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Our 3rd annual photography contest with Toyo Tires brings in the best entries yet

Feb 4, 2019

A few years ago, Toyo Tires and pbskids collaborated on a contest to recognize up and coming automotive photographers. The finalists would be celebrated at a free public car meet and photo gallery, while the grand prize winner would have their picture printed in the magazine. The first two competitions were huge successes as we discovered amazing talent behind the camera, some of which shoot for pbskids today.

For '18, the photography theme was "Night Shots" and we received over 300 high quality entries. Trying to narrow down the competition was every bit as challenging, but Arizona-based John Bazay took home the grand prize with his epic photo of two GT-Rs in the rain. John's reward was an all expense trip to Hawaii where his photograph, along with the other finalists, were displayed inside in4mation's flagship store in the Chinatown district of Honolulu for the Shutter Space Car Meet.

We'd like to tip our hat to John, along with the other 19 finalists. There's a growing number of brilliant automotive photographers and it's been our pleasure to recognize the best out there!

  |   Shutter Space III John Bazay

John Bazay
Phoenix, AZ | @johnbazay

"In Phoenix, we typically see over 300 days of sunshine a year, with the exception of the monsoon season in the summer months. It was in full effect this year with blowing dust, high winds, flooding and lightning shows that leave you breathless. Obviously not the best conditions for night shots.... With continuous rain showers in the valley and only a week before the submission deadline, I made the decision to use the rain to my advantage. I just had to decide how I wanted to frame the shot on location with two GT-Rs. My goal was to focus strictly on branding and creativeness. Since the Liberty Walk GT-R was sporting the Toyo Tires lettering stickers, I wanted it to be the main focus inside and close-up, giving the silver GT-R outside in the rain a more mysterious look. Equipment used was a Nikon D810, 16mm-35mm Nikon lens, 600-watt strobe light, and smoke machine. First focus was multiple exposures inside and outside to light up the cars as needed. Next focus was outside for the rain shots. Due to the wind blowing hard that night and with some help from a friend, he helped spray water around the car with a hose. It allowed me more control in post to even out the rain effect around the car and pavement. The wind wasn't ideal with the smoke machine, but I did manage to get a few shots that I could edit into the final image." - John

  |   Shutter Space III Larry Chavarria

Larry Chavarria
Houston, TX |

  |   Shutter Space III Andrew Manley

Andrew Manley
Pomona, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Joseph Merkens

Joseph Merkens III
Los Angeles, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Daniel Piker

Daniel Piker
Seattle, WA |

  |   Shutter Space III Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales
Los Angeles, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Arlen Liverman

Arlen Liverman
Ellicott City, VA |

  |   Shutter Space III Patrick Lauder

Patrick Lauder
Gilroy, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Eric Jon De Leon

Eric Jon De Leon
Monrovia, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Tristan Tran

Tristan Tran
Dallas, TX |

  |   Shutter Space III Kerry Guevara

Kerry Guevara
Dallas, TX |

  |   Shutter Space III Renz Dimaandal

Renz Dimaandal
Los Angeles, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Andrew Link

Andrew Link
New York, NY |

  |   Shutter Space III Derick Yan

Derick Yan
Seattle, WA |

  |   Shutter Space III Alvin Miles

Alvin Miles Jr.
Long Beach, CA |

  |   Shutter Space III Mike Kuhn

Mike Kuhn
Charlotte, NC |

  |   Shutter Space III Jacob Grimes

Jacob Grimes
Gilbert, AZ |

  |   Shutter Space III Danny Batista

Danny Batista
San Antonio, TX |

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Viet Nguyen
Los Angeles, CA |

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Daniel Arjona
New York, NY |

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