Nokia releases 'spaceselfie' app to take an out of this world photo

Nokia has kicked off a #spaceselfie contest to go alongside its developer Imagin8 competition. Releasing a new app to the Windows Phone Store, the Finnish company is tasking consumers to download the spaceselfie app, take an awesome shot of oneself with props and other galactic ideas to win a free Lumia Windows Phone.

The app enables consumers to snap photos, choose favourite space backgrounds and apply multiple filters to add a cinematic feel. Spaceselfie itself has been developed to showcase some of the capabilities of the Nokia Imaging SDK, which has just been bumped to version 1.1 with Windows 8.1 support and new filters.


Luckily, if you're unsure how you're going to get a perfect shot of yourself, Nokia has provided 5 helpful tips to get you started:

  • Strong distinctive background colours work best - like blue, green and red.
  • You'll need to make sure there's contrast between you and the background and that the background colour is not duplicated in anything you're wearing.
  • If you're inside try using more than one light to illuminate your background - one from either side.
  • Make sure there are no shadows, highlights, patterns, wrinkles or creases in the background.
  • To help create good separation we recommend standing a couple of paces in front of your chosen background. This will also help ensure you don't cast any shadows on the background.

Make sure you follow these rules, whether you are taking a new picture or importing one from your camera roll.

Once you've got the desired end result, share your mug shot with the world on Twitter. Be sure to use the #spaceselfie hashtag or you'll not be entered into the draw. The most original photo will be selected as the winner. We look forward to seeing some rather futuristic and strange photos!

You can download Spaceselfie from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • so the selfie teaser posted on vine was for this umm interesting
  • Felix Baumgartner would get first prize.
  • +1020
  • she is the same crazy girl :D
  • No, just another crazy anorexic bitch!
  • Because you personally know her???
  • Matti (the heavyset guy in the video), is that you?
  • Now I know what means "out of this world" tease. LOL!! WP Central, please make a contest with all the selfies. Wins the most crazy one!!
  • brb spending thousands of dollars to actually go to space for my selfie. no one can beat me
  • Haha was thinking the same!
  • Selfies huh? Unfortunately the front facing camera of my 920 is filled with dust to the point where it is unusable...
  • Is this a widespread issue? This happened to me as well. I sent it in to Nokia on warranty the first time but now its almost back to the same state. It affects my proximity sensor as well, so the screen doesn't shut off when I'm making a call.
  • +920
  • Think of it as stardust and enjoy the soft focus effect :). Same issue here...
  • wasn't there a rubber seal that was added to later manufactured ones? (or was that a dream lol)
  • Yes, it was added after nearly 8 months of production if memory serves me correctly. I recently upgraded to a 1020 (I had one of the first 920s produced), and it is nice to see no dust under the glass!
  • My front facing camera looks like a brown circle now, sometimes I forget there is still a camera in there.
  • Use a compressed air can.
  • NASA's flag will wave in this space too?
  • Oo.. I'm going to give it a try.
  • Screw this,
  • what a waste of net storage and bandwidth. Save the money out of these ugly selfies and donate plz.
  • Testei aqui bem interessante!
  • Why do all these freaking competitions require Facebook and/or Twatter? What about us lot still living in the last century :-)
  • When ever I see a twitter needed competition I cry a little. Only because I'm not going to do twitter.
  • Twitter>Facebook, imo.
  • Twitter for the discerning, Facebook for the masses. I just yesterday binned off FB in favour of twitter.
  • I don't use twitter. Certainly, Nokia has web sites and forum pages, but instead they promote using the twitter website. Maybe WPCentral could have a contest on their web site?
  • Tried but,how to add filters & share
  • Is it my phone or is the image via camera upside down. This makes it impossible to get background right as it flips lol
  • just switch on the auto rotation!! I faced the same! and by doing so it resolved!!
  • Wow. This is what they spend their time on? I thought it would be an app that would help you send a Nokia up into the upper atmosphere and take a pic and then track it for recovery or autoupload as it goes up and comes back down while it had connectivity. THATS's a cool "spaceselfie" app. This? Not so much...
  • Seriously? I can't actually believe that Nokia burned time on this thing. It's like a fart app.
  • Nokia get you shit together and fix the fucking SDK. 
  • another WTF app?   howbout finally a good OCR?