2009 Costco International Photo Contest

June 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Starting tomorrow you will be able to enter the Costco International Photo Contest with the theme ‘Give Us Your Best Shot’.   Anyone that is a Costco member, and over 18 can submit an entry, professional and non-professional photographers alike.  What’s nice is that there is a whole separate contest for Costco employees since they can’t enter the member contest.  The bad news for all of you really gifted photographers is that you can only enter one photo.  So, you’ll have to pick from all of the really great photos, to get the perfect one.  You can even digitally enhance your photos, but that won’t really figure into the judging in any way; they’re just looking for really great photos.  But, in any case, your photo must fit within their size parameters of 4″x6″.  If you’re submitting it online it will also need to be a JPEG; you can also submit an entry via snail mail.

You might be puzzled by the ‘international’ portion of the content title, as was I.  However, it isn’t that your photos need to be from some far away or exotic locale, it’s just meaning that anyone that is a member of any of the Costco’s around the world can enter.  There will be one International Grand Prize Winner, and then 3 winners from each nation.  Here’s a list of what you could actually win:

  • International Grand Prize
    • $1,500 Costco Cash Card
  • National Prizes
    • First Prize: $1,000 Costco Cash card
    • Second Prize: $500 Costco Cash card
    • Third Prize: $250 Costco Cash card
  • All winners will also receive:
    • A two-pack leather photo album. Value of prize is $20.00. (Honorable mentions to be awarded at judge’s discretion.)

The deadline for entry is September 30, 2009 so you have 3 months to figure out or take the perfect photo.  The winning photos will be selected by December 2009 and the winners will be notified through the mail and the winning photos will appear in the Costco Connection’s 2010 February and March issues.  The winners from the employee contest will be printed in the January/February 2010 issue of Costco Today (guessing that is an employee-only publication).

For more information about the contest or to enter (after July 1, 2009) check out the contest website.  From here you can also follow a link to the Costco Connection featuring last year’s winners.

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  1. 1 2010 Costco International Photo Contest | Addicted To Costco! // 2010.07.27 at 5:02 am

    […] stated that they would retain all ownership of your photo once submitted. And there were at least a couple of comments here about what a rip off it was that Costco would do this.   I guess they decided that that […]

  2. 2 JT // 2009.07.01 at 11:43 am

    I agree, this is standard photography contest rules. Remember, you DON’T HAVE to participate. It’s optional. If you don’t want to give up rights to a shot, don’t enter. Geez, for those of us that might want to enter to win, it’s a small sacrifice.

  3. 3 Dave // 2009.06.30 at 9:35 pm

    I feel the same as Ian: it’s a ripoff. For them to be able to use the photo in their promotional materials, they need only insist you give them a non-exclusive, irrevocable right to use the photo in any manner they deem necessary. They don’t need to insist that you give up all IP to your own photo. This clause is the reason I’ve never even considered sending them any of my own vacation photos. It doesn’t matter if they won’t come after me as I’ll now its no longer my photo to use.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.06.30 at 5:03 pm

    This is very standard stuff for any and all photo contests that I have entered or seen. I doubt if you are not chosen as the winner though, that they will ever come after you. I think this is mainly so that they can keep publishing the pictures and using them in promotional materials without having to pay anyone.

    But yeah, if it bothers you or you don’t want to risk losing the rights to your photo, I definitely would not enter.

  5. 5 Ian Joseph // 2009.06.30 at 4:52 pm

    This is just one huge ripoff by Costco. Read the competition rules.

    Rules number 9 and 10 (in very fine print) state:
    9. All entries become the property of Costco.
    10. By participating, entrant agrees that ownership of the entry and all intellectual property rights in the entry is assigned to Costco, and will do all things necessary to give effect to that assignment. Entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by Costco to give effect to this clause.

    What this means is that if you enter a picture it become sthe property of Costco. You may not use that picture for anything in the future, you may not post it on Face Book or my space without infringing Costco’s ownership of it. You may not print a copy and give it to a friend or put it in your picture album as Costco now own it. Costco will be able to use your picture for ANYTHING they want to. And you will not be recompensed or paid 1c for this unless you are one of the three winners who do not even get cash but a Costco voucher.

    Nikon is also a sponsor, in fact Nikon is the only corporate sponsor whose logo appears in the contest ad in the Costco magazine. I personally believe that Nikon USA should not lend their name to blatant intellectual rights grabs disguised as competitions.

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