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.