Celebrating 250,000 Photos in the Torontoist Flickr Pool
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Celebrating 250,000 Photos in the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Thank you!

This photo of the Chihuly exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum marks the 250,000th photo contributed to the Torontoist Flickr Pool. Photo by Dan Philips from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

This photo of the Chihuly exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum marks the 250,000th photo contributed to the Torontoist Flickr Pool. Photo by Dan Philips from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

With Dan Philips’s photo uploaded to the Torontoist Flickr Pool, we have reached the 250,000 image mark, which is really amazing.

Torontoist has always been a group effort, and that goes for the images we use too. For the past 10 years, over 6,000 people have uploaded thousands of photos to accompany our journalism, and the high quality of the work makes a big difference.

In the years of trawling the Flickr Pool for just the right photograph, Torontoist editors know that there are certain subjects that people just love to photograph. First of all, local photographers love to shoot transit, especially streetcars. This works out, because we write a lot about transit. More recently, there’s a lot of photos of the TORONTO sign in Nathan Phillips Square, which can be a useful generic image. There’s also a lot of shots of the Ripley’s Aquarium, which are really not that useful at all, but at least they’re pretty.

We also have our on-again, off-again photo series Photoist, where we pick the best and most interesting contributions to the Flickr Pool. While we used to post these to the website, you can now see Photoist as part of our daily newsletter Newsstand.

Above all, a big thank you to our Flickr Pool contributors. With your eyes for framing the city, you all make Torontoist a better publication, add new perspectives to our city, and we’re really grateful.

A special shout out to the most prolific Flickr Pool contributors over the past decade:

  1. Metrix X, 4,485 photos
  2. Kaeko, 3,046 photos
  3. Jonathan Castellino, 2,980 photos
  4. Randy F McDonald, 2,678 photos
  5. Sniderscion, 2,407 photos

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