Featured image proposals

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Welcome to Featured image proposals.

Great photos of OpenStreetMap community, maps, or artwork posted here stand a good chance of being made Featured images, giving your picture a week of fame on the main page of the OpenStreetMap Wiki, plus eternal fame in the archives.

What kind of image?

The image must be released with an open license (including no non-commercial restriction) and...

Just a great image of one sort or another e.g.

  • Photos of people doing OpenStreetMap stuff
  • Interesting maps e.g. interesting renderings
  • Interesting screenshots of website maps
  • Interesting screenshots of other software
  • Bonus points for something in current news

We're trying for high standards but all proposals will be considered

How to propose?

Simply create a new section on this wiki page with your proposal (if you don't know how to edit the wiki, you can email CWG instead).

That's the minimum and we need more people doing this. After that, you (perhaps with the help of others) can...

  • upload the image to the wiki
  • Specify an open license on the image description page (Contact image "author" as necessary)
  • Embed the image in the proposal section on this page at 400px wide.
  • Write a caption describing the image, and linking any further reading. Captions should be short and use promotional language.

If you just do the first step (propose an image) others can help you with the remaining steps.

Meta stuff

Image sources - places that might contain interesting OSM stuff:

Dates to be taken note of when choosing a featured image:


Saw a screenshot image of this on twitter: http://blog.alb42.de/programs/mapparium/ No better than any other software screenshot, but we should do more software screenshots really. We can spin a positive caption about this because it's a prime example of OSM data reaching exotic tech platforms!

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:57, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Bus stops of Rosario and Buenos Aires

It needs a better marker for the bus stops, but can be an idea to a post in the future: https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMapAR/status/834933019928571904 There are a lot of bus routes mapped in both cities as well. --Wille (talk) 01:42, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Better marker or, normally smaller markers or just dots would be the normal cartographic suggestion here. That said... I quite like the image as it is. -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:47, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Travel time distance maps



TODO: Ask for permission. Maybe join into one side-by-side image

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:21, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Weird blender cityscape


TODO: Ask for permission. + caption

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:21, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Talk at Flisol Santa Fe, Argentina

Beatiful picture of a talk about OpenStreetMap in the Flisol 2018 event in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMapAR/status/990081444453240833 -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

Looks good. Who took these photos? -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:56, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Address interpolation in Santa Fe, Argentina

Beautiful picture of address interpolation data added in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcnt3S1X0AA0J6j.jpg -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

"Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at pbs.twimg.com." Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 09:43, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
No problem for me (from France)... May be an issue with your ISP, or problem loading/checking one certificate from a signing intermediate CA, with OCSP under HTTPS (problems with Root CAs are unlikely), or some security suite (or privacy protector) on your PC blocking some Twitter service providers, or could be caused by your Internet connection via some bad VPN or rogue proxy. — Verdy_p (talk) 12:08, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Reserve images

I noticed that frequently featured image is missing. I had an idea to make images showing some interesting features in Vespucci, StreetComplete, JOSM, iD. It feels not really fitting featured image but it may be better than blank space. What you think about this idea? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:39, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Yeah I like that idea. ..although I reckon we could also just feature more screenshots of interesting features -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:28, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Sweden lakes & buildings


TODO ask for permission.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:29, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

SotM poster competition

The poster competition at Milan featured some beautiful submissions. I believe that some of them, such as "Interchange Choreography" (the winning entry, iirc) and moovellab's parking space poster could make for good image of the week candidates. Do we have access to digital versions or maybe photographs of the posters? We may have to crop them, though – they were pretty huge. --Tordanik 17:02, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Ah yes. The poster competition was a great source of images previously. I'll have to see if I can figure out who to ask about getting the images. -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:58, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Excellent to get a poster. Is there a gallery of all of the posters we could link to? --Andrew (talk) 16:58, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

OSM awards

Another SotM related idea: a photograph of one of the winners receiving an OSM award, or the work the award was given for. --Andrew (talk) 17:02, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Yeah that could be a good idea for a topical "recent news" thing. Not sure which image would be best though. We already "featured" a nice photo on the blog. I think that was taken by Jinal Foflia. -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:05, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Mapping of the national museum in Rio de Janeiro

Mapping of the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most complete in Brazil

National museum Rio de Janeiro.png

Caption "The National Museum in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is alive only on maps after a fire has destroyed"--Eduaddad (talk) 13:37, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Not sure the caption really makes sense. I mean it doesn't explain why it's a featured image. Also this raises questions about how we should represent such things. Is it even correct to tag this as a museum at the moment? Should we show a construction area? or is there some other interesting way the map could show the fire damage. Maybe not, but in any case it almost feels like this would be featuring an out-of-date map. Know what I mean? It's missing a little something -- Harry Wood (talk)

Playing puzzle


Building and sharing and bridging, two characters are playing puzzle together to complete the map. OpenStreetMap.

User:Althio - 12:02, 7 February 2019

I like this image, and I guess we might still end up featuring it, but it's not really the kind of image we'd normally have as "featured image". This looks more like a graphics resource which could be really useful for illustrating a https://blog.openstreetmap.org blog post for example. I say that because it's sort of an abstract representation of collaboration, rather than the normal kind of images we have here.
By the way, could you do a version without the smiley face? I'm not sure, but I think it might look more stylish, less goofy.
But yeah, we'll have to remember to use this on a blog post, or I could see it fitting nicely on a slide deck about OSM for example. Or... maybe it would look good as decoration of a wiki page. Perhaps Getting Involved for example.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:58, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
This is indeed a graphics resource, created for the website of OpenStreetMap France, as a replacement for an older image. Yes, it is abstract, not your normal kind ;)
You and anyone can use it for any blog post or wiki page or slide deck, that is precisely why I put it here on the wiki :)
I like the smiley faces and I prefer with faces than without. More, I am not sure I could do a proper job of removing the faces. :D PS: I like your very own goofy grins
-- Althio (talk) 11:39, 4 March 2019 (UTC)