First Place U.S.
Shawn St. Peter
Second Place U.S.
pher. The photos at his Web site,
com, show his talent at setting up good photographs.
But capturing this first-place-winning photo of his
daughter, which was taken at the beach in Gearhart,
Oregon, required a different approach.
“My daughter, Bella, is a really active kid. To get
this shot, I had to follow her around with my camera and hope to catch her at the right moment,” says
St. Peter. That moment came just as she was about
to jump off a rock.
“There was just enough time to grab the camera
and … click. Then the moment’s gone,” St. Peter says.
For his first-place prize, St. Peter received a
$1,500 Costco Cash card. He’s using the prize money
to stock up on baby supplies, as he and his wife are
expecting their second child this summer.
A study in knowledge
When Renton, Washington, seventh-grade social
studies teacher Sarah Cockle volunteered to teach at
the International Neo-Humanist School in the village
of Ejura, Ghana, from September 2007 through
February 2008, she had no idea it would lead to a
second-place win in the Costco Photo Contest. The
Seattle Costco member responded to The Connection
via e-mail from Ghana, where she was back teaching
for her winter break.
“I taught small groups of elementary [school]
children reading, writing and English,” Cockle says.
“This was a group of my sixth-grade boys reading
out of a workbook during one of my lessons. The
boys all crammed onto the bench and were sharing
books. I was struck by their pose, and the combination of colors in their uniforms, sandals and dark
skin against the background of the newly constructed classroom.”
Cockle grabbed her Sony Cybershot digital
camera and captured the moment. When she heard
she had won, her reaction was one of “disbelief and
The second-place win earns Cockle a $1,000
Costco Cash card and other prizes.—Steve Fisher