Google offers free professional photography for Places pages

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA Google Inc. is offering hotels in select cities the opportunity to receive complimentary professional photography that would appear on the hotel’s Google Places pages.

The program—which is currently being offered on a limited basis in the United States, England, France, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and Japan—is an effort to further establish Google Places as the go-to place on the Internet for business information.

Hoteliers can apply for the complimentary service here, or they can also upload their own photography themselves. While anyone can apply, Google is currently offering photographers in only 31 markets:

Adelaide, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand

Bay Area, California

Blenheim, New Zealand

Brisbane, Australia

Canberra, Australia

Christchurch, New Zealand

Darwin, Australia

Dunedin, New Zealand

Fukuoka, Japan

Hyogo, Japan

Invercargill, New Zealand

Kobe, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

London, England

Melbourne, Australia

Nara, Japan

Nelson, New Zealand

Okinawa, Japan

Orange County, California

Osaka, Japan

Paris, France

Perth, Australia

Phoenix, Arizona

San Antonio, Texas

Seoul, South Korea

St. Petersburg, Florida

Sydney, Australia

Tokyo, Japan

Wellington, New Zealand

Yokohama, Japan