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File Format of Contest Entries

The default format of contest entry submissions will depend on the required skills of the contest posted.

Refer to this list for details:

  • Design Contests. Entries should be in JPG/JPEG, PNG, or GIF formats with an aspect ratio of 6:4 for easier viewing. Animated GIFs are not supported. Contests with the following required skills are considered Design contests:
    • Advertisement Design
    • Creative Design
    • Game Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Icon Design
    • Illustrator
    • Logo Design
    • Photoshop
    • Website Design
    • User Interface Design
  • Video Contests. Contest participants can submit entries in MOV, MPEG, FLV, MP4, and AVI formats. The following skills determine Video contests:
    • Video Editing
    • Video Production
    • Video Services
    • Videography
  • Text-based Contests. The entries can only be submitted in PDF format. Text-based contests are those with these required skills:
    •  Articles
    • Content Writing
    • Copywriting
    • Editing
    • Ghostwriting
    • Report Writing
    • Research
    • Research Writing (formerly Academic Writing)
    • Technical Writing

The accepted file types on a contest can still be modified by the contest holder after their contest is posted. You may encounter contests that accept all the file types indicated above.

The maximum file size per entry is 250MB. In case you are unsure of what format your entry should be in, you can check the contest description. The information is normally indicated by the contest holder on the Description tab of the contest page like below.


You can also contact the contest holder about their preferences and requirements through the Public Clarification Board. 

When the contest is awarded, the winning designer will need to upload a file in the format that the contest holder requires. 

For example, a contest for a logo design can receive entries in JPEG, PNG or GIF. However, the contest holder needs a JPEG file. Once the contest is awarded, the winner should then upload a JPEG file of his/her entry even if he submitted a PNG or GIF file before. The maximum size of a file that can be uploaded during handover is 200 MB per file.

If the contest holder requests file changes or adjustments after awarding, the winner can still make changes to their submission as stated in this article

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