We get lots and lots of questions about how do I win COTM? So I decided to post up a few tips that will help better your chances. Things that work, and things that don't.
Nominating your own car. This has never produced a winner, in fact rarely gets many votes. Sorry people.
Location. You might be surprised at how important this is. Having a nice back drop like a interesting building, mountains, or a body of water really helps set your car part. Here'* en example.
The car looks good, but really, is this a good shot?
A little better, but come on, we can do better right?
Same car, different location. Which picture makes the car stand out best?
A clean car. Spend the time to wash it real good, then give it a good polish and a real good wax job. It may take a few times to really get it to pop. A great finish take time. I spent all day getting my paint to this point.
Planning. After you clean your car you need to get to your location. Plan ahead. Toss a few detailing rags in the car, a bottle of quick detailer, some tire wet, what ever you can think of. Drive to your location, plan ahead on this. Give the car a quick cleaning and watch the direction of the sun. Use this to highlight the car. Shadows also play a role. clean up the area around the car, you don't need to do all this work and leave a empty fast food bag laying there.
Get involved in the forum. That'* right, this plays a big role. Post a few great pictures and that'* it wont win COTM for you. You need to sell your ride. Promote it, point it out, get members talking. Start lots of posts, keep it fresh on everyones mind.
There are other tips as well, but this are the main points. Feel free to add your thoughts. What works, what don't. Holding that badge means a lot, you earn it, it'* never just given to you. Now get to work, plan, clean, wax, take pictures, post them, and talk, talk, talk.