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Hundreds of global natural icons are battling it out to reach the next stage of voting in the latest installment of the seven wonders of the world.

Organisation New7Wonders of Nature has opened voting for bragging rights to the seven wonders of the world. The voting ends 7 July 2009.

"I'm delighted to support Australia's nominees in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign, and ask everyone to join me by voting too," said Geoff Buckley, managing director of Tourism Australia.

"Both the culturally rich red centre of Uluru and crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef are excellent ambassadors of Australia's diverse and impressive landscape, which requires safeguarding for future generations to enjoy."

"To win a place in the top seven natural wonders of the world would be an amazing honour, and also a fantastic opportunity to promote and preserve the complex environmental balance of Australia's natural wonders," he said.

Competing for public support against nature's all time greats, including the Amazon, Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef are two of 261 nominated sites from 222 participating countries.

On 7 July 2009, the 77 highest ranking nominees will be assessed by the New7Wonders panel of experts. Only 21 finalists will be announced on 21 July 2009 to proceed to the final stage of voting, which concludes mid-2011.

All votes are monitored by the New7Wonders Foundation and will alter the standing of each nominee in real time. Every vote will therefore count, with each stage having clean slate for voting.

Launched in 2007 by the New7Wonders Foundation, the New7Wonders of Nature campaign is a global search to recognise the seven most wondrous sites in the world through the eyes of the public.

Any place that is a clearly defined natural site, monument or landscape that was not created or significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons could be nominated.