There's a whole thought process behind car photography. Simply taking a random photo of a car isn't all that spectacular, but with a few easy tips and tricks, you can turn your car photo into a visual masterpiece.

Cars are the subject of this contest. They can be moving or still. Any motorized road vehicle with 4 wheels that can carry passengers is allowed in this contest. This means jeeps and 4-wheeled trucks are on-theme as well.

If you need some inspiration, have a look at the Pxleyes car contest from 6 years ago. It was won by Dmitry, with the following entry:

Winner of the Pxleyes cars contest
— Winner of the Pxleyes cars contest —

A ton of new cars and camera gear have been released in the last 6 years, so let's see what you can come up with in 2021! If you've never photographed a car before, have a look at these 8 tips from Digital Photography School. They teach you about lighting, reflections, backgrounds and motion blur.

Good luck!

PS: Try to vote on all entries in the contest. The more votes we get, the more accurate the rankings will be. Also, when you see something on someone's entry that can be improved, let them know. That way, we can learn new skills from each other!

PS 2: Ideas for future contests can be submitted here. The best ideas will be picked and turned into a contest. Make sure to clearly define the rules and objectives of the contest.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan

If you have any questions/suggestions/comments about this contest, reply to this comment!

Good luck! 👇

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scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1

HI staan , question please : Is it allowed to photoshop -"tweak" a photo? I have assumed up until now that photos entered here were point, shot , post.. no post production.

Staaan avatarLevel 19
Staaan replied to scratzilla1 :

Same as on Pxleyes for this:

"As a general rule, you are allowed to all adjustments which act on the whole picture (a.k.a. non-selective editing)"

So basically, you can do brightness, hue and sharpness alterations on the entire image... You can also add borders, remove dead pixels, ... but don't change any specifics in your photo, like giving the car some fancy rims :)

scratzilla1 avatarLevel 9
scratzilla1 replied to Staaan :

thank you kindly .

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VW created by Olga.L

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

congrats olga

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Olga.L replied to photonut :

thank you photonutsky

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

Congrats Sweetie!

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on the first place Olga!

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you ❤️ Eggs.

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

Congratulations Olga. This was my favorite. 🏆

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Love the paintwork on this,another iconic car,i might have been tempted to show the whole car,although still like this.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to photonut :

Thank you for your thoughts and comment. Frankly, I'm not sure why I didn't include the whole car but I think that the background was too busy (if my memory serves me well...which incidentally it isn't serving me well...sigh) Thanks again.

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut replied to Olga.L :

your welcome[must be an age thing,i am exactly the same]

Hightree avatarLevel 7
Hightree

Is this legal where you live? Or do you need to register the paint work? In some countries there are regulations on what you can or cannot paint on your car.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Hightree :

In my country, this is allowed.....ahhh freedom of expression!

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Old School Class created by kyricom

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Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai

Congrats Kyricom 😊

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

congrats to you on this win.

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to Olga.L :

Thank you

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to Zizounai :

Thank you

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on second place!

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

Congratulations Kyricom 🏆

kyricom avatarLevel 13
kyricom replied to Skyangel :

Thank you

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Trabant forever created by Zizounai

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17Heart award
Olga.L

Selective colour is well done and the saturation and post-processing are spot on to bring us up close and personal with this Czech denizen! I would purchase this photo to hang on my wall in my recreation room, it is wall-worthy. Simply a gorgeous post.

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to self:

did you use gaussian blur on this?

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Field blur

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L replied to Zizounai :

i will have to try that one, thanks

Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

congrats my little chou

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Merci Sweetie 🥦

IEatRawEggs avatarLevel 16
IEatRawEggs

Congratulations on third place!

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to IEatRawEggs :

Thank you very much Eggs 🎈🚗🌝

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Skyangel

Congratulations Zizounai 🏆

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Circles created by kyricom

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photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Iconic vehicle of the sixties this and here in the uk you can hire them for a holiday,use to go to music festivals in the sixties and see these,mind you they were not in such good nic as this one.

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Olga.L

I love the whole story of your upload. The days when the youth of the time travelled in these VW vans listening to California Dreamin by the Mamas and Papas! Your story is well captured here. Photographically a most pleasing view with predominant colours of yellow and blue which are complimentary on the colour wheel...blue always looks great with yellow and you have captured this well. A great natural saturation with good dof and a very comfortable crop....giving us a lovely memory through photography....thank you.

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A Ride to Remember created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

What an unusual entry and original...good eyes photographer. Tight crop makes us look up close and personal and wonder. Technical elements well done artistic rendition. Nice one!

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut

Is unusual and different,but really wants me to know more about this car.am curious.

Skyangel avatarLevel 15
Skyangel

Looks like a very well loved and well used rusty kids pedal car which has spent some time in a sandpit. I am sure it could tell many delightful stories.

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MG created by Zizounai

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old pride n joy created by scratzilla1

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Like that desaturated feel to go with the old truck!

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Hightree

Old trucks never die, they just rust away :)

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No Parking Issue created by Olga.L

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Blue Car created by photonut

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Ahhh selective colour, very charming indeed. I like this for the compositional style, 'comin right at you' feeling. I do think a bit more room up top would have given this photograph more strength for we feel like they are going to do damage to their heads as soon as they hit a speed bump. Also...the person whose head is amputated at the very top right...you could clone him out...Staaan calls this "removing dead pixels". The image is wonderfully sharp and you have given room for this blue car to drive into...nice post and nice car.

Zizounai avatarLevel 16
Zizounai replied to Olga.L :

Staaan calls this "removing dead pixels" 😁🤣😃😅😆😉

photonut avatarLevel 11
photonut replied to Olga.L :

thanks olga for the good comments

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Merc created by photonut

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Carroll's Jewelry Box created by MyMindsEye

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Creative and eye-catching and a unique post. Love that vintage filter, the interior of Carroll's jewelry box is sharp and interesting to study. Thank you for thinking outside of the box!

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MyMindsEye replied to Olga.L :

Thank you!

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T-Bird 1956 created by denlig

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Photo taken in 2019 during the "Classic Days" on the Le Mans circuit

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Urban Dweller created by Hightree

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Most would walk by this scene but it takes a photographer's eye to see this and I commend you on a job well done, a scene well seen! The diagonal slant helps to add a feeling of excitement to the patterns caught in the reflection of this BMW and your title rocks (titles do matter). The only constructive criticism I can offer, especially if you are going to put this piece up on the wall is to remove that pink pop of colour that is on the margin at the top right...it would make a cleaner presentation. When there is information like that on a margin line in photography what happens is that the viewer's eye goes there and we begin to complete the picture in our minds and very quickly we leave the photograph. You want to keep the viewer's eye in the photo for as long as possible. This is a most pleasing image with patterns on the hood of the car echoed by the patterns of cobblestones...great catch! Great post and I will now look at cars with added depth thanks to you.

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Hightree replied to Olga.L :

Thanks for your "constructive criticism"

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Hot Rod created by photonut

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My new Trabant created by Zizounai

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Olga.L

This beautiful collector's item caught my eye because of that innocent look on "her" face...it is saying "who me?....what". An emotion was pulled out of me after viewing this Trabant. I then had to look it up and for educating me, I thank you very much. "Trabant became a symbol of the stagnant economy of former East Germany and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc in general." (wiki)

Now to the photographic aspect of the image. I really like the POV, instead of the usual 'belly button' point of view you give this car a bit of a noble feel by shooting upwards. Your depth of field is lovely with a soft blur in the background but sharp on those 'expressive eyes'. The tonal quality is also well done showing good detail in the shadow aspect. The crop is solid with breathing room all around and the saturation is not overcooked but natural to showcase the natural beauty of this little car. LOVE IT.

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How far can you stretch a limo? created by Vibeke

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Porsche 911, I presume? created by denlig

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Olga.L avatarLevel 17
Olga.L

Yes, and why naught to this creative ICM piece. It works to bring in the feeling of movement, very clever and good composition with more room for this Porsche to drive into. Not only do we see movement in the car we can feel the excitement coming through the lens of the photographer who is captivated by this car. Nice entry.

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