How to win the Creatively Squared weekly challenge

Want to know how to win awesome prizes and get featured by Creatively Squared? We have covered the basics on our Community page of the website on how to enter an image in our challenge. This week we are going to break it down for you in more detail and give you the inside scoop on what our sponsors are looking for when they choose a weekly winner.

Creatively Squared thrives on creativity and community. We love seeing images from seriously awesome stylists just as much we love seeing images from those who might feel a bit self-conscious and are entering for the first time. Everyone has to start somewhere and we are aiming to create a fun and supportive space where you can develop your skills and keep creating better images every week. We love to be inspired and we love to inspire. We are all about giving it a go!

So how do you know you are entering the right type of image?

  • Firstly, it is totally up to you what you enter.
  • Your interpretation of the weekly theme will never be wrong. It is YOUR interpretation.
  • Your choice of items in your image will never be wrong. After all, it is YOUR image.

Your entries don't need to be shot on an expensive camera, or have you spend hours editing them, we just want you to enjoy what you are doing and never feel like your images are not as pretty, as perfect or as 'in vogue' as others, or that you need to copy others to win a prize. 

However, as a community based around creativity and styling, it is the way the image is taken that may be hampering your chances of a weekly win. Our sponsors simply want to see that you have put thought into the weekly theme and are conveying that concept in a visual and creative way. 

Anything goes and we welcome any contribution to our challenge but if you want to take that prize you will need to demonstrate that you have actively created and composed the image yourself. Creatively Squared is based on STYLED IMAGES. This means that no matter what your theme or subject is, you have carefully arranged your elements into something you find appealing, rather than simply taking a snapshot of a place or an item that already exists. Confused?

Here are a few examples in pictures.

animals and pets

Unstyled image by @rebelchallenger

Unstyled image by @rebelchallenger

Creatively styled image by @rebelchallenger

Creatively styled image by @rebelchallenger

nature

Unstyled image by @underthekowhai

Unstyled image by @underthekowhai

Styled creative image by @underthekowhai

Styled creative image by @underthekowhai

Family fun

Photo by @the_hollytree

Photo by @the_hollytree

Creatively styled winning image by @the_hollytree

Creatively styled winning image by @the_hollytree

Photo by @underthekowhai

Photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

interiors and decor

Photo by @underthekowhai

Photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

Photo by @underthekowhai

Photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

Creatively styled photo by @underthekowhai

So now that you have seen some visual examples, here are a few more things to think about when creating your challenge entry:

  • Concept - What is the idea or story behind the image I am entering and how does it relate to the challenge theme
  • Create - What is the most creative way I can interpret this theme, is it a literal translation or can I think outside the box and experiment with new ideas
  • Curate - How can I tweak or refine this image so that it clearly communicates my interpretation of the theme and is a pure representation of my own style and creativity

Remember that although we are asking you to challenge yourself and to experiment with new ideas it is important to always be true to yourself and your own aesthetic. Creativity is completely subjective and you should never be afraid to enter something that you have put your heart into creating.

Still stuck for ideas? Why not ask your kids for help! Creating with kids: Turning Creatively Squared challenges into a family activity

Note - Each week is a fresh start and with a new theme and sponsor who will be looking for different things during their challenge. Our sponsors choose the winners themselves each round and the outcome of previous challenges are not taken into consideration. The Creatively Squared Team do not have any influence over the winners selection.