Pictures are important. These days even more so than just a few years ago. We’ve all taken a billion selfies and posted them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on. While selfies are fun and all that, there’s even that cool Selfie-song that we all pretend we don’t know, selfies isn’t your best foot forward when competing for the Mr Gay Europe title.

Cool and fun selfies have their time and place, but it’s not what people are looking for when they’re looking to place their vote with one of the delegates. Those who vote only have that one vote they can use, and you want them to use their one vote on you!

So what does it take to get that vote from someone else other than your mother or sister or best friend? This is where our tips come in handy. After all, we’ve done this for a few years now, and we’ve seen what kind of photos get the most votes, and what kind barely scrape by on the voting poll.


First you have to make sure your face is sharp and in focus! Blurry might be a cool effect on social media, not when you need those votes to have a chance to win.

Second, try to keep that background tidy and plain. Unless you have a photographer who knows what they’re doing and know how to blur out the background while keeping you in focus, find a background that doesn’t steal the attention away from you.

Third, keep your clothes on! A little bit of skin never hurt anyone, but too much is off-putting and might send those votes to someone else.

Fourth, look into the camera. Eye contact with the camera lens connects you with those voters.

Then for the technical specs. The photos you send in should be approximately 10×15 cm or larger, that’s 600×900 pxl. They should be between 150-300 dpi. If in doubt, use our contact form and ask us! Remember our motto, the only dumb question is the question you don’t ask.

NO Handsome guy, but as long as we can’t see your eyes, this photo will not be approved.
YES Eye contact with the camera, and even if he shows a little skin, it is hardly X-rated.
MAYBE Not the best photo in the world, but this image would be approved, but we have a feeling it won’t get many votes.
YES Eye contact with the camera is really important! Black and white images will also be approved.
YES Okay, so it looks like this guy’s passport photo, but it will do!
YES Here you see a guy who has worked on his look and this guy wants to win. Remember that the voters tend to vote for an image that ”sells”.

NO Only the contestant should be in the photo, and masking your holiday flirt, boyfriend or buddy won’t help you!

NO The voters want to know who they are voting for, the image should be in focus. This would also count as X-rated.

MAYBE Not exactly your average ”sunshine boy”, but if you desire to have a tough, serious, or sensitive look it is really up to you. Just remember to have eye contact with the camera and that the picture should represent you as a contestant representing your country.

NO Probably a fun profile photo for Facebook, but the image should be in focus and show you off from your best side.
NO Save it for Facebook, will ’ya?
MAYBE But try to look straight into the camera (no pun intended) and more importantly, the image is actually of you…
NO Surely a nice holiday photo, but we’d like to see your eyes, and this is not Gaydar so you do not need to be half naked like in this photo…
YES Elaborate hairstyles, tattoos and such should not prevent you from entering the Mr. Gay Europe Competition.
NO Cute smile, but please keep your willy inside your pants. Both in the photo and on stage.
NO Absolutely no eye contact and obscured face.
YES If you desire to make a statement about your profession, or where you stand politically go ahead! Just make sure that we see you too and not only your statement.