Geograph or supplemental - examples

Published: 1 July 2007
(From 11 May 2016 the Supplemental classification is replaced by Image Type Tags: see Image Type Tags UpdateExternal link )


This article follows from the Geograph or Supplemental GuideExternal link. It should serve as a guide to some of the types of photograph which a site visitor might find useful and an indication as to whether they would be classed as a geograph or a supplemental image and which grid square they should be submitted under.
Whatever type of picture you submit, please try to include as much additional information as possible in your description. If taking photographs to get a geograph point it is best to be in the grid square, take and submit several photographs, make sure photographs show a feature and its geographical context.

Small area images (1sqkm)

Showing subjects within a given grid square, taken at close range from within the square

Subject location with grid reference quoted to as many figures as accurately possible.

SP1093 : Court Lane by Adrian Bailey
GEOGRAPH: Shows in detail an example of the built environment within the grid square

SJ4800 : The stream at Longnor by Adrian Bailey
GEOGRAPH: Shows in detail a particular feature of the physical geography of the square that is easily identifiable on the map

TQ2486 : In the London traffic by Adrian Bailey
Marginal GEOGRAPH or REJECTED: A good subject and easy to locate on the map from the description but of borderline quality having been taken through dirty, wet glass!

SP2962 : Flatrabbit Lane by David Stowell
SUPPLEMENTAL: Doesn't show a significant geographical feature

NF8459 : Otter Warning Sign by Paul Store
Marginal GEOGRAPH or SUPPLEMENTAL: Although the road is easily identifiable from the description the photograph is mainly of the road sign. Better framing showing more of the road would have made a good geograph.


A building shown with a substantial area of its surroundings and photographed from within its grid square will normally be a geograph. Examples here are intended to show how much of the surroundings are needed to make a geograph.

NF8876 : House by the B893 by John Allan
GEOGRAPH: House and outbuilding, shows grass around it, description helps by saying it is by main road.

SD8072 : Blind Beck Tearoom, Horton-in-Ribblesdale by Rich Tea
GEOGRAPH: Tearoom, shows it is on road, set at angle to road, in front of it some tarmac, some grass, verge with daffodils and low stone wall.

TL9510 : Tollesbury Post Office by William Metcalfe
GEOGRAPH: Post office, shows it at road junction, opens directly to pavement, shows some houses in street behind it.

J3996 : Detached house at Gleno by Kenneth  Allen
SUPPLEMENTAL - but borderline: House, cannot see what is in front or behind, particularly when viewed as thumbnail. Looking closely can see it is at road junction.

SE2232 : No 4 Littlemoor Road by Betty Longbottom
SUPPLEMENTAL - but borderline: House, very little of surroundings, probably a road junction or maybe a driveway beside it.

TL7521 : John Ray County Junior School by Robert Edwards
SUPPLEMENTAL: Only part of the building

H4572 : Home décor centre, Omagh by Kenneth  Allen
SUPPLEMENTAL: Shop, in terrace not showing neighbours, no surroundings

Wide area images (>1sqkm)

Showing landscape features or other subjects from a viewpoint which may or may not be within the square occupied by the photographer.

NT6087 : Bass Rock by Gary Rogers
SUPPLEMENTAL - because the subject is not shown in sufficient close up detail. Also, photographer's position is neither stated nor easily determined, but from the text it is obvious it is out of the subject grid square.

NG8784 : Torridon Viewpoint by Roger McLachlan
GEOGRAPH - because it provides an excellent map interpretation of the area and shows part of the referenced grid square, as well as background in other squares. The photographer position is shown as a viewpoint on the map. Thus, this image is logged against the PHOTOGRAPHER'S SQUARE - other images detailing the geography within the square would of course be welcomed


Although panoramas do not show geographic details of particular grid squares at close quarters they can be very useful in interpreting map information and so are welcomed.
Additional geographs showing the geography of the grid square in question will of course be required to complete the detailed picture for a particular square.
Several different types of image have been categorised as panorama by contributors. The viewpoint should be clearly stated.

All panoramas should be logged against the photographer position

NW9954 : Portpatrick by andy
GEOGRAPH: not only does it show some of the main geographical features of the square, it's also an extremely good representation of what could be seen from the given location and would greatly aid map interpretation.

SU6022 : Beacon Hill panorama 2 by Peter Facey
SUPPLEMENTAL: The image shows a relatively large number of grid squares but the photographer's position and direction of view have been clearly stated. It is a stitched panorama, a 158 degree panorama using cylindrical projection with no distortion.

SJ5786 : River Mersey panorama by andy
GEOGRAPH: The photographer's viewpoint has been accurately stated and details of what can be seen have been included in the description. It would be better if the compass directions had been stated in the description so as not to affect the display dimensions of the picture and despite being a little dark it is possible to make out the geographical lie of the land from the given viewpoint

Close up or detail images and interiors

Although normally classed as supplemental we welcome this type of picture because they add depth of detail and interest to the site and
complement the geographical information available for a given grid square.

SK8030 : Maize field near Branston, Leicestershire by Kate Jewell
SUPPLEMENTAL A close up of the Maize growing in the field. Had the grid reference been given more accurately the image could have been classed as a geograph given that a reasonable length of the path is shown.

SD5301 : Bean crop in flower by Gary Rogers
SUPPLEMENTAL: A close up of a bean plant in a field in Billinge provides interesting additional information to complement the other photographs for the square.

NH9857 : The Rodney Stone by Anne Burgess
SUPPLEMENTAL: Interesting additional image with accurate location information.

SJ7493 : Benchmark by Keith Williamson
SUPPLEMENTAL: The wall of the bridge contains a date stone and an ordnance survey bench mark - accurately locatable to within 10m !

NU1241 : St Aidan and the Monks by Gary Rogers
SUPPLEMENTAL: Images taken inside a building or underground will in most cases be classed as supplemental.

SJ3390 : Liverbirds by Gary Rogers
SUPPLEMENTAL: detail image of a Liverbird and the clock towers on top of the Liver building in Liverpool.

SU4578 : A Ladybird's Hasty Retreat by Pam Brophy
SUPPLEMENTAL: A fantastic image showing examples of the dramatic insect life to be found in the area - if you look closely enough!

Old Images

Old images are welcomed but care must be taken to ensure that they are referenced under the correct grid square.

TQ3082 : Corner of St Pancras Road - Euston Road by John Barrett
GEOGRAPH: A very informative old photo showing old style traffic lights and old London Buses as well as street lighting and building facades that certainly will have changed since the photo was taken. Location can easily be determined.

NT1684 : Railway Tracks Half Full by Simon Johnston
GEOGRAPH: A good quality, older image with a very informative description and has been accurately located by the contributor.

Digitally manipulated/Sunset/Very Underexposed Images

Images that have been digitally manipulated in a way that is likely to have significantly devalued the geographical information they contain are likely to be rejected (or at best classed as supplemental).
Sunset/sunrise or heavily underexposed images where the main purpose of the image was to produce a visually pleasing picture will be classed as supplemental unless sufficient geographical information can clearly be discerned.
Images taken specifically for geograph are unlikely to fall into this category.

TF6740 : Sunset at Hunstanton by Kim Slater
GEOGRAPH: The image has been accurately located to within 100m and details of the physical geography of the beach and the human element (the groyne and a marker built on it) are clearly visible.

TQ2444 : Sunset over woodland to the North-West of Collendean Lane by James Insell
REJECT This image contains hardly any visual geographic detail. Although it has been very accurately located and described it is not acceptable for the purposes of the site. It has been classified as supplemental only so that it can be shown as an example in this guide.

SE2185 : View from the road to Thirn by Nick W
SUPPLEMENTAL: Roughly 2/3 of this image is sky - it looks like it has been taken more for visual impact than as a geograph. The inclusion of so much sky has resulted in underexposure of the geographically interesting land area (or its been digitally altered to appear dark to enhance the aesthetic appeal) either way it's not a geograph but as some information can be gleaned we've accepted it as a supplemental.

People pics

Images that incidentally show people going about their daily routine provide valuable human geographical information and can be classed as geographs.
Snaps that have been taken mainly to show family members on holiday are not normally accepted.

J3279 : Belfast Castle by Kenneth  Allen
REJECT: typical example of the type not normally accepted for the purposes of the site.
It has been classified as supplemental only so that it can be shown as an example in this guide.

D0644 : Carrick-a-rede rope bridge by Kenneth  Allen
GEOGRAPH: Here's an example where the inclusion of a family member doesn't detract significantly from the geographic value of the image.

TQ2980 : Piccadilly Circus, London, taken 1968 by Christine Matthews
Historical photos with people posing may be accepted if there is sufficient geographical content.

SO9316 : Geograph meet at the Air Balloon by Big Chef
Posed photos of geographers at geograph-related pub meets or conferences are accepted to enable these events to be recorded. A category or tag of Geograph meet should be applied.

Small Images

We are not looking for technically perfect images nor do you need expensive photographic equipment to take part but small, poor quality pictures (where the largest dimension is less than 480 pixels) are unlikely to be of acceptable quality for the purposes of the site. Images from camera phones are sometimes rejected for this reason

TL7608 : Bridge over the River Chelmer by Helen in Mustardland
REJECT : typical example of the type not normally accepted for the purposes of the site. It is 360x296 pixels.
It has been classified as supplemental only so that it can be shown as an example in this guide.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright July 2007, David Hawgood; licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
With contributions by Barry Hunter, Peter Facey, Penny Mayes and Robin Stott. (details)
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