OS reveals winning photo for Lake District map cover contest

Blae Tarn beauty spot image new front cover of best-selling OS Explorer map

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A stunning image of Blae Tarn has been chosen as the winner of a competition to become the new front cover of one of Ordnance Survey’s best-selling maps.

The picture was taken by Dave Massey, a photographer from Nottingham who visited the beauty spot one morning in April 2019.

Dave said: “I went there because of the Spring snow on the Langdale Pikes.

“I arrived at the Tarn at 7am – where the weather was nice and calm but overcast

“I always check the weather forecast so knew it would stay calm and the skies would slowly clear.

"I took a few moody pics, then sat on a rock and waited for the sun to hit the far bank and trees - landscape photography is often about patience.

“Thankfully, the Tarn stayed pretty calm the whole time and the sun broke through briefly at 8.30am.”

The image, which features the snowy peaks of Langdale Pikes reflected in the Blae Tarn waters, will become the front cover of OS Explorer OL 6 – South West Lakes (Coniston, Ulverston & Barrow-in-Furness).

The contest was held to mark to celebrate the 70th anniversary of National Parks and was judged by OS and the Lake District National Park.

Blae Tarn in Lake District with Langdale Pikes in background
Dave Massey's photo of Blae Tarn

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