After more than 200,000 votes flooded in, the dust has settled and we have a winner in the student Earth Day Photo Contest. “Passion and bee” was snapped by Alan Bosse, a student studying web design at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL.

What made this contest truly remarkable was the fact that for each of the first 20,0bee00 voters of each day of voting, Bing issued them a $5 credit to be used at donorschoose.org. As a result of this efforts, Microsoft has already helped more than 6,500 class projects across the country, with these projects impacting more than 170,000 students. That was perhaps the most fun for me was choosing the project I wanted to support with my gift card.  And as more people redeem their codes (I still have one gift card left, any suggestions for which project I should support?  Tell me in the comments below :), we will continue to help classrooms across the country.

Winners in the other age divisions included: a whale off the coast of Maui taken by a student in 4th grade at Lomond View Elementary in Pleasant View, UT; a butterfly taken by a 7th grader at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY; and an iguana in Puerto Rico shot by a high school senior at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ. You can view all the finalists in the Bing Visual Search gallery.

We’re looking forward to having Alan on our Redmond campus in a couple of weeks as well. We’ll try to get some time to chat with him while he’s here (if we can get him away from the Xbox team).

And don’t forget, Alan’s winning photo will be showcased on the Bing.com home page tomorrow, Earth Day.

Thank you all for your participation and engagement with this fun contest.

Regards,

Rob

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