There was no Photoshop award
Office party? It's usually some tragic helium-filled balloons and a dreadful buffet of beige food. When DriveTribe was a year old we decided to have a competition instead, to celebrate the very best of the content you've been creating. So; a $10,000 prize fund and four categories - best photography, best spot, best video, and best article. The winner in each would pocket a tidy $2,500 to spend on camera kit/binoculars/edit software/pencils, $2,500 being a quarter of $10,000.
There were 'literally millions of entries', said Jeremy Clarkson - over a thousand, anyway - and myself, Clarkson, and Hammond got to work picking the winners. 'I've literally won everything,' said Clarkson, but he hadn't, because founder members of DriveTribe were not allowed to enter, and anyway, all of his posts are crap.
In the end, we settled on a winner in each category and a few runners-up as well, because the standards were so high. Clarkson still hadn't won anything, even theoretically. These runners-up will receive what is known as 'exclusive DriveTribe merchandise', also known as 'a T-shirt'.
The photography award goes to Michael White
Michael submitted this stunning picture of the Lola B12/80-Nissan prior to the start of last year's Le Mans. Not only is this a perfect representation of the calm before the storm, it was also an exercise in slipping between mechanics, tool boxes, and the hordes of appalling hoorays who populate the event in order to capture the car in isolation. Good work.
Second place for photography goes to Ryan Charsville
Ryan took this stunning picture of an Aventador in Knightsbridge, London. We particularly love the way the light draws attention to the sharp edges on the Lamborghini's aggressive design while simultaneously diminishing the dowdy, lumpen form of the doomed black cab and its trade-unionist operator.
Third place for photography goes to Jamey Price
We really liked Jamey's clever long-exposure cornering shot. It captures the essence of speeding cars without actually having any cars in it. Deep, and meaningful.
The winner of the video award is Arkady Fiedler
Arkady submitted his awesome video 'In Maluch Across Asia'. Maluch is the Polish name for the classic Fiat 126p which used to be produced in Poland. This epic film belongs in the world of National Geographic as much as it does on DriveTribe. It's great storytelling, with the car transporting us and Arkady across the stunning, diverse landscapes of Asia and into the fascinating people he meets along the way, though not literally.
Second place for video goes to Elias Ressegatti
We especially liked the filmic techniques used in this piece, along with the bold smoking punctuation and creative use of interesting trousers.
Third place for video goes to Toofast Max
We are big fans of 'Baby Driver' at DriveTribe and we really liked the way Max took his cues from the film to show off his great talent.
The winner of the spotting award is Mislav Trusic
We loved this spot from Mislav. Not only has he bagged one of our favourite Maranello icons, the Ferrari 599, but has managed to produce a great composition.
Second place for best spot goes to Tom Theobald
Tom's spot highlights the essence of Monaco during Top Marques.
Third place for best spot goes to Liam Mccabe
Seeing one LaFerrari is rare but spotting three is unheard of.
The winner of best article is Martyn Stanley
Martyn decided to review a car built by Jeremy Clarkson, which is the only way Clarkson would make it into these awards. This is proper, incisive, on-the-nail car reviewing and, in fact, far more accurate than the original televised effort.
Second place for the best article goes to Dylan Smit
This is an in-depth, well written article all about the birth of an F1 team and an iconic car; the one in which Michael Schumacher began his F1 career.
Third place for best article goes to Clemsie Mckensie
There have been many tiresome debates about how to make Formula 1 more interesting. Doing it in Lego turns out to be the simple answer. This is proper content.
A big thank-you
Actually, it's the same size as the rest of the text, but massive in its intent and sincerity. The standard of entries was gratifyingly high, and we're sorry if you didn't win, but that's in the nature of life. Only a few people win. It's why capitalism works.