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Photo Contest 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - ipd staff

The winners of the 2014 Photo Contest have been chosen by you!

The 2014 Photo Contest voting has come to an end and the victors have become apparent. There was some stiff competition to decide the winners for this year. In fact, we're kind of glad we didn't have to make these decisions all by ourselves and are thankful to all those who participated in submitting photos and voting. You've made some Volvo owners very happy. We are giving away a total of $700 after all.

Take a moment to look at the winners as well as all the entries from this year. You won't regret it!

Best Video: Tyler


Best XC: Mike

Best Volvo at Work or Play: Gary

Best Wagon: Adam

Best Hoopty: Cody

Best 4 Door: Gary

Best 2 Door: Keith

As a staff, we struggled mightily trying to narrow down the many entries to this years photo contest down to the finalists but we feel confident in our decision. We now pass the baton over to you to select the winners of each category. Voting will run through Sunday May 18th with the winners announced shortly thereafter. Thank you again for all those who participated and good luck to our finalists!




Check out all of the entries for the variety of different categories we had this year for our annual photo contest event. Thanks again to all who participated.

2 Door Entries

4 Door Entries

Hoopty Entries

XC Entries

Wagon Entries

Work and Play Entries


2014 ipd Photo Contest

If there’s one thing we love more than driving our Volvos, it’s showing them off.

Our annual photo contest is one of the most popular events each year and for good reason; the chance to win ipd cash is a big motivator. We've decided to mix things up a bit for this years contest and change the categories that we're judging. We hope everybody has fun during this years contest and understands that the spirit of this is to appreciate the beauty of these cars and have an opportunity to show your Volvo to the world. With that said we hope you dig into the closet, dust off the old polaroid and take those beauty shots of your pride and joy.

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 res/blurry camera phone submissions, links to Photobucket files, pics of Volvos in driveways next to Toyota Camrys. All of which happened last year so please, please, please, I beg you, don't send me photos like these again. It's painful. Seriously, my stomach is churning just thinking about it. I've included a few tips to give you the upper hand.

By submitting a photo, you release the rights and allow us to use your name and photo in any way that ipd chooses. 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.

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 me 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 May 1, 2014. There will be no extensions or exceptions. Excuses will be mocked, typed up, and put on our Facebook page for others to ridicule. Just kidding about that last part but it sure would be fun.

The Prizes
Best photo from each category - $100.00 ipd Gift Certificate


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

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

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

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

BEST "VOLVO AT WORK OR PLAY" - Photo of your Volvo working hard or helping you enjoy your time in the sun no matter what model Volvo.

BEST "VOLVO RELATED VIDEO" - Video must be your original content and you must own its rights. This is an all out open submission for anything and everything Volvo. Only requirment is that it must be family friendly and under 3 minutes in length. Link to youtube or other video playing sites accepted.

BEST "HOOPTY/BEATER" - 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.

If you have any doubt about whether or not your Volvo is a HOOPTY or a BEATER, just ask a friend. They will clear it up for ya right away!

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

*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 our 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.

Please submit photos in the highest resolution you can. Computer screen resolutions (800x600, 1024x768, etc) are too small for printing purposes.

Community Comments

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - ROCKY MILIANO

You may want to add a category to your photo contest. "A work in Progress" or "Under Re-construction" with pictures of a restoration-in-progress ie: a motor/trans hanging or front end dropped out, etc. Rocky Miliano

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - CHUCK DYARMETT

Hello - I am a low tech guy, but can send photos from my computer. The description is complete, and I am sure somewhere talks about sending photos (through e-mail?). Anyway hope the contest goes well. Thanks Chuck

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - STEPHAN PAUL

I think a "A work in Progress" or "Under Re-construction" category with pictures of a restoration-in-progress ie as proposed by Rocky Miliano would be quite nice. regards Stephan

Friday, May 2, 2014 - JAN ELGERSMA

The S60R has been my pride and with IPD, the car is now finally completed with detailing worthy of a picture submitted for the contest. Thank you Staff for the opportunity. I don't like to tinker with a high-tech engine so unless the car makes it to IPD one day for performance tweaks, I keep it in stock condition. Looking forward to coming out for the show. Long drive from Abbotsford BC!!

Friday, May 2, 2014 - ANONYMOUS

I know I missed the deadline, but I'm a mom of three children and I own 4 volvos. 3 amazons and one 240. I have so many nice photos but I just got the email yesterday, better luck next time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - TIMO SCHRÖDER

And then it was May 4 ...... And the winners are ......

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - NOEL OPOTI

Fantastic photo submissions this year! Also great videos! Its great to see so many people passionate about their Volvos!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - GREG KEYSAR

It's all about the glass, NOT the pixels. Pixels mean almost nothing in todays camera market.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - HENRY MALONE

GREAT FUN!!! And I agree with the other viewers that a Work in Progress category would be terrific.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - ALBERT BALOIU

So close, it's ok, my XC will win next time :-). Congrats to all the winners.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - ALAN CAPUANO

I found it pretty interesting that all the winners this year (besides the XC for obvious reasons) were older models.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - TYLER KRUPA

Congrats to all the other winners and thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. The entries this year we're amazing! Hope to see everyone continue to work on their cars and enter again next year! I love this community!

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - NATHAN BOWMAN

Congratulations to all the winners. I can not wait to show off my version of the XC-AT next year.

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