Is it Science or is it Art?

Aerial Photography has been used for many things over the years from maps, to research and now art. As many of our customers will know our range of aerial photographs are there to interest those who like statement pieces or quirky items around the home.

Map Marketing’s aerial photography supplier, Digital Globe, has caught the attention of the media with their space imagery contest to discover 2013’s Top Satellite Image.  On the 9th of December this Facebook contest draws the attention of BBC News where their science editor Paul Rincon reports Digital Globes contest.

Croatia Galesnjak

With both man-made and natural phenomenon at the focal point of the contest from all around the world, Facebook users have had two whole weeks to vote for their favourite satellite image of the year.  Communities from all around the globe are getting involved voting for the images that mean something to them whether they are feeling patriotic and voting for a location in their home country or voting for images that can only be described as spectacular.

Only the top five images will make the final round with voting ending today. As it stands the most popular are as follows:

  1. Naples, Italy, Feb. 19 2013 – Mount Vesuvius – 5.9k Likes
  2. Croatia, Feb. 16, 2013 – Galešnjak (Island of Love) – 4.9k Likes
  3. Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nov. 3, 2013 – “Wish,” a large-scale art work – 1.7k Likes
  4. Aleppo, Syria, May 26, 2013 – The Citadel of Aleppo -1.5k Likes
  5. Utah, USA, April 22, 2013 – Colorado River *positioned to give an interesting optical illusion. -1.3k Likes

These pictures are set to interest geologists, artists and space enthusiasts alike. Concepts of destruction, creation and hope are all portrayed in this year’s shortlist.

Using a variety of space craft including IKONOS, Quickbird, Worldview-1, Worldview-2 and GeoEye-1, Digital Global have been able to combine the efforts in science and transform it into art. This crossover of science and art is a growing notion with many pieces becoming commercially available.

If you want to capture a location that means something to you using Digital Globe’s technology then Map Marketing has just what you need. Whether you want a statement piece of art using aerial photography of the UK or USA on your wall at home or work then find the full range of products at

Our favourite is the capturing of the new island created by earthquake in Pakistan just off the Gwadar coast, Pakistan, Sept. 29, 2013. We would love to hear what your favourite is.