The people have spoken! We’d like to congratulate Prasad Karkera, the winner of the Bing Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. After we challenged photography enthusiasts around the country to submit their best shots, Prasad’s photo of Niagara Falls in New York beat out nine other finalists from across the nation during our public voting period. His beautiful photo is on display for all to enjoy as today’s homepage image on www.bing.com.
Prasad took the photo from the New York State Observation Tower in Prospect Point Park while waiting for the fireworks to begin on the Fourth of July.
In addition to some fun prizes, Bing has partnered with The Nature Conservancy to host a volunteer day of service today in Buffalo, NY, in honor of Prasad’s winning photo. The volunteer event will take place this afternoon at the Tifft Nature Preserve, where Bing, The Nature Conservancy and volunteers will join forces for a cleanup effort to help beautify the 264-acre nature refuge.
For those not in the Buffalo area and interested in helping out in their own local community, The Nature Conservancy has provided five easy tips on ways people can lend a hand in their own hometown.
1. Organize a neighborhood tree planting party. Trees give us oxygen, provide wildlife habitat and brighten up the scenery.
2. Gather co-workers after work to clean up trash along lakes and rivers. Reschedule that next happy hour and bring folks outside instead.
3. Coordinate a free E-Recycling Day to properly dispose of e-waste. Work with your local government to plan an event where it’s easy to get rid of old televisions, cell phones and computers.
4. Start a community garden. Eating local, organic food nourishes our planet and our bodies.
5. Volunteer at your favorite conservation organization like The Nature Conservancy. Be a part of something big when you join our community!
For more information about ways to volunteer in your local community, you can visit www.nature.org/service
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The mission of the organization is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. With over 550 scientists on staff in 33 countries around the world, The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.
– Kristin Dean, Managing Editor, Bing Homepage