The Smashing Coffee Mug Photo Contest: Best Entries!


Three weeks ago, we launched a photo contest1 in which everyone could submit a photo of their favorite coffee mug. For those who have participated, thank you for taking shots of your beloved mugs and sending them to us. We received around 470 mugs from all over the world and only a couple of them could make it onto the poster we’ve created exclusively for our dear fans.

As promised, the most 20 creative and original submissions will be awarded with a printed poster. The ones who have been selected will be contacted via email very soon — if not already! If you’ve followed our submission guidelines, your coffee mug picture has surely made it to our jury. And if you find your coffee mug among the 150 mugs on the poster, you’ll see that your name has been included among the names of all the contributors that made this poster possible. Of course, the owner of each photo owns all the copyrights.

The Smashing Magazine Coffee Mugs Poster


Preview and Download

Below you will find an exclusive version of the poster in PDF format. Format: DIN A1 (594 × 841 mm)

Coffee Mugs: Some of the Best Entries

Valery Agafonova

Christian Lawrence

Daniel Luis Costa

Nina Magradze

Dan Ulichney

Matt Baglia

Fabrizio Pece

Evgeny Volkov

Simon Abrams

Angga Bangun Subur

Chris Chan

Radu Chiroiu

Krisztián Varga

Patrick Wittstock

Ritchie F. Linao

Dan Malarkey

Ha Bui

Melissa Tan

Anthony Brown

Thomas Strobl

Last Click

Tuan Tran

Be Sure To Join In Next Time!

Thanks to all who have participated in this contest. There will be more contests and goodies coming up soon, so be sure to stay tuned!

Yours sincerely,

 —  The Smashing Team


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  1. 1

    So well done! You know, people made this, and it`s great!

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    Great great great poster. Definitely it will be hanging on my wall in a few days

  3. 3

    Very nice mug shots! Though, I miss a Mug-App :-)

  4. 4

    We loved the photographs and the idea at blog so we will do a post about the contest.

  5. 5

    Thanks for free share.

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    How did I miss this?! I would have submitted this photo:

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    Thank you that selected my photo to :)

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    Thanks for selecting my pic :)

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    That is a great work. I just love them all – Ha Bui stands out.

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    Thanks for selecting my pic :)

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    Thanks for selecting my pic! :-)

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    Thanks for selecting my image

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    Hardly waiting to receive the original poster. Thank you, for choosing my photo too!

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    it is next to me at work!

    love ♥ coffee.
    love ♥ design.
    love ♥ mugs.
    love ♥ this poster!

    thanks for free sharing =)

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    Nice to see the Pantone mug in there.

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    This pictures are great and the mugs even better but Im sad because mine doesn’t appear. Congrats and thanks for sharing their creativity. :o)

    Cheers from San Luis Potosi, México.


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    Looks so good, a very nice work! I’m happy to see my mug there :)

  18. 20

    Great poster! I’m very glad that my photo made it !

  19. 21

    I don’t believe… my mug in SM poster… thanks!

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    Thanks for selecting my mug shot!

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    The image Fabrizio Pece submitted was already used before in the Smashing Magazine Wallpaper Contest, so that’s most probably just a stock image?

    See here:
    “Before the fall” entry by eject studio

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    Whee!! My photo has been selected!! Thank you so much Smashing Magazine!! =)

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    thanks for including my image!

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    wow! just wow! it is so great to be a part of such an awesome design community.

    will be sure to join in next time! good job everyone on the project! thanks to everyone for show such creativity with a coffee mug. thanks for the quality control – smashing mag team. and thank you Ricardo, for putting it all together so neatly!

  25. 29

    My mug in the poster. That is awesome! Thanks!

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    Angga Bangun Subur

    October 26, 2011 7:08 pm

    Yeaayyy thank you so much!

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    Happy Caffeine.. Magic won’t work without coffee!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    Creative Contest..

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    Can you use these for your webbsite. I’m creating a blog about tea and other things and some of these pictures would look great in my header.

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      Hey Anna!!!

      I am a mug blogger at, I loved the photos they look great in the post we have done about you guys!!! feel free to contact my anytime if you wish to share info or talk about anything regarding the blogs.

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        I’m not sure you understood. I would like to use these pictures maybe as a blog header. And was wondering if I could with the propper permit ofcorse.

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    Yay, my mug is in the poster!

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    The guy who smashed his mug; props to you!!

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    Thanks for including my shot in this wonderful selection!
    Congrats to all the winners!

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    cool poster :) and thanks a lot for adding my cup!

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    Thanks a lot SM for selecting my mug…

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    I love the one on the street, cool shot :)

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    yesyesyes, not bad, really not.

    You can meditate on these and check out what you like – and why – and correct your criteria.
    Nice idea, even better result.
    Please go on with this really inspirational stuff.
    Green tea may be?

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    Thanks, Smashing Team! Very nicely put together :-)

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    Angga Bangun Subur’s “We can’t spell s ccess without U” pic is simply sensational! Congrats to everybody!

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    This is great. Thanks for selecting my pic!

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    really…a mug poster? really lame…

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    Ermina Anagnostaki

    October 27, 2011 9:45 am

    My sister, Tatiana Anagnostaki, participated in this event and her photo is shown on the poster!!! I am very proud of her. Congratulations to everybody. Well done people!!!

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    Tatiana Anagnostaki

    October 27, 2011 9:48 am

    Thanks to the Smashing Magazine team for selecting my photo and congratulations to everyone who participate in this fun contest! A very nice poster indeed! :)

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    Shame on you, my mug didn’t make it:

    Just kidding, never expected that. Congrats, folks ;)

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    Great Mugs ! love it all

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    I got in! Sweet.. thanks! I’ll try harder next year to get to the top 20 :) Good job everyone!

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    I love the one that’s eating the biscuits. @Chris Chan Where can I get on of those?

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    good bit of fun, rather pleased to see my pic made the poster…congrats to the top 20!

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    Lovely Lovely shots….
    Congratulations :)

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    Haha! Good to have a name like me:) I’m definitely noticable on the poster.
    Sooo much better then being on top of contacts in friend’s mobiles and reciving this weird dead calls by mistake.
    Wormth of this coffee mugs getting me in the christmas mood.

    Thank You for choosing me here.

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    Lovely, I need a cup of coffee right now

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    Awesome Mugs

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    Poster is quite awesome, also nice to see my mug up there.

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    Thanks for selecting my mug shot :)

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    Coffee madness

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    I see my mug too!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

  57. 64

    Really great homage to Coffee, the fuel of design. Many thanks!

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    seems this pics are not originally taken by the people and some are edited using photoshop….then what’s the point of having contest :)

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    Great poster and nice works! Very glad to see my mug on the poster :))))

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    i love these mugs g:-*

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    ilove coffee and also these mugs g….

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