Bing Summer Travel Photo Contest, And The Winner Is…

We told you earlier about the Bing Summer Travel Photo Contest. The contest has now ended. Out of the 10,000 submissions 9,400 photos got accepted. That’s quite a few pictures to be reviewed and rated, 13,206 unique raters helped. And the winner is…
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Lightning strike over Sydney, Australia by Jeremy J Somers. This picture received 810 votes in the final round and will become the Bing homepage photo on August 3. Congratulations!

Curious about the pictures of the other finalists? You can check them out here. Also worth taking a look at are the honorable mentions.

Nice how users can impact the way Bing looks and works isn’t it? This photo contest is one example, another is the Page Hunt Game, a Microsoft Research project. This game shows users a Web page, without the URL, and asks them what search query they would type to get to that page. If their query does return the Web page on Microsoft’s search engine, they get points. Microsoft could use that data to improve Bing’s search relevance, even though it is not hooked up to Bing at this time.