Ordnance Survey has teamed up with adventurer and TV presenter Steve Backshall to choose seven winning photographs, which will grace the covers of the OS Tour map series from early 2016.
The winning images from across Great Britain were selected as part of the Junior OS Photofit competition.
Lee Newton, Head of Ordnance Survey Leisure, said: “We were thrilled to see the talent of so many young photographers being showcased and joining the 13,000 entries we’ve had for the whole competition so far. The quality of the photographs has been amazing and we are confident that we have selected eight images, which will take pride of place on the Tour Map covers.”
The winners are:
Cornwall Tour Map
Laila Ali, aged 16, from Bristol. This photo caught Steve’s eye through the bold composition. Steve said: “The light and bright colours are sure to draw families to the busy beaches of Cornwall.”
Lake District Tour Map
Matthew Lusty, aged 15, from Milnthorpe. Steve said: “Matthew used a classic composition and striking colours that seem to be from the tradition of great British landscape artists.”
Peak District Tour Map
James Cullen, aged 16, from Stockport. This image was praised by Steve, who added: “This photograph is technically excellent, from the light to the shade; it conveys a strong sense of the Peak District.”
Devon Tour Map
James Wolstenholme, aged 14, from Salisbury. Steve said: “This photo shows man’s relationship with the sea by setting the beached boats against the dramatic cliffs and sea.”
Cotswold Tour Map
Sophie Durrant, aged 13, from Oddington in Gloucestershire. The photo was praised for the great composition. Steve said: “This photo has been taken from the perfect spot. It shows the landscape falling into the middle of the picture, in an unusual way.”
South Wales Tour Map
Bethany, aged 14, from Horsham. Steve added: “This photo has an impressive glassy effect by the clouds being reflected in the wet sand. This photograph coveys a wonderful sense of open space.”
Scotland Tour Map
Hugo Morrow, aged 15, from Arbroath. Steve said: “This photo conveys an excellent sense of Scottish history set against a majestic wild landscape. Hugo has chosen an angle whereby the derelict croft is set dramatically against the ridge of the distant skyline. It perfectly conveys man’s impact on our landscape.”
In addition to the winners having their photos taking pride of place on the covers of the Tour maps, OS and Steve also selected an overall winner. The winning photographer, who received an iPad Mini, was Hugo Morrow for his cover photo of the Scotland Tour Map.
Lee added: “Congratulations to the eight winners. Don’t forget – there’s still plenty of time to enter the OS Photofit competition as the OS Landranger map range is open for entries until 31 October.”
The new Tour maps will be in the shops from February 2016.