth was created by Adam Silverman and went online in October, 2002. Although much of TrekEarth was developed during the summer of 2002, initial planning began over 2 years earlier with Adam's earlier project, TrekJapan.com. Designed for easy access to photos from around Japan, plans were hatched shortly after to extend this functionality on a global scale, allowing members to display and critique photos from countries around the world.

Features
  Regional Groupings of Photographs
  • Browse photos within Continents, Countries, Regions, States and Cities
  Critique System
  • Give and receive constructive feedback and comments on photos
  • Reply to any critique or comment in a threaded discussion area
  Workshops
  • Optionally allow members to post edited versions of your image providing a useful visual example on how to improve a specific photo
  • Post new versions of your photos based on useful critiques that are linked to your original images
  • Compare workshop images with a unique side-by-side 1-Click Workshop Comparison feature
  Alerts
  • Receive email alerts whenever new photos are posted according to various criteria
    • Favorite countries
    • Favorite photographers
  • Set alerts period to On Demand, Hourly or Daily
  Multilingual Capability
  • View page in any language (currently Chinese ~Traditional & Simplified~, Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish)
  • Write information about photos and oneself, critiques, and forum discussions in any language
  Simple Design
  • Intuitive interface
  • Quick loading
  • Numerous crosslinks for easy access to photos and areas
  Thematic Groupings of Photographs
  • Browse photographs grouped in member-created themes
  • Optionally allow other members to contribute to a theme in group mode
  Travelogues
  • Group photographs chronologically in travelogues
  • Add text to expand on photo notes within the travelogue
  Photographer Lists
  • Use lists to keep track of the work of fellow members
  • Photo, Critique and Workshop tabs displayed for easy access
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