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OS Photofit ‘winner of winners’ announced

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.


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New OS Explorer OL maps now available

The new cover for Explorer OL15

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.
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Paper maps going mobile

OL4 and OL17 map coversDid you see our announcement last week? We’re going to be replacing all 607 paper map titles with a new design and an additional mobile download of the map. It all starts on 10 June when our new OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) paper maps begin hitting retailers’ shelves. You’ll be able to see the first wave of winners from our OS Photofit competition too, as it’s their photos that are featuring on the new covers.

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First #OSPhotofit photos chosen for map covers

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.

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3 reasons why OS maps are the perfect companion for urban exploration

Described as the ‘pure enjoyment of exploring places that most wouldn’t go, maneuvering mazes and obstacles of days gone by’, urban exploration is a growing trend amongst adventure and photography enthusiasts taking outdoor pursuits from the countryside into the urban landscape.

Here at Ordnance Survey we offer all of the mapping information you need to get involved with this exciting new craze, and here’s why we’re the perfect partners to do so… Read More


Ordnance Survey’s paper maps – can you make the cover? Launching the #OSphotofit competition

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!

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