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Staples Announces Grand-Prize Winner of Hometown Views Photo Contest
Gordon Szeto of San Francisco Selected for his Photo, "Urban Glow"; Photo to be Sold in Staples Stores Across the Country
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 14, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- What makes our hometowns so special? For Gordon Szeto of San Francisco, it's the majesty of the Bay Bridge lit against the night sky. Today, Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office supplies company, announced that Mr. Szeto is the grand-prize winner of its "Hometown Views" national photo contest. Staples, with the help of Professional Photographers of America, the world's oldest and largest not-for-profit association for professional photographers, selected Mr. Szeto from more than 2,000 amateur photographers across the country who submitted digital photos aimed at capturing what they believe makes their hometowns unique.

As the grand-prize winner, Mr. Szeto has won a four-day, three-night "Ultimate Photo Vacation to Iceland," as well as a $100 gift card for Staples' Copy and Print Centers. In addition, Mr. Szeto's photo, entitled "Urban Glow," will be sold in over 1,300 Staples stores throughout the United States beginning in July, with Mr. Szeto earning royalties of up to $5,000.

Mr. Szeto's winning photo is on display at, where anyone can view all Hometown Views regional finalists' photos. In addition, starting in July, the winning photo and finalist photos can be purchased in the form of color posters at Staples stores in their specific regions. These photos from all across the United States show off contest participants' hometown pride, from the energy of New York City to the magnificence of the California Coast to the warmth of small towns in between.

"Staples' Hometown Views Contest gives amateur photographers from every part of our country the chance to showcase their talent by capturing what makes their hometown special," said Rob Schlacter, Vice President of Business Services at Staples. "We congratulate Mr. Szeto for a beautiful photo that truly highlights the spirit and passion for our neighborhoods and communities."

Staples Copy & Print Centers offer full-service copying and printing services with a 100 percent quality guarantee. Signature services include digital color copying, printing of customized letterhead, envelopes and business cards, lamination and various binding capabilities. Additional services include wide format color printing capabilities for high quality photo enlargements, posters, signs and banners. For added convenience, customers can also visit the online Staples Copy & Print Center at to upload digital files and submit print and copy jobs to any store location.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 74,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,900 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at

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