KDE Visual Design Group/Plasma 5.18 Wallpaper Competition

Submit your designs to the subforum we have set up for the competition. We also have a video competition ongoing.

Read everything on this page very carefully before entering your submission.


  1. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2020, at midnight UTC time. The winning wallpaper will be announced on January 22nd, 2020.
  2. Your wallpaper must be your original and created specifically for the contest.
  3. Your wallpaper must be released to KDE under the CC-BY-SA-4.0 license.
  4. You are allowed a max of 3 submissions.
  5. Images must be in PNG format.
  6. If asked, you should be able to provide the source files used to create the wallpaper in a non-proprietary format, like an Inkscape-compatible SVG, .blend, .kra, .xfc, etc.
  7. The minimum required size for wallpapers is 4K measurements (3840x2160), although 5K (5120x2880) is preferred.
  8. A companion phone-sized (1080x2280) wallpaper for Plasma Mobile can also be submitted.
  9. Image files must be hosted on an external (non-KDE) site without compression. Two sites that host images without compression for free are imgbox.com and postimages.org. You can also upload the image to your preferred cloud storage provider, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive.
  10. Any submissions containing racist, sexist, demeaning, or inappropriate content in any way will be disqualified immediately.
  11. Any submissions of copyrighted material from third parties with little or no modifications will be disqualified and erased.
  12. Disqualified entries and deletions are final and cannot be appealed.

Design Guidance & Suggestions

  1. Consider making a wallpaper that provides a sense of continuity with the current "Ice Cold" wallpaper. Your wallpaper should feel like images on a timeline with Ice Cold.
  2. Do not add the Plasma version number (5.18) into your wallpaper.
  3. Any words or logos should not be simply overlaid on the wallpaper. If you add words or logos, integrate them into the design of the wallpaper.

The six following wallpapers, made by Ken Vermette and Santiago César, are used in previous versions of Plasma. You can find Ken Vermette's work on this page.

Selection Process

A jury of members in KDE's Visual Design Group and other KDE community members will judge submitted wallpapers. After the end of the given time for submissions, six finalists will be selected for a second round. Users that make it to this stage get a prize from TUXEDO Computers. The second round will last one week. In the second round, the judges may ask for tweaks to the wallpapers to make them even better. After the second round ends, the winning wallpaper will be selected. There will only be one winning wallpaper, but other wallpapers may be included as optional wallpapers in Plasma 5.18, or used in future releases. The jury's decision is final.


TUXEDO Computers is sponsoring prizes for all the finalists who make it to the second round. The packages will vary, but they will all include:

  1. A KDE baseball cap
  2. A plush Tux
  3. KDE stickers
  4. A frozen glass coffee mug

The grand prize, also sponsored by our friends at TUXEDO Computers, is an InfinityBook Pro 14, featuring a powerful Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 500GB SSD. It also features an all-day battery life of 12 hours. It weighs just 1.4kg (3lbs) and is 19mm (0.7in) thin. Naturally, it will come decked out with the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.18 desktop, the winning wallpaper, and a bunch of great software made by KDE.

Txedo InfinityBookPro14 logo.png

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.

Current Entries

Start here!

This page was last edited on 23 January 2020, at 20:25. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.