Capturing the image was only the start of
the creative process. Towfique developed and
printed the image in his darkroom to bring out
the photo’s subtle contrasts.
As first-place winner, Towfique earns a
$1,500 Costco Cash Card and other prizes.
“I KNEW I WOULD win,” says Dennis “Dino”
Ohanian about his Costco photo contest second-place photo. “I knew it was a good shot. I
felt it was.”
The Montecito, California, resident calls the
shot an afterthought, because he took it on a
whim. Ohanian was heading home after taking
several photos of himself with his saxophone
under the Golden Gate Bridge. The brightly
painted school bus, which was parked in the
middle of a parking lot, caught his eye.
“The maroon band of color struck me as
looking like musical notes,” he says. “Every time
I look at it [the photo] I feel musical.”
He set up his tripod, posed himself and used
the timer on his camera to capture the image.
As an aside, Ohanian adds that he’s much
more proficient with bongos than with the saxophone.
Winning in the Costco photo contest did
more than boost his spirits. The retired photographer says it’s tempting him to reenter the
world of professional photography. Since retiring, he’s entered two photo contests, and he’s
been a winner in each of them.
“When a shot still looks good after a long
time, whether it’s two years or two months,
that’s a good shot,” he says.
Ohanian’s second-place prize is a $1,000
Costco Cash Card.—Stephanie E. Ponder
A. Second-place winner
B. Honorable mention
C. Third-place winner
D. Honorable mention
Federal Way, WA
E. Honorable Mention
34 The Costco Connection JANUARY 2006