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Announcing the Place of the Year 2013 Longlist: Vote for your pick

Here at OUP, at the end of each year, we look back at the places around the globe (and beyond) which have been at the center of historic events. In conjunction with the publication of the Oxford Atlas of the World, 20th Edition, today we launch the Place Of The Year (POTY) 2013. Over the next two months, we’ll be highlighting the sites of this year’s important discoveries, conflicts, challenges and successes.

In honor of this 20th year of the Atlas, we’ve put together a longlist of 20 places around the world. You can vote for your picks using the voting buttons below – or, if we’ve missed your favorite place, you can nominate alternatives in the comments section (please include a brief description of the reasoning behind your pick). Think freely – nominees can be anything from your favorite brunch spot to a distant galaxy.

With your input, we’ll narrow the list down to a shortlist to be released on November 4th. Following another round of voting from the public, and input from our committee of geographers and experts, the Place of the Year will be announced on December 2nd. In the meantime, we’ll be posting here regularly with insights and explorations on geography, cartography, and the POTY contenders.


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Recent Comments

  1. Hugo

    Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow

  2. Larry Hodge

    I nominate Adak Island, Alaska. In addition to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, it is also very remote, the westernmost city in the United States and the southernmost city in Alaska. Some 70 years ago the island served as the staging point for the U.S. campaign to remove the Japanese from Kiska and Attu, and during the Cold War, Adak was a top-secret base that carried out surveillance on Russian submarines. Virtually unknown, this Aleutian Island played a big role in American history; sadly, its native population was wiped out first by Russia and then the United States. It’s time Adak got some recognition.

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