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.

Terms of Use

  1. LICENSE. By submitting your photograph, image, or artwork (“Image”) to Microsoft, you grant to Microsoft (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) a worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid-up, perpetual license, in and in relation to, personalization services and features in the Windows operating system products (e.g. Windows themes and backgrounds) and any related Microsoft websites, the Windows Personalization Gallery, and any marketing and advertising materials for such personalization services and features: (a) to copy, use, and to create derivative works based on the Image; (b) to publicly perform and display copies of and derivative works based on the Image; and (c) to distribute and license copies of and derivative works based on the Image to Microsoft customers for their personal use (“License”). You unconditionally waive: all enforcement of any moral rights and similar rights that you may have in the Image, worldwide; and any right to inspect or approve the form in which the Image may be used, and you hereby consent to any alteration to, including additions to, or deletions from the Image that would otherwise violate any moral right or similar right if done without your consent.
  2. NO OBLIGATION. Microsoft is not obligated to use the Image in any way, and may stop using the Image at any time, for any reason or no reason. Microsoft will not be liable for any damages for deciding not to use (or from ceasing to use) the Image and will solely determine the location in which the Image may be used.
  3. ATTRIBUTION. You grant to Microsoft (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) the right to use your name, image, likeness, or any combination of these, to identify you as the artist who created the Image (collectively, “Attribution”). If Microsoft, its subsidiaries, or affiliates use the Image, they may make Attribution at their discretion, and will solely determine the placement, prominence, format, and length of time for its display and publication.
  4. NO MONETARY COMPENSATION. You acknowledge that you have no expectation of any compensation (monetary or otherwise) for the rights granted to Microsoft, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, under these Terms of Use or the use of the Image (and any photographs or content in any Attribution).
  5. INADVERTENT DISPLAY. If Microsoft inadvertently displays, publishes, or performs the Image as part of a Microsoft product or website not included in the License set forth in section 1 above, you will send written notice to Microsoft and Microsoft will use commercially reasonable efforts to remove the Image from such Microsoft product or website. You agree that this shall be your sole remedy for such inadvertent display of the Image.
  6. ASSISTANCE. At the expense of Microsoft, you will execute and deliver instruments and take other actions that Microsoft may reasonably request to allow it fully to enjoy the rights granted under these Terms of Use.
  7. PUBLICITY. Except as stated in §§1 and 3, neither party will communicate with the press or public regarding this License and these Terms of Use without the other’s prior consent.
  8. WARRANTIES. You warrant and covenant that: (a) you are the copyright owner of the Image, (b) you have full power and authority to grant the rights and licenses under these Terms of Use; (c) distribution and use of the Image, as permitted under these Terms of Use, does not infringe any third-party intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right or break any law in the country where the Image was created, or require the approval, review, or payment of compensation to any person; and (d) you had all rights necessary and relevant to any person depicted in the Image in order to create the Image.
  9. DISCLAIMERS; EXCLUSIONS; LIMITATIONS. Subject to §8, neither party makes any warranties (express, implied, or otherwise), including implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, fitness for a particular purpose, or title, related to its performance or anything else provided under these Terms of Use. Neither party will be liable for any special, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages of any kind for any reason whatsoever relating to the Image, any Attribution, or the License, even if such damages were reasonably foreseeable. Microsoft and its subsidiaries and affiliates’ total liability under these Terms of Use will not exceed US $500.
  10. TERMINATION; EFFECT OF TERMINATION. Either party may terminate the License at any time upon 60 days written notice to the other party. Microsoft will cease making the Image available as soon as commercially practicable after the end of the 60-day written notice period. Sections 9, 10, and 11 will survive termination of this License. For the avoidance of doubt, Microsoft customers’ rights to the Image distributed to such customers before the expiration or termination of this License will survive expiration or termination of this License.
  11. NOTICE. All notices under these Terms of Use will be: (i) in writing; (ii) in English (unless otherwise required); (iii) deemed given when received; (iv) sent by email, delivery service, messenger, or registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested); (v) if by email, sent to; or if by physical mail, sent to “Attn: Program Manager, Windows 7 Themes, Microsoft” (with a fax copy to Legal ' Corporate Affairs at (425) 936-7329).
  12. JURISDICTION AND VENUE. These Terms of Use are governed by Washington law, and the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the King County Federal or State courts.

Frequently asked questions

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

What happens if my work is chosen?
Will I be notified?
Will I be credited?
Do I retain the copyright on my work?
Will you modify my image?
What will you do with my personal information?
If I change my mind later, can I get my photo or art removed from the gallery?


Article ID: 17776 - Last Review: Sep 9, 2016 - Revision: 10