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Where do the Bing Photographs come from?

10th Aug 2009 News, Industry News | 12 Comments


Since launching the new search engine Bing has certainly made an impact and provided searchers with more choice when it comes to searching online. There are a number of factors which makes Bing individual and unique but one of the most notable differences are the amazing images which are shown on the search engines’ Home page everyday.

The stunning and breath-taking flora, fauna and geographical photographs, are of images from around the World. The photographs are definitely a bright way to start your day and will be sure to put a smile on your face or kick start a conversation in your office. The high quality photography really gives you a sense of being there and viewing it with your own eyes.

The pictures on Bing are updated daily and the images vary from faraway islands in the Pacific to butterflies.

As reported on, Photo District News, the pictures are selected by a team at Microsoft in Washington who decide on the images for the Bing Home page. The photographs themselves are from stock photo agencies – which license the images to Bing, Photolibrary and other sources.

The photographs are also dynamic which allow you to hover over a specific area, which then provides you with further information and facts about the image.

At the beginning of June, Bing announced a competition on Facebook where visitors could submit their own photos. The prize was for their photo to be displayed on Bing all day on the 3rd August. The winning photo (shown below) was taken by Jeremy J. Somers whose image of a lightning strike over Sydney, Australia. At present the editors are currently not taking submissions from individuals.

Winning Bing Photograph by Jeremy Sothers

Winning Bing Photograph by Jeremy Somers

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Lucy Griffiths About the author

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy is an Internet Search Specialist focusing and working with clients on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC) strategies.

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