It’s Earth Day!

And the winners of the student Earth Day Photo Contest are chosen from the 12 finalists. More than 200,000 votes were cast!

Grand prize and first prize in the category 18+: Alan Bosse, Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL – “Passion and Bee”

Alan took this picture in California using a Fujifilm FinePix S8100 camera. This picture is featured on Bing today, Earth Day 2010!

First prize 5-10 year olds: A 4th grader at Lomond View Elementary School in Pleasant View, Utah, for a photo of the gray whale off the coast of Maui.
First prize 11-13 year olds: A 7th grader at who attends Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, N.Y., who captured a butterfly at rest.
First prize 14-17 year olds: a 12th grader at Princeton High School in Princeton, N.J., and snapped the bold iguana in Puerto Rico.

Congrats to all the winners! A slideshow of all the finalists is available here.

All first prize winners won a trip for two to the Microsoft campus, in late May, to take part in a Bing editorial team meeting where they will help pick images for future home pages. All the finalists also won prizes for themselves and their schools to enable students to continue their passion of photography, including computer equipment, digital cameras and photographic printers. Prizes for individual winners and their schools across the four age groups will total more than $70,000.

In addition, Bing gave out $5 GivingCards each day during the finalist voting round. To date, people who voted have made donations on the site to more than 6,500 projects across the country, with these projects benefitting more than 170,000 students.

Microsoft News Center – Bing Earth Day Winner is a Honey of a Photo
Bing Search Blog – The Bee is all the Buzz at Bing