Photo and Map Collections for World Geography

(Note: When you search for a photo in the search engine at the top of the page, the options appear at the bottom of this page. Suggestion: try search for ”qanat.”)

We are building a collection of annotated photos and Esri “story  maps.” In 2016, we are again soliciting annotated slide shows and story maps, especially those that can be related to specific SOLs. Authors will receive a small stipend upon acceptance of their work. See guidelines below.

World Regional Maps

Excellent sets of maps by Georgeanne Hribar have been developed using ArcGIS. Maps for World Geography, Human Geography Geoinquiries, and World History can be accessed at

The following maps were prepared for classroom use by Dr. Andrew Foy, Department of Geoscience, Radford University. Below is are first drafts of color maps of several world regions. They all appear as pdfs. Regional composition is in agreement with Virginia World Geography 2008 SOLs.

Australia and the Pacific Islands

Caribbean Islands

Note: Other world regional maps can found on the World History I pages.

Story maps

These are best viewed in the most recent version of your browser. To eliminate caption from the image, click the down arrow. to save photo for use in PowerPoints, right click and select “save image as.” A full resolution jpeg will download.

Currently available:

Taiwan by Don Zeigler, Old Dominion University.

South Africa by Penny Anderson, Spotsylvania County Schools.


Germany, by Barbara Crain, Northern Virginia Community College.

Slide Collections

Slide collections for world regional geography now exist for Belarus, East Sea/Sea of Japan name controversy, Ecuador, Israel, Morocco,  Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia), and Peru. Each appears as a separate “album,” available in the box below. You may view them as a slideshow or as a set of  thumbnails, which can be enlarged by clicking on the photo. When descriptions are present, they can be seen in the slideshow version.

A separate collection, Aerial Views of Earth, contains photos from several parts of the world, including Virginia.


View the album Israel


Photos by Dr. Grigory Ioffe, Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University

View the album Ecuador


Ecuador may serve as a microcosm of Spanish-speaking South America. It's physical regions extend from the Pacific Coast across the Andes into the Amazon Basin and include the famous Galapagos Islands. These photos were taken by Susan Woodward in 2005, 2007, and 2008. Many were taken during the VGA's 2008 Summer Institute, "Exploring Ecuador’s Changing Landscapes."

View the album Belarus


Photos and descriptions by Dr. Grigory Ioffe, Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University.

View the album Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

Photos by Dr. Grigory Ioffe, Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University

View the album Saint Petersburg, Russia

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Photos and descriptions by Dr. Grigory Ioffe, Department of Geospatial Science, Radford University

View the album Sea of Japan/East Sea

Sea of Japan/East Sea

Photos and discussion by Dr. Don Zeigler, Old Dominion University

View the album Morocco


Photos by Susan Woodward, 2007

View the album Peru


Emphasis on natural, traditional, and colonial landscape features Photos by Susan Woodward, 2005.



Future Slide Collections: Guidelines

We are looking for annotated photos to become part of online collections of slides useful to teachers of world geography. Photos dealing with Virginia or relevant to AP Human Geography are also welcome.

If you wish to submit photos, at a minimum please identify the location of the set of photos and write a caption for each photo. Accompanying information on geographic significance is always welcome. It may prove helpful in the future if you also categorize your photos as to physical geography, cultural geography, economic geography, political geography, and so forth, and provide keywords. Keep in mind the teacher/user and think about the type of information you would want if you were to use someone else’s photos. Slideshows will likely be organized according to world region and, if possible, SOL.

Remember that accompanying maps can also be useful!

Maximum size of the largest dimension (length or width depending upon orientation) is 1024 pixels. We can make necessary adjustments if you do not have the means to do so yourself. Photos should be of sufficient resolution to be used on the web (72 dpi) and/or in PowerPoints. Recommended PowerPoint size is 768 x 512 pixels. The site cannot not accommodate files greater than 12 mb.

Plan to send individual jpegs of photos, numbered in sequence. Captions keyed to the photos should be placed in a WORD document so that they may be copied and pasted into a photo album. It would be most helpful if the photo caption also indicates the relevant SOL. (See the South Africa slideshow above as an example of best practices.)

Please send questions or submissions to Penny Anderson at