Shine On, Installers: Capture the Magic and Win Big with the Onyx Coating Photo Contest!

Hey there, ONYX COATING superstars! We see the incredible transformations you achieve every single day. From dull surfaces to gleaming masterpieces, your dedication and skill are what make ONYX COATING shine. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the “Capture the Shine!” Photo Contest, designed to celebrate your talent and reward you for showcasing the magic of ONYX COATING. 


Why You Should Be Part of the Spotlight:

This contest isn’t just about bragging rights (although those are pretty awesome too!). Participating offers a wealth of benefits for you as an ONYX COATING installer:


  • Build a Portfolio that Shines: This is your chance to create a powerful portfolio filled with stunning before-and-after photos. These visuals will capture the dramatic transformation achieved with ONYX COATING and serve as a powerful tool for attracting new clients. Potential customers will be able to see the incredible results you deliver firsthand, giving them the confidence to choose you for their project.
  • Become an ONYX COATING Social Media Star: Get ready for some major exposure! We’ll be promoting the contest heavily on our social media channels, reaching a vast audience of car enthusiasts. By submitting your entries, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your work to a wider audience and potentially gain a significant following amongst car care enthusiasts.
  • Win Big! Let’s not forget the exciting part – the prizes! We’re offering top-dollar gift vouchers to fuel your passion for detailing. Imagine the possibilities – new tools, detailing supplies, or even a well-deserved break!

What We're Looking For Capturing the Essence of Transformation

We’re searching for high-quality photos that truly capture the shine. But what makes a winning entry stand out? Here are some key elements to consider:


  • Compelling Before-and-After Shots: This is the heart of the contest. We want to see the dramatic transformation achieved with ONYX COATING. Capture a clear picture of the car’s condition before application, highlighting dull surfaces, scratches, or imperfections. Then, juxtapose that with a stunning after shot showcasing the car’s gleaming finish, vibrant paintwork, and overall enhanced appearance. Contrast is key!
  • Visual Storytelling: A great photo goes beyond just pixels – it tells a story. Capture the client’s joy at seeing their car looking brand new. Maybe they’re running their fingers across the smooth, protected surface, or admiring the car’s reflection in the sunlight.  Highlight specific details of the transformation, like the incredible water beading effect achieved with ONYX COATING. Showcase these elements through creative angles, close-up shots, and engaging compositions.
  • Professional Composition: While fancy equipment isn’t essential, some attention to detail goes a long way. Ensure proper lighting – natural light is ideal, but if using artificial lighting, avoid harsh shadows. Focus on your subject, ensuring the car takes center stage. Consider using the rule of thirds for a visually pleasing composition. This involves dividing the image into a 3×3 grid and placing important elements along the intersecting lines or at the points where the lines meet.


Pro Tips for Capturing Award-Winning Photos:

Now that you know what we’re looking for, let’s elevate your photography game! Here are some additional tips to help your entries shine:


  • Lighting is Key: As mentioned earlier, natural light is your best friend. If using artificial light, try to mimic natural light sources and avoid harsh shadows. You can use diffusers or bounce flashes to soften the light.
  • Cleanliness is Next to Godliness: Before capturing your after shots, ensure the car is thoroughly cleaned and dried. Any remaining water spots or dust can detract from the polished finish.
  • Find the Right Angles: Experiment with different angles to capture the car’s best features. Don’t be afraid to get low for a dramatic perspective, or capture the car’s entire profile to showcase the overall transformation.
  • Highlight Details: Use close-up shots to showcase specific features enhanced by ONYX COATING. This could be the incredible gloss of the paintwork, the hydrophobic effect on the windows, or the intricate details of protected trim and wheels.
  • Editing Magic (But Don’t Go Overboard!): Basic photo editing can enhance your images. You can adjust brightness, contrast, and color balance to create a more visually appealing picture. However, avoid excessive edits or filters that distort the true impact of ONYX COATING.

Criteria and Submission Guidelines

Great! You’ve mastered our tips and are now equipped with the knowledge and tools to capture the best shot of your work. Now, let’s dive into the contest criteria and submission guidelines.

Contest Criteria:

  1. Originality and Creativity:

    • Showcase your unique perspective and creative approach. Your photo should reflect your individual style and artistic vision.
  2. Composition and Lighting:

    • Pay attention to the arrangement of elements in your shot. Effective use of lighting to highlight your work will be a key factor in evaluation.
  3. Technical Excellence:

    • Ensure your photo is sharp, well-exposed, and free from distracting elements. High resolution and clarity are essential.
  4. Relevance to Theme:

    • Your photo should clearly represent the theme of showcasing your work. It should effectively communicate the essence of what makes your work special.
  5. Emotional Impact:

    • Capture the emotion and story behind your work. The photo should evoke a response and connect with viewers on a deeper level.

Next Step – Submitting your captures 

Participants must share their entries on their own social media accounts using the following hashtags: #onyxcoating, #onyxceramiccoating, #vunyxppf, #capturetheshine, and #onyxinstaller. Additionally, they must tag ONYX COATING’s social media handles @onyx_coatingusa and @onyxcoating_gmbh on both Instagram and Facebook.

Selection Criteria 

We will select the three best entries based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity: How creatively the entries showcase the final product, Onyx products, product placements, and visual proficiency.
  2. Engagement: The number of likes, comments, and shares on the original posts.
  3. Adherence to Entry Criteria: Compliance with the specified entry requirements.

Beyond the Contest: Building a Community of Shine

This contest is more than just a competition; it’s an opportunity to connect with fellow ONYX COATING installers and celebrate your shared passion. Share your entries on your own social media accounts using the contest hashtags (#onyxcoating #onyxceramiccoating #vunyxppf #capturetheshine & #onyxinstaller.) Don’t forget to tag us! Find us as @onyx_coatingusa & @onyxcoating_gmbh on both Instagram and Facebook. 

Don’t miss your chance to win and showcase your shining projects to the world!