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- What is Geographing? Close
- It's a geography project for the people
It's a national photography project
It's a good excuse to get out more!
It's a game - how many grid squares will you contribute?
It's a free and open online community project for all.
- There's a page I once saw on Geograph, and I can't find it again! Close
- What do all these strange words mean? Close
- Well, if it's a 'geographism' - a term developed during use on this site, then see this glossary article we have started compiling.
- Open source? Creative Commons? What's that all about? Close
- Keeping the Geograph website operational requires many people to donate their time or resources, and we want to be sure that the website is a resource free from commercial exploitation in future. To that end, the site software is available for re-use under the terms of the GNU Public Licence (GPL).
Also, we require all submitters to adopt a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence on their photographic submissions.
Under this licence the photographer keeps the copyright on their images but grants the right to anyone to copy and/or distribute and/or modify the image and its attached metadata, provided they give credit. This right to reuse the image may include someone printing and selling the image on Ebay or elsewhere.
On submission, contributors licence their images at one or more specific sizes. Once a licence is granted it is irrevocable, as that image and licence may legally have been downloaded and used elsewhere.
In a nutshell, we wanted to build a true community project that won't leave a nasty taste in the mouth by getting sold for shedloads of cash and taken away from the people who contributed. These licence terms ensure that the site and content can never be "taken away" from you. See Freedom - The Geograph Manifesto http://www.geograph.org.uk/help/freedom
(Developer? http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Geograph-for-Developers )
- Who built this marvellous site? Close
- What's the easiest way to find out if any of my photos have featured on "Today's photo" ? Close
- There is a link at the foot of your profile 'Uses: Use of my photos around the site'. The first tab on the page is to 'Featured Images' http://www.geograph.org.uk/myphotos.php?tab=featured which will list any which have been used as 'Photograph of the Day' and show on which date they appeared on the home page.
- Where will I find the unique ID number which you allocate to each photograph? Close
- The photo ID number may be found at the end of the address (URL) of the photo page e.g. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1234567
- what is a thumbed photo? Close
- In the line of links just below the credit line on the photo page are one or two yellow 'thumbs up' icons. Just one, which says [👍🏻 Like] if there is no description. Or one saying [👍🏻 Like Image] and another with [👍🏻 Like Description]. You can also find the 'Like' thumbs on the 'Full listing + Links' format of the photo search under 'Thumb'.
Click on one or both to show your appreciation.
When this happens to one of your photos, it is reported on the section of your profile 'Use of my photos around the site'.
- How long after submission do the purple viewpoint markers appear on the coverage map? Close
- Currently (June 2021), updated every Tuesday morning.
But could still take a few days to show due to caching.
- photo of the day Close
- One photograph is featured on the Home page each day. It is variously labelled as 'Featured Photograph', 'Photograph for today' etc. You can see past featured photos here https://www.geograph.org.uk/stuff/daily.php and, if you are a contributor, find any of your own which have been featured, and when, here https://www.geograph.org.uk/myphotos.php?tab=featured.
- I've added a question and answer to the FAQ, when will it appear? Close
- If it has both question and answer, it should appear in the 'list' within a few hours.
However, it may take 24-36 hours for a search to find it.
A new question may take longer than this, moderators are alerted to its existence but may not know the answer.
- I disagree with the location or title of an image - what can I do? Close
- Our "Change Suggestions" allow any registered user to suggest a change of grid reference, title/comment or other information - simply view the full size image and click the "Suggest an update to this image" link.
- Counties, I'm confused, which do you display? Close
- We use county information to aid recognition of place names on photo pages and other areas of the site, like helping to disambiguate search terms (e.g. a search for "Gillingham")
For Ireland, it's simple; we just use the traditional counties. Great Britain isn't so easy, which has seen three major county structures;
Ceremonial counties (sometimes known as Geographic)
These were introduced in 1974 primarily as a way to define areas for county councils. Although these are possibly what most people recognize as counties, a suitable dataset to allow us to use these counties would be too costly for us to bear. So we must compromise a little...
Administrative counties (also known as district/unitary authorities)
These are the modern 'counties' in use by the current government (since 1997). This is the best dataset we have available, so we display it prominently in the gazetteer line on photo pages. It is also useful for identifying the council responsible for the area. However for large towns/cities, for example Sheffield, which are in their own authority (i.e. the 'county' of Sheffield), we attempt to be clever and display the historic county instead.
These are the counties that have evolved over many hundreds of years and were in active use until 1974. We use this data as a fallback - where we've opted to display the administrative country on a photo page, you can often find the historic county by hovering over this title.
For a more in depth explanation, see http://www.abcounties.co.uk/ . (However beware that the site doesn't use the exact same terms.)
To see lists of counties in each structure see the Explore Section.
- I've seen little thumbs-up symbols around the site, what are they? Close
- Simply click them if you like the image and/or description (separate entries in the thumb pop-up for each).
We don't know what use we will make of the data, but note that there are number of things we won't do. We won't disclose who is voting (all anonymous), we won't be using it to produce leaderboards, and we won't be disclosing which images that have few/no votes. The general idea is to simply find great content worth showcasing.
See this page for a bit more information, and the general principles behind voting on Geograph.
- I'm concerned about a photo or comment I have seen on the site. Close
- Please Contact Us, we'll do our best to deal with your concerns promptly.
- Where is the link on a grid square browse page to see a centisquare map? Close
- The link for the centisquare map for the square is labelled "See geographical distribution of pictures". There is also a link to a centisquare coverage map (with other options) for a wider area (10x10km) labelled "Open Interactive OS Map Overlay" below the map extract.
- How do photographs get into the Galleries? and how then do they get into the 'Highest Rated'? Close
- Anyone can suggest images for inclusion in the Showcase Gallery http://www.geograph.org.uk/gallery.php just click the 'suggest images' link top right on any gallery page. Viewers can then 'rate' the images using the scale on the right.
You can also build your own collection of favourite images by using the 'thumbs up' on the photo page .
- How do I view EXIF details for a photo on Geograph? Close
- Not all submissions have EXIF details attached, some image manipulation software strips the EXIF unless you ask it not too. Some contributors deliberately strip the EXIF as an easy fix to portrait images appearing sideways on the site.
Where it exists you can use a browser add-on to view the EXIF or download the photo (not the smallest version when larger ones are available - the next size up will have it). In Windows right-click on the photo in question and select 'Properties' then 'Details'. On macOS, open the photo in Preview, click on 'Tools' up in the menu bar at the top then select 'Show Inspector' and click on the 'Exif' tab. In Irfanview use the 'Image information' button.
- An image is missing, where can I report it? Close
- Fill in the form here https://www.geograph.org.uk/stuff/image_report_form.php
It may take 24 hours to fix it.
- Do you have an RSS feed? Close
- RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, allows you to obtain an up-to-date listing of the latest Geograph submissions for integration into another website or RSS reader. For more information, try this Wikipedia article on RSS.
We provide an GeoRSS (RSS1.0) feed at http://www.geograph.org.uk/feed/recent.rss which contains links to the latest 20 moderated images.
We have recently added RSS feeds to other parts of the site:
* You will find an RSS button at the bottom of search results, useful to keep updated on local images.
* Registered users can access an RSS feed of the latest topics in the Discussion Forum, and even subscribe to an individual topic, just look for the RSS button!
* the Grid Square Discussions even supports GeoRSS.
* Get an RSS feed of recently updated Articles.
* The newer Content section has an RSS feed.
* Find out about organized meets by following the RSS feed.
(They also accept the format parameter like the main feed.)
If you use the Firefox web browser, you should be able use our feeds as "live bookmarks" - simply click the orange button in the address bar (or in the status bar on older versions).
For more technical information, see
- I would be interested in using Geograph content, is that possible? Close
- All images are licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence, see licence details by viewing a full size image. Also look for the "Find out how to re-use this image?" link under each image on the main photo page, which outlines easy ways to re-use the image.
Are you a developer?
... maybe looking for ways to access images outside the website?
and more info about our API: https://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Geograph-Image-APIs
Please get in contact if you have an idea for re-using images, beyond what's available via the feeds above. In all likelihood we can provide a feed to suit your requirements.
- How do I print photographs directly from Geograph? Close
- You can download any image from Geograph and print it. If larger sizes are available it is best to select the largest for printing purposes. Do read the 'Find out How to reuse this image' page for details on the licensing, crediting and any constraints on reuse.
- What makes a good Geograph? Close
- * You must clearly show one of the main geographical features within the square
* You should include a short description relating the image to the map square
* Photographing a subject that could be useful to a child in interpreting a map
- How do I find which squares need photographing? Close
- If you are looking for squares to obtain a point, try the coverage maps, and look for green squares; also accessible from that page are various printable checksheets for easy reference in print form. More technical users might enjoy GPX, or Memory Map downloads.
Many of the squares have been captured but only have a few photos; check out the depth map, from which you can find under-represented squares. In the same vein we have a number of maps to show the distribution of photos within a square, usually on a centisquare grid, which divides a grid square into 100 squares, each 100m by 100m.
We have also recently introduced a new map, "Recent Only" this shows recent photos. Help us keep the coverage current by photographing squares without any recent photos (orange or green).
Also look out for Red pin icons around the site, click them to take you to the links page for the location. From that page you can access textual lists of squares in need of photos (as well as direct links to many of the maps on the site).)
- What are my legal rights when taking photographs? Close
- Let's preface this by stating We Are Not Lawyers, and if you have any doubts about your right to take pictures, then you're probably better off not submitting it to us. However, there is a useful guide available which outlines your rights in the UK fairly concisely.
Possibly useful reference: https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/uk-photographers-rights-print-them-out-and-keep-them-handy-19949 and http://www.openphotographicsociety.org/shop-and-tools/photographers-rights-uk/rights-card/858-photographers-rights-card-download (very similar)
- Why must I agree to allow commercial use of my image? Close
- Running this site costs money, particularly over time as the storage requirements are quite large. Whilst those costs were initially met by generous sponsorship from the Ordnance Survey, more recently the site has been dependent upon donations. Granting commercial use allows anyone who runs the archive in the distant future to explore other options for generating funds, such as sales of montage posters.
Granting everyone those same rights actually protects the site community from exploitation), but do bear in mind that we only retain a screen-quality version of your image, and that under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence, you must be credited for any use of your image.
- I've had a complaint about one of my pictures. What should I do? Close
- It probably depends on the nature and tone of the complaint you've received, and on where you've taken the picture from. You've got three options: respond to the complainant, pass it on to Geograph, or ignore it. In any case, remember that there's nothing wrong with taking pictures from places with public access as long as it doesn't infringe someone's privacy in a very specific manner.
If the complaint is a reasonable request, you may wish to discuss the matter with the complainant directly - they may well be happy with your picture and text once they get to know you a little and realise you're a friendly if slightly excentric square bagger rather than a horse-rustling paedophile terrorist.
If the complaint is irate or makes unreasonable claims for privacy, you may prefer not to let the complainant have your email address. If you don't respond, they can always complain to Geograph. Alternatively, you can forward the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org , who will deal with it on your behalf. It helps if you present your side of the story and say whether you've taken the picture from a public space, a Public Right of Way or from private property without statutory access. Please make sure that the email address of the complainant shows in the body of the forwarded message.
On the other hand, if you do want to deal with an irate complaint by replying directly, it is usually a good idea to wait a couple of days to diffuse the heat of the moment.
If the complaint is about the text rather than the image, it is often possible to find a wording which will pacify the complainant without distorting the meaning of your text.
(Based on a question asked on the forum by Roger Jones http://www.geograph.org.uk/discuss/index.php?&action=vthread&forum=14&topic=14020&dontcount=1&page=0#1 and answered by Evelyn Simak.)
- I have licensed a larger size than I intended, what should I do? Close
- Use the 'Upload a larger size' link on the photo (or edit) page and submit the size you want (or select the preferred option on the page). This will overwrite the original selection although there may be a brief period when the originally selected size will be available due to caching and the wait before approval.
Be aware that if the very large version has been on the site for a while it may already have been downloaded from the site as a CC licensed image.
Note: if you did not want to license a larger size at all you will need to go through the same process but using an image marginally larger than 640 pixels wide (641 is enough) in order to remove the larger size options.
- What is an ITT? Close
- Image Type Tags (ITTs) were introduced in May 2016 to further define different types of supplemental image. Originally there were 5 (including Geograph) but in November 2016 this was changed to 6 after complaints about the words used. Whether this has helped or not is still a matter for debate.
Generally they can be helpful in refining a search.
- Where can I see how many points I have? Close
- Go to your profile page (link top right on every page). All the various types of points you have are displayed under 'My Statistics'.
- Can new items be added to the subject list? Close
- The subject list is intended to contain broad categories of subject rather than specifics.
While you can add new items, anything very specific is likely to be changed to an ordinary tag i.e. the prefix 'subject:' will be removed.
- Can I replace a year old photo with an identical one of better quality? Close
- It is not possible to replace the image on the photo page but you can upload a larger size version of the same image with different/better processing and note the fact it exists in your description.
We are reluctant to remove images which have been on the site for a while (no telling where they have been linked from) so this is the preferred method of adding a better quality version.
- I entered the wrong date in the "date taken" field before submitting. Can I change it? Close
- Yes, as with any of the information you added when submitting, this can be edited using the 'Change image details' form which is linked to just below the photo on its main page.
- Your pictures by year - are these selected on a random basis or is there a reason behind the choices ? Close
- It's essentially the most viewed - weighted so length the image been on the site is taken into account and deduplicated so only one from any shots taken same day. The alternative selection is different, in that it carves the period up into a number of periods (by submission date!) and then just displays the most viewed in that period. For more info see forum thread.
- How do I find the use if my photos ,thumbed ,etc Close
- Click the link 'Use of my photos around the site' near the foot of your profile page.
Follow the link at the top of the page you arrive at to get notification emails of new additions in selected areas.
- How do you cite on geograph co uk Close
- Adding a link to the source of information, or showing details of an off-line publication within your description or article are the usual ways to add a citation.
- I made a mistake on my submission, how do I change it? Close
- In the grey bar near the centre of the photo page, is a link "Suggest a change to this image" - click that and fill out the form.
- Can I submit a photo taken by someone else e.g. a friend? Close
- If your friend asks you to and for some reason cannot create their own account then that's fine provided they understand the Creative Commons licence. You should credit them as the photographer when submitting.
See related article: Photos not taken by submitter
- how do I link two photos Close
- There are three simple ways to link two (or more) photos.
To produce a link which simply shows as Link, add the full URL of the photo to be linked to in the description eg
"See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5966333 for a wider view."
To produce a link which shows the grid square and title, enclose the photo ID number (found at the end of the photo page URL) in double square brackets [] so the link (in this example) will show as "See SO1189 : The Berwyns under snow for a wider view."
Either way it is a good idea to describe the other photo a bit, rather than just give the link.
For linking several photos a shared description - which may only be a title - can work well. Create your shared description in the Shared Description tab and then add it to each of the relevant images. This will produce an automatic link "see other photos of [title of shared description]"
For recent uploads such linkings are most easily done using the Recent Uploads page https://www.geograph.org.uk/submissions.php where the ID numbers are provided below the thumbnails and you won't need to visit individual edit pages to add the links.
- Do you accept multiple images per square? Close
- Certainly - the points system is there to encourage people to make that extra effort to capture squares we don't have photos for yet, but we welcome additional images, perhaps showing a different subject, or a different time of year. You could be gaining yourself a personal point too.
Everyone sees things differently - feel free to give us your take on any square. Some squares have been done in considerable detail, helping to more fully document and add depth to a square. In particular, watch out for things others may have missed - the coverage maps can help with this.
Long term, multiple images taken at different times, even of the same subject, help to document change or the lack thereof.
- What is a Supplemental image? Close
- (From 11 May 2016 the Supplemental Classification is replaced by Image Type Tags:
see http://www.geograph.org.uk/article/Image-Type-Tags-update ).
If an image doesn't quite fulfill the Geograph criteria above, but is still a good image, we'll accept it as "Supplemental image" - no Geograph points are awarded, but the image will still appear on the selected grid square. A square that just contains Supplemental images is still open to be claimed as a Geograph though!
Supplemental images are not inferior to Geographs, just different. For the interpretation of a square they are just as valuable as they add extra information (in the case of close-ups) or wider views (in the case of aerial shots or images taken from another square).
- How do I get a Geograph point for my image? Close
- If you're the first to submit a "Geograph" for the grid square you'll get a "First Geograph" point added to your profile and the warm glow that comes with it.
We welcome many Geograph images per square, so even if you don't get the point, you are still making a valuable contribution to the project.
In addition we now award "Second Visitor" points (and Third and Fourth!) - which are given to the first Geograph the second contributor adds to a square. The third contributor similarly gets a "Third" point for their first Geograph to the square.
So a single square can have a First, Second, Third and Fourth Visitor point, but a contributor can only get one of those per square.
You can earn yourself a "Personal" point by submitting a "Geograph" for a square that is new to you, regardless of how many contributors have been there before.
- What are TPoints, how do they work? Close
- TPoint or 'Time-gap Point' is a new kind of point. A contributor can gain a TPoint by submitting a contemporary photo to a square that hasn't had a photo for 5 years. The aim is to increase the date range of available photos per square.
Squares available for a recent photo are shown in orange on the Recent Only coverage map,
or purple dots on the 'TPoint Availability' layer on the Draggable OS map.
Also can get listings of squares via this page
(change the grid-reference in the box to your area of interest)
· Read more about the various points on the Statistics FAQ
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Viewing Images [View more]
Reusing Geograph Content [View more]
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Photo Contributors :: Contributing [View more]
Points and Moderation [View more]
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