• Street Ignition Queens

2021 SiQ Automotive Photography Challenge Winners

Words by Loli Azuelo | SiQ Founder

Our official panel of professional photographers Jules Ingall, Jessica Dane and Gemma Ortlipp thanks to our Judge Coordinator, Kass Brumley have spoken - and here are your Winning 7 entries who will be in print for our Women's Automotive Calendar for 2022 aaand Winner's Lanyards!!

The power is now in your hands to determine who will featured on the front cover, alongside our upcoming Automotive Recognition Awards Winners.

Street Ignition Queens is taking over Lady Driven Co. for one weekend only. So join over 24.6k automotive enthusiasts over at their instagram and give your favourite submission a Like! The entry with the most Likes will be crowned Cover Queen and Ms January 2022.


FIRST HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

MELISSA PINNER | TAS AUSTRALIA | #ViQ991

Photographer: Angryman Photography // Instagram | Facebook

Official Judging Panel Response

"It’s clear why this image stands out. Photographically this takes a lot of time and planning, I enjoy all of the different elements working together, the mirroring of the bright white fireworks on either side of the frame and the red lights behind the car really make this image pop against the black car. I love the red reflected in the windshield, and whether the water on the ground was due to rain or was placed there on purpose, it was a great creative choice to only enhance the lighting and move the eye around the image. I enjoy the subjects bio that it’s generous and grateful and fun, I think a different colour of outfit may have suited this image better as the black jumper does get a little lost against the car."

- Gemma Ortlipp | Canon Community Ambassador + Professional Wildlife Photographer


"INCREDIBLE image. But also a great story. So true how far the motor industry and has come as far as acceptance of females and only getting better."

- Jules Ingall | Jules Ingall Photography


SECOND HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

LEANNA SLOAN | GLASGOW, SCOTLAND | #ViQ019

Photographer: Am Photos

Official Judging Panel Response

"Freedom! Being British (and having Scottish family) I feel a connection with this photo. Cars are a form of escapism and this photo captures that. I love the juxtaposition of the peaceful countryside and roar of engines. I also love the personality and passion that comes through."

- Jessica Dane | Triple Eight Race Engineering


"I love this image. The pose is fun and the backdrop breathtaking. But what really got me was the story. I too became interested in cars and motorsport as a child as young as 5 due to my older brother so I guess I can relate to the story as well as the image."

- Jules Ingall | Jules Ingall Photography


THIRD HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

CHANTAL BRYCE | QLD, AUSTRALIA | #ViQ176

Photographer: Amanda Kaye Imagery

Official Judging Panel Response

"Automative is such a family pursuit. So often it's the dads showing the sons but this photo encapsulates that cars are for everyone."

- Jessica Dane | Triple Eight Race Engineering


"Love this mum passing her passion and love for cars on to her daughter. Too cute."

- Jules Ingall | Jules Ingall Photography


FOURTH HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

MARIE DUNN | QLD, AUSTRALIA | #ViQ062

Photographer: Amanda Kaye Imagery

Official Judging Panel Response

"This photo seems very peaceful and content to me. The former isn't something one usually writes about a race track! I think it's a combination of the blue/green colours and soft light. Plus it's got that feeling of happy exhaustion that you get at the end of a race weekend. And of course, it's a trusty Commodore!"

- Jessica Dane | Triple Eight Race Engineering


FIFTH HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

JULIE PFENNIG | SA, AUSTRALIA | #ViQ021

Photographer: Bluewire Photography

Official Judging Panel Response

"I love this woman’s attitude when faced with an incredibly heartbreaking story of being under appreciated and underestimated, she used it to drive her towards a life she is proud of. I really enjoy the lower perspective of this shot, it was well thought out as it only emphasises the powerful nature of her stance and her personality and her courage. It gives her an air of authority. I don’t mind the lens distortion here as it works, I would have liked to have seen the power lines in the top left removed but it’s not a deal breaker to a great image. I love that she chose to wear this jumpsuit, as it really lens to the entire vibe of this shoot, of her interest in racing and her position in this community. She belongs."

- Gemma Ortlipp | Canon Community Ambassador + Professional Wildlife Photographer


"Fantastic story. Instead of crawling away and being defeated by the bad cards that were dealt, she owned it and used it to push and inspire her. Go Girl!"

- Jules Ingall | Jules Ingall Photography


SIXTH HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

LYNNE WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | #ViQ423

Photographer: Amanda Kaye Imagery

Official Judging Panel Response

"I love everything about this image, this story and this woman. She has an unassuming strength, a grounded quality and that shines through in her posture, her words and this illuminated quality of this shot. I love that she doesn’t feel the need to have to prove herself, she is content in her hobby and I can imagine her quietly working away at her restoration. The image is well shot, well composed, the horizon line feels a tiny bit off but the image still works. I enjoy the over exposure coming from the left had side of the frame and I love that she is looking to camera and it feels natural and open."

- Gemma Ortlipp | Canon Community Ambassador + Professional Wildlife Photographer


FINAL HIGHEST SCORED ENTRY

HANNAH TAYLOR | QLD, AUSTRALIA | #ViQ619

Photographer: Bryce Carrier Photography

Official Judging Panel Response

"Great shot and great that “being female” hasn’t changed her attitude. She races because she loves it!"

- Jules Ingall | Jules Ingall Photography

Thank you kindly to all our #SiQAPC21 Finalists. Tomorrow please support your favourite Top 7 image by liking their post on Lady Driven Co,'s instagram. Who will be crowned the Cover Queen of our 2021 Women's Automotive Calendar?

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