Upwork’s Terms of Use require that you accurately represent yourself. This includes having a profile picture that looks like you. 

What is a profile picture?

Your profile picture is the image of yourself that you share with prospective clients through your Upwork profile. 

This picture is used to verify your identity. Your profile picture may not misrepresent your identity or represent you as someone else.

Approved profile pictures

Your profile picture should accurately reflect who you are, and it should look like you. It should be a close up image with a focus on your head and shoulders, and clearly show your full face. 



Clients want to feel they can trust a freelancer before they engage them for a project, and your profile photo is an important part of the equation.

Clients are also concerned about professionalism, so it is important to present yourself professionally.

Your photo should have clear lighting and a simple background, and focus on your face. Remember to smile!



Upwork’s Terms of Use provide that you cannot use a profile picture that misrepresents your identity or represents you as someone else. Also, you cannot misrepresent your information, impersonate another person or entity, or falsely imply a relationship with Upwork or with another company with whom you do not have a relationship. 

Picture Quality

In order to ensure a quality experience for clients, your profile picture cannot:

  • Be blank
  • Obscure any portion of your face
  • Be blurry
  • Be a group photo
  • Include text
  • Show you topless, naked, or sexually suggestive

Picture Subject

Your profile picture should look like you. It cannot be: 

  • Animals
  • Another person or celebrity
  • Architecture
  • Avatars
  • Sculptures or other artistic representations
  • Baby/child
  • Clip art
  • Landscapes
  • Logos
  • Objects
  • Stock image
  • Upwork badge
  • Upwork logo

Including a profile picture that does not accurately represent you in line with this policy is a violation of the Terms of Service and can result in warnings, holds, and/or account suspension. Users who violate the Terms of Service, including this policy, can fully lose the ability to use the Upwork platform.

Learn more about choosing a great profile photo here.

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