Contribute! Get your wallpaper into Fedora 24

Fedora 24 Supplemental Wallpaper Submission

The development of Fedora continues, nearly each 6 months a new release. With a new release of Fedora just on the horizon, it also means it’s time to start submitting and voting on new supplemental wallpapers for Fedora 24.

What are supplemental wallpapers?

Supplemental wallpapers are the non-default wallpapers provided with Fedora. Fedora ships GNOME’s supplemental wallpapers by default. We collect an additional set for each release of Fedora and offer it as an optional package. Wallpapers shipped with Fedora that are not the default GNOME wallpapers are called “supplemental” wallpapers.

How to contribute?

Fedora uses our own submission application, Nuancier, for managing the submissions and the voting process. For a submission, you will need a Fedora account. To vote, you must be a contributor and a member of a group other than the CLA groups. 

New this time, the number of submissions a contributor can make is limited. A participant can only upload two submissions to Nuancier. In case you submit multiple versions of the same image, the team will choose one version of it and accept it as a submission, and deny the other one. Denied submissions also count, so if you make two contributions and both are rejected, you cannot submit more. Use your best judgment for your submissions.


You can also earn badges for contributing. One badge is for an accepted submission. Another badge is if your submission is a chosen wallpaper. A third is awarded if you participate in the voting process. You have to claim the badge during the voting process, as it is not granted automatically.

Supplemental Wallpaper Fedora 24 Badges

Technical Requirements

  • Submitted wallpapers must use a format that can be read by software available in Fedora Package Collection.
    • Preferred image format is PNG.
  • Dimensions for landscape formats must be a minimum of 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high. The larger the better. Photographic submissions should be made at the highest resolution the camera is capable of.
    • Submitted wallpapers should be provided in a 16 x 9 aspect ratio if possible.
  • No watermarks, signatures, photographer credit, creator names, or messages can be included in any part of the work.

Subject Matter

  • Must not contain brand names or trademarks of any kind (including Fedora itself).
  • Must not contain material that is inappropriate, offensive, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
    • No sexually explicit or provocative subject matter.
    • No images of weapons or violent imagery.
    • No alcohol, smoking, or drug use imagery.
  • Must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in the jurisdiction where the work is created
  • No religious, political, or nationalist imagery (including flags).
  • No images of hats, particularly fedoras.
    • This is a matter of respect for our primary sponsor, Red Hat, Inc., and is not negotiable. Of course, passive appearance of hats, such as those upon heads in a crowd, are allowed.
  • No version numbers. End users might prefer to continue to use an older theme, or use the latest theme in their older version of Fedora. To enable that choice, do not use any version numbers within the Fedora artwork.
  • No text. Text should not be used in the background because the artwork is intended for a global audience and to be reused by derivative distributions.
  • Should not contain images of people (contemporary, historical, or fictional).
  • Should not contain images of pets or captive / mistreated animals.

Other Requirements

  • Submissions must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to: privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
  • If your submissions include or derive from artwork created by other people, please make sure the license of the original work you incorporate is compatible with Fedora and that you are not violating any of the provisions of its license.
    • Make sure you provide attribution to artists that license their work with a Creative Commons Attribution clause.
    • Submission should have the consent and approval of the author or creator.
  • Submissions are thereby licensed to the public for reuse under CC-BY-SA, unless another accepted or approved liberal open source license is used.
  • Note that we can not accept NC or ND submissions.

For inspiration, you can look to former submissions and the winner wallpapers. Here are the ones from the last election:

Fedora23 Supplemental Wallpapers


The deadline for submissions is April 11th, 2016 at 23:59 UTC. The voting will open automatically after the deadline and is open until April 22nd, 2016 at 23:59 UTC.

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  1. Vineet Tuli

    This is great news ….

    I really like the new change on the limited number of submissions.

  2. I really like the background that changes throughout the day. I’d like to see more variety like this, like a morphing cityscape. EG: Thank you!

    • We did discuss about this in the Design Team before and we produced that kind of background before but for the Supplemental Wallpaper package and its contest its to hard as it would need an extra category and enough submissions then.

      Right now we concentrating on getting the multi-monitor solution integrated.

    • arehtykitna

      Depending on the desktop environment you use, a ‘live’ transitional background could be achieved by using an XML slideshow script.

      You would of course need a set of images captured via a static camera on time lapse setting. If you know of a website to download those types of images from then you are already in business. Otherwise, you could have a go at creating your own shots.

      For example MATE-Compiz uses XML scripts for slideshows. All you would need to do is copy and modify the supplied existing one (Cosmos) to your own needs. You can configure the time intervals, images used very easily with a standard text editor. You don’t need to be a coding expert either, it really is a doddle. I’ve done this a couple of times with a sets of car images, the Vulcan Bomber and some landscapes.

      If you install the supplemental backgrounds-extras-mate package it also sets up a slideshow of those winning community backgrounds too.

      • its not about the technical solution for it as more for create the wallpapers that are loaded then 😉

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