Swim Guide is excited to introduce our brand new photo submission feature for our iOS and Android app.
The photo submission feature and the beach image database are part of Swim Guide’s international citizen-science effort to collect data on beaches around the world. Photos are incredibly important pieces of evidence. When Swim Guide users are at the beach they are in a unique position to take and share a photo, which contributes valuable data on recreational water use, pollution, and real time conditions at beaches.
Swim Guide users can submit a photo in two ways through the iOS and the Android app:
1. Click on a beach in the list or on the map in the app. Once on the beach page, click on the photo submission icon and choose “Submit Photos”.
2. Click Upload Beach Photos
3. Take a photo of your beach, or swim spot. See instructions below on the specific type of photo we are looking for.
4. Add details on the report page about what you see, as well as your name and email information.
5. Submit your photo by clicking “send”
We are looking for a very specific shot, which you can take by standing on the shoreline and taking a picture facing the water. Please don’t use filters, or special effects. The shot should include the following:
Water: Including the waterbody in the photo is a must
Shoreline: Along with the water, ensure the shoreline (where the land meets the shore) is included.
Recreational water users: if there are recreational water users in the water, such as swimmers, surfers, paddlers, please include them in the shot.
NOTE: if you do see a pollution concern, please submit a separate pollution report. Use the pollution reporting tool in the app, or click here to submit a pollution report.
Too far from the water
Too close to the water
Make sure that the focus of your photo is always the water and the shoreline. Close ups of your friends at the beach are a great addition, but shouldn’t be the focus if you are only submitting one photo.
If you see pollution, you can use the pollution reporting tool to submit a detailed report. Click here to submit a pollution report.
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