How’s it look in there? Anybody got a picture?

Michal, Locus team

The day’s hike is going great, you still have 10 kilometers to go, the sun is shining, but so what? There’s a rumble of thunder, a blackened wall looming over the horizon. An ominous spot with a purple center grows on the radar right in front of you, heading in your direction—a storm like a hell. You’ve got to take cover somewhere. There’s a shelter on the Locus Map just a kilometer down the road from here. But can you fit your whole party in there? You wish you had a photo of it…

Do all your friends fit in here?

You’ve come on holiday and are planning a trip around the area with your friends. There are several attractions on the map that encourage you to visit. Some rocks, a ruin, a view… But is it really worth including them in the itinerary? What do they really look like?

This view point is worth visiting

It’s terribly hot, you underestimated it on the hike with your water supply. The nearest pub is on the trail, but only in about an hour. You check the map, and look, there’s a spring just down the road. Is it just a spring seeping out of the swamp, or is it covered, with a trough, and can you conveniently refill from it?

Here you can refill your bottles

We’re sure you’ve experienced similar situations on your wanderings through nature. “If only I had a photo of that…, to know what it looks like…” – these and similar questions from our users inspired us to create the possibility to add our own photos to places on the map (so-called LoPoints). Having them available both on your mobile phone for a quick preview and above the map on the web for careful route planning is something that many outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate. No text can describe reality as well as a picture.

A lot of LoPoints already have photos from Wikipedia. We managed to combine OpenStreetMap’s database of interesting places with data from the biggest internet encyclopedia a few months ago. However, even Wikipedia does not contain everything, photos are usually only provided with the biggest attractions – tourist, historical and natural attractions – castles, chateaus, museums… Pubs, ruins, signposts, stops, shelters, wells… are still without photos. And now we want to help you change that.

Photos directly from your mobile

Adding a photo to a place of interest on the map is quick and easy:

  • tap LoPoint on the map, and a panel with details will pop up
  • tap the camera button
  • select the option to either take the photo now or select a photo from the gallery that is already taken
  • after confirming the photo or gallery selection you can add more snaps if you have them
  • close the window, and the photos will start uploading in the background and you can continue to use the app normally

Not on the internet? No problem, everything works offline too. Photos will upload when you connect. By default, uploading is only enabled via wifi, but if you’re not worried about your mobile data, turn wifi-only off in the app settings.

Which photos are the best?

Those that accurately depict the object or place in question. Best if you take several photos of the same place from different angles. And now some tips:

  • If it’s a view tower or a lookout point, include a view of the countryside from there.
  • For more complex buildings or monuments, include the most interesting details
  • Photograph information boards preferably in such a way that the text on them is legible in the photo – both in the app and on the website, the photo can be clicked through to the detail
  • For restaurants, you can take a photo of the menu if it is legible

You can “like” each photo in the app and on the website. For the authors of the best-rated photos, we are preparing interesting rewards!

Which photos are inappropriate?

Each photo is checked before it is attached to a place on the map. Images that in any way fit into the following categories will not be added to the locations:

  • showing recognizable human faces
  • depicting violence, racism, politics, memes, profanity or other obscenities
  • photos of poor technical quality – blurry, too low resolution, too dark, too light…
  • photos unrelated to the location or otherwise irrelevant

You will receive info about the acceptance or non-acceptance of photos within a few hours. 

If by chance an inappropriate photo slips through our careful filter, or for some other reason you find it unacceptable, you can report it to us:

We will check it again and possibly eliminate it.

What about privacy?

Adding photos to places on the map is seen as a voluntary service to the public. By submitting a photo, you agree that the image will be published on the map via Locus Map with the author’s credit. We therefore strongly recommend that you only submit photos that are not in any way private, showing for example members of your family or your home.

In addition to the map, photos are also displayed in the public photo gallery that is part of your user profile. This is currently only accessible from the Locus Map application:

We also reserve the right to publish selected photos on our website or social media to promote the app or user competitions. 

The reward will not miss you!

Once the project gets going and the galleries start to fill up, we’ll have a whole rewards system for you. The most prolific authors, and also the photographers of the best photos, can look forward to a lot of nice prizes.

So get outdoors, autumn is a photographic harvest right now!

15 Comments

  1. sAm
    14. 10. 2022

    Leider nicht für die classic-variante der App verfügbar, oder?

    Habe die beschriebene Funktion nicht in Version 3.63.0 gefunden.

    • Freischneider
      15. 10. 2022

      Nein, dort wird es keine neue Funktionen geben. Es wird nur Aktuell gehalten. Am besten zu LM4 wechseln. So teuer ist das nicht.

    • Michal, Locus team
      17. 10. 2022

      Correct, this feature is available only in Locus Map 4

  2. Guegafue
    15. 10. 2022

    Hallo sAm, geht es dir darum, das Foto für alle sichtbar hochzuladen oder nur, bei einem Punkt ein Foto zu hinterlegen? Die zweite Variante geht auch in der Classic Version. Punkt anlegen und ein Foto dazu angeben. Dann ist das sicher nur auf dem Smartphone lokal gespeichert.

  3. pix
    15. 10. 2022

    Nice idea but it only works when you have an active internet connection/mobil service and you must enable LoPoints (online). With enabling LoPoints (offline) it doesn’t work.

    • Michal, Locus team
      17. 10. 2022

      Hi, with the latest version 4.12.1 it is possible also offline with offline LoPoints.

  4. Daniel
    16. 10. 2022

    Wikipedia and Openstreet Map had been a huge source of content to Locus Maps.

    I would love if the "upload photo" feature had an option to submit to Wikipedia Commons at the same time it uploads to Locus servers.

    By doing this we would not only contribute to our favorite map app but also to the data sources that made most of it possible.

    • Michal, Locus team
      19. 10. 2022

      We have plans like this for the future but so far the infrastructure is not ready yet for it.

  5. Freischneider
    17. 10. 2022

    I found this page. Here also images are assigned to OSM POI. Maybe we can add more images to LoPOI here.
    At the moment only restaurant and hotel, but also monument, view etc. should follow.
    http://openplacereviews.org/

    I found it here:
    https://forum.kuketz-blog.de/viewtopic.php?t=8298

  6. Eibenberg's JensL
    18. 10. 2022

    "Glück Auf" aus dem Erzgebirge. Zu dieser super Idee fände ich es gut, wenn man erkennen könnte welchen LoPoints Fotos hinterlegt sind.

    • Michal, Locus team
      18. 10. 2022

      You are always informed which photos were accepted and which were not. The accepted photos then appear in the POI detail panel both in the app and on the web.

  7. Heinz
    21. 10. 2022

    Ich finde das eine gute Idee mit den LoPoints, nur wenn ich ein Foto mache, möchte ich nicht, das mein Name zum dir erscheint. Wo kann ich die Angaben deaktivieren? Oder ist das überhaupt möglich?

    • Michal, Locus team
      21. 10. 2022

      Hi, if you don't want others to see your real name, just change the displayed name to something else in your user profile settings.

  8. Martin
    21. 10. 2022

    Von einer Kirche gibt es viele Fotos in Wikipedia, in LoPoints wurde aber nur eins übernommen, obwohl manche Details interessant wären. Von einer Ruine sehe ich in den Details zwei Fotos aus Wikimedia Commons. Wie wird entschieden, welche Bilder automatisch in die LoPoints übernommen werden?

    • Michal, Locus team
      24. 10. 2022

      Hi, the basic approach is this:
      There is a dataset that can be seen as a parent or index of all Wikipedia pages. See e.g. https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1011847.
      Very often it contains one or more pictures. Here one (first in the order) photo is taken. Why the first one only? Because very often only the first one is really relevant. The actual Wikipedia pages are scanned for every language (currently 7 languages are processed). Here only pictures contained in the info template (the right-corner info box) are taken. The reason is again the relevance/quality. It is possible (and very likely) that there are Wikipedia pages containing only relevant pictures and do not need further textual explanation. But more often this is not the case. So the main reason why only some pictures are transferred is relevance, quality, and no need for textual explanation.

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