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The all-new MPG Awards

Excellence in Automotive Journalism

The Motor Press Guild is proud to announce a call for entries for the Motor Press Guild Awards, our annual celebration of excellence in automotive journalism.

What's new?

  • We’ve made a few changes in the categories and submission procedures this year, designed to recognize the alteration in the media landscape and to broaden the scope and appeal of our awards.
  • Submissions are open to MPG members and non-members.
  • In addition, we’ll be awarding a cash prize of $500 to the winner of our top award, the Dean Batchelor Award.

Submissions will be accepted from September 15 - November 1, 2015.

Details and program rules follow below.


This year’s MPG Best of the Year Award categories are:
  1. Articles

    1. MPG Best of the Year News Article
      1. Any length, topical event coverage
    2. MPG Best of the Year Feature Article
      1. Any length, non-news/non-review automotive topic, including personality profiles, historical, lifestyle, etc.
    3. MPG Best of the Year Vehicle Review
      1. Any length, new vehicle review
  2. Audio/Visual

    1. MPG Best of the Year Video Review
      1. Any length, web or broadcast, evaluating features, performance, value, etc. of a new vehicle or comparing vehicles
    2. MPG Best of the Year Feature Video
      1. Any length, web or broadcast, covering an event, personality profiles, company history, vehicle trends, etc.
    3. MPG Best of the Year Audio Program
      1. Any length, radio or podcast. Multiple episodes may be submitted for consideration, each as a separate entry with a separate entry fee.
  3. Books

    1. MPG Best of the Year Book
      1. Hardcover or softcover submissions welcome; Reissues of previously published books not eligible; Collections of previously uncollected material (essays, columns, etc.) are eligible for submission.
  4. Photography

    1. Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography
      1. Published photographs in magazines or on commercial websites. Photo essays (multiple photographs collected as one article) eligible for consideration.


Members and Non-Members of the Motor Press Guild are eligible to submit work for consideration. Works that have been published, posted on commercial sites on the Internet or broadcast over the air in the United States of America between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 are eligible. English language submissions only.
We will accept submissions from publishers on behalf of authors and creators, subject to the same terms, rules and fees as for submission by those authors and creators. Any awards or prizes resulting from such submissions will be granted to the author/creator, not to the publisher, however.


Submission Dates:

Submissions must be received with completed submission forms and fees paid in full between September 15 and November 1, 2015. No early or late submissions will be considered.

Submission Fees:

  • $15 per submission for MPG Members in good standing as of 9/30/15
  • $25 per submission for non-members

Submission Limits:

No limit on the number of submissions. Both MPG members and non-members are welcome to submit as many works in as many categories as they wish. Each work is subject to a separate submission fee, and must be accompanied by a separate fully completed entry form.

How to submit entries

Complete the electronic form and follow instructions below, depending on category.
  • Articles: Submissions shall be made in .pdf format via electronic submission.
  • Books: Three copies of each book submitted for consideration. If authors wish to receive their books back at the conclusion of judging, they must include self-addressed mailers with sufficient postage for their return. Any books received without mailers or postage will become the property of the Motor Press Guild.
  • Audio/Visual: Videos to be sent on DVD or via a downloadable link in the same resolution as originally published. Audio programs to be sent on CD or via a downloadable link in .mp3 format.
  • Photos: Photos to be sent in hard copy as originally published, or via a downloadable link in the same resolution as originally published.

Submission Address:

  • Audio/Visual, Photos:
    Motor Press Guild - P.O. Box 4883, Orange, CA 92863
  • Books:
    Eric Dahlquist, Sr., - Vista Group, 4561 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Entry form

All submissions must be accompanied by an online submission form. Click here to access the form. Payment is also made online via PayPal. Payment in US Dollars only.
Click here to access the online entry form >>


Judging will be conducted by MPG members and non-members appointed by the Chair of the MPG Awards Committee. Each award category will have a Head Judge and two additional Judges, who will select the MPG Best of the Year Award winners and the Bob D’Olivo Award for Photography. A final panel of three judges, including the Chair of the MPG Awards Committee as Head Judge, will then select the winner of the Dean Batchelor Award from amongst the category winners. Award finalists will be announced on December 1, 2015, and winners will be announced at the MPG Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2015.
The judging panel in each category can select up to three finalists. Judging panels are not obligated to name a winner in any category unless they determine that the quality of the work under consideration represents the standard of excellence in automotive journalism that is the hallmark of the Motor Press Guild Awards. Therefore, there may be a category or categories without a winner.
The decisions of the judges are final, and not subject to review.
Indemnification and Limitation of Liability:
By entering the Motor Press Guild Awards, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless the MPG and its administrator, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any liability, damages, losses or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the awards and the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize that may be won. MPG and its affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from access to or the download of information or materials connected with the Motor Press Guild Awards.
Terms and conditions may apply. All federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt of the $500 Dean Batchelor Award are solely the responsibility of the winner.
By participating, each entrant grants the Motor Press Guild permission to use his/her name, likeness or comments for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration, except where prohibited by law.


September MPG Luncheon

"The Next Generation of Jaguar"
Tuesday, Sept.22 / 11:30am - 2:00pm
Jaguar Land Rover’s Chris Marchand, Executive Vice President of Operations, will join MPG to share insight on Jaguar’s new approach to target the heart of the U.S. luxury market as its line-up shifts from three to five models and potential customer reach triples. Marchand will outline the historic brand’s transformation including the expansion of its entire line-up with the XE compact luxury sedan and the F-PACE compact luxury SUV and new customer care strategies.
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Track Days 2015 Registration

Register by 9/30!
October 6 & 7, 2015
Day One (October 6) will be full of opportunities to become a better driver on the track, and to explore vehicles on the street.
Day Two (October 7) combines track driving, street driving and maybe even a little bit of (intentional) off-roading. Take the opportunity to drive competitive vehicles back-to-back. Meet the OEM PR staff members face-to-face. See old friends and make new ones. It's the event you know and love — see you on the track.
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