Contest Gallery – Photo Contest Plugin for WordPress


Highly configurable photo contest gallery plugin for WordPress.
Create image upload frontend forms.
Create user registration frontend forms.
Create responsive galleries and allow to vote images.

Plugin limitations

  • Since 2019: No uploads limitation anymore
  • Since 2019: No registrations limitation anymore
  • (No 100 uploads and 10 registrations limitation anymore)
  • Some options available in PRO version only
  • To have all options available please purchase PRO version for just 39$

Multiple photo contests example

Amazing photo contest for your WordPress page

Normal and registered users gallery

  • Display gallery images of all users
  • User see only his images which were uploaded by the user after registration and login

Four voting types

  • IP recognition
  • Cookie recognition
  • Login session based (create account registration and login)
  • Facebook like button

Drag & Drop image upload form creator

  • Add field types and arrange them
  • Add e-mail field and allow to send confirmation e-mail
  • Available field types: (Input, Textarea, Select, Select Categories, Email, URL, Check agreement, HTML, Simple Captcha, Google reCAPTCHA)
  • Configure subscription e-mail

Drag & Drop user account registration form creator

  • Add field types and arrange them
  • Available field types: (WP-Nickname, WP-Email, WP-Password, WP-Password-Confirm, Input, Textarea, Select, Check agreement, HTML, Simple Captcha, Google reCAPTCHA)
  • Allows membership as „Contest Gallery User“ WordPress role

Create login area

  • Add login area to your website
  • Allow voting only for registered users

Four e-mail types

  • Admin information e-mail when new image is uploaded
  • Activation e-mail to user when his image is activated
  • Confirmation e-mail to a user who uploaded an image to confirm that his e-mail exists
  • Registration confirmation e-mail when user create a new account

Available options

Upload options

  • Automatically activate users images after front-end upload
  • Allow only registered users to upload
  • Restrict front end upload size
  • Maximum upload size in MB
  • Activate bulk upload in front end
  • Maximum number of images for bulk upload
  • Minimum number of images for bulk upload
  • Restrict resolution uploaded images
  • Activate in gallery upload form
  • Forward to another page after upload
  • Confirmation text after upload
  • Inform admin e-mail after upload in frontend

Registration options

  • Confirmation text after registration
  • Confirmation text after e-mail confirmation
  • Confirmation mail options (Addressor, Reply mail, Subject, Mail content)

Login options

  • Forward to another page after login
  • Forward to URL
  • Confirmation text on same site after login
  • Confirmation Text after login

Vote options

  • Allow vote via 1 star rating
  • Allow vote via 5 star rating
  • Reset all votes
  • Reset users votes
  • Reset votes done by administrator
  • Allow vote out of gallery
  • Hide voting until user voted
  • Configure votes amount per user
  • Show only users votes (user see only his votes not the whole rating)
  • Votes in time interval per user
  • Delete votes (Frontend users can delete their votes and give them to another picture.)
  • Vote via Facebook like button

Photo contest end options

  • End photo contest immediately
  • Activate photo contest end time
  • Select last day and time of photo contest

Commenting options

  • Allow comments
  • Allow comment out of gallery
  • Remove written comments

Gallery view options

  • Show EXIF data
  • Add categories widget when categories field in upload form is added
  • Allow full window gallery
  • Number of images per screen (pagination)
  • Allow search for images (Search by fields content, categories or picture name)
  • Allow sort
  • Random sort
  • Random sort button
  • Switch between total different gallery views without site reloading
  • Five different views
  • Real justified Flickr look, customize height
  • Thumb look, define size and margin between thumbs
  • Same amount of pictures in a row look
  • Slider look
  • Blog look

Single image view options

  • View images in a slider
  • View preview in slider
  • Link to original image source
  • Show image on a single page
  • Only gallery view

Supported languages in frontend

  • Englisch
  • Deutsch
  • Dänisch
  • Spain
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Russisch
  • Chinese
  • Slovakian


  • Gallery example
  • Single image view example
  • Mobile view example with information fields
  • Sorting example
  • Five stars voting example


  1. Install as usual way via your wordpress installer, uploading/installing/activating.
  2. Contest Gallery menu point appears on the left site.
  3. Create a new gallery.
  4. After creating you immediately see the two important shortcodes e.g.: [cg_gallery id="1"] and [cg_users_upload id="1"]
  5. You are immediately able to upload images and to create own photo contest user forms
  6. Insert the shortcode [cg_gallery id="1"] in a page. This shortcode shows the gallery in frontend.
  7. Insert the shortcode [cg_users_upload id="1"] in a page. This shortcode shows the the photo contest form in frontend.

Documentation to configure different options: Click here..


Can i approve images before their appear in gallery?

Yes. Right after creating a gallery it’s a standard behavior.
But you can also let appear images right after upload in frontend,
without approving.

I would like to be informed when an image is uploaded.

That’s possible! You can activate to be informed after every frontend upload
and add an email where you like to be informed.

Is it possible to inform a user automatically when his image is activated for contest?

Yes. If the user added his e-mail during uploading his image he will be informed when the image
is activated. He can also receive a link in his mail which leads directly to his image.
Use option „Edit options“ >>> „User mail text“ >>> „Inform users when activate pictures“.

Can i configure e-mal Body text which user receives?

Yes. You can configure Addressor, Reply mail, Cc mail, Bcc mail, Subject and Body text.
You can also insert a link in the mail Body text which will lead directly to his image.

Am i able to use WordPress repository for adding images to gallery?

Yes. You can use wordpress repository in for uploading images and adding them to gallery.
In frontend uploaded images appears also in WordPress repository and in gallery.

Can i upload more then one image?

Yes. As default you can upload as many images as you want in backend.
Default in frontend is one image per upload. But you can can reconfigure
an amout you like. So you are also able to upload multiple images during one upload in frontend.

Can i sort to gallery added images?

Yes. You can sort images by moving with mouse over image block,
holding left mouse button and moving the block to direction you like.

How can enable forwarding to extern URL by clicking on image?

First of all you have to define an URL field in „Edit upload form“ options.
Then a link to extern URL appears at a single image view.
Additionally you are able to forward directly to extern url by clicking on image.
This configuration is available in „Edit options“ >>> „Gallery Options“ >>> „Image forwarding options“.

Can i add information to images?

Yes. You decide via upload form which information can be added for every image.
It’s possible to configure which fields should appear single pic view or in slider view.
You can also decide one field which will appear in gallery (multiple pics) view.

What kind of input fields can i add to upload form?

You can add and name a text field, a textarea field for comments, an input field for validating an email
and an „Check agreement“ with an url or text you like. Of course an image upload is always on, it’s a
photo contest plugin 🙂

Can I add Facebook Like button?

Yes. You can activate Fb button and vote every image via Fb button.
Normal (1 or 5 stars) voting and Fb like voting can run simultaneously at one contest.

How many photo contests can i run?

As many you like 🙂

How many photos can i add to gallery?

As many you like 🙂

Can I use this plugin as common gallery plugin?

Yes. You can deactivate voting and comments and have same experience as with a common gallery plugin…
EVEN MORE! An enormous amount of options to configure the look of you gallery and awesome fast slider
lift Contest Gallery off all another gallery plugins that are available today!


22. Oktober 2020
I get that plugin authors need to make money with pro versions. Of course they do. And if you're looking to do a lot of contests, this will probably be worth the $. But if you're just needing something quick for a few contests and want to use the free version, find something else. The most basic, fundamental necessity for a contest is legitimacy. And this is missing. You can't limit votes to one per person, and therefore the results can be easily manipulated by anyone visiting. Therefore it is not a contest, but a game: Who can click the most to win?
9. Oktober 2020
Really easy to install and you can use directly out of the box
19. Juli 2020
This is exactly what I was looking for. I am a novice and not fluent in wordpress. The documentation made it easy. The developer answers emails for help quickly. The price was great!
26. Juni 2020
We just used this awesome plugin for our first photography online contest and it worked very well and since we got the Pro version, the support we have received is outstanding!! I surely recommend for any photography contest since it is very complete and useful.
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  • NEW: Editing available image information fields in frontend when using cg_gallery_user shortcode.


  • FIXED: Commenting opportunity append in „Blog view“ even if commenting is deactivated.
  • FIXED: Not all images might be displayed in backend when using search input for some sorting options.


  • FIXED: Behaviour of five star voting on mobiles might be not precise enough.


  • NEW: Add own icons.
  • NEW: Count of how many images in each category will be shown in frontend.
  • NEW: Five star voting is optimized for mobile devices. Opens a five star overview when clicking on a vote.


  • NEW: Enable/Disable thumbnail navigation option for Slider view.
  • FIXED: isNaN might be shown in voting counter in frontend if switching from five star to one star voting in some cases.


  • NEW: Open „Enable full window button“ and „Enable full screen button“ for „Image view options“.


  • NEW: Open „Blog view“ in full window option when using „Height“, „Thumb“ or „Row“ view.
  • FIXED: Comments count will be duplicated in gallery view after adding a comment.
  • FIXED: Wrong voting count might be shown after voting uploading an image and reloading a page then.
  • FIXED: Buggy behaviour adding or deleting images in user gallery and then reloading the page.
  • FIXED: Not required close button for each blog might appear when opening blog view in full window.


  • NEW: Blog view.
  • NEW: Go up button for all views.
  • NEW: Improved single image scaling.
  • NEW: Improved resizing behaviour all views.
  • NEW: Improved voting processing, voting caching and gallery actualizing behaviour.
  • FIXED: Thumb view sometimes broken when resizing.
  • FIXED: Categories are not shown if all header controls, like search or random sort button are deactivated.


  • FIXED: Sorting by „Custom fields“ in not working.
  • FIXED: Upload button is visible in single view when cg_winner_shortcode was used, what shouldn’t be for cg_winner_shortcode.


  • FIXED: If „Manipulation“ is activated and rating is changed, numbers which are entered in the panel are added with each page refresh for „One star voting“.


  • NEW: „Image view background bright style“ can be found in „Image view options“.


  • NEW: If user is deleted his gallery images and entries will be also deleted or reassigned.
  • NEW: Appearance of gallery improved when changing steps.
  • NEW: Pagination buttons also at the bottom of a gallery now.


  • NEW: Sort by custom fields in backend.
  • FIXED: ui-slider-handle not exactly positioned in slider view.


  • NEW: Sanitisation and validation of $_POST and $_FILES data when image uploading extended.
  • FIXED: Image activation email not properly HTML formatted if activated via backend manually.


  • NEW: „Modify image name frontend upload“ in „Edit options“ >>> „Upload options“.


  • FIXED: Searching for a value in backend did not show all available images in some cases.


  • FIXED: Backend load could fail in some cases.
  • FIXED: Wrong calculation if one star rating is active in some cases.


  • FIXED: Sorting by five star average in backend is not available till at least one vote is done. Otherwise query and images load would fail.


  • NEW: Sorting by average in backend images area.
  • NEW: Show active or show inactive only in backend images area.
  • FIXED: Search by picture id in backend did not work.
  • FIXED: Search for a value in frontend did not work for all content types for pagination with steps.
  • FIXED: Administrator rating manipulation in backend buggy or not saved for frontend.


  • FIXED: If changing only image category then it was not saved for frontend.


  • FIXED: Possible to save save frontend upload form even if resolution of image is lower then restricted in settings.


  • FIXED: Closing full window did not calculate right width for the gallery in some cases.
  • FIXED: Closing full window button did not exist if completely all header options were deactivated.
  • FIXED: Some options could not be saved if other were not activated.
  • FIXED: Activating slider look and only one another look, did not show both looks.


  • FIXED: Not required script tags were generated in frontend for some option cases.


  • FIXED: Uncheck winners in backend has no affect in frontend. Already unchecked winners can be repaired in „Edit options“ >>> „Status and repair“ >>> „Repair frontend“.


  • NEW: Mark images as winner and display winners with cg_gallery_winner shortcode.
  • FIXED: Not all gallery information were displayed in frontend when gallery was copied.
  • FIXED: Wrong calculation if five star voting and „Hide until user voted“ is activated.


  • FIXED: „Enable full window button“ option could not be disabled.


  • NEW: Improved queries backend.
  • FIXED: Wrong voting was displayed when voting again and „Hide until vote“ was activated.


  • NEW: Configure gallery view and image view options for each gallery shortcode.
  • NEW: Prepared for upcomming WordPress version 5.5.
  • FIXED: „Forward directly to original source“ single view option was not working if slider view is first in order.
  • FIXED: Messages could not be clicked away if upload form and gallery shortcodes on same site.


  • NEW: Further condition added in case correction file of broken rating file is broken.


  • NEW: Correction process if rating data of an image could not be process to the end due to high server load.


  • NEW: Extending IP recognition. Further recognition variants added. Message in backend if IP can not be recognized.
  • NEW: If „Show as title in gallery“ is activated for URL field, then field headline will be displayed and forwards to URL if clicked.
  • FIXED: Wrong order in frontend when copying a gallery.


  • FIXED: Remove and correct votes in backend did not work in right way.
  • FIXED: Image descriptions in frontend might disappear in some cases when changing upload form.
  • FIXED: Repair frontend in „Status and repair“ did not repaired image descriptions.


  • FIXED: Year and month can be selected for photo contest start and end time.
  • FIXED: Remove and correct votes did not work.
  • FIXED: Facebook share shown for new added images when „Hide Facebook share button“ is activated. To correct images already this happend uncheck „Hide Facebook share button“ option and save options. Then check „Hide Facebook share button“ again and save options. Reload frontend.


  • FIXED: Data was not saved for frontend in some cases. If some data is not visible in frontend it can be repaired in „Edit options“ >>> „Status and repair“.


  • NEW: Create user account and login user immediately after registration.
  • FIXED: Changing thumb sizes in WordPress >>> Settings >>> Media gallery does not affect frontend conditions for already added images.


  • NEW: Backend completely AJAX now. Faster areas loading.
  • NEW: Improved frontend load for galleries with many images.
  • FIXED: Date picker did not appear in fullscreen in frontend.
  • FIXED: Uploading in frontend did not show new image if a category was checked.
  • FIXED: Copying categories did not work in right way.


  • FIXED: Comments were not displayed in no voting gallery if five star rating and show only user votes were activated.
  • FIXED: If multiple galleries with same id (normal, user, no voting) on same page, show messages did not appear in full window.


  • FIXED: Date field was not working in „In gallery form“.
  • FIXED: Datepicker was visible at the bottom of the page when cg_users_upload shortcode was used.


  • NEW: Date time field for upload forms.
  • FIXED: Unnecessary jumping to top when navigating in slider view.


  • NEW: Active images count when categories exist in backend.
  • NEW: Precreated categories when new gallery is created.
  • FIXED: Category widget might be hidden in some cases when saving options.
  • FIXED: Show as HTML title attribute in gallery did not work for category field.


  • FIXED: Categories could not be changed after update


  • NEW: 50 images can be displayed now in backend if max input vars is 2000 or higher.
  • FIXED: Uploaded images over user gallery or gallery with now voting and in gallery form did not appear right after upload. Only after page reload.


  • NEW: Failed mailing will be logged now in „Corrections and Improvements“ area.


  • NEW: „Show categories unchecked on page load“ option.
  • FIXED: Create data CSV showed exported data displaced if URL or Facebook fields were active.
  • FIXED: „Show as HTML title attribute in gallery“ fields option did not work in some cases.


  • NEW: Improved slider performance. Works smoothly with many images now. Will be opened fast with many images now.
  • FIXED: Draggable elements in backend were not draggable on mobile devices.


  • FIXED: Registry and login might not worked for some WordPress installations.


  • NEW: Option to repair gallery if not activated images are visible in frontend in „Corrections and Improvements“ area.
  • FIXED: „In gallery upload form“ can handle higher upload size now. Not necessary data was send before.


  • NEW: Allow sort options. Select which sort options should be available in frontend.


  • NEW: Limit uploads by IP or cookie.
  • FIXED: Search was not working in frontend in some cases.


  • FIXED: Unnecessary do no manipulate upload form message if field was not required an min amount of characters was set.
  • FIXED: To much height for single image view container if switch was done from slider view to any other view back.


  • NEW: Export votes function available in „Show votes“ for every image.
  • FIXED: Min and max amount of characters were no validated if field was not set as required.


  • NEW: Facebook share button title and description upload form fields.


  • NEW: Edit Facebook pages title and description.
  • FIXED: Registry form did not checked if nickname or email already exists before submitting.
  • FIXED: Appearence of five stars details in slider view in full window at top cutted. Now appears at top of rating.
  • FIXED: In gallery upload form not as wide anymore on wide window sizes.


  • NEW: Preselect sort order.
  • FIXED: No background color opacity 0 for upload frame, full window or full screen in some cases.


  • NEW: Higher scaling in slider view for big monitors.
  • NEW: User IP of uploaded image will be also exported now in „Create data CSV“ now.
  • FIXED: Not required margin right in mobile devices removed.
  • FIXED: One star rating does not disappear anymore in row view with more then two images per row and low view width.


  • FIXED: High width images in high size views were still cropped a bit in single view.
  • FIXED: Vote self-added pictures now difference between IP and registered users block.
  • FIXED: Activating check cookie processing when page reload was not done before.


  • NEW: Enter full window button and handling.
  • FIXED: High width images were cropped in single view.
  • FIXED: Very large 5 stars progress bars in Edge or Internet Explorer.
  • FIXED: Not required files removed.


  • FIXED: Finished AJAX requests were not processed in some cases.
  • FIXED: Show meta image title by hovering as default, if „Show as HTML title attribute in gallery“ in „Edit upload form“ is not configured.
  • FIXED: Gallery functionality might suddenly stop in some cases.


  • NEW: „Show upload form again after upload“ option for cg_users_upload shortcode.
  • NEW: Refresh upload form button in „In gallery upload form“ after upload.
  • NEW: Minimize „In gallery upload form“ when uploading.
  • FIXED: Facebook button overlay when used in gallery view.

Full updates history can be found in changelog.txt in plugins directory.