Rapa Nui



About Rapa Nui

Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land (around 50 residents) is Pitcairn Island 2,075 kilometres (1,289 mi) away, the nearest town with a population over 500 is Rikitea on island Mangareva 2,606 km (1,619 mi) away, and the nearest continental point lies in central Chile, 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi) away.

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Guest Photographer feature:
“Discover Rapa Nui through Gregory Panayotou's Eyes.”

"There, you have to deal with the rich and mystical power of the island ... and the polynesian people speaking Spanish ... I loved it!!"


Gregory PanayotouGregory Panayotou was born from parents involved in the computer industry and - for that reason - he started using computers before even uttering a word, with 3D studio, Autodesk Animator Pro, Fractint and many others. After his degree in tourism (during which he even planned where he would have moved), he applied to the famous 3D Computer Graphist School Sup Info Com (the school is often awarded at the Imagina 3D film festival of Monaco), where he did the third year, learning all the 3D processes. Back home, he met Stéphane Giner, with whom he founded a web/advert agency ,"PIXEL VISION", with a third guy. Even though they had a lot of work, money wasn't flowing at the same rate and - for that reason - they split. Gregory went back to the 3D industry, working for a videogames company (Runn Software // Carapace Game development) as a 3D computer Graphist, on titles such as Roland Garros 2000 and Roland Garros 2001. Thereafter, he worked for i3M Aerospace Multimedia as a 3D production manager and, with his team, he was responsible for subcontracted simulations for Airbus (A380 mainly), the French military defense, and some missile manufacturer . Meanwhile waiting to relocate to Singapor, his wife was transferred to Tahiti and Gregory decided to quit everything to move there too. Today, he's responsible for the websites of Hersant Media Polynesie and New Caledonia and, when off, he spends his time wandering around Polynesia and new Caledonia to shot bubbles.

» More about Gregory can be found at: www.direct2brain.net

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