Being Part of the Unsplash Community

Unsplash is a photo community, which originated as a Tumblr blog which gave away 10 free, high quality stock photos a week.

Today, it is a massive storehouse for over half a million, 100% free and high quality photos, which are available at a click of a button.

I’ve recommended the space to friends & colleagues who have been looking for stock photos for quite a while, and decided to join them.

I’ve been taking photos occasionally for a number of years, and even did a whole photo a day project in 2014, so decided to upload some of my favourite photos to the site to contribute back.

The first photo I uploaded was from when I took my wife to visit the Magic Lantern Festival in 2016 at Chiswick House & Gardens in London.

I’d uploaded it just before Chinese New Year, so saw my stats go through the roof after it had been chosen to be showcased on the ‘New’ section of Unsplash’s home page.

At the time of writing, it has over 281,000 views and over 2100 downloads.

One of the best things about Unsplash is the community around it.

Not only are the Unsplash staff great on social media and responding to emails, but they’ve created a Slack community which has hundreds of photographers from around the world who gather to discuss photography. Whether it’s organising a meet up in country specific channels, seeking feedback from each other or sharing remixes of works made from Unsplash photos.

One of the Community Team is Annie Spratt, who has been great when I’ve queried some photos that have been rejected or general questions I’ve had.

Because the photos are high quality and free for all to download, it does mean that my photos could appear next to any product or place. Most people who go to submit work to Unsplash understand this and it is clearly described in the Unsplash Licence when you download content. Downloaders are encouraged to give credit in the form of a link back to the image on Unsplash, but they’re not obligated to.

I think Unsplash is a great place to discover great quality photos and then share photos back to a community who care.

You can find my photos on Unsplash here, and if you use any in your own projects, let me know!

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