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Photo Contest 2019

2019-02-26 - ipd Staff

The votes are in and we're happy to announce the winners of this years contest as voted on by you. We want to again thank everyone who participated. Check out the winners below:

2019 Photo Contest Winners


I’ve owned this 122 for about eight years now and it was a basket case when I got it. The first thing I did was repair the front frame horns and convert it to two door with parts from a 122 coupe. I made the middle set of windows vent using the parts from a coupe as well. It’s gone through several iterations, but over the last five years I’ve replaced, repaired or customized ever square inch of the car. I’ve hand built several parts and machined many pieces myself. I wanted the overall feel of the project to be a vintage barn find with modern additions for performance. I hand built a carbon fiber spoiler, a carbon fiber splitter/belly pan and built an aluminum exhaust for the car. It currently has an inline six cylinder engine and five speed manual transmission, also, I’ve added a two tone black and blood red interior. I added airplane style gauge surrounds and a spring loaded phone dock to act as the radio in the car. To get the vintage barn find feel with the paint, I painted it with single stage paint that was intentionally mixed with secret ingredients to make it oxidize faster. It’s a labor of love, but fabrication and building is my favorite part of working on cars. My son named the car “Headquarters”

BEST 2 DOOR - Evan

My 1967 Volvo 122 has a lot of miles on it, but it really never left home. It was originally sold in Culver City, CA in 1967, and I found it in Riverside CA in 2015. The body was straight, and it ran and drove fine, but I wanted to do a couple of things to make it nicer. One thing led to another, my list of things to do kept getting longer, and once I had the engine out, I said “screw it, might as well throw a coat of paint on it too.”  But I built it to drive, not to baby. Our family uses this car a lot, and the picture here is from a surf trip to Jalama.


BEST XC - Nick

BEST 4 DOOR - Yusuf

The car body/drivetrain is a 1966 and was saved from the Philadelphia area. The car when i picked it up wouldnt run and was thrown together with a weber,haggard B20 and original transmission with wires everywhere inside the car and out. drove it for a bit and then started tearing the interior out to rebuild(sort of)make a nice car i could drive cross country or to work.Fixed the interior,patched some floor holes and Dynamatted the whole interior before fitting a carpet that came with a friends parts car. Sourced some Crown-Vic wheels as well as sold the good running(now)B20 and trans to fund building a 1961 B18 a friend gave me from a parts car.


In terms of parts or upgrades, this isn’t much more than your average trustworthy 1992 240 wagon. However, it holds its healthy share of sentimental value. My dad got this car for me when I was seventeen for $800. After a simple head gasket replacement, this car went on to last thousands of miles and travel to countless states and national parks. I spent many nights over the years camping in the back on a makeshift mattress underneath the stars or next to the ocean. Without fail, this wagon stuck by my side throughout my late teenage years. Although my family eventually sold it, I now drive a 1993 version of the same exact model and color. This specific photograph was taken last summer at Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon. A perfectly clear, moonless night made for a clear view of the Milky Way which arguably has to be one of the best backdrops for these amazing cars.

Our annual photo contest is one of our most popular events each year and for good reason. Who doesn’t like to show off their beloved and trusty Swedish Steel? Whether it be a daily driver or a concours beauty queen, we hope you dig into the closet, dust off the old polaroid and take some quality shots of your pride and joy to share with the world. If you can win the vote of the Volvo community you may win $100!

We will follow a similar format as last year where we have 6 categories with one winner in each. While we'd love to see where you've taken your Volvo, we'd also love to see those gorgeous beauty and rolling shots as well. Be assured that winners will not be selected based on where the shots were taken but rather the overall quality, composition and interest of the photos as we have in the past.

The astute staff here at ipd will narrow down the entries to the finalists and we will again bring the final vote to the people for the winners of each category. If you can get the stamp of approval from your fellow Volvo lovers then you may be a winner. Good luck!

By sending in your Volvo photo, you’ll get a crack at a $100 gift certificate you can use toward any ipd parts or accessories.

As we did last year, the winners will be decided by you, the Volvo community. We will bear the burden of sifting through the pile and narrowing down the best of the submissions and leaving the rest up to you. We will spare you the pain of looking at low resolution, blurry camera phone submissions, links to Photobucket files, pics of Volvos in driveways or in Walmart parking lots next to Toyota Camrys. All of which has happened in years past so please, please, please, I beg you, don't send us photos like these again. It's painful. I have, however, included a few tips at the end of this page that may give you the upper hand.

Send to: ipd Photo Contest, P.O. Box 20339, Portland, OR 97294-9906
Send your .jpg images to photocontest@ipdusa.com .


By submitting a photo, you release the rights and allow us to use your name and photo in any way that ipd chooses. You must own the rights to the photo you are submitting. You may not enter the same photo in multiple categories. Only two photos will be allowed per person. You must clearly indicate which category you'd like each photo to be entered in. One person may not win multiple categories. There will be one winner in each of the categories that will win $100 in the form of an ipd gift certificate.  If you're e-mailing your photo, file(s) must follow this example: bryancottrell1970140.jpg (name,year,model,.jpg).  Also include in the email which category you are entering.

The Rules

  1. Physical photos need to be at least 5”x7” or the largest possible .jpg files.
  2. If there are people in the photo, a signed release must accompany the photo.
  3. Limit two entries per person, please. Only 2 photos per person will be accepted. If you send links to photobucket sites or forums etc. it will be impossible to enter your car in the contest so choose the 2 photos that you think have the best shot and send those in and be sure to let us know which category you're submitting your photo to.
  4. Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2019. There will be no extensions.

The Prizes

Best photo from each category - $100.00 ipd Gift Certificate

 2 door is a 2 door including hatchbacks. That includes you C30. We're watching you.

4 door sedan is different than a 4 door wagon. We have a separate category for that so step off. 

 V70XC, XC60, XC70, XC90 1998-newer. Yup. Cut and dry.

  If it's a non SUV wagon you're in the right place.

Photo of your Volvo working hard or helping you enjoy your time in the sun no matter what model Volvo. 

 Defined courtesy of the urban dictionary - Any car that meets ANY or all of the following:

  • a) driver must enter car through passenger side
  • b) three different brand and size tires - 3 of them missing hubcap
  • c) exhaust is held up by half a clothes hanger - other half replaces the antenna
  • d) backfires every three blocks - loudest backfire being when car is turned off
  • e) must open door at drive-thru's as windows don't roll down
  • f) you only get one AM station and the tape deck eats all tapes inserted
  • g) can't open the glove box as the whole thing will fall out
  • h) if you let go of steering wheel while driving you'll make a u-turn
  • i) must manually move blinker lever up and down as it no longer blinks on it's own
  • j) must keep one foot on brake and one on accelerator when at a complete stop
  • k) has had the same temporary registration sticker in the window for the last 18 months
  • l) has all the above issues but still has a $200 professional tint job.

Send to: ipd Photo Contest, P.O. Box 20339, Portland, OR 97294-9906
Send your .jpg images to  photocontest@ipdusa.com .

*If you are mailing in a photo, please include “Photo Contest Entry“ on the envelope and your name, the year and model number of the car on the back of the photo.
**If you're e-mailing your photo, please name the file(s) following this example: bryancottrell1970140.jpg (name,year,model,.jpg). Also include in the email which category you are entering.

- Be creative.
- Make the focal point of the photo be the Volvo and not the mountains or scenery behind it.
- Do not take pictures of your car in your driveway after you just finished washing it.
- Although there are exceptions, avoid having people in the photo. Most of us aren't as attractive as we think we are.
- Avoid other car makes being in the photo. It's a bit tacky to have a photo of your 850 with a Ford Explorer sitting right next to it.
- Resolution! Make your photos large enough for us to use on the cover of a catalog if we wanted to. See my tech tip below.
- Other than that, have fun and again, be creative. Good luck!


Tech Tip - It’s all About the Pixels
By: Bryan Cottrell - ipd marketing manager and graphic designer

Digital photography has been around a while now and if you haven’t made the switch to a digital camera then it’s almost a guarantee that you will eventually. In this day and age, digital photography is getting more and more popular due to the ease of use and the quality of the images that camera technology has evolved to. A cameras quality is generally based on the amount of information that can be contained with one click of the button.

Pixels are dots used to display an image on a screen or printed material. Camera manufacturers use the term megapixels to describe the resolution of the total number of pixels that any particular image can hold. In most computer contexts, resolution is given as two dimensions, such as in a computer display resolution of 1600 x 1200, which represents a width of 1600 pixels and a height of 1200 pixels. Digital camera manufacturers take the sum total of pixels generated by multiplying the two dimensions, so that a camera capable of producing images at 1600 x 1200 would produce a total of 1,920,000 pixels, or 1.9 megapixels. Even if photos look perfect on the computer screen, different rules apply when printing in a catalog or newsletter. The reason why is that computer monitors don’t require as many pixels as the printed page so when your getting ready to submit your winning photo contest entry be sure to set the camera on the highest setting possible so we can be sure to print them in our upcoming publications. Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you’ve got.

Thanks again for your participation. We hope you enjoy this annual tradition and feel inspired by the amazing Volvos that our customers are sporting in the community. Remember, if you need great stuff for your Volvo, there's no better place to shop than ipd - The Volvo Specialists.