$10,000, Feature in Times Square, Robots, Vacation Getaway, MacBook Air + more! Prizes and Goodies for Photo Hack Day Announced

Hey Photo Hack Day attendees, It's the moment you've all been waiting for, the announcement of what the winning apps will receive for this weekends Photo Hack Day! 

As you all know, we're organizing the largest photo hackathon the worlds ever seen, and we're excited to see what will come of it. It'll be held this weekend, August 20th - 21st, at General Assembly in NYC.

To learn more, visit, or click the box below to register! Participating and attending the event is absolutely free!

With the help of our sponsors, we were able to put together a sweet list of prizes for winning, AND non-winning participants. Here are the companies involved, and who to look forward to at the event!

Headline: NASDAQ

Social (Food + Fun): BING

Premium Sponsors: Shutterstock, Bigstock, Mopho, and

Basic Sponsors: Canvas, Etsy, Flickr, Openphoto, Photobucket, Piictu, Pixable, Sincerely, Tracks, Tumblr, and Twilio.


All participants (whether you win or not!) will receive:


API specific prizes (for those who hack on particular APIs) 

The best use of the 500px API will receive :

  • One 16GB iPad2 (500px’s choice)
  • One 16GB iPad2 (judge’s choice)

The best use of any Aviary API will be taking:

  • A VACATION! Roundtrip airfare ($500 JetBlue gift card) to snap photos at your favorite destination!

The best use of the CardThis API will receive:

  • $500 in cold hard cash

The best use of Etsy's API will receive:

The best use of Face's API will receive

  • One 16GB iPad 2 for best hack

Lomography just wants to be awesome and hand out prizes to their top 2 choices!

  • Lomography LOMO LC-A+ camera and film (1st place)
  • Lomography La Sardina for the second favorite (2nd place)

Photojojo will be raffling off:

  • Fisheye, Telephoto, and Marco/Wide Angle Cell Phone Lens Package

Say you decide to use a stock image from Pond5:

  • $25 in credit to each hacker
  • $500 in credit to top hack (Pond5's choice)

The best use of the Shutterstock API will receive:

  • Nikon D3100 (valued at $600)
  • 1-year Shutterstock subscriptions (valued at $2600)

The best use of Sincerely's Ship Library will receive:

The best use of the Twilio API will receive:

  • Additional $500 in Twilio credit
  • 11” MacBook Air for best hack (nice!)

1st place

  • $5000!!! + Your app displayed in Times Square courtesy of NASDAQ!

2nd place

  • $2500!!!

3rd place

  • $1000!!!

People's Choice

  • $1500!!!

And this isn't the end! We're planning to add even more awesomeness to the event with random raffles, prizes, + more.  To stay updated on Photo Hack Day, be sure to follow us on twitter @PhotoHackNYC, or register at!


Developer Contest: Aviary + Zazzle Mashup

On the heels of a successful run for our first ever API contest, we're officially announcing round 2, except this time... we're going big!

That's right, we've joined forces with our friends at Zazzle to host an opportunity for you to get creative with two awesome APIs!

What can you do with our APIs?

Aviary's Effects API allows you to bulk process photos while applying utility filters (crop, resize, watermark, etc) as well as dozens of photo effects like Instant, Toy Camera, Retro, Color Matrix, Bad Ass, and more.

Zazzle's Create-a-Product API allows you to generate a customized product (t-shirts, postage stamps, posters, and more) with dynamic images and text. Imagine your favorite image, sold on anything and everything!

So what's this contest all about?

You'll get to use Aviary's Effects API in conjunction with Zazzle's Create-a-Product API to produce a creative, fun, and powerful app! You're welcome to develop an application with JUST Aviary or Zazzle, but only apps using both APIs will be entered to win the grand prize (see below)!

Bonus* For each user that creates an app incorporating both API's (assuming that you can buy the end product using Zazzle's API), they'll get 15% of the sale, thanks to Zazzle's generous royalty fee program You don't even need to win to get a chance at the revenue stream! To learn more, visit Zazzle's Referrals and Reporting section of their documentation.

What's that? You want even MORE power? Feel free to integrate any other existing API into your Aviary + Zazzle app to add an additional layer of SWEETNESS.


Can't decide what to make? Have no fear, our team of visionary cyborgs have come up with a variety of examples to get your creative juices storming out of your nostrils.

  • A Facebook app that uses friends' photos to add a filtered photo/text to their clothing
  • Upload a photo of yourself, choose from a set of themed stickers (e.g., for a hippie theme use peace signs, hearts, etc. Personalized stickers can be applied using our Feather API), add the “bad-ass” filter (a filter that produces wild colors), apply to your shirt in the photo, and output 9 options before choosing one to make
  • Create your own personalized stamps by uploading photos and using stickers and filters - wedding themed, birthday themed, pics of your dog...
  • Political buttons: upload a photo and use the simplify filter & watermark to make "VOTE FOR" buttons (simplify is great for turning any images into something *simple* enough for product images - see what we did there?)
  • Upload a photo and use the comic book filter to turn the image into a movie poster for an upcoming superhero movie starring whoever you want


On top of being featured and recognized in our Contest Gallery, you’ll have the chance to win:

  • Grand Prize: 1000 Zazzle/Aviary Dollars (500 Zazzle dollars + 500 Aviary dollars. Zazzle dollars can be used to create and purchase anything on Zazzle. Aviary dollars can be used towards any app using the Effects API.)
  • Runner-Up: 700 Zazzle/Aviary Dollars (350 Zazzle Dollars + 350 Aviary dollars)
  • Honorable Mention: 200 Zazzle/Aviary Dollars (100 Zazzle Dollars + 100 Aviary Credits)

*Note: All winners (top three entries) will be showcased in our Contest Gallery, and will receive Aviary and Zazzle t-shirts and stickers.


Deadline to Enter: Tuesday, July 26th, 2011. 11:59 PM PST

Judges: Aviary and Zazzle Staff (Including the CEO's and CTO's). Apps will be judged based on technical accomplishment, cleverness, originality, and of course, the value of the application. Bonus points for coming up with something completely unique.

Rules and Submissions: Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, July 26th. To submit an app, please sign up here.

If you have any questions about our Effects API or about this contest, please visit our developer site or Google Group, or send an email to

If you have any questions about Zazzle's Create-a-Product API, please visit their developer site, download their Create-a-Product PDF's (which will head off most issues) or send an email to