🎨 Annual Coded Self-Portrait Competition

🎬 2025 Theme: “CodeYourSelf™ – The Storyteller“: Code Yourself Inside Your Favorite Movie, Show, or Storybook.

Have you ever imagined stepping into the world of your favorite movie, TV show, or storybook? Now is your chance to bring that dream to life! For this coded art competition, we invite you to become “The Storyteller” and code a portrait that features yourself as a character within your most cherished narrative.

Along with your self-portrait, provide a brief artist’s statement explaining your choice of story, your character’s role, and why this narrative is meaningful to you. Step into the pages, scenes, and frames of your beloved stories, and let your imagination run wild!

Use the form below to submit your Coded Self-Portrait Project. Make sure to review the rubric and terms & conditions before submitting your project and follow @codeartorg on social media for updates!

Submission Deadline: Feb. 11, 2025








New to Coding?

No problem! We welcome first-timers and are excited that you’re here. Check out our step-by-step tutorial to get started on coding your own self-portrait. In less than an hour, you can have a coded art piece to submit!

Please stop and read before submitting

This competition is for female-identifying or gender non-binary students in grades 3-12. Students must write a computer program to generate their self-portrait using, but not limited to, Processing.js or p5.js and provide a working link to view the artwork and the code.

Submission for this category MUST be a self-portrait to qualify. All design elements MUST be coded. No gifs, jpgs, pngs, images from any software’s image library or other graphic files can be part of your portrait to qualify. Written portions must answer the (4) prompted questions. 

Before starting make sure you have these items ready to go:

  • parent/guardian or teacher email (if under 18 years old) 
  • project URL
  • photo of yourself