Special Effects Photo and Art Contest

Special Effects Photo and Art Contest

Show off your special effects photo editing, graphic design or digital art skills for a chance to win great prizes!

Jan 9th 2018 - Feb 28th 2018 Enter Now

Win great prizes including a Wacom tablet, Amazon gift card and Corel software!

The first and second prize winners will be determined by a panel of judges based on the judging criteria below. The People’s Choice prize will be given to the entry with the highest number of votes as of 11:59pm ET on February 28, 2018.

Judging Criteria

WOW Factor: Does the image grab the viewer’s attention and leave them saying “WOW”?; is it memorable?

Creativity: Does the image use elements that are original; is the content portrayed in a creative way; does the artist make use of creative photo editing, digital art or graphic design techniques or special effects?;

Composition and Layout: Is the visual balance of the image pleasing to the eye, and abiding by the basic principles of design and composition?




Wacom Intuos tablet

PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate


$150 USD Amazon gift card

PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate


PaintShop Pro 2018 Ultimate


Show off your photo editing, graphic design or digital art skills for a chance to win great prizes! We want to see what kind of special effects you can create to enhance your photos and image – composites, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural or any other kind of special effect – the choice is yours!

To enter the contest, you must first create a Discovery Center user account. If you are a returning visitor who had previously created an account on our old contest site, you will need to re-create your account here (you can use the same username and password as your old account, or use new info).

Don’t forget to share your entry so people can vote and comment on your amazing image! To receive email notifications when someone votes or comments on your image, go to your account profile settings to ensure these notifications are enabled.

You must be logged-in to enter the contest.

Here are some things to keep in mind when entering the Special Effects photo and art contest. You can download a PDF copy of the Official Contest Rules for more details.

Make sure your photo or image is under 5 MB, and is in JPEG or PNG format.
You may enter as many times as you like.
You can only vote ONCE for each video, including your own.

Need some help creating your contest entry? The Discovery Center is full of useful photo editing, graphic design and digital art tutorials. Visit our Special Effects theme page to get started.