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 Only the contestant should be in the photo, and masking your holiday flirt, boyfriend or buddy won’t help you!
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.