Beautiful Hardware

A contest about taking amazing photos of electronics and hardware.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:00 am PST - Tuesday, August 13, 2019 09:00 pm PDT Local time zone:
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We are challenging you to take beautiful pictures of your electronics! Electronics are amazing, everything from components to board designs. In this contest, we’re looking for awesome photos of your work or the world around you that show a perfect balance of beauty and function.

You can find a basic guide to photographing electronics here.


  • PCBs and PCB sculptures
  • Breadboard projects 
  • Circuit Sculptures / freeform circuits
  • De-capped chips 
  • Vintage electronics 
  • Raw components 
  • Cross sections
  • Microscope images 
  • Kits
  • Disassembled commercial products 
  • Visible soft circuits, conductive fabrics or other materials 
  • Very tiny things
  • Mechanical, electrical, or otherwise unique mechanisms or systems of everyday life that are elegantly captured or artistically portrayed with some kind of electrical component present. 

Judging Criteria

Aesthetic: How does it look? Judges will be looking at the colours, composition, and attention to detail.
Function: Can we see the functionality of the circuit, beauty of the object, or interesting implementation? How well does this photo convey the message you want it to convey?
Execution: How well you handled the photography, are the colours you used balanced, is everything in focus that should be?

3 winners of $100 prizes. You must have a Paypal account to receive your award in cash. If you do not, you will receive a $100 code for a Tindie gift certificate.

How to enter: 
Show your beautiful pictures by documenting it as a new project on Once you have published your project, look in the left sidebar for the "Submit project to..." menu in order to enter it in the Beautiful Electronics contest.

Contest: Rules: 

  • Photos must feature electronics or raw electrical components not inside an enclosure or garment unless they are exposed. 
  • Up to 3 photos of a single project may be submitted .
  • No videos or gifs.
  • No overlay text, watermark, or logos on images.
  • All entries will be judged by Hackaday staff.
  • Hackaday Staff, Employees of Supplyframe, Judges or the family of any of the preceding are not eligible to take part in this contest. Everyone is still encouraged to build awesome stuff and show it off.
  • Existing projects, or projects that were entered in previous Hackaday contests but did not win a prize are eligible for submission as entries in this challenge. with the following restrictions:
    • A new project page must be created.
    • The project photos must be significantly different from when previously entered.


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carbono.silicio wrote 6 days ago point

Can we submit more than one project?

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Tim Trzepacz wrote 07/05/2019 at 00:27 point

Does it have to be an actual photo, or is a render ok?

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Lee Wilkins wrote 07/05/2019 at 02:43 point

It has to be a photo. 

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Brian Lough wrote 07/03/2019 at 10:48 point

Can we just give the prize to Greg Davill and save everyone the time?!

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Jan wrote 07/03/2019 at 11:02 point

Uh, that is some quality content. Sexy!

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Brian Lough wrote 07/03/2019 at 11:03 point

Yeah, it's amazing!

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greg davill wrote 07/04/2019 at 01:11 point


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Ian Weber wrote 07/03/2019 at 01:10 point

I might have something on ice that I can break out for this. Bookmarking so I remember to thaw out the idea.

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Jan wrote 07/02/2019 at 19:33 point

Nice! There's looooots of info online on taking good pics of stuff, namely product photography... I did a very basic tutorial with free tools as well: #Perfect product pictures on a budget 


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