PhotoSpotLand – THE photo app to use to map cities around the world : Launch event in London – arriving on 12th October, 2015!

We arrived at the Travel Tech Lab, in London & Partners offices in More London, London Bridge, for the launch event of PhotoSpotLand – the first Worldwide Photomapping Campaign of a city capital!

The views from their office conference room on the 6th Floor were spectacular, being able to see City Hall, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, The Gherkin, 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie), St Paul’s, and Tower of London – the perfect choice of venue for an app launch to capture the photographic delights of London! (And what beautiful weather for uninterrupted views.)

Introductions were made by Andrew Cook, MD of London & Partners that provides the incubator for Travel Tech Lab start-ups, and His Excellency Pasquale Terracciano – the Italian Ambassador to the UK.

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Mario Bucolo, the founder and CEO of PhotoSpotLand, then talked us through how his vision for the Catania originated / Sicilian company and app came about, and his passion as a professional photographer to help people capture their favourite aspects of their beloved cities around the world – what better way than in a photograph! PhotoSpotLand is proud to promote this incredible citywide “treasure hunt” that will photomap London by Londoners as never before, revealing their favorite London landmark views and hidden gems.

Note: You can either submit your photograph(s) on the website or via the app, or if you are not very good at photography then they have a team of professional photographers who can be sent out to your specific location to capture the snaps that you wish. You will still get credited via the site for your photos, as you notified them of the landmark/ hidden gem.

The session ended with a Q&A session – including a question from fellow travel blogger May from Eat Cook Explore :

During the afternoon launch event, we learnt that the Apple Stores iPhone app launches on the 12th October, 2015, Google Play Store Android version is due soon after, and the Windows and  Blackberry versions of the app will arrive in early 2016 (so not too long too wait).

Also, Mario assured us that all photographs loaded via an app or the website are copyrighted to PhotoSpotLand and also the contributor of the photograph, and that if anyone wishes to use the photograph they would have to contact PhotoSpotLand, who will in turn contact the contributor to grant permission for use if they wish.

We were served delightful arancini [pistachio & bacon, ragu (vegetarian -with tomato and peas), and mozzarella], and cannoli (ricotta and chocolate), accompanied by Sicilian wines from the lovely Giancarlo and his team from Etna Coffee :

After a brief chat with Mario, it was a nice surprise to see and chat to Krista from Krista in London / Passport Delicious and May from Eat Cook Explore, fellow travel bloggers whom we know well, and to meet other travel bloggers Natalie from Diva in a Back Pack and Chris from Arc Photographic over the Sicilian delights and wine.

Go check out the app when they go live on the 12th October, 2015! (or soon after for Android!)


Watch this space for more information and competitions from PhotoSpotLand!




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We were invited to the launch event by Cinzia (PR) from PhotoSpotLand. Look forward to working with you and Mario in the future!


About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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