Our typical submission pile will be reduced to 13 finalists. Various criteria are used in eliminating images not used. Often these involve avoiding duplication of marque, model, color or era and have nothing to do with the quality or composition of the images presented. The following are “do’s and don’ts” to help you prepare a winning submission:
- We can only use high-quality, color digital submissions of collector vehicles from every era of manufacture through 1990. Please note that snapshots, photocopies, drawings, paintings, or any media other than high resolution digital images cannot be considered due to quality issues. Also, do not submit a camera shot made from a physical photograph; the resulting image will be too distorted when enlarged to calendar page size.
- In making the selections, emphasis will be placed on vehicles of American manufacture, but outstanding examples of widely collected imported marques will also be considered.
- Each submission should depict a single, completely stock, unmodified from factory original vehicle (no shots with multiple vehicles) with no visible objects mounted on the dashboard or suspended from the rearview mirror, and should contain no people, pets, trophies or window stickers.
- Each vehicle should be photographed against a pleasant and appropriate, non-distracting background.
We ask that you indicate whether or not you are willing to allow us to make our own copies to keep on file for other than calendar use. Such uses might include book and periodical covers, color plates, catalogs, show posters, newsletters and promotional materials, among others.
Owners of the vehicles depicted in the calendar will be identified, and each will receive a free copy of the 2023 calendar. Each submission should be accompanied by the name(s), address, and phone number of the owner(s), as well as the year, marque, model and body type of the vehicle depicted. To be considered, all submissions must be received in our office by May 21, 2022.
Digital Submission Requirements
The images should be 300 dpi (about 3 MB or larger) and saved as a jpg, tiff or raw image. The image should be as large as possible — at least the width of the calendar. The image can be 72 dpi (which is a primary default), but at that resolution it has to be very big. Once converted to 300 dpi, a 72-dpi image will be one-quarter the size submitted. Example: If the image at 72 dpi is 12 inches wide, and is converted up to 300 dpi, the photo will be 3 inches wide and too small to use.
Digital submissions can be made via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sent on CD/DVD/Flash drive. All digital submissions must have the year/make/model and owner’s name in its subject line to be considered for publication.
Send submissions to:
2023 Reader Rides Calendar
5225 Joerns Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
or email to:
Remember to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your car.
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