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Enter our phone wallpaper design contest for a chance to be featured in a review

Enter our phone wallpaper design contest for a chance to be featured in a review


Make The Verge’s art director envious of your creativity

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Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

In honor of our new wallpaper page, we are excited to announce a phone wallpaper design contest! The winning wallpaper will be featured on a phone in an upcoming phone video review on The Verge.

Judging criteria

  • Originality — we will do a Google image search...
  • Creativity — make The Verge’s art director jealous
  • Something that echoes The Verge’s artistic aesthetic

Here’s our color palette, but you can definitely diverge from this color scheme:

Throughout the duration of the contest, we will reach out to finalists for a high-resolution file of their submission(s) in the following format: PNG file at a minimum resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels, 72 ppi, and RGB colors. Please be prepared to deliver it upon request.

How to enter the contest:

  • Follow The Verge on Instagram
  • Publish a vertical crop of your design on your Instagram page, tag @verge, and use the hashtag #VergeArtContest in your caption.


  • The winning wallpaper design will be featured in an upcoming video phone review that will be published on The Verge and on our YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram pages as the wallpaper on the gadget
  • The winning design will also be made available to download


Photo by James Bareham / The Verge


  • No purchase necessary; open internationally. The contest starts on Wednesday, April 25th at 12PM ET and ends Monday, May 7th at 9AM ET. Contest open to those who, at the time of entry, are at least 18 years of age and are registered members of Instagram. Void where prohibited. Click here for official rules.


  • To submit a second entry for the contest, in addition to the steps above, follow our new @TheVergeArt Instagram page.
  • Here’s a Facebook Live tutorial led by The Verge’s art director William Joel on how he created the Galaxy S8 wallpaper.
  • Because we want to make this contest open to everyone, especially our international Verge audience, we could not include a physical prize in the contest due to the laws of certain countries that make running contests that include a physical prize very difficult. However, since we appreciate our Verge fans dedicating their time and energy to make these great entries, we’re planning on showing some Verge branded love back to our favorite entries (even the ones that might not win).

The winner will be notified via Instagram DM on May 8th. Good luck!