Google Maps Out the Most Photographed Places in the World


Two weeks ago, Instagram released its annual top 10 lists of the cities and locations that were photographed most often using the photo sharing service. But this year, Google has seen fit to one-up them by releasing a heat map that gives us a more visual representation of the most photographed places in the world.

The photo data was pulled from Google Maps Panoramio service, which strives to attach geo-tagged photos to locations in Google Maps and Earth so that users of those services might get a better feel for the location they’re digitally exploring.


As such, Google’s data is incomplete and won’t necessarily overlap with the list compiled by Instagram. New York City still hits number one, but Rome and Barcelona take the two and three spots and those cities didn’t even appear on Instagam’s list.

Still, the map is a fun, interactive way to explore the photography hotspots of the world and, just maybe, discover a few highly photographed places you’d like to someday see in person. To take a gander at the map for yourself, head over to Sightsmap by clicking here.

(via Sploid)

  • anise

    I wish they could join forces with flickr or 500px so we could get our photos on the map.

  • 4dmaze

    Of course this map only shows photos taken with GPS enabled devices such as smartphones. Very few high-end cameras come with GPS stock and I doubt any film cameras are represented at all. So this is extremely skewed to a certain type of camera that most tourists use so it is really just a map of tourist destinations.

  • Markus WET

    actually, most of my (film) photos have embedded gps coordinates via Lightroom’s Map Module :)

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  • harumph

    “…discover a few highly photographed places you’d like to someday see in person.”

    Funny, I had the exact opposite reaction. This map makes me want to go to the places that have been photographed the least.

  • pganja

    I belive that an overlay with evetuall photos from high end camera will looks somewhats similar, secondly I belive Panoramio contains primarily stand alone camera, and Panoramio was active long time before today integrated smart phones cameras?

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  • InstinctImages

    Panoramio started out in Europe was very Europe-centric when I joined over 5 years ago. To a certain degree it still is and that’s obvious from the map.

  • InstinctImages

    That’s not true at all. I have over 600 mapped images on and none were taken with a GPS enabled device. The site allows you to tag where an image was taken which can lead to incorrect locations on images but that also means images don’t have to have GPS data embedded when they are uploaded.

  • Sky

    Seems like Europe wiped a floor with competition, hehe