QuickTime was an essential tool in a recent worldwide photographic project.

The technology was used by a group of 110 photographers across 32 countries engaged in the Worldwide Panorama Project.

The photographers visited UNESCO world heritage sites, and created 360-degree panoramas of these sites using QuickTime. The event was sponsored by the Geography Computing Facility at the University of California Berkeley.

The 360-degree QuickTime panoramas offer a modern interactive glimpse into some of the world's most ancient and precious sites – from Japan's 17th Century Himeji Castle to the 11th Century Greek Church of Panaghia Chalkeon.

The Panorama Project was organized by Don Bain and Landis Bennett, members of the International QuickTime VR Association board of directors.

Bennett said: "The photographers used the power of images to help the world better understand and protect our natural and cultural heritage."

The idea for the project began with Belgian photographer Tito Dupret, described as "a man with a personal crusade to photograph World Heritage Sites". Traveller Dupret has photographed some of the world's most amazing sites, including Angkor in Cambodia, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, places throughout China, and most recently, Sri Lanka.