At the beginning of June, Costco Canada’s photo contest started. Running through July 28, gave plenty of time for lots of entries and lots of voting. There were 39,000 entries this year! But now, the wait is over, the winners have been announced on the Costco Canada Facebook page. This year the contest was great for member involvement because not only could you enter a photo or two or three, but you could also vote for your favourite photos. I thought it was great that they were giving the members a chance to be involved by voting, even if they aren’t photographers, but then they made it even better by having a drawing of all the members that participated to win a $1,500.00 Costco Cash Card.
Just as a refresher, there were four different categories (each with their own sponsor) and each category has a first prize and a second prize as picked by judges, then there are four prizes awarded based on member voting. The categories were: 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 is awarded a $1,500.00 Costco Cash Card, while each second place photo receives a $1,000.00 Costco Cash Card. In addition to those prizes that were selected by a judging panel, there is a winning photograph per category picked by Costco members’ votes. Each of the four members’ selection winners receive a $500.00 Costco Cash Card. All winners also get a photo book and 200, 4” x 6” online digital prints.
You can view all of the winning photos on the Costco Canada Facebook page through their photo viewer (just use the ‘Next’ text link at the top right of the images, or use the arrows to expand to full page size). All of the winning photos were really great. So, a big congratulations to all of the winners!
Update 2013.11.26: You can find a full list of the 2013 Costco Canada Photo Contest winners here.