DESIGN MONTH FUN CHALLENGE: Topoder Member Stock Photos!

Key Information

The challenge is finished.

Challenge Summary

It is Topcoder Design Month and we are excited to bring you this fun challenge focused on photography, presentation, and fun concepts.

We are looking for you to have some creative fun by creating Topcoder Member Stock Photos! We are always looking for fun and new images portraying Topcoder members to use on our website, marketing collateral, and at our events. This is your chance to channel your inner photographer skills and have some fun!
This Topcoder Member Stock Photos fun challenge will require you to submit a photograph including the Topcoder logo that could be used on the website, marketing collateral and other things. This challenge is asking for a photograph, not a design. We have created different categories for you to consider while creating you Stock Photo concept. 

Important to note: Remember each photograph (theme) must be its own submission and you can submit as many times as you would like.

- The photo must have the Topcoder logo visible. It does not need to be obvious - just visible.
- The photo must include a Topcoder member.

You may submit to one of the categories below or if you have an additional concept submit under "Other". All category winners will receive a $50 bonus for winning that category.

Topcoder Member Stock Photo Categories:
Most Hardworking Stock Photo
- Your traditional stock photo showing someone serious at work.
- This could be a Topcoder Member working at a computer, at a desk, or working with others... 

Most Funny Stock Photo
- Create a funny stock photo. This could be "hidden" funny... or obvious funny... up to you (if it's hidden.. make sure to share the joke!)
- Example of a funny stock photo

Best Hidden Topcoder Logo
- Best Stock Photo that has a hidden Topcoder logo
- Look to be sneaky!

Most Heartwarming Photo
- Photo of a Topcoder member showing their true love for Topcoder

Best (Other) Stock Photo
- Have a concept that doesn't fit in our provided categories? 
- Submit to this category and provide us with a quick description of your concept!

Things to Consider:
- Your photos must be at least 4500px (on longest edge) at 300dpi (larger is always better) (this is roughly 14 megapixels)
- Your photos should be sharp and clear
- Make sure you are not shooting in a dark room or in low light

Rolling Checkpoint Feedback
- We will have a Rolling Checkpoint starting May 15, 2017, @8:00AM EDT
- Submit your initial concepts for feedback from adroc and tgerring!
- Learn more about Rolling Checkpoints!

Photography FUN CHALLENGE Education
- Learn to use your digital camera!
- Learn to use Adobe Photoshop
- Practice working with composition, layout, and presentation
- Practice working with conveying your concepts with photography
- Practice working with colors and lighting
- Learn the Topcoder Challenge submission process

DESIGN MONTH FUN CHALLENGE Timeline & Prize Structure:
Start: May 1, 2017 @5:00PM EDT
Rolling Checkpoint: May 15, 2017 @8:00AM EDT
Final: May 29, 2017 @8:00AM EDT

1) $250
2) $150
3) $100
(4-10) $25
- The Top 25 designers all get a Topcoder T-Shirt!

Category Winners
- All Category Winners will receive a $50 Bonus

Target Audience:
- Topcoder Members
- General Public
- Topcoder Clients

Judging Criteria:
- Theme: Creativity in creating Topcoder Member Stock Photos!
- Logo: Creativity in using the Topcoder logo/placement
- Quality: Photo execution and framing
- Presentation: Use of color and lighting (is your photo well lit) 

Submission File
- Please submit your "Stock Photo" as a lower resolution JPG or PNG files.

Source Files
All original digital source files of the submitted photo.

Preview Image
Create a 1024x1024 JPG or PNG file in RGB color mode and place a screenshot from your submission within it.

Final Fixes
As this is a FUN CHALLENGE we will not have any Final Fixes. If we do have additional updates or fixes we will work with you directly as a Topcoder Task.

Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

Stock Photography

Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

How To Submit

  • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here
  • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
  • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
  • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

Winner Selection

Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.


Screening Scorecard


Your Design Files:

  1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
  2. Place your submission files into a "" file.
  3. Place all of your source files into a "" file.
  4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
  5. Create a JPG preview file.
  6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy.


All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to  pass screening.


Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.


  • Layered PSD files created in Adobe Photoshop or similar

You must include all source files with your submission.




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