Weekend Design Challenge: Self Portrait

ScreenshotAfter reviewing your feedback on last week’s photomontage design challenge and knowing that you truly enjoyed the experience, I think it’s time for another great design challenge…

Do you recognize the picture on the left? That’s Sharbat Gula, an Afghan woman whose photo became the world’s most famous portrait after appearing on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1985.

In this week’s challenge, we’re concentrating on self portraits, having just covered this in today’s article: How to Take Excellent Portrait Photos

Will you possibly be the face of the next world famous portrait? You certainly have the power to do it! Are you ready for the challenge? Go grab your camera and get ready for some serious fun!



Create a unique self portrait. You can use any style or technique that you wish as long as you’re featured in the photo in some shape or form. Photos can be edited and manipulated in any way you want.



For examples and techniques, please refer to our article: How to Take Excellent Portrait Photos



  • Image must be a maximum of 615px x 615px at 72dpi in JPEG format (up to 150kb).
  • The photo must be a self portrait and include a photo of yourself in some shape or form
  • You may edit your photo in any way using photo editing software, such as Photoshop
  • Email your image and the information below before Tuesday, April 28th
  • Please format your email like this:

Comments: (optional)
Technique: (optional)
Website: (optional)
Blog: (optional)
Twitter: (optional)


What’s in it for you?

This is another great opportunity to get the word out about yourself and your work through WDD. Consider this opportunity as a chance to have fun, practice what you have learned and to showcase your abilities at the same time.

A selection of the best works sent to us will be posted here on Tuesday. Good luck to everyone and have a wonderful weekend!

  • http://www.marcofolio.net/ Marco

    Could be a pretty interesting contest!

    You actually should add something that MUST be included in the picture; Otherwise people will submit “older” self portraits, just to get featured here ;) .

    Keep up the good work!

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      I’m hoping I’ll get new submissions, but it’s impossible for me to assess whether these are new or old, however, I hope they are.

  • http://baffleinc.com/ Harley Alexander

    I agree with Marco, I already know the portrait I’m putting up :P

  • http://www.zeno.ro Zeno

    OK, want to e-mail … question is where?
    I might be technologically impaired but I cannot find an e-mail address anywhere :)


    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com Walter

      Sorry Zeno, I missed the obvious, it’s now up there. In any case it’s info [at] webdesignerdepot.com

  • http://wind-flowers.net/ asato
  • http://kandyloo.blogspot.com kandyloo

    Yes ! pretty cool challenge ! :)
    and can we send many pictures or only one ?

  • http://www.smashandpeas.com/ Lee Milthorpe

    Can’t say no to a good old challenge :)

    What email address do we send entries to?

  • http://www.paulsummitt.com paul

    Any content restrictions?

  • http://oncoding.net oc

    I will have a try!
    Need sth different in this cold spring…

  • http://www.loriskumo.com Kumo

    I agree, I submited an “old” portrait. I’s only a few weeks old, I figure it’s Ok lol…

  • http://motivem.com motivemedia

    I’m in!

  • http://frysteen.com.au Sam

    I am in too… and yes, I too used an old fav pic of myself.

    For those who are having trouble finding the email link, there is an email link in the REQUIREMENTS section at the top (just click the word “email”).

  • http://www.samacreation.com sama creation

    I will have a try!

  • Matt

    The email is a hyper link in the rules it says Email. I have the perfect pic. no editing needed.

  • http://www.distrasdesigns.com Mike Distras

    I NEVER take photos of myself!
    But I did purely for this. Im pretty damn happy with my result.

  • http://chriseverettonline.com Chris Everett

    As you can see from my avatar, I don’t have any recent photos. Actually, that’s the last decent picture I have and it’s been all downhill since then. It;s a good thing I love a challenge… LOL!

    Regards, Chris

  • Paul Straetmans

    First time to participate at a Design Challenge:) I’ve used a recent picture taken while I was traveling in Australia.

  • http://www.pixelstudioworks.com/ KAMAL

    It’s a good chance for improve skills…

    i will use this chance.

    Thanks a lot. (:

  • http://www.benjamin-franck.com Ben

    The meta-data should be included in the file, and show that the pic was taken during between friday and monday evening.


    To avoid people putting old portraits.
    I had many old nice and fun, and cool portraits … but took a new one, won’t be my best, but wanted to stick to the rules

    : )

  • http://chriseverettonline.com Chris Everett

    I got mine submitted!

    I didn’t add any flames or wings to the image. I hope I don’t get penalized for that. LOL!

    Regards, Chris

  • http://www.benjamin-franck.com Ben

    Hahaha Chris !
    I took the picture and only processed it a bit in lightroom, no photo montage for me neither
    : )

    It won’t be the most original, but I wanted to participate
    : )

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/onemegalone meg

    i’d love to know in advance if you do something like this again… Seems like a fun way to inspire project completion… ;D