Trek View is using street-level panoramic imagery of the natural world to inspire everyone to start exploring it.
What is Trek View?
Hi! I'm Dave.
Back in 2019 I took a 360-degree camera and started filming hiking trails.
They quickly attracted millions of views online and other hikers asked me how they could do the same. So I showed them.
I created VR apps for schools allowing school children to go on virtual field trips -- many of whom had never left the cities in which they lived.
Then local community groups, larger commercial organisations and even some celebrities wanted to use the photos for their own environmental causes.
At the same time, I became interested in computer vision, the ability to train a computer to automatically classify what's inside an image.
I quickly realised the potential for using panoramic images to understand the environment at scale was huge.
And so Trek View became a thing.
Now we're a group of people with a passion for the outdoors.
How is Trek View imagery used?
Our imagery is viewed by over 200,000 people each month, including;
- K12 Education: Teachers use our virtual field trips and live video calls with researchers in the field to provide students with an interactive way to cover curriculum content.
- Sustainable Tourism: Commercial organisations, like national parks and tourism boards, publish their outdoor locations as virtual tours to encourage new visitors whilst showing them how to visit responsibly.
- Disaster Response: NGO partners collect imagery in disaster settings, where it is extremely important to get accurate information from the field to plan a response.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I become a Trek View photographer?
Individuals, groups, or organisations looking to capture 360-degree tours of our natural world or in disaster situations for non-commercial purposes are encouraged to submit an application to our camera loan program here.
Are you affiliated with Google?
We publish some of our projects on Google platforms, but Trek View is not officially associated with Google.
I have a question about your imagery. How can I contact Trek View?
Our Image Charter covers some of the most common questions asked about our projects and the associated imagery.
If our Image Charter does not answer your question, please contact us using this form.