Get your camera ready. The Popular Hot Rodding photo contest is headed your way.

The name of the magazine is Popular Hot Rodding , which may sound similar to another one out there, but there is one huge difference that bears repeating here: our name starts with the word popular, which means it’s all about you. And while every issue of Popular Hot Rodding contains a nice assortment of readers’ rides, the two most popular theme issues each year are the readers’ projects issue, and the readers’ rides issue. (In a nutshell, the difference between the two boils down to cars that are works in progress, and cars that are completed—which is our focus here.)

You’ve spent a pile of money, a ton of effort, and years of precious time to get your pride and joy looking and running good, and it’s got to be frustrating getting magazines to even look your way. Who needs those snooty guys anyway? We’re here to help, and we need your muscle car photos! Specifically, we need domestically manufactured rear-wheel-drive V-8-powered cars built between 1955 and 1981.

To make a good-looking readers’ rides issue, we turn it into a photo contest. To help you put your best foot forward, we are offering a huge box of prize swag worth hundreds of bucks. We’ll be sending that to the reader with the winning set of photos, which will coincide with the publishing of the readers’ rides in the January 2013 issue.

This year, things are a little different. In the past, it didn’t matter if the car owner brought in an outside photographer. This year, we’re stipulating that the photographer must be the car owner, or an immediate family member (spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, father, or mother). This is about you and your car, and you are the most qualified person to tell that story!

We’re going to do our best to print all of them, but for that to happen we need your photos to be awesome. These need to be high-resolution JPEGs (3,000 x 2,000 pixels minimum), they need to be sharp, well lit, in focus, and framed properly with a comfortable border around the car. You need to enclose color prints of your 10 best images along with a CD or DVD of the digital images, a one-page cover letter explaining the story on your car, and include the completed spec sheet (photocopy OK) from this issue. To be included in the January readers’ rides issue, please send your envelope by August 1, 2012 to: Source Interlink Media, PHR Photo Contest, 1733 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606.

PHR Photo Contest Guidelines

Send in your complete entry by August 1, 2012. The address is: Source Interlink Media, Attn: PHR Photo Contest, 1733 Alton Pkwy., Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606. Note that we cannot take submissions via email, or verify that your submission has arrived.

Fill out the entry form completely (or a photocopy) in legible handwriting. We’ll be writing about your car, and if you don’t tell us anything (or if we can’t read it) we can’t write about it. Entries with illegible or incomplete entry forms may be discarded.

In addition to the entry form, you should write a one-page cover letter telling your story. Tell us about yourself, what you love about your car, how you use (or abuse) it, your car’s mods, performance, dyno numbers, timeslip numbers, or just a funny story about the car or your photo shoot. Using a model? We need her info as well (name, age, hometown, and website if any). Please keep your letter to one page. Entries without a cover letter may be discarded.

Send us no more than 10 high-resolution photos of your car. Try to mix them up. These photos need to be in digital “JPG” form, and must have a minimal resolution of 3,000 pixels wide by 2,000 pixels high. Burn these photos on a standard CD or DVD (not one from a drugstore or retail photo shop—these have photo software on them), and provide individual matching prints.