A nice surprise

Gosh! It’s been a while since I last wrote anything. I’ve been rather consumed by my PhD writing since the summer and have been neglecting other aspects of my life. Not to say nothing exciting has happened!

Back in May I found out that one of my photographs had been selected to be the front cover image of the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 ‘Explorer’ map for  Edinburgh. It has since been published and I now have a copy of the map courtesy of OS. It looks great (of course!) and I’m so proud to see my photo there.

What I wasn’t expecting, however, was to find that OS also chose the photo to be in their 2016 calendar! How cool is that? It was a surprise since OS didn’t tell me that they were selecting it; I found out on Twitter. I was going to ask for a cheeky free copy, but then a few days later one landed n my doormat. Result! Mine is even the November picture (although the photo was taken in February), meaning it ties in nicely with my November blog entry 🙂

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Money raised from the calendar sales will go to the OS’s chosen charity, Holding Little Hands. You can read more about the calendar on the OS blog.

I’m a winner!

And not just according to my mum, either!

I didn’t spot the email at first. Gmail kindly sorts some emails automatically into “Social” and “Promotions” groups, for which you don’t get a new email notification. I generally treat these groups as spam, and ignore them.

But Lo! Today I found an email from Ordnance Survey. I had to read it a couple of times:

Dear Kit
Thank you for entering OS Photofit. I am delighted to tell you that your photo has been selected to feature on the first phase of our newly branded OS Explorer maps. Your photo will feature on Explorer 350 Edinburgh.

The new covers are already going into production and we hope to see the new designs rolled out across our retailers and available on our website from early summer.

As soon as they are available, we will send you a complimentary copy of the map featuring your photo and name credit.

Well…that was unexpected! The OS Photofit competition is basically a clever way of the Ordnance Survey (OS) getting free photos (i.e. they don’t have to cough up a licence) to put on the covers of their maps. Photos are uploaded by area of the UK, and voted on, by the public with a final decision made by OS. This was the photo I submitted for Edinburgh:

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The final map cover will have the edges heavily cropped, since the map images are in portrait, not landscape, but that should show Salisbury Crags (the rocky bit, if you’re not familiar with Edinburgh) with the Tron (black spire) and Edinburgh Castle in the background.

The viewpoint for the photo is a great spot to be. If you fancy popping up there yourself, it’s easy to find. Just take the steps up the city facing side of Arthur’s Seat and when it levels off a little, you can turn off the path. Here’s a map:

I’ve had a lot of luck this year with photography. There are many, many, many wonderful photos of Edinburgh, so I’m pretty chuffed that one of mine will be on the cover of the 1:25,000 OS map! And, of course, a hearty congratulations to all the other winners!

You can read more about the winners on the OS blog: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2015/05/latest-osphotofit-winners-announced/

And the full selection of winning photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/osmapping/sets/72157649182501294/