Results of Self Portrait Design Challenge

Thanks for all the submissions received over the past few days for our weekend Self Portrait challenge.

Your submissions were of very high quality once again and a true source of inspiration.

The self portraits you’ll find below are very diverse, extremely creative and full of emotion.

Thanks to all for your hard work and we’ll continue to bring you more design challenges in the coming weeks.

Please leave your comments after the photos below and give us feedback as to what design challenges you would like to see next.


1. Alfredo Carlo

Name: Alfredo Carlo
Location: Bologna – Italy
Bio: Graphic Designer and graphic facilitator in Italy and in the World. Photographer for fun and sustainable design supporter.
Comments: Me and my son
Technique: iPhone polarized picture and lomography effect
Twitter: @housalfredo


2. Andy Widodo

Name: Andy Widodo
Location: Indonesia
Bio: Web front-end developer
Comments: During my working hours-in my home office. I put the camera on the desk then randomly took some pictures of myself.
Technique: Nothing much again, just adding Photoshop effects.
Twitter: @playgroundpilot


3. Raul Pinto

Name: Raul Pinto
Location: Mumbai, India
Bio: I am a 20 year old computer engineering student at the Don Bosco Institute of Technology. I have always been interested in designing something new. I designed my first website at the age of 14 and have been carrying on ever since.
Technique: Photo taken using a point and shoot camera, Canon ixus 60. Photoshop used to crop and adjust levels.
Twitter: @raul9


4. Matt Swan

Name: Matt Swan
Location: Guildford, UK
Bio: Graphic designer, furniture designer, interior designer.
Comments: Inspired by the complexity of London and the simplicity of a happy life.
Technique: Photoshop – nothing too complex.
Twitter: @mattySwan


6. Ben Homan

Name: Ben Homan
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Bio: Graphic Freelance Artist
Technique: Step 1: Go skydiving. Step 2: Take some pictures. Step 3: Explosion of brushes, colors, masks and outlines.
Twitter: @bhoman


7. Lee Milthorpe

Name: Lee Milthorpe
Location: UK
Comments: I wanted to capture a self portrait that describes me and music is a big part of my life, especially my acoustic guitar, so I wanted to get that in the shot, whilst aiming for an edgy, grungy feel to the photograph.
Technique: The setup consisted of a tripod with my Canon 350D resting on it, pointing at my bedroom wall. I didn’t have a shutter release cable so had to use the 10 second timer before grabbing my guitar and diving into the shot. Not an easy task! About a million shots later and hours of post processing, I finally had something I was happy with.
Twitter: @leemilthorpe


8. Zeno Popovici

Name: Zeno Popovici
Location: Sibiu, Romania
Twitter: zenopopovici


9. Szabo Bogdan

Name: Szabo Bogdan
Location: Bistrita, Romania
Technique: Studio photo


10. David Silva

Name: David Silva
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Bio: I am an artist, graphic designer and aspiring photographer. I use as a platform to promote my art as well as showcase other artists work and provide design solutions and tutorials.
Twitter: @_davidsilva


11. Geert van der Heide

Name: Geert van der Heide
Location: Netherlands
Bio: Freelance web designer and content manager at the NHL university in Leeuwarden.


12. Sam Frysteen

Name: Sam Frysteen
Location: Australia
Comments: Just a random shot I took of myself a year or so ago that has become my fave pic of me.
Technique: Guess work and Photoshop (was in my early days of taking photos and no one else would stand still for me)


13. Harley Alexander

Name: Harley Alexander
Location: Jervis Bay
Bio: I’m a 16 year old web designer from Australia who loves WordPress.
Technique: Photoshop
Twitter: @baffleinc


14. Abby Graham

Name: Abby Graham


15. Marlon Cureg

Name: Marlon Cureg
Location: Muscat, Oman
Bio: I works as a web and graphic designer. I love to do photo and video editing. I spent almost 4 years abusing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere.
Twitter: @kulotz


16. Alysia Robertson

Name: Alysia Robertson
Comments: Yes, the car was moving. Yes, on the freeway. The angle even confused my 10-year old daughter who asked, “So…how exactly did you take this picture?”
Technique: Changed my lip color, blur layer, half tone layer, burn and dodge on eyes, a few other fancy smancy layers and, ta-da
Twitter: @AlysiaRobertson


17. Tiago Castro

Name: Tiago Castro
Location: Portugal
Technique: PS edited


18. Bogdan Sandu

Name: Bogdan Sandu
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Bio: A young web designer from the city that was once called “the new Paris”
Twitter: @boogiesbc


19. Silvino González Morales

Name: Silvino González Morales
Location: Bogotá, Colombia, South America
Comments: Self portrait playing with the gesture like an expressive tool and the face textures.
Technique: Digital photography
Twitter: @yourmung


20. Michael Distras

Name: Mike Distras
Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire – UK
Comments: Used this opportunity to actually take a photo of myself… And I normally have brown eyes so I liked this edited version!
Technique: Shot with Nikon D80 + 2 SB600’s, levels darkend, burned edges, sharpened, skin slightly softened, converted to B+W and colour added to eyes.


21. Damian Leung

Name: Damian Leung
Location: Belgium
Bio: Photographile & web beginner
Technique: Dragan effect gone completely wrong…
Website: (not up yet)


22. Drea

Name: Drea
Location: San Francisco
Technique: Photo Booth (?) and playing around with the settings. I’m sorry, I don’t really have a technique…
Twitter: @dreah


23. Sara Rutledge

Name: Sara Rutledge
Location: Cape Cod Mass.
Bio: I am a student at Emmanuel College in Boston, Ma. I am a sophomore studying graphic design.
Technique: I took this picture with a 35mm camera using black and white film.
Twitter: @sararut


24. Lars Welter

Name: Lars Welter
Location: Germany (but the Photo was taken in Norway near Oslo)
Bio: I study social sciences and computer science at the the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Technique: As you can see I don’t used Photoshop that much, but I still like the shot and the light of the picture.


25. Shane Gillies

Name: Shane Gillies
Location: Colorado, backyard
Bio: I am a freelance print and web designer… and budding photographer. I enjoy capturing the real and natural side of life and applying that to design pieces of various mediums.
Comments: Shot with a Canon XSi in RAW format. Also I added some warmth to the photo and a crinkled paper overlay. I call this image: Roughly Pondering
Twitter: shanegillies


26. Katerina Skotalova

Name: Katerina Skotalova
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Bio: Web developer
Comments: I am not a photographer and I am shy to take my picture. I like playing with light.
Twitter: @pigcore


27. Alejandra Maria Maldonado

Name: Alejandra Maria Maldonado
Location: Tegucigalpa. Honduras
Bio: 26 years old, architect, and I love art in any of its ways.
Technique: Just a black and white picture.
Twitter: @alemarie04


28. Adam Laki

Name: Adam Laki
Location: Hungary
Bio: I’m 18 years old beginner photographer.
Comments: who am I?
Technique: Lomography


29. IgnasU

Name: IgnasU
Location: Lithuania
Comments: First self portrait ever. I like that sweater :)
Technique: Canon 350D, Photoshop
Twitter: ignasu


30. Michel Samucha Testmann

Name: Michel Samucha Testmann
Location: Copenhagen
Comments: Taken with photobooth. Photo: “Glasses”
Technique: Contrast, Contrast, Contrast. Added exposure, brightness, layer masks, blur, sharpness.


31. Chris Everett

Name: Chris Everett
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Bio: Art Director with extensive experience in leadership of teams specializing in prepress, and production of images for print and online publishing.
Comments: I’ve always liked the spontaneity of those photo machines that dispense the strip of four images – I originally pictured these as a vertical strip but rearranged it for the purpose of this challenge. Print production constitutes the majority of my experience so it was natural for me to think of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (CMYK) for the image backgrounds.
Technique: I took a bunch of photographs of myself, selected four, and then used some standard Photoshop methods to color the backgrounds. Nothing too fancy here.


32. Paul Straetmans

Name: Paul Straetmans
Location: Kakadu International Park – Aboriginal Lookout, Australia
Bio: My name is Paul Straetmans, 22 years old. I am Dutch multimedia designer who graduated at the Avans University in Breda. Direction Communication & Multimedia Design. At the moment I live in Melbourne where I’m trying to extend my CV and get more experienced.
Comments: Photo was taken while traveling through Australia with a Canon 350D with a plain Canon 18-55 lens. The photo was way too bright so I retouched the photo with Photoshop.
Technique: To create better colours I used the Levels Tool and to create the clouds (there were no clouds there at the moment – It was smoking hot on these rocks!) I used the cloud brushes from Blazter.


33. Elizabeth Gordon

Name: Elizabeth Gordon
Location: Milton Keynes, UK
Bio: Photographic Artist
Comments: Untitled
Technique: Canon 300D
Twitter: @shutterBetty


34. Steve Varndell

Name: Steve Varndell
Location: Birmingham
Bio: West Midlands based artist/designer, studied at BCU.
Technique: Digital photograph, illustrated in Inkscape, fiddled with in Photoshop.
Twitter: svarndell


35. Sjoerd Dijkstra

Name: Sjoerd Dijkstra
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Twitter: @sjoerddeknoert


36. Agata

Name: Agata
Location: The Netherlands
Comments: I had to lay on a cold stone to take this picture :)


37. Kelly Latimer

Name: Kelly Latimer
Location: Singapore/Melbourne
Bio: TV/Event Host & Vocal Talent – A recent media graduate with a taste for all things mac-related. Born of two worlds with nowhere but everywhere to call home.
Comments: This photo of myself with my Boy was taken to prove that love conquers all… Even gale-force winds.
Technique: Canon Ixus 80IS, edited in Photoshop with desaturation, colour boost and increased contrast.
Twitter: @kellylatimer


38. Lubomir Ruska

Name: Lubomir Ruska
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Bio: Ultimate alien ass kicker from outer space :)
Comments: This photo is made from a very low quality cellphone photo.
Technique: Too many steps and filters to remember, heh.


39. Aniek Velthuizen

Name: Aniek Velthuizen
Location: Rotterdam
Twitter: @aniekv


40. Otakar Libra

Name: Otakar Libra
Location: Prague, Czech republic
Technique: Ordinary self-portrait made with one remotely triggered flash :-))


41. Removed at owner’s request



42. Ramon Thompson

Name: Ramon Thompson
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Technique: 1 Speedlite through a white shoot-thru umbrella, in front of a white wall. Canon Eos 40D.


43. Walt Gordon Jones

Name: Walt Gordon Jones
Seattle, US
Technique: Tripod and handheld electronic remote. (Look closely!)
Twitter: @waltjones


44. Shannon Fera

Name: Shannon Fera
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Bio: Freelance Philosopher, M.A. East/West Comparative Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Technique: Casio ExElim, Edited in Picasa


45. Alessio Calvo

Name: Alessio Calvo
Location: Rome, Italy
Bio: I am a Graphic Designer, current studying to expand my knowledges. I love all form of visual arts and music.
Comments: White and black are two colors that I favor. Thanks to these colors I can obtain the maximum expression of shadows and lights which is why I chose to photograph my photos in this color mode.
Twitter: alessiocalvo


46. MrGreen

Name: MrGreen
Location: My home office’s window
Bio: I’m a web designer. I’m addicted to graphic design whether it’s online or offline, music, movies and … coffee.
Comments: I used the evening light to take this pic. Put your camera out the window, and point inside. Use a remote if you have it.
Technique: f 50mm, 1/30, f 2.8 (wide open, for a blur background) using natural light. Some Lightroom processing. No Photoshop.
Twitter: PtitBen (I don’t accept massive followers)


47. John Oliver

Name: John Oliver
Location: UK
Bio: I am a web and graphic designer


48. Dawid Dziurdzia

Name: Dawid Dziurdzia
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Bio: Graphic / Flash Designer
Comments: I have always been interested in designing something new.
Technique: Adobe Photoshop, Blender

Which ones are your favorites? What other design challenges would you like to partake in?

  • Lukerative

    Ha, number 5. Christof Flachsmann is my fave. Brilliant! :)

    • flachsi

      thanks! :) Curly hair are great for self portraits…

  • Marco Sousa

    Agata (36) has a really nice portrait :]

  • xea

    Cool post! Congratulations

  • Rizal

    Damn, I forgot to submit my photo.
    btw, i like Andy Widodo’s 2nd photo.
    It’s really impressing his characteristic :D

  • kulot

    wow, a huge entry we got here

  • Francisco

    I love the number 33. Elizabeth Gordonlike, it’s very natural and I liked the number 17. Tiago Castro too.

  • lars

    Thank you that I’m in!
    My favorites are: 17, 23, 30, 36
    (but its quite difficult to decide because nearly all portraits are really good)

    I would like to have another Photoshop Contest (with given pictures or Text that have to be in the image.)

  • Gavin Weeks

    Some positively inspiring portraits.

  • cssah

    wowwwww,thanks for this collection

  • Mike Distras

    Some absolutely great entries here. Especially like the expression on the very last entry.
    And happy to see my eyes on here! :D

    Bring on more challenges!!

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  • Bryan

    Aniek Velthuizen is the most original! Congratz!

  • Yorick Peterse

    Too bad I missed the challenge :) There are quite a few nice photos, but some of could have been done way better..

  • Admin4Money

    Good Design

  • John Oliver

    I like 16 for originality. I did submit my own but it doesnt seem to have been included :(

    I’d add it as my Avtar for this site – but I have not idea how to do it!

    • Carlos MV

      google for “gravatar”

  • Brian

    I like the effects Mr. Silva (10) and, especially, Mr. Gillies (25) added to their photos. Aside from many of the photos which look professionally composed, there are a number which are merely “snapshot-esque” – those don’t really impress. Adding the elements of texture and tone without going too overboard is a nice touch. 25 uses a more interesting crop and background than 10 which could have benefited from some cutting or staging adjustments. Still, good job!

  • DawiD D

    I really like blurry effect in Bogdan,s Sandu (18) portrait

  • Agata

    What a surprise! Thanks for adding me! Some great self portraits collection :) Greetings!

  • Chris Everett

    Once again, thank you for this challenge! The diversity of the submissions is wonderful and many are truly inspiring. Several of them really caught my eye as I scrolled through the images.

    My very favorite (aside from my own, of course) is:
    16. Alysia Robertson (it has cinematic quality – absolutely wonderful!)

    Other eye-catchers (with brief comment):
    4. Matt Swan (visually interesting)
    5. Christof Flachsmann (hilarious)
    33. Elizabeth Gordon (1st image – joyous)
    39. Aniek Velthuizen (excellent craftsmanship)
    44. Shannon Fera (striking – reminded me of a CSI crime scene)
    46. MrGreen (made me smile)

    Good job, everyone!

    • Alysia Robertson

      Thanks for the kudos, Chris! Made my day.

      -#16 :)

  • David Silva

    Wow… some really nice self portraits. I’m having trouble deciding which is my favorite, but I really like…

    34. Steve Varndell
    38. Lubomir Ruska

    btw… I am #10 on this list and my Twitter ID should be @_davidsilva if anyone wants to follow me. The account that it is currently linking to is NOT me… its somebody else with the same name and similar Twitter ID.

    • Walter

      I corrected that, sorry for the spelling error and congrats on the portrait.

  • motivemedia

    Where is mine? ;(

    Most didn’t follow size requirements.

    32, 34, 36, 39, 12, 47. Some of my favorites.

    • Walter


      Not every submission ‘made it’ into this list, however, I don’t remember seeing a submission with your name or email address. Maybe it got lost?

      Please send it again and it may be added later.



  • Tiago Castro

    Interesting contest, never expected to appear thou… My fav are:

    36. Agata
    26. Katerina Skotalova
    45. Alessio Calvo

    • Walter

      Of course you made it – it’s a stunning photo – how did you achieve the effect on top? :)

      • Tiago Castro

        if your referring o the white lights its like a texture… thx ^-^

  • Rafael Braga

    Really nice … a nice camera e some inspiration ..

  • Benjamin Homan

    36. Agata. Well done.

  • Walt Gordon jones

    The quality and diversity are wonderful.

    #9 Szabo
    #12 Sam
    #16 Alysia
    #29 IgnasU
    #33 Elizabeth
    #40 Okatar

    Cheers all!

    • Alysia Robertson

      Thank you, Walt.

  • Sam Frysteen

    Thanks for the kind words Walt and Motivemedia.

  • Monika Halim

    Great self portraits! Very inspiring indeed.
    My fave are Elizabeth Gordon (33) and Sam Frysteen (12)

    Oh, I spotted a wrong link at Elizabeth Gordon’s website, you might want to check the link again.

    • Walter

      Thanks for spotting that, it’s now been corrected.

  • Carlos MV

    my fav is #39. Aniek Velthuizen.

  • Aniek

    Thanks for liking my portrait! =D

    • Carlos MV

      no prob… your portrait catched my eyes above the rest :D

  • Aniek

    I like…
    #12 : nice light & the expression
    #16 : the setting and the shadows
    #36 : the “black&white / color” style and ofcourse the nice street!

    • Agata

      Thank you Aniek :) It was actually a huge stone in the park…but still…had to lay down ;)

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  • nold

    I forgot to pass
    nice design and technique it creates a good drama effect..

  • Alysia Robertson

    Paul #32-your clouds are awesome. The whole setting looks surreal in a realistic-type-of-way.

  • Disappointed

    Wow – this post was disappointing. I was not impressed with many of them. Some are fantastic (1, 24, 29, 32, 36, 41, and 46), but most of the others are either very abstract and dark. I really was disappointed with #2 (cigarette) – I mean, really? Does that look inviting and inspiring? Nope. Looks like cheap stock photo used on a drug prevention website.

    Where are the real smiles? For some reason, “glum” is in.

    Where is “inspiration” going? Where are the bright ideas and bright imagery?? Seems to me like we’re going into the dark ages.

  • Paul Straetmans

    Thanks for the compliment Alysia and ‘Disappointed :)

    I really liked Agatas portrait. Good composition and nice colours on the leafs!

  • Real-Visuals

    Nice info,
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Nora Reed

    These look pretty interesting. It is hard to capture your own essence on camera, so i think that the most challenging part is setting up a shot and deciding what would explain your personality best in the form of a photo.


    A collage of the selfportraits

  • Ares Vista

    Flaschman’s is freakin’ hilarious!

  • aish

    i think the best self portrait is the one by tiago castro. but it would look wayyy… cooler if there was mold instead of the white thingies. cause when u think of black u immediately think of white but if there’s green with the black it would catch more attention. one thing i always fail to understand is why do people take pictures of themselves or paint themselves on the canvas when they’re asked to make self potraits. it seems like it’s more of a physical potrait but it dosent always tell anythin bout the real u. so yeah whatever.. still good one’s guyz!

  • adam

    some of them are amazing :)

    This one should be on this list:

  • Randi

    Great stuff :-) wish i knew about it so i could have entered… i have tons of self portraits since i am doing a 365 day self portrait project :-)like this one:
    and everyone’s favorite:

  • Domain Names

    Love the ipod one, and the half perm / curly hair :D

  • Email Newsletter Programs

    Weird and Wonderful – some very creative efforts – love it!

  • eBooks for sale

    Great inspiration for my own – now where did I put my camera..?

  • Web Design Bucuresti

    seams to be a very good coach