Friday, October 29, 2010

Winners of Panoramio Contest of August 2010

The Panoramio Geotagged Contest rewards each month 28 photos uploaded and selected by the Panoramio Community. You can see them all on the results page for August 2010 edition.

I normally just publish the 4 winners in the blog, but this month I was so impressed by one of them that I will publish 5.

First Prize of Scenery category
Scenery First prize

taken in Brazil by luciano passos cruz

First Prize of Unusual Location category

Unusual Location First Prize
taken in the Taiwan by 安路 Michael. (It is the second Month that the Unusual Location prize goes to Taiwan)

First Prize of Heritage category
Heritage First Prize

taken in the Germany by funtor

First Prize of Travel category

Travel First prize

taken in Spain by ZEUS74.
I specially love the Look Around this photo creates.

My peronal choice

Scenery First prize

taken in Hungary by Racz (Shaman) Peter

Full list of winners


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ocean in Panoramio

Panoramio has always been about sharing places of the world with your camera. Today we are very excited to announce we are adding a whole new world to Panoramio: the oceans.

Starting today, we are changing our photo acceptance criteria to accept underwater imagery in Panoramio. We are teaming up with the Google Earth team to provide a better Ocean in Google Earth experience.

We have noticed that many Panoramio users are already uploading wonderful underwater photos, so we are really looking forward to see the fantastic images that will result from this.

All photos uploaded after today will be reviewed with this new criteria.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

New Panoramio KMLs

We are very excited about the launch of the new Panoramio KMLs. They are just fast and beautiful!

The new KMLs are extremely fast in loading photos. Try zooming in and out and you will see photos popping in and out in Google Earth.

The algorithm that is responsible for distribution and taking care of thumbnail overlaps has been improved as well and that is the reason you will now have a feeling of density that did not exist before, together with a better discoverability of the photos in the layer.

Panoramio KMLs are downloadable from the following places:
1. Popular photos in Google Earth:
(click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)
2. Popular photos in Google Earth (Including photos not selected for the Panoramio layer in Google Earth):
(you need to select the box before downloading the file from the lower-left corner of the Site)
3. Recent Panoramio uploaded photos:
(select the recent tab and then click on the link in the lower-left corner of the Site)
4. Photos from a specific tag:
5. Your Photos
Go to your page and click on the link that says “in Google Earth”

I would like to thank the following software engineers from the Google Maps team for their help on this: Markus Heule, Phil Norman and Marcus Börger.

Hope you all like it and please let us know your thoughts in this post or in the Panoramio forum

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kedada Panogastronómica - O Grove 2010

This is the title the Spanish community decided to give to the pano-meeting that took place last weekend in O Grove, Galicia, Spain.

The title itself means three things:
  • Kedada More than 30 members of the Spanish community decided to meet in this fantastic village in Galicia.
  • Pano Panoramio and photography were an excuse to meet the friends we made within the Panoramio community over the years.
  • Gastronómica. Spanish people always meet around food and this weekend O Grove was celebrating its annual seafood party.

Nano and Paco were the hosts of the event and we are extremely excited about everything that happened. This weekend you can still enjoy the seafood party in the village of O Grove, so if you have no better plans (this is difficult) go there and look for Nano. He will be more than happy to show you the place.

We had a complete Agenda, we enjoyed food, we photographed every single corner of the area with our cameras (if you want to see the photos start at Nano’s and follow the thread of the community), we had a reception with the authorities and most important of all... I discovered that Panoramio is not a community about places and photography. It is a community of friends about places and photography.

If you want to see when other meetings happen or want to organize your own... visit the Rendezvous section in the Panoramio forum, and do not forget to invite us (we love meeting the Panoramio community)