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Virtual Background Contest

Zoom has become an increasingly useful tool among Stanford faculty and staff as many have transitioned from in-person meetings and lectures to daily Zoom video calls, and what better way to Zoom than with a fun virtual background to show off some personality (or hide a messy room)!

Share your best Zoom background for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

Submit the winning background

Here are the rules:

  • The background image must be an original—a photograph you have personally taken or an image you have created

  • The uploaded image for the contest needs to be a screengrab of you with your background, just like Enrique* did below!


  • You can submit up to three images
  • Please do not upload an image with a minor whose face is recognizable; for their protection, we are unable to use such a photo
  • All images must be submitted by Friday, April 24

Participants will have their images featured in the May Cardinal at Work Insider and a digital gift card will be emailed to 10 contest winners.

*Enrique Caballeros is the human resources director for the Graduate School of Business and obviously likes baseball and snorkeling!

Have a fun background you want to share but don’t want to be featured in a screengrab?

Share your background to be included in a university-wide portfolio of images for any of your colleagues to use. Maybe it’s a photo from your last vacation, your favorite Stanford location, your campus office area, or a graphic you have designed.

Upload an image for your colleagues to use

Learn how to upload a virtual background to Zoom