The Windows Gallery open call for submissions is closed

We know this is not the happiest news, but unfortunately, the Windows Personalization Gallery open call is now closed. Which means that we're not accepting new submissions of your wonderful art or photography anymore. (And we miss it already.) Already submitted something? Please review the frequently asked questions and Terms of Use.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Here are some answers to questions you might have about your art or photography submissions to the Windows gallery.

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What happens if my work is chosen?

If we choose your photo or artwork, it will either be included in a Windows theme in the gallery, or showcased on the Desktop Backgrounds page, or both.

Will I be notified?

We'll do our best to contact each person whose work is chosen, but we can't guarantee this. We will not contact anyone whose work isn't chosen.

Will I be credited?

Yes. You will be credited in one or more of the following locations:

  • On the feature page of the theme your image is included in

  • In the JPEG metadata of your image

  • Visibly on your image, in the lower-right corner

Do I retain the copyright on my work?

Yes, the copyright on your art or photograph still belongs to you. You give Microsoft permission to post your photo or artwork in the gallery, but you are still the owner of the copyright on it.

Will you modify my image?

We will not significantly alter your image. We will not, for example, cut out or erase details or composite it with other images. However, we might make the following minor modifications:

  • Cropping and/or scaling your image so that it matches our size and dpi specifications (1920 x 1200 pixels at 96 dpi).

  • Changing the format of the image to JPEG, if it is not in that format already.

  • Minor optimizations such as making a dull or dark photograph brighter and clearer, making a horizon-line level, or making colors look naturally saturated.

  • Adding your credit to the image, if you have not added a credit or signature to it already.

What will you do with my personal information?

We will credit you, but we will never share or publicize your email contact information.

If I change my mind later, can I get my photo or art removed from the gallery?

Yes. If you change your mind, send an email to Windows Personalization Gallery with the word “REMOVE” in the title line. Include the following information and we will remove your image from the Windows Personalization Gallery worldwide within 60 days of receiving your request:

  • Your full name.

  • A copy of the image you want removed. It does not need to be full size, just large enough to help us identify the image.

  • The email name you used when submitting the image, if you are using a different one now.

  • Optionally, the reason why you want the image removed.

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