Microsoft launches contest; winner gets their photo on Bing homepage

Today happens to be World Photography Day and, in celebration of that event, Microsoft has decided to launch a new contest that will give the grand prize winner a way to have his or her photo shown on the front page of Microsoft's Bing search site.

The official Bing blog has the details on the contest, which is open only to US residents. Those folks can submit their images on the Bing Homepage App on Facebook between now and September 3rd. Microsoft states that they don't want just any photos. The blog says:

What we’re looking for are images that highlight and capture the beauty of your hometown. Is there a special landmark, view-point or natural wonder that captures the essence of your town? Snap it and send it to us!

The top 10 finalists will be selected and announced by Microsoft on September 10th. Those photos will then be voted on by the general public on Facebook. The image with the most votes will be showcased on the Bing homepage on October 1st. The person who submits the winning photo will also get a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone and a free membership to the 500px online photography community. Bing and The Nature Conservancy will also host a day of service in the winning photo's hometown on October 1st.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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I don't think the photo is "boring," I rather like it.

Maybe it shouldn't have won the contest, though... was the theme the same?

Maybe if they did a month of user submitted pictures then?

I really like this idea. It would also be nice if there was an option to view local bing photos based upon your regional area or not. Get to see some great local pictures and or the popular bing one.

This would be a good idea. I noticed MS reusing old pictures and videos lately. Redwood National Park, California for the third time.

Bing really need to 'sync' the regional versions together. The UK version has a lot less features than the US version, in particular the rewards system. It's a shame really.

The same goes for Yahoo.

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