Photo Contest: Giving Away 10 Portfolio Upgrades on 500px


500px is sponsoring us for the next week and a half to promote its new Portfolios, which we covered back in early April. As part of the partnership, we’re running a photo contest for the next 10 days in which 10 people will have their accounts upgraded to the new portfolio system.

Before we get into how you can enter the contest, we’ll do a quick introduction to how the new system works.

The creation process comprises three steps: selection, design, and customization. You start off by selecting “your very best” photographs to include in the portfolio:


Next, you’re asked to choose a theme. There are a number of pre-made themes for your to choose from:


You can tweak and customize pre-made themes to your liking, but if you’d like to make your own theme completely from scratch, there’s also a Portfolio Developer system you can apply for.

The last step is customization. There’s a new Theme Editor that lets you adjust many of the aspects of your Portfolio page through a simple user interface consisting of text boxes and sliders:


There are many different options for customizing the page:


If you’re comfortable with working in HTML, you can edit the look and feel of your portfolio directly at the scripting level:


It took us about 5 minutes to turn a selection of photographs into a portfolio, which you can check out for yourself at


Want to get started with creating your own photography portfolio through 500px? As we mentioned earlier, 500px is giving away 10 Portfolio upgrades, and we’re holding a photo contest to choose the winners.

From now until May 24th, 2013, you can enter the contest by simply uploading your photos to 500px with the tag #PetaPixel. You can find all the entries here.

Once the contest ends at noon EST on May 24th, 2013, 500px will select the 10 best photographs. They’ll be announced here, and the owners’ accounts will be upgraded! Good look!

  • Jim Hofman

    One year upgrade or perpetual? I’d hate to put the work into it and then get downgraded or hit-up for $$$ in a year. Any fine printing I’m missing?

  • etothej

    Very nice giveaway! I posted my picture as soon as I saw this :)

  • harumph

    We can tag as many photos as we want?

  • A_Lwin

    “From now until May 15th, 2013…” So the last day for entering was May 15th, yesterday?

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for bringing this typo to our attention :) Sorry about that!

  • R

    Can i tag photos that are already present on my photo stream?

  • Ruby Rasa

    I agree with Jim – where’s the fine print please? Limit on number of entries? Can we tag photos that were already in our 500px photostreams? Is it the 10 best photographs or photographers (what if all 10 are by the same person)? Is it purely based on judges’ decision or does public voting have anything to do with it (as is implied by the automatic sorting of images by vote)? What is the prize worth anyway? Much as I hate to say it, I think you need to offer up some legalese. Thanks!

  • harumph

    That looks like what everyone is already doing anyway. Unless they want to change the rules midstream, it looks like you can enter as many as you want and you can tag photos that have already been posted prior to the 15th.

  • Cesar Zapata

    the portfolio looks great! I really like the idea that you can edit the HTML.

  • Jeffrey R Farmer

    Forgive my ignorance, but how do you “tag” your image?

  • Ruby Rasa

    When you upload them to 500px, you are asked to enter information such as location, description, etc. You also have the option at that point of adding key words (tags) to help people find your image. Ignore the # symbol they listed above – just add PetaPixel as one of your key words and save.

  • Jeffrey R Farmer