OSINT. Competitions and tasks with OSINT and geolocation

26 April 2023 5 minutes Author: Cyber Witcher

Skills testing

OSINT differs from ordinary Internet surfing by the depth of analytics — a professional notes content publication dates, user activity in social networks, important details in images, and tags with geolocation. OSINT investigation is a complex process that requires knowledge of languages, culture, politics and history, content verification skills, satellite imagery analysis and registry work. It only takes a few days to learn OSINT at a basic level and start doing a little research. You have to master the basic techniques and become as anonymous as possible. When studying OSINT, a significant amount of time is devoted to ensuring one’s safety during the search. Learn more advanced tools and techniques. Start applying knowledge in business. Look for interesting approaches using tools and techniques and try to write small reports about it with visualization of the results. The best way to learn OSINT is to practice.

You can improve your critical thinking skills and learn the basics of programming. OSINT is convenient because it involves much less risk: you are not violating someone’s privacy and laws. It is cheap – you do not need any additional equipment and expensive software, it is easy to access such information (go to the Internet), and most often it is always fresh. And if this practice is also with the game mechanics, with the global community and with the fan, then the motivation to improve one’s skill increases incredibly. There are a large number of such practices. We bring to your attention a selection of the top and most interesting challenges and quizzes on all types of OSINT. You can choose one of them right now and start pumping your skills.

First Draft’s та Geolocation Challenge

First Draft – protect communities from harmful misinformation, share tips to build resilience and improve access to accurate information.

Geolocation Challenge – it is a set of tasks with elements of gamification. The participants’ task is to find out where certain photos were taken. The resource also provides useful tips, advice and feedback on your investigations.

Photo from Street View.


GeoGuessr — is a fun web game in which you randomly drop into Google Street View almost anywhere in the world and have to “geo-locate” yourself. This is a great game to learn about different license plates, street signs, climates, etc. to help you become even better at geolocation and problem solving. I highly recommend the many detective rounds created by community members.

GeoGuessr interface.

Stream for 3.5 million views with solving tasks:


OsintCurious —website where you can find quick guides on all areas of OSINT, they have tons of geolocation guides. OsintCurious is one of the friendliest and most experienced OSINT specialists. They regularly host live streams where you can ask questions — and even play GeoGuessr with them.

A live chat website.

One of the live broadcasts on YouTube:


Quiztime – a source of tasks to practice your geolocation skills. From Monday to Friday, OSINT specialists publish a control quiz, often related to geolocation. You can ask for help from the community or even from the experts themselves. It’s a great way to learn and meet the community.

Geolocation skills training.

An example of solving problems with Quiztime:

Trace Lab’s Search Party CTF

Trace Labs – a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the reunification of families of missing persons in OSINT competitions. Teams of four compete to find information about missing people.

People search platform.


Three-hour stream with solutions:

Cyber Detective CTF

Cyber ​​Detective CTF -is an OSINT-focused CTF created by the Cyber Society at Cardiff University. There are 40 tasks in 3 streams: “General Knowledge”, “Life Online”, “Evidence Investigation”.

Detective platform.

Examples of tasks:

Task execution is best practice.

OSINT-i1 Challenge

OSINT-i1 Challenge – an opportunity to test your OSINT skills in real scenarios. 35 tasks.

Real practice.

Examples of tasks:

Task 1.

This vehicle is wanted and the owner is requested to be questioned, as he will be able to provide additional information, to inform the time and place of observation of the vehicle.

License plate.

Task 2.

Number 795 2243 maybe related to POI? Provide all information received.


To start the competition, send an email to [email protected] with the subject “start”. In this little interactive story, we take you on a journey around the world, giving you questions, challenges and messages to solve. Communication will be from your mailbox, by sending a reply to this email address and receiving a new task when the reply is correct.

Interactive game.


A cyber security tutorial with gamification elements to make the learning process fun and attractive. You get points for answering questions, take part in competitions and get practical skills in mini-lectures.

Here are some OSINT “virtual classes”:

  • Geolocating Images Room (CTF) —a tutorial on how to geolocate images, from simple tasks to much more complex ones.

  • Google Dorking Images Room (CTF) — to look behind the scenes of the work of the search movement and understand how it searches on the spot and what it finds and what we are not told about. I am studying how “Crawlers” and “Spiders” are arranged.

Virtual classes.
  • OhSINT Room (CTF) – general questions on OSINT.

  • Sakura Room (CTF) – a wide range of OSINT skills can be trained in this room. The scenarios are taken from real-life OSINT counterparts in both the public and private sectors.

  • SearchLight Room (CTF) – a room for beginners who want to brush up on Image Intelligence and Geospatial Intelligence (IMINT/GEOINT)

  • SoMeSINT Room (CTF) – in this room you will study social network analysis and forensics. Learn about google dorking and web archives and social media analysis.

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