2008 Costco Photo
ONCE AGAIN COSTCO members proved the merit of
their snap(shot) judgment. From nature to friends and
neighbors, the entries in this year’s “Give us your best
shot” photo contest show life at its simple best. The
theme allows members to share a touching moment
or inspiring scenery thousands of miles away or right
in their backyards.
More than 35,000 members—from every country
where Costco has a warehouse—submitted entries.
We’d like to thank all of those photographers, their
willing subjects, the judges and sponsors Fujifilm, Old
Town and Costco 1 Hour Photo, who made the contest possible.
Portrayal of life
This photo of an old man exhaling a cloud of
smoke vividly captures the story of his life, his deeply
wrinkled face allowing a glimpse into his character.
Jeong Sang-Woon, who has been taking pictures
as a hobby for six years, was driving through Qufu
Jinan, Shandong, in China, when he stopped to rest
in a small farming village. When he saw the old man,
he offered him a cigarette. The man was so delighted
at that moment, the wrinkles on his face became
more prominent. Touched, Jeong pressed the button
on his camera to capture that moment as quickly as
“His deep wrinkles and eyes carried his whole
life,” says Jeong. “It seemed that his face candidly
reflected his turbulent life. I particularly like pictures
that capture what is inside a person.”
Jeong, who works in advertising, feels that photography is “another language” without words. He
is a member of the Photo Artist Society of Korea.
He hopes to take more pictures with stories, he says,
and he is planning to hold a solo exhibition, so
there might not be a long wait to see more of his
For his International Grand Prize, Jeong received
a $2,500 Costco Cash card.—Jessica Jihye Han
Sand, smiles and sun
Longtime Costco member Shawn St. Peter, 33,
of Beaverton, Oregon, works as a field engineer for
Intel, but describes himself as a “semipro” photogra-