The Mapillary Walk competition has drawn to a close. Over the course of the competition we’ve seen walks submitted from around the world, from beaches in Rio de Janeiro to snowy fields in Sweden. The underlying purpose of #MapillaryWalk has been to encourage people to share their favorite places, using stunning photos to tell a story of why the place is special to them.
Over the course of the competition we had over 130 nominations from 56 users. Let’s take a look at some of the winning sequences from around the world:
1st - didymops - Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.
Didymops, showing us that even in the Canadian winter you can take awesome photos, and walk the dog while you’re at it. The national park is known for long winters and plenty of snow. Expect an average low of -15.5˚ Celsius from December through to March. In warmer months it is also a tranquil place for canoeing, allowing visitors to paddle through uninhabited wilderness in an area 1/4th the size of Belgium.
2nd - harry - Måryd Nature Reserve, Sweden.
Harry was the most active mapper over the competition, contributing 13 wintry sequences from the southern Swedish county of Skåne. This one comes in at number 2 and takes you through Måryd Nature Reserve on one very foggy, late November morning.
3rd (equal with 9 votes) - tm3594 - Fukushima, Japan.
The Mapillary community in Fukushima, Japan has been particularly busy contributing quality sequences from around the prefecture. In this one you can explore the areas behind Mount Bandai, a stratovolcano that dominates the landscape.
3rd (equal with 9 votes) nunocaldeira - Madeira Island, Portugal.
In this sequence Nuno walks along one of Madeira’s many Levadas. “What’s a Levada?” you ask. Levadas are irrigation channels that are quite unique to the North Atlantic Portuguese island of Madeira. They are pivotal in transporting water from the west and north-west of the island to the drier south-east, thus supporting agricultural production.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere right now, it can definitely be harder to find decent weather and enough daylight hours. When it’s not raining or snowing however, Mapillary is a good way to document how the landscape changes over time. Using the time travel feature you can compare the same location over different time frames. With the following MapillaryWalk sequence by Harry for example, you can see other sequences in the area taken over November, before, during and after snowfall.
Competitions are a fun way for the Mapillary community to interact with one another, at the same time fueling a bit of competitive spirit. Over the coming months we’ll be arranging new, exciting competitions and as always, we welcome your ideas on how we can make them fun and rewarding whilst helping to create better coverage of the world.
What competition would you like to see next? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Thank you to all those who took part in the #MapillaryWalk challenge, we loved your stories!