– Photos of UK in Google Earth in Google is a web site with a simple goal. “Collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of the UK and Eire.” The two photos at the right show the progress they have made in the last year (since I first wrote about it). Thanks to a free and open setup, the help of thousands of photographers, and an interesting mission, they are well on their way to achieving their objective. There are now over 260,000 photos in the database. You can see the placement of the photographs from within Google Earth. For example, look at a random sample of photos. You click on the green “KML” icon when its available to view the results. Or, you can go to their Google Earth search page and click on “Download KML” after selecting the type of search you want to perform. (NOTE: they have started time stamping the photo placemarks. If you see the time slider appear, open the slider all the way to see all the images. Or slide it back and forth to see the images over time. You must have Google Earth 4 to see the time feature.)
Related: Last year’s story on Geograph

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Great follow up!
    Just to note there was some bugs in a few of the Google Earth feeds, I think these have now been sorted, might require reopening the feed from the site to get a working version.

  2. This is a website I use all the time in my Geography teaching and it’s been good to see the progress that has been made since last year. It’s inspired me to go and bag a few of those empty squares in East Anglia.

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