Upload Categories Guidelines

Notes about our categories.

All categories on Side 7 are based on the content or genre of the work, not the particular style of the artist. Works that can fit in multiple categories may be put in any one of the potential categories, according to where the member feels it fits best.

A general note about fan art and derivative pieces: We define fan art as original artwork containing characters, locations, etc. created by someone else. We define derivative pieces as artwork or performances based on an original piece by another artist, but that is still within legal allowable use under copyright laws. Neither case is an excuse or defense for posting unauthorized reproductions or plagiarism of someone else's original work.

Image Categories

3D Media / Sculpture

Photos of projects using physical media. This can include clay sculpture or pottery, cosplay props, 3D printed models that you designed, projects using foam board, wood projects, etc.

Abstract / Nonrepresentative

This category is for artwork that is of an abstract nature or that does not try to represent any specific entity.


This category is for artwork whose primary focus is animals. These could be real-world animals, fantasy animals, impossible creatures, speculative animals on other worlds, etc.


This category is for artwork of an architectural nature. This does not mean that this category only contains blueprints. Imaginary or impossible structures are allowed as well.

Concept Art

This category is intended for prototypical artwork, which usually includes initial ideas for items and environments in the real world, or ideas for virtual items or environments, with the intention of actually developing these ideas into the final items.

Fan Art - Animation/Comic

This category includes fan art from any western world animation or comic. This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any non-asian animation or comic.

Fan Art - Anime/Manga

This category includes fan art from any asian-based animation (anime) or comic (manga). This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any asian-based animation or comic.

Fan Art - Book

This category includes fan art from any published book, novel, novella, or short story written by someone other than yourself. This can include fan characters that you have developed in relation to any book, novel, novella, or short story.

Fan Art - Celebrity

This category includes fan art from any celebrity, be it entertainment industry or political, from around the world.

Fan Art - Game

This category includes fan art from any card, board, role playing, or electronic computer/console/arcade game.

Fan Art - TV/Movie

This category includes fan art from television shows and movies that are not animated. This includes fan-created characters that are related to any television show or movie.

Fan Art - Other

This category includes fan art of anything not included in the other fan art categories, such as fan art of other people's web-comics, characters, and stories.


This category is for images depicting characters, locations, or events portrayed in a fantasy setting. This can be high fantasy or low fantasy. While not necessary, it may also be related to existing fantasy stories or fairy tales.

Fashion Design / Costuming

This category is for images and photographs related to fashion and costuming. These can include drawings of designs you've created, as well as photographs of in-progress or completed projects. Subjects can range from typical clothing that you've designed and created from scratch, or costumes or costume parts that you've created from scratch, either for a person, an animal, or a doll, action figure or model.

Furry / Anthropomorphic

This category includes images of characters that are animal in nature. This includes non-anthropomorphic (animals in their natural form), anthropomorphic (animals with humanoid traits), weres, 'taurs, and other intelligent, sentient animal creations. This also includes 'toon animals.


This category includes artwork containing human and humanoid characters such as elves, faeries, dwarves, etc.


This category includes any kind of image where the landscape is the intended focus of the image. This includes fantasy, science fiction, alien, and reality-based landscapes.

Life Drawing

This category focuses on artistic studies from real life: anatomical drawings, reference sheets for parts of the body in multiple positions, studies of variations within a species, etc.


This category includes any artwork that does not fit into any of the other categories.

Models/Miniatures/Resin Kits

This category is for images of models, miniatures, and resin kits that you have completed, painted, customized or otherwise have put work into or are putting work into (in-progress photos).

Photography - Abstract

This category is intended for photography of an abstract nature. The focus of the images in this category is not a solid subject, but rather an abstraction of reality.

Photography - Animals

This category is for photos whose focus is animals. This could be any kind of animal, in almost any situation: in nature, at a zoo, in your own back yard.

Photography - Architecture

This category is for photography involving architecture and architectural designs.

Photography - Landscapes

This category is intended for photographs whose focus is the landscapes, themselves.

Photography - Nature

This category focuses on photos of nature. This includes plant life, animal life, and environments that occur in nature.

Photography - People

This category features photos of people, in general. The photos' focus are the people in the image, but not necessarily in a portrait setting.

Photography - Other

This category is for photos that do not fall into any of the other photography categories.


This category is for images or photographs of people in a portrait setting. A portrait setting is a character or person set in a pre-set environment, with the focus primarily on the character or person, usually their face.

Science Fiction

This category is for images depicting characters, locations, or events portrayed in a science fiction setting. While not necessary, it may also be related to existing science fiction stories.

Serial Artwork (Comics)

This category is specifically designed for your comic strips.

Still Life

This category is for images depicting still-life subjects. These may include arrangements of objects and studies.


This category is for images that include fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects by means of unnatural or irrational juxtapositions and combinations.

Audio Categories


Art Punk, Alternative Rock, Britpunk, College Rock, Crossover Thrash, Crust Punk, Emotional Hardcore (emo / emocore), Experimental Rock, Folk Punk, Goth / Gothic Rock, Grunge, Hardcore Punk, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-fi, Musique Concrète, New Wave, Progressive Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Steampunk


Music inspired by scores and songs from popular anime.

Audio Play

Audio production that tells a story using a combination of dialogue, narration, sound effects, and music. Often presented in play-form.


Acoustic Blues, African Blues, Blues Rock, Blues Shouter, British Blues, Canadian Blues, Chicago Blues, Classic Blues, Classic Female Blues, Contemporary Blues, Contemporary R&B, Country Blues, Dark Blues, Delta Blues, Detroit Blues, Doom Blues, Electric Blues, Folk Blues, Gospel Blues, Harmonica Blues, Hill Country Blues, Hokum Blues, Jazz Blues, Jump Blues, Kansas City Blues, Louisiana Blues, Memphis Blues, Modern Blues, New Orlean Blues, NY Blues, Piano Blues, Piedmont Blues, Punk Blues, Ragtime Blues, Rhythm Blues, Soul Blues, St. Louis Blues, Soul Blues, Swamp Blues, Texas Blues, Urban Blues, Vandeville, West Coast Blues, Zydeco

Children's Music

Lullabies, Sing-Along, Stories


Avant-Garde, Ballet, Baroque, Cantata, Chamber Music, Chant, Choral, Classical Crossover, Concerto, Concerto Grosso, Contemporary Classical, Early Music, Expressionist, High Classical, Impressionist, Mass Requiem, Medieval, Minimalism, Modern Composition, Modern Classical, Opera, Oratorio, Orchestral, Organum, Renaissance, Romantic (early period), Romantic (later period), Sonata, String Quartet, Symphonic, Symphony, Wedding Music


Novelty, Parody Music, Stand-up Comedy, Vaudeville


Jingles, TV Themes


Alternative Country, Americana, Australian Country, Bakersfield Sound, Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Reactionary Bluegrass, Blues Country, Cajun Fiddle Tunes, Christian Country, Classic Country, Close Harmony, Contemporary Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Country Gospel, Country Pop (thanks Sarah Johnson), Country Rap, Country Rock, Country Soul, Cowboy / Western, Cowpunk, Dansband, Honky Tonk, Franco-Country, Gulf and Western, Hellbilly Music, Honky Tonk, Instrumental Country, Lubbock Sound, Nashville Sound, Neotraditional Country, Outlaw Country, Progressive, Psychobilly / Punkabilly, Red Dirt, Sertanejo, Texas County, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Country, Truck-Driving Country, Urban Cowboy, Western Swing, Zydeco


Club / Club Dance, Breakcore, Breakbeat / Breakstep, Brostep, Chillstep, Deep House, Dubstep, Electro House, Electroswing, Exercise, Future Garage, Garage, Glitch Hop, Glitch Pop, Grime, Hardcore, Hard Dance, Hi-NRG / Eurodance, Horrorcore, House, Jackin House, Jungle / Drum'n'bass, Liquid Dub, Regstep, Speedcore, Techno, Trance, Trap

Easy Listening

Background, Bop, Elevator, Furniture, Lounge, Middle of the Road, Swing


2-Step, 8bit - aka 8-bit, Bitpop and Chiptune, Ambient, Asian Underground, Bassline, Chillwave, Chiptune, Crunk, Downtempo, Drum & Bass, Electro, Electro-swing, Electronica, Electronic Rock, Eurodance, Hardstyle, Hi-Nrg, IDM/Experimental, Industrial, Trip Hop, UK Garage

Fitness / Workout

Music typical of workout/fitness routines.

Hip-Hop / Rap

Alternative Rap, Avant-Garde, Bounce, Chap Hop, Christian Hip Hop, Conscious Hip Hop, Country-Rap, Crunkcore, Cumbia Rap, Dirty South, East Coast, Freestyle Rap, G-Funk, Gangsta Rap, Golden Age, Hardcore Rap, Hip-Hop, Hip Pop, Hyphy, Industrial Hip Hop, Instrumental Hip Hop, Jazz Rap, Latin Rap, Low Bap, Lyrical Hip Hop, Merenrap, Midwest Hip Hop, Motswako, Nerdcore, New Jack Swing, New School Hip Hop, Old School Rap, Rap, Turntablism, Underground Rap, West Coast Rap


Chanukah, Christmas, Christmas: Children’s, Christmas: Classic, Christmas: Classical, Christmas: Comedy, Christmas: Jazz, Christmas: Modern, Christmas: Pop, Christmas: R&B, Christmas: Religious, Christmas: Rock, Easter, Halloween, Holiday: Other, Thanksgiving

Indie Pop

Indie pop is a genre of alternative rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the mid-1980s, with its roots in Scottish post-punk bands. Indie pop differs from indie rock to the extent that it is more melodic, less abrasive, and relatively angst-free.


Aggrotech, Coldwave, Cybergrind, Dark Electro, Death Industrial, Electro-Industrial, Electronic Body Music, Industrial Metal, Industrial Rock, Noise, Witch House


CCM, Christian Metal, Christian Pop, Christian Rap, Christian Rock, Classic Christian, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel, Christian & Gospel, Praise & Worship, Qawwali, Southern Gospel, Traditional Gospel


Instrumental music, including scores, marching bands, etc.


J-Rock, J-Synth, J-Ska, J-Punk


Acid Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Bebop, Big Band, Blue Note, Contemporary Jazz, Cool, Crossover Jazz, Dixieland, Ethio-jazz, Fusion, Gypsy Jazz, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Ragtime, Smooth Jazz, Trad Jazz, Third Stream, Jazz-Funk, Free Jazz, Modal Jazz


Korean pop music.


Alternativo & Rock Latino, Argentine tango, Bachata, Baithak Gana, Baladas y Boleros, Bolero, Bossa Nova, Brazilian, Chicha, Criolla, Contemporary Latin, Cumbia, Flamenco / Spanish Flamenco, Huayno, Latin Jazz, Mariachi, Merengue Típico, Nuevo Flamenco, Pop Latino, Portuguese fado, Punta, Punta Rock, Ranchera, Raíces, Raison, Reggaeton y Hip-Hop, Regional Mexicano, Salsa y Tropical, Soca, Son, Tejano, Timba, Twoubadou, Zouk


Avantgarde Metal, Black Metal, Crossover, Death Metal, Deathcore, Djent, Doom Metal, Drone, Folk Metal, Glam Metal, Gothic Metal, Grindcore, Groove Metal, Hair Metal, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal, Kawaii Metal, Math Metal, Mathcore, Metalcore, Modern Metal, Neoclassical Metal, Neue Deutsche Härte, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Pagan Metal, Pirate Metal, Post Hardcore, Post Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Sludge, Speed Metal, Symphonic Metal, Thrash Metal, Viking Metal

New Age

Environmental, Healing, Meditation, Nature, Relaxation, Travel


Operatic music


Syndicated audio publication; often serial in nature, topical, or story production.


Adult Contemporary, Arab Pop, Baroque, Britpop, Bubblegum Pop, Chamber Pop, Chanson, Christian Pop, Classical Crossover, Europop, Dance Pop, Dream Pop, Electro Pop, Iranian Pop, Jangle Pop, Latin Ballad, Levenslied, Louisiana Swamp Pop, Mexican Pop, Motorpop, New Romanticism, Orchestral Pop, Pop Rap, Popera, Pop/Rock, Pop Punk, Power Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Schlager, Soft Rock, Sophisti-Pop, Space Age Pop, Sunshine Pop, Surf Pop, Synthpop, Teen Pop, Traditional Pop Music, Turkish Pop, Vispop, Wonky Pop

R&B / Soul

Contemporary R&B, Disco, Doo Wop, Funk, Modern Soul, Motown, Neo-Soul, Northern Soul, Psychedelic Soul, Quiet Storm, Soul, Soul Blues, Southern Soul


2-Tone, Dancehall, Dub, Roots Reggae, Reggae Fusion, Reggae en Español, Lovers Rock, Raggamuffin, Ska


Acid Rock, Adult-Oriented Rock, Afro Punk, Adult Alternative, Alternative Rock, American Traditional Rock, Anatolian Rock, Arena Rock, Art Rock, Blues-Rock, British Invasion, Cock Rock, Death Metal / Black Metal, Doom Metal, Glam Rock, Gothic Metal, Grind Core, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Math Metal, Math Rock, Metal, Metal Core, Noise Rock, Jam Bands, Post Punk, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Progressive Metal, Psychedelic, Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Southern Rock, Spazzcore, Stoner Metal, Surf, Technical Death Metal, Tex-Mex, Thrash Metal, Time Lord Rock (Trock), Trip-hop (Ta Will)

Singer / Songwriter

Alternative Folk, Contemporary Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Folk-Rock, Love Song, New Acoustic, Traditional Folk


Foreign Cinema, Movie Soundtrack, Musicals, Original Score, Soundtrack, TV Soundtrack

Spoken Word

Poetry, prose, speeches, monologues, dialogues, discussions.


Vocal storytelling, usually a singular narrator.

TexMex / Tejano

Chicano, Classic, Conjunto, Conjunto Progressive, New Mex, Tex-Mex


A cappella, Barbershop, Cantique, Doo-wop, Gregorian Chant, Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop


Cultural music from around the world.

Literature Categories


A story or poem that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.


A story whose primary plot is about solving a mystery.


A play for theater, radio, or television.


Fiction that concentrates on imaginary elements (the fantastic). This can mean magic, the supernatural, alternate worlds, superheroes, monsters, fairies, magical creatures, mythological heroes—essentially, anything that an author can imagine outside of reality.


Fictional writing written by fans, based on an existing work of fiction.


A work that details made up events, characters, and locations.


A literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.


A genre of fiction whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread, repulsion, and terror in the audience—in other words, it develops an atmosphere of horror.


Sub-genre of science fiction in which the story portrays a setting that may appear utopian but has a darker, underlying presence that is problematic.


A work that details actual events, people, and locations.


A category of fiction focused on supernatural beliefs and practices which generally fall outside the scope of religion and science, encompassing such phenomena involving otherworldly agency as mysticism, spirituality, and magic.


Literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.


A story, essay, or speech using language in its ordinary form, without metrical structure.


Narratives used to support, explain, or justify a particular system's rituals, theology, and ethics—and are myths to people of other cultures or belief systems.


A fictional work in which the story is focused on the courtship, relationship, or intimate interactions between characters.

Science Fiction

Fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.


A genre of literature whose primary feature is that it induces strong feelings of excitement, anxiety, tension, suspense, fear, and other similar emotions in its readers or viewers—in other words, media that thrills the audience.

Audio category definitions derived from Music Genres List