Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Picture That!
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Picture That!

Bali Tourism Expert Lambasts Quality of Bali Photography on UNESCO Heritage Website

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, UNESCO World Heritage, Subak, rice terraces, Professor Nyoman Darma Putra, photography, Ministry of Culture and Education, Tri Hita Karana, Udayana University, Komodo, Borobudur
Click Image to Enlarge


A Bali tourism expert and educator Professor I Nyoman Darma Putra doesn’t like the way the Balinese subak system of water irrigation is portrayed on the UNESCO Website. According to the Professor, the pictures chosen and displayed on the UNESCO site are “not representative” of Bali’s ancient system of terraced rice fields.

The distinguished professor from Bali’s Udayana University said on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, “”UNESCO has established the ‘subak’ as part of the World Heritage System, although it is to be regretted that the illustrative photographs shown on their website fall far short of good photography.

The six photos that so displease Professor Darma Putra can be found on the [UNESCO Subak Page]  and were apparently provided to UNESCO by the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Education.

In truth, the copyrighted pictures are far from "best" representations of Bali and its subak rice terrace system.

Quoted by, Professor Darma Putra said: “Many are surprised as to why UNESCO as an international organization did not try harder to obtain an international standard of photography.”

Professor Darma Putra is the author of a book entitled “Tourism Development and Terrorism in Bali.”

Saying the pictures used to showcase Bali’s subak system are of the lowest quality, he contrasted them with other areas of Bali. “Photographs of cultural heritage sites such as Komodo Island and Candi Borobudur can be said to be sufficiently beautiful and representative,” said Darma Putra.

UNESCO elevated the subak system of Bali to World Heritage status in mid-2012 – bestowing the official title of “Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy"

Darma Putra continued to bemoan what he sees as bad photographic editing of the UNESCO World Heritage website, saying the organization had the twin responsibilities of both preserving and promoting heritage.

But, according to the professor, because of the poor quality of photographic illustrations selected by UNESCO, the ability to promote Bali’s subak system has been severely limited. Continuing in the same vein, Darma Putra said: “Anyone who sees the photo of Bali’s subak system on the UNESCO website will not be attracted to visit and see them directly.”

Professor Darma Putra is urging that the photographs of Bali’s subak system on the UNESCO website be replace as a matter of urgency with images of a more international standard in order that the “beautiful rice terraces and the unique rituals surrounding them” can be presented.

Concluding, he said: “Indonesia and Bali has many photographers and they have extensive collections of photographs of terraced rice fields that are beautiful and could be used on the UNESCO website to make the subject pages more beautiful."
[Bali's Hill Country: Jatiluwih & Bedugul Tour]

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Bali's Best Dining and Bars
Baliís Best Restaurants, Bars, And Cafes 2015 Crowned
Pray for Rain
Extended Drought Threatens Severe Water Shortage in Kuta and Other Areas of Bali
Double Bladed Consequence
Italian Tourist Goes berserk and Attacks Warung Owner with a Knife in Sanur Bali
A Night at the Museum
Baliís Arma Museum Named the Nationís Best Privately Owned Museum
Keeping Ahead of the Wave
New Tsunami Early Warning System Tower at Kedungu Brings to 9 the Total Number of Tsunami Warning Towers in Bali.
Needed: Stroke of Good Luck
New Kuta Golf Course 8th Anniversary October 10-11, 2015
A Ban on Reclamation?
Maritime Affairs Minister Announces Plans for a Moratorium on Reclamation of Seashores Nationwide
Liberalizing Indonesiaís Cruise Sector
Foreign Flagged Cruise Ships Allowed to Carry Domestic Passengers
Dogs Tied to a Poll
Bali Post Conducts Public Opinion Survey on Governmentís Response to the Rabies Crisis
Everything on your Plate
Police and provincial Authorities Warn that Motor Vehicles Staying More than 3 Months in Bali Must Convert to Local Police License Plates
Pearls of Wisdom
Pearls of North Bali and the Women Who Fashion Them at Living Lobby Art Exhibition Masters Showcase at Conrad Bali Resort Through January 10, 2015
When Kids Communicate and Collaborate
Global Issues Network Conference in Bali October 16-18, 2015
All [News]!