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Where do the Bing Photographs come from?

Lucy Griffiths

by Lucy Griffiths on 10th August 2009

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

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy Griffiths

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


  • Fergus Gillespie 8th October 2009

    It would be nice to know the location of each photo and what is captured in the photo. Is it possible for this to be included on the homepage beside the photo?

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    • Lucy Griffiths

      Lucy 9th October 2009

      If you move your mouse over the image a box will appear with a question. If you click on the box this will open the answer to the question in the Bing search results, which will allow you to find out more about that location.

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      • Mark Tii 6th November 2012

        Lucy’s comment that you can move your mouse of the image and a box will appear that you can click to find information about the location of a bing photo doesn’t work now (if it ever did).

      • Mark Tii 6th November 2012

        I was referring to the photos that are apparently sourced from Bing that appear as wallpaper for Windows Internet Explorer. Those photos do not readily reveal their sources or locations.

  • alex 1st February 2011

    nice images but i do believe that some have been manipulated to appear more attractive… am i right?

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  • COLIN JACOBS 22nd October 2012

    I think the photos are fantastic – but would like to know what place / country / area is being shown. Is there not anywher to look this up.

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    • Samantha Noble

      Samantha Noble 23rd October 2012

      Hi Colin,

      If you move your mouse slowly over the photo when you are on the Bing Home page, you will find different pop up boxes with bits of information.

      Hope this helps.

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  • Jim Dee 15th January 2013

    The big brown bolders on 1/14/2013 could not be identified as to location.

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  • Philip Jenkins 7th April 2013

    I am unable to determine the locations of background pics. Moving mouse over pic does not work. Would really like to know where they are.

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  • Michelle 10th May 2013

    Thanks for the info!

    All the photos have a file name that’s easy to do a Bing search on, so you can quickly figure out which country they’re taken in if you’re not sure.

    I love Bing, but particularly the photos. It’s the only search engine I use now (despise Google and everything they stand for, as they’re nothing more than scam artists promoting mega businesses over small ones in their search results — never use Google now).

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  • Carole 1st March 2014

    Where is the file name to locate the picture and where it was taken? Thanks!

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  • Heidi Geiger 17th April 2014

    I don’t particularly care that at this time i am unable to find info about the picture using icons on the picture that aren’t working now , i am just thrilled to be able to view and download such beautamous and often breathtaking images

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