Back in December 2009, we announced the Google Model Your Town Competition and invited towns to submit 3D models of their community. The public reviewed 3D models, explored the buildings in Google Earth and watched videos from five finalist towns around the world. We’ve tallied the votes and we’d like to congratulate our 2010 winning town: Barranco - Lima, Peru!

Jorge De Albertis Bettocchi, a 38 year-old corporate business attorney, modeled the Barranco District of Lima. He entered the competition to generate pride among his fellow citizens and created his 3D models to serve as a tool for tourism, promotion, investment and preservation of Barranco’s historic architecture.

We’ll be awarding the local school district with US$10,000 and the SketchUp team is planning a visit to Barranco later this summer. Visit the Google Earth Gallery to download a 3D tour of Barranco, Peru.

Thanks to all those who voted to help us find the winning town. And thanks to all the modelers out there who submitted entries — we hope you'll continue to add 3D buildings to Google Earth!