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ipd Photo Contest 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - ipd

Voting has concluded! The winners are in!

Best Hoopty: Aaron

Best Volvo at Work or Play: Travis

Best Wagon: Evan

Best XC: David

Best 4 Door: Tyler

Best 2 Door: Darren

Thank you everyone who participated in this year's Photo Contest. There were a ton of great photos sent in this time around, unfortunately we couldn't choose them all! We hope you can make some time to watch the videos we've prepared of all the submissions of this year's photos.

Hoopty Entries:

Work or Play Entries:

Wagon Entries: 

XC Entries:

4 Door Entries:

2 Door Entries: 

Now that we've had the chance to review all of the entries to the contest, we've narrowed down the finalists for each category. We appreciate the wonderful participation and enthusiasm for this annual contest and are very impressed with the beautiful cars that come accross our computer screens. As usual, it was extremely difficult to narrow the field down and we appologize for those amazing photos that didn't quite make the cut.

Please take a moment to review all of the finalists and choose your favorites. You can select one winner per category. We will run the voting through Sunday May 24 and announce the winner soon after so tell your friends and make your voice heard and make six people very happy with a $100 ipd gift certificate.

Thanks again for everyone who participated!

2015 ipd Photo Contest

Owning a Volvo is an adventure. Show the world where you’ve been.

Whether it's that road trip to the Grand Canyon or the family vacation to Disneyland, many of lifes adventures happen in our cars. With the entrenchment of the digital age we now live in, the opportunity to capture these special moments are abundant and could win you some sweet ipd cash. Our annual photo contest is about to begin and we want to see where you've left your (tire) mark on the world.  

We will follow a similar format to last year where we will 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 of your rides. Be assured that winners will not be selected based on where the shots were taken but rather the overall quality 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 get 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 to give you the upper hand.

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

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. 
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 May 1, 2015. 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

*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.

Community Comments

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - CHAD D. NELSON

We applaud the author of this informative yet interesting topic.

Friday, April 17, 2015 - ZACHARY WHEELER

where are we able to view submitted photos? Also thank you for the direct instructions on what and how files need to be uploaded!

Friday, April 17, 2015 - BRANDON WEAVER

@ Zachary Wheeler- Our staff typically receives several hundred photo contest submissions each year. We will sort through these and pick the best of the best to be judged on by the public. Not all photo submissions will be made visible to the public due to the shear volume of entries. Thank you for your enthusiasm, and good luck! Brandon Weaver, ipd Customer Service Manager

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - RICHARD PROULX

Hi Guys, In the wagon category, Kohei's entry is actually a V90. Thanks for running the photo contest and showing these great cars. Rich

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - JOHN R MORETON

Hi. In the wagons section there is one listed as a V70, it is not. It is a V90 The grill is to angular and the length is wrong. I have had 10 Volvo's and most were wagons. I currently have 3 wagons, 850, 98 V70R, 2004 V70R.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - MARK LANGRIDGE

Kohei's V70 is actually a V90. Dave's XC photo got my vote but I think it is actually a 240 series car.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - DELMETRIUS TAYLOR

Is there a poll to see how many votes each got? Thanks. So many nice Volvo's...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - IAN PETER DUKE

GREAT contest. Thanks for showing them all. -IPD

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - CLINT J KATHREIN

Hardly any 740's I guess they are the ugly ducklings??? Oh well one day people might look at them say cool car!!! LOL Love yours parts!! Need more sales. Good day from Canada

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