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.
Keen photographers aged 16 and under have until 31 August to enter our junior photo competition. We’re looking for fantastic photos of Great Britain to feature on the cover of our eight OS Tour Maps. Keen photographers don’t just have the chance to be on the cover of our maps, but also to win an iPad Mini.
We’re looking for keen junior photographers – is that you? Our OS Photofit competition has been enormously popular so far, with over 12,000 photos entered showcasing beautiful Britain, and now we’re appealing for junior photographers too.
We teamed up with adventurer and TV presenter Steve Backshall recently, spending an exciting day filming in the New Forest [watch out for a series of map reading videos coming soon] to launch the junior part of the great photography competition. Steve said he was:
Those of you who regularly read our blog will know that at OS, we have a Flying Unit. Based out of East Midlands Airport, our two Cessna 404s fly the length and breadth of the country between February and November. They capture on average 50,000 aerial images covering 40 000 km squared of Britain’s urban, rural, moorland and mountain terrain every year.
If you haven’t come across it before, the Geograph website is collecting photos for every grid square in Great Britain and Ireland. The website launched in March 2005, with the first photo being submitted on 6 March by Helena Downton, for grid square SO8001, showing Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire (worth a visit by the way if you’re in the area).
We’re three weeks into our new photo competition – #OSPhotofit – and we are over the moon with the response we’ve had so far! We’ve currently received a whopping 5,900 entries and we’re hugely impressed with all of the photos that have been submitted! Take a look at a selection of some of the entries that have caught our eye so far, below.
We were thrilled to have Bonita Norris in our head office last week, helping us launch the #OSPhotofit competition. In 2010, at the age of 22, Bonita became the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Everest. Her next challenge is taking her back to the Himalayas and she also squeezes in time to present for Red Bull on extreme sports. So, abseiling down our head office and taking part in dozens of radio and TV interviews on launch day must have seemed like a walk in the park. In between all of the interviews, and filming videos for us on how to enter OS Photofit and how to fold a paper map, we also caught up with Bonita to ask a few questions…
Naturalist and film-maker Simon King was the perfect choice to join the judging panel for our OS Photofit competition as we look for landscape photos to feature on our maps. If you’re thinking of entering and capturing some stunning snaps of Britain, read Simon’s tips.
Capturing a still image that tells a story is the Holy Grail for many photographers. For a picture to reveal more than just a moment in time takes careful planning, an eye for detail and a good dose of luck.
Ordnance Survey have always sought to adorn the covers of their maps with images that capture both a sense of place and a flavour of the unique character that defines that place.
Landscape photography is a discipline that on the surface appears simple and yet, like so many things, requires careful consideration before executing it. It helps if you know the lie of the land you intend to capture, and a great place to start is by carefully studying… yep you guessed it…an OS map! You should be able to locate viewpoints and features of interest before setting foot outside.
Our 2015 wall calendar featuring photographs of some of the best landscapes in Great Britain is now available in the OS Shop!
The images from the calendar all came from the entries to our 2013 and 2014 photo competitions. We had lots of really great images, so it took us a long time to come up with a selection of only 12 that represented all parts of the country and reflected the changes throughout the year.
We have printed a limited run of 2000 of these calendars, and they are available exclusively from the OS Shop. The calendars themselves are A4 wall calendars printed in full colour on high quality paper and with enough room to write all your important reminders and appointments.
Great Britain has breathtaking, historic and awe-inspiring views around every corner. The likes of William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, John Constable and Charles Dickens were all indebted to the British countryside for some of their most lauded works.
Whether it’s stunning cityscapes, majestic mountains or charming coastlines, there are plenty of views that can stop you dead in your tracks. Here are 11 of our favourites…
St Ives Harbour