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Canon and Microsoft have teamed up for what they’re calling the “Top 100 Photo Contest.” They’re offering a grand prize package worth $10,000, but they’re also offering other prizes including a 1st place prize and people’s choice awards. Knowing that many of you are interested in photography and you come from all over the World, we thought some of you would be able to take some pretty cool photos and might have a shot at winning.

Microsoft managed to incorporate Microsoft Virtual Earth into this by using it to point out their “100 ultimate photo locations around the globe.” They’ve divided the globe into regions which you can click on to view the locations, and then learn about different destinations. To enter the contest, you’ll need to take a photo that keeps with the “general theme” of the Top 100 Iconic Photo Locations around the World. They say this would include photos of historical locations, landscape and travel.

So what happens if you manage to take home the Grand Prize Package? Well, you’ll get $1,000 in cash, your photo will appear in the November 2008 issue of PCPhoto, you’ll get a pretty cool Canon 5D D-SLR Camera, Windows Vista Ultimate, Office 2007 Professional and Expression Media, and several other things. The main prize of the First Place package is a black and white filter, a tripod, Spyder3Studio from Datacolor and an Aero 80 bag from Tamrac. There are also People’s Choice awards which includes the Spyder3Studio software, an Aero 80 bag as well as a 16×20 print of the wining photo.

The only limitations for entering is that you must be 18 years or older, and live in the 50 United States or District of Columbia. You can submit up to three photos.

View the contest gallery here.