We wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who entered photos into our OS Photofit competition this year. We were overwhelmed by how many of you wanted the chance to see your photos on the cover of our maps. From an enormous 15,000 entries we, alongside several guest judges, eventually whittled down the winners for each of the 615 paper maps that needed new cover photos.
Our most difficult task was to then choose our winner of winners, to win the grand prize of the Forest Holidays vouchers. Steve Burry at Dennis Maps (printers of our maps) did a sterling job of choosing Gareth Scanlon’s entry as the overall winner. Gareth’s fantastic photo of a red kite against the backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, features on the cover of our OL12 map. We caught up with Gareth to congratulate him on his win and find out more about him and his winning photo.
A huge thank you to everyone who has so far taken the time to enter or vote for #OSPhotofit – we’d had an overwhelming 8,000+ entries by last Monday evening. The first phase of the competition closed that night, for the 62 Outdoor Leisure maps in our OS Explorer series, covering the most popular tourist destinations in Britain. The OL15 map covering Purbeck and South Dorset attracted the most entries, with over 400 photos submitted. At the other end of the scale, the vast and beautiful Cairngorms, which are covered by 14 OL maps, attracted only a handful of entries. Don’t forget that we’re still looking for photos for the rest of our OS Explorer series and all of the OS Landranger maps, so it’s not too late to get your photos in.
Today, we are launching a brand new competition for 2015 – OS Photofit – and we can’t wait for budding photographers across Britain to get involved!
To support our recent brand refresh and in light of the revival in sales of our paper maps, we are looking for inspiring photographs of Britain’s stunning rural and urban landscapes to take pride of place on the covers of our paper maps for some of the most popular tourist destinations and biggest cities across Great Britain.
Whether it’s flowing rivers, modern buildings, views of a valley or life in the city, we want to show that Great Britain is a beautiful place to enjoy and explore. What better way to do this than on the front covers of our iconic OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure series maps!
Following the revision and release of the OS Explorer maps, our new OS Landranger and OS Tour map series are hitting the shops from today. All of our maps now feature the fantastic photos entered into our OS Photofit competition last year.
OS Landranger maps with mobile download
These maps are designed to help you make the most of your time in the British countryside. The new releases come with a mobile download included with each map. This allows you to get a copy of your paper map on your Android or Apple device in our OS Maps app. The map is saved to the device memory, so will work even when you have no mobile phone signal, and includes useful features like pinpointing your location, route recording and a compass.
To get your map download you have to use a unique code printed on the inside of the map cover and then enter it on the Map Redemption page on our website.
Download from Apple App Store for iOS devices
Download from Google Play for Android devices
If you cast your minds back to the early summer, you may remember the map symbol competition hosted on The One Show. From thousands of fantastic entries spread across 10 categories we chose 6 winning symbols to be added to our maps. And then the hard work started. Getting the new symbols added to our maps…so it was with great excitement that I had a sneak peek at our revised OS Tour Map series and saw the first new map symbols to actually be printed on the map.
Tomorrow we’ll be launching 341 new OS Explorer maps, all with mobile download included for smart phone or tablet.
The new Explorers are following on from the sucessful launch of our the 62 Outdoor Leisure (OL) map titles earlier this year. We’ve seen over 15,000 downloads of the mobile maps since their release in June, with OS Maps app being accessed more than 70,000 in one week alone.
OS OpenData launched back in April 2010 and we’ve seen over a million downloads over the last five years. From red squirrels mapped in the Highlands to crime statistics overlaid on tweets, we’ve seen a huge variety of uses too. Most examples we see are online, so when we spotted OS OpenData used in a book recently, it caught our eye.
The latest revision of the OS Explorer OL maps is now available! These maps are designed to help you make the most of your time in the British countryside, whether you are walking, cycling, running, riding or anything else.
The new releases come with a mobile download included with each map. This allows you to get a copy of your paper map on your Android or Apple device. The map is saved to the device memory, so will work even when you have no mobile phone signal, and includes useful features like pinpointing your location, route recording and a compass.