This week on June 3, Costco Canada kicked off their annual photo contest and it runs through July 28. If you’ve entered in the past, or just thought about it, it is a little different this year. I think this sounds like it will be great for getting more members involved because members not only get to enter their own photos but they can vote for their favourite photos. There will be twelve prizes awarded to the best photographs across the four categories, as selected by judges and member voting. But not just those submitting pictures will be eligible to win prizes this year because Costco Canada will also be conducting a drawing where one lucky member will win a prize just for doing their little part to make the contest successful. It’s nice that the members that aren’t able to necessarily take a winning shot, can still have a chance to win something too.
This year there are four different categories (each with their own sponsor) and each category will award a first prize and a second prize as picked by judges, then there are four prizes awarded based on member voting. The categories are: Black and White, sponsored by WB; Cats and Dogs, sponsored by Pedigree; Travel, sponsored by Neutrogena; and Mobile, sponsored by Wireless, etc. First prize in each category will win a $1,500.00 Costco Cash Card, while each second place photo will receive a $1,000.00 Costco Cash Card. In addition to those prizes that are selected by a judging panel, there will be a winning photograph per category that was picked by Costco members’ votes. Each of the four members’ selection winners will receive a $500.00 Costco Cash Card. All winners will also receive one photo book and 200, 4” x 6” online digital prints.
If you want to enter the photo contest, as always there are a few rules and guidelines to follow (you can find them all at the Costco Canada Photo Contest webpage). Anyone that enters will need to be a Costco Canada member, and a resident of Canada that is over the age of majority in their province. Also, you can only enter one photo per category. Here’s a list of some of the other important rules:
- Photos must be suitable for viewing by the general public regardless of age;
- Photos must be taken by participant within the calendar year prior to the date the Contest closes;
- Previously published photos are acceptable;
- Participants must know the names and addresses of all identifiable people in their photo and may be required to provide supporting evidence;
- Photos must be the sole and original work of the participant;
- Images may not be altered or manipulated except by adjustment of brightness, contrast, and colour, and by dodging and burning;
- Composite images, including images created from separate images, and multiple exposures are not eligible for entry.
- The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.
- Read the full and complete list of the official rules to find out all of the image requirements and other things.
There are already quite a few photo entries that you can peruse in the photo gallery in each category. However, you’ve still got plenty of time to enter (about 52 days) since the contest runs through July 28. Officially, you have until 11:59 pm ET on July 28, 2013 to submit your photo. If you have some great photos that you took this year that you think could nab you one of the Costco Cash Cards, you can enter the contest through the official website at CostcoPhotoContest.ca or through the Costco Canada Facebook page (there’s an app on the homepage). The winning photographers’ names will be published in the November/December 2013 issue of The Costco Connection magazine (I’m guessing this is just the Canada edition).
If you plan to participate in a way that doesn’t require a camera but just uses your index finger, you still have to be a Costco Canada member and a resident of Canada (see the official rules for all the legal stuff and the myriad ways you can be entered into the drawing). You get entered into the drawing in several ways like creating an account, agreeing to receive emails from Costco Canada, “Liking” Costco Canada on Facebook, sharing contest information through specific sharing links, answering quiz questions, and of course voting for your favourite photos. You get four votes per day each day of the contest, so you can vote for your favourite photo, even if it is your own, more than once or spread the love and vote for lots of different photos. Each time you do one of these actions you are entered into the random drawing for a $1,500.00 Costco Cash Card though, so vote often! Only one lucky Costco Canada voting member will win this prize.
I say, hedge your bets and enter some photos and vote too!