How to submit your car for Car of the Week or Month
Please Read This Entire Page Before Submitting Your Photo!
- Submit a good-quality digital photo; either a scanned photo, or from a good-quality digital camera. Please, no camera phone pictures.
- The picture must be at least 800x600 pixels in size, or larger. Unfortunately, we can't use any smaller than that. If it's larger, that's fine.
- Do not send a photo with a file size larger than 2MB.
- The picture must be a .jpg (or .jpeg) file type. Any other file types will be discarded (including .gif .pcx and .bmp). Sorry, no exceptions.
- You don't need to have a lot of fancy or expensive mods to be Car of the Week or Month. All it takes is a nice picture (hints for getting the right shot are below). Take lots of pictures and pick the best one to send.
- Please do not send photos of your cars with scantilly-clad women posing with them. This is not Hot Rod Magazine. The car should be able to stand by itself.
- E-mail your picture to carpics at pfyc dot com along with your name, the make, model, year, and color of the car.
- You can also submit your photo with less stringent rules to our Facebook page and tag yourself for the world to see. Click the icon below to do so:
Tips on how to get selected.
The way photos are selected is by the quality of the picture. To be honest, if the picture doesn't cut it, we're going to delete it and move on to the next one. If it's nice, it may get used.
You only need to submit your car once, unless you get a better photo and the car hasn't been run already. We run each car one time. Be patient, if your car doesn't show up in a month or two, that doesn't meant it won't make it. It sometimes takes between three and 6 months for your car to make it (sometimes longer). If you get a better picture in that time, feel free to submit it again.
We can't stress enough that photo quality is very important. This doesn't mean you need an expensive camera. What it does mean is that your car is shot from a good angle, with good lighting. The background should be taken into consideration.
We do realize that many of you are not experienced photographers so we'll toss in a few more subtle hints that will help your car get featured:
- Get the car out of your driveway, unless of course you have a long scenic driveway. The background and setting are important. Not that we want the background to stand out, but if you have a picture of your nice, shiny car sitting in front of a wrecked '62 Ford Falcon with a dumpster along side it, these can be distractions. It won't get picked.
- Take a look at the quality and settings of the previous cars we've used by visiting the archives. These entries made it because of the quality of the pictures submitted.
- Lighting is extremely important. Try taking the picture at sunrise when the lighting is softest. If sunrise doesn't work, try sunset. The middle of the day with bright sunlight is not a good time to photograph due to harsh reflections and shadows.
- Be unique. Try something new like a good action shot or different angle or setting.
We hope these hints help you get the shot that gets noticed. Thank you for submitting your picture!