KDE Visual Design Group/Plasma 5.16 Wallpaper Competition

Submit your designs to the subforum we have set up for the competition.

Check out these instructions first!


  1. The design of your wallpaper must be original and created specifically for the contest
  2. The design of your wallpaper must be released to KDE under a copyleft license (CC By, CC By-SA), or released into the public domain or equivalent (CC0)
  3. Even if your work is not picked as the default wallpaper, your submission may still be included in Plasma 5.16 or used with future releases
  4. You can submit up to 3 entries
  5. Image files must be in PNG format, preferably accompanied by the source files in a non-proprietary format (Inkscape-compatible SVG, blend, kra, xfc, etc.)
  6. The minimum size for your submission must be 4K (3840x2160), although 5K (5120x2880) is preferred. Optionally, a phone-sized (1080x2280) wallpaper for Plasma Mobile can also be submitted
  7. Do not add any logos or text, such as the KDE logo, the word "Plasma", or any version numbers.
  8. A jury made up of members of KDE's Visual Design Group (VDG) and other KDE community members will decide the winner. There will be only one winning wallpaper and the decision of the jury is final
  9. The organisers will disqualify and erase any entry that is racist, sexist, demeaning or inappropriate in any way. Disqualifications and deletions are final and cannot be recurred
  10. The deadline for submissions is midnight (UTC) on 29/05/2019


Our friends at Slimbook have kindly donated a Slimbook One v2 as a prize for the winning participant. The One v2 is an eco-friendly, compact machine, measuring only 12.4 x 12.8 x 3.7 cm. It comes with an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and is capable of outputting video in glorious 4K. Naturally, your One will come decked out with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.16 desktop, your spectacular wallpaper, and a bunch of great software made by KDE.


Help and Feedback

You can ask the VDG for help and feedback any time during the competition! Just join the #kde-vdg channel on Matrix or the freenode IRC channel (which is bridged to the VDG Telegram room, if you prefer Telegram).

Also check out the discussion in the competition's subforum to get tips and feedback.

Previous Wallpapers for Inspiration

Previous wallpapers, made by the artist Ken Vermette, can be found on this page. This is just meant to help you design the wallpaper, and following the style is not mandatory. Here are the most recent ones:

Current Entries

A tiny edited shot of the entrance of a house in Moscow by vanushwashere


Wallpaper submission #1 and #2 by Povibi



Core by veggero


KDE Plasma Nebula 5K Wallpaper by chenson


Horizon by joedavis


Amoeba by tomasvejvoda


First Impression by Codezela


woof #1 and #2 by josepho



Rainbow Banana and Triangularity by kzeller



Peaking Galaxy by sirmentio


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