Thinking of entering The Correspondent competition? Why wouldn't you be? It's an amazing opportunity to win a paid job as a CarAdvice journalist and a trip to the Tokyo motor show (courtesy of Mazda).
With plenty of entries already flooding in, here are our Top 10 tips to putting together the best owner review you possibly can.
1. Presentation counts
If you are going to be presenting on video, consider your appearance. You don’t need to look like a Hollywood star, but you want to put your best foot forward.
2. Be prepared
Write a script in advance. Consider the story you want to tell and how you want to tell it. Any professional might look relaxed and knowledgeable on camera, but the secret to a lot of this is preparation. Equally, don't worry too much about getting a line or two wrong, sometimes going off script can work out even better.
3. Add some finishing touches to your video
Feel free to edit your video – editing can add polish. You don't have to be Steven Spielberg here or spend big budget Jerry Bruckheimer dollars but a quick tidy up and some basic editing can really make a difference.
4. Consider adding music
Silence can be golden but a bit of music doesn’t go astray either. There’s plenty of licence-free music on the internet, download a few tracks and add them to your video for another nice touch – be sure not to make things too loud though.
5. Be yourself
It might sound like mildly unhelpful advice but being natural and having fun with what your doing is the best way to show off your personality and help the judges get a feel for who you are. The judges want someone with personality, not a robot.
6. Don't do anything silly, stupid or dangerous
Whether this is in a car, or out of it, be sure to stick to all your local state or territory laws and road rules. Remember safety is always paramount and you'll most definitely be needing your licence for this job.
7. Don't worry about making a masterpiece
If you decide to enter with a video, two minutes is a good guide to keeping things sharp, and 750 words for a written review should be more than enough.
8. Don’t film in portrait mode
Remember, friends don't let friends shoot portrait. If you're shooting on your Smart phone or a tablet, make sure to tilt it sideways and shoot landscape.
9. Don't just reel off a car's specs
This whole competition is about finding someone passionate about cars and who can add their own perspective and opinion, not just someone who can read a spec sheet. We want to know about your experience with the car.
10. Don’t procrastinate
The sooner you get your video finished and uploaded, the more time you’ll have to get as many votes as you can. And don't panic either. If you’re not entirely happy with your entry, you can always submit another – written or video.
Don’t forget, it’s not just video reviews, you can also enter a written review so the judges can see your writing skills in action as well.
For more information please see the FAQs and full terms and conditions.
If you have any questions, you can submit them here.
Entries close at midday on Monday, July 27. Good luck!