PhotoContest Plugin

This plugin automatically turns a WordPress-page into a photo contest.

Author:Frank van der Stad (profile at
WordPress version required:2.7
WordPress version tested:3.0.5
Plugin version:1.5.6
Added to WordPress repository:16-10-2009
Last updated:11-03-2011
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Total downloads:24 499
Active installs:100+
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  • From version 1.3.5 and higher, the auto-upgrading should work. If the restore fails, copy the upgrade/wp-photocontest_[date]/* to the plugins/wp-photocontest. Note: The following directories need write permission for the updater AND the user apache runs under:
    • /wp-content/upgrade
    • /wp-content/plugins
    • /wp-content/plugins/wp-photocontest
    • /wp-content/plugins/wp-photocontest/*
  • If the contest doesn't work after the upgrade, please use the "Force database upgrade!" link in the setting page!


This plugin permits you to create a 'voting for photos-contest' from the WordPress admin panel Subscribed users can uploads photos and everyone else can vote for the uploaded photos.

When creating a contest, you can set the voting period, the period uploaders can upload photos and you can set the maximum number of photos per user.

This plugin will create a WordPress page with all the necessary links to handle the uploading, voting and subscribing to your blog.


  • Simple form to create, edit and delete a contest in the WordPress Admin panel
  • Active/Deactivate photos in the WordPress Admin panel
  • View vote-details for each photo in the WordPress Admin panel
  • Sidemenu 'PhotoContest' in the WordPress Admin panel
  • Autocreate small, medium, large and user defined thumbnails on the upload
  • Check for a human voter (with captcha). The voter is identified with cookie
  • Sends mail to admin when a upload occurs in the contest
  • Uploading is permitted to subscribed users only
  • Last uploaded, most viewed and most voted pages
  • Themeable with an template file (See Customization)
  • (new) Uses user details when user is logged in.
  • (new) Improved activate, deactivate, auto-upgrade and uninstall routines.
  • (new) Different options for registering the votes. Option list, star rating or hidden votes.
  • (new) Assign different page/post options for each contest. (group contests on beneath 1 page or add different contest in posts)
  • (new) You can install a widget with the latest photos in you sidebar. (create by -gnom-)
  • (new) To prevent dummy-voting, you can now ask the voter to confirm the vote by email


The plugin provides a config entry in wp-photocontest-config.php file to skins the pages created by WP-PhotoContest. This entry points to a directory underneath the 'skins' directory. This directory must contain the following files:

  • template.tpl : This file is used as template for the pages created by WP-PhotoContest (*)
  • theme.css : This stylesheet is used for styling the pages created by WP-PhotoContest

To create a new skin, you can copy the aqua directory in the directory 'skins' into and other directory and edit as aproperiate. Then change the 'CONTESTS_SKIN' contant in wp-photocontest-config.php file.

(*) Important: When using a theme, you need to copy page.php or index.php to template.tpl and replace "The_Loop" with [WP-PHOTOCONTEST CONTENT]. See for more information: ''

There needs to be a class called 'content_wppc'. The contest will be placed in the HTML-tag with this class.