Main content

*Entries now closed - results on The One Show on July 1st 2015*

*Entries now closed - results on The One Show on July 1st 2015*

We have already run competitions to find the UK’s best chicken curry, chocolate brownies and home-made bread.

Now we want you to turn your hand to designing a map symbol, or several map symbols! We’re looking for your creative ideas in the following areas:

1) Vineyard
2) Skate Park
3) Caves
4) Toilet
5) Art Gallery
6) Electric Car Charging Point
7) Climbing Centre
8) Solar Farm
9) Kite Surfing
10) Ice Rink

All the details of how to enter are here on our website along with the terms and conditions. If you wish to enter a design for more than one category, please send each image in a separate email as your entry might not reach us if you attach multiple designs to one email. The competition is not open to professional graphic designers, map designers or professional cartographers.

Furthermore, as this is a competition for amateurs, entrants must declare any connection with commercial design when entering. Although this will not automatically exclude an entrant, the Organisers will consider any conflict of interest and reserves the right to exclude an entry on that basis.

Entrants are invited to submit a design for a map symbol for one or more of the specified categories listed above. Entries should be sent by email to the One Show email address theoneshow@bbc.co.uk.

Entrants are required to send an image file of their design, no bigger than 10 megabytes. You can create your design on a computer or draw it by hand and send us a photograph of it. We are unable to accept PDF files, but you can submit JPEG, PNG and JIF file formats.

4. Please include your name, a contact telephone number, and a brief description of your design in the body of your email.

5. Please specify which category you are entering your design for in the subject heading of your email. For example if you are submitting a design for an Ice Rink, please put “On the Map – Ice Rink” in the subject heading of your email. Failure to do this may result in your entry not reaching its appropriate judging category and being disqualified.

*Entries now closed - Results on The One Show on July 1st 2015*

Entries may be submitted from Wednesday 13th May 2015. The entry window will close at midnight on Sunday 31st May 2015. Entries received after midnight on Sunday 31st May 2015 will not be considered.

The designs will be passed over to the OS judging panel, which will consist of their expert map designers and independent judge, who shortlist the entries and will then select the winning design(s) based on the following criteria:

• Originality of design and quality of artwork
• Clarity of symbol – does it clearly represent the category?
• Suitability of design for reproduction on digital and printed maps

The name of the independent judge will be available on written request. The judges may choose up to a maximum of 10 winners for each category. However the Organisers reserve the right, in their absolute discretion, not to choose any winners for any category.

The winners will be notified by the week beginning the 21st June 2015. Competition results will be announced on the One Show on the 1st July 2015, although the Organisers reserve the right to change the date of this announcement. The winner(s) shall receive a bespoke OS map which features their map symbol.


Sorry, this clip is not currently available

On The Map

We are looking to bring OS maps into the 21st century by viewers' designing new symbols.

T&C for The One Show / Ordnance Survey “On the Map” Design Competition

*Entries now closed - results on The One Show on July 1st 2015*

1. This competition is organised by the BBC in partnership with Ordnance Survey Limited (OS), together known as ‘the Organisers’.

2. Entry to the competition is open to residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) except current employees of the Organisers, their close relatives, any person connected to the competition and any category of person referred to in paragraph 9 below. Proof of age, identity and eligibility will be requested. Entrants under the age of 18 (at the time of the closing date) will require permission from a parent or guardian. Entrants must enter as individuals rather than as a team.

3. Entrants are invited to submit a design for a map symbol for one or more of the specified categories listed below in paragraph 6. Entries should be sent by email to the One Show email address theoneshow@bbc.co.uk Entrants are required to send an image file of their design, no bigger than 10 megabytes. You can create your design on a computer or draw it by hand and send us a photograph of it. We are unable to accept PDF files, but you can submit JPEG, PNG and JIF file formats.

4. Please include your name, a contact telephone number, and a brief description of your design in the body of your email.

5. Please specify which category you are entering your design for in the subject heading of your email. For example if you are submitting a design for an Ice Rink, please put “On the Map – Ice Rink” in the subject heading of your email. Failure to do this may result in your entry not reaching its appropriate judging category and being disqualified.

6. Categories for the Map Design

1) Vineyard
2) Skate Park
3) Caves
4) Toilet
5) Art Gallery
6) Electric Car Charging Point
7) Climbing Centre
8) Solar Farm
9) Kite Surfing
10) Ice Rink

7. Tips and hints as to what makes a good map symbol are available here.
http://os.uk/oneshow

8. If you wish to enter a design for more than one category, please send each image in a separate email as your entry might not reach us if you attach multiple designs to one email.

9. The competition is not open to professional graphic designers, map designers or professional cartographers.

10. Furthermore, as this is a competition for amateurs, entrants must declare any connection with commercial design when entering. Although this will not automatically exclude an entrant, the Organisers will consider any conflict of interest and reserves the right to exclude an entry on that basis.

11. Entries may be submitted from Wednesday 13th May 2015. The entry window will close at midnight on Sunday 31st May 2015. Entries received after midnight on Sunday 31st May 2015 will not be considered.

12. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entries which are incomplete or otherwise fail to comply with these terms and conditions. The Organisers take no responsibility for any attachments or images which fail to upload properly and/or any technical failure or malfunction or other problem which may result in lost, incomplete, late or misdirected entries.

13. Personal data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and associated laws and regulations. The BBC will only ever use personal details for the purposes of administering the competition. This will require sharing certain information with OS in order to complete these purposes. The BBC will only keep personal details for as long as is necessary to fulfil these purposes. Please see the BBC’s Privacy Policy: www.bbc.co.uk/privacy. Please see the OS Privacy Policy to see how OS will process any personal data which is received. This is available at the following link: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/privacy.html.

14. Entrants may be asked to disclose details of any and all criminal and civil actions pending against them, or served against them plus any unspent convictions. Entrants asked for this information must keep the Organisers informed of any changes to that disclosed up to the point the winner is announced. This information will be handled in the strictest confidence and, as with all personal information, in accordance with paragraph 13.

15. Following standard industry practice, the Organisers may undertake background checks of the shortlisted finalists. Information discovered or that may have been disclosed by the entrants themselves will inform the decision as to the selection of the finalists.

16. Entries will be judged through the process outlined below:

Stage One

The entries will be collated into their separate categories by editorial staff on the One Show.

Stage Two

The designs will be passed over to the OS judging panel, which will consist of their expert map designers and independent judge, who shortlist the entries and will then select the winning design(s) based on the following criteria:


• Originality of design and quality of artwork
• Clarity of symbol – does it clearly represent the category?
• Suitability of design for reproduction on digital and printed maps

The name of the independent judge will be available on written request.

17. The judges may choose up to a maximum of 10 winners for each category. However the Organisers reserve the right, in their absolute discretion, not to choose any winners for any category.

18. The winners will be notified by the week beginning the 21st June 2015. Competition results will be announced on the One Show on the 1st July 2015, although the Organisers reserve the right to change the date of this announcement.

19. The winner(s) shall receive a bespoke OS map which features their map symbol.

20. The winning symbol(s) will be used in OS mapping products available in digital and / or paper form as determined appropriate by OS, in its sole discretion, and / or may be used for other purposes associated with the business of OS and its group companies. OS is not obliged to feature any winning symbols in its mapping products and it reserves its rights fully in this respect.

21. If a winner cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, the Organisers reserve the right to choose an alternative winning entry who will be notified accordingly.

22. Subject to paragraph 23, you will retain the copyright in any map designs that you submit to the competition. However, by entering the competition, you grant to the Organisers a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Organisers to use the entries in connection with the competition, including but not limited to broadcast, publication and / or exhibition of the entries on television, online or in any of the Organiser’s promotional materials.

23. In the event that you are one of the competition winners, and OS wishes to feature your winning map symbol on its maps, OS requires that the copyright, design rights and all related rights in the winning map symbol are assigned to OS. It will not be possible to feature winner’s names in OS mapping products however winners will be acknowledged and identified as part of this competition.

24. By entering the competition, entrants (or a parent or guardian of entrants aged under 18 at the time of the closing date) agree to sign any documentation required to give effect to the assignment referred to in clause 23. In the event a winner does not wish to assign the rights, the Organisers reserve the right to choose an alternative winning entry who will be notified accordingly.

25. All parts of the entry must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Entrants agree to fully indemnify the Organisers against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of this paragraph 25.

26. Your entry must not contain illegal, unlawful, defamatory, obscene, offensive or any other unsuitable material. All entries must be suitable for use in broadcasts by the BBC and publication in OS mapping products as determined by the Organisers respectively.

27. OS may need to make modifications to the winning design for practical purposes. This will not consist of any significant alteration of the original design but rather to ensure that the design can be realised in suitable form.

28. By entering this competition, Entrants agree to take part in reasonable promotions and activity in relation to the competition. Certain stages of this competition may include an element of filming for The One Show and the winners may be asked to attend the Studio on July 1st 2015 for the announcement.

29. By entering the competition the entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

30. No commercial gain shall be made from using or referencing the BBC or OS brands, the competition itself or any other element of this competition process.

31. For the avoidance of doubt, no fees will be payable for any use of the map symbols entered into this competition.

32. OS is entitled to assign any and all of its rights relating to the competition to one of its group companies.

33. The Organiser’s decision is final and no correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

34. The Organisers reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions in any way.

35. The Organisers reserve the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside its control.

36. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

37. The BBC’s code of conduct for competitions applies to this Competition. You can read more about it here: www.bbc.co.uk/editorialguidelines/page/guidelines-appendices-appendix-2-competitions