Awards 2019

The Unsplash Awards celebrates the very best of the open photography movement, and the generous photographers who push creativity forward every day. This year, we had an overwhelming amount of submissions to our 10 categories. Now’s the time to recognize the outstanding final selections.

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Charles Etoroma

Los Angeles, USA — Olympus E-M10 Mark II
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2019

Is the man lying down or doing a headstand? Which way are the stairs going? This photo brings out more questions and intrigue the more you look at it. The unexpected colors and unlikely composition certainly challenged our perception.

Stephanie Zou
Marketing Director — Figma

Hadi Yazdi

Earth — Sony α7 III
Selected in
Current Events
Unsplash Awards 2019

Compositionally this photo is incredible. There are layers story and history in every element. The casual nature of the subject suggests that she is completely comfortable in a place where she and her gender have never been welcome in history. Her injury and therefore struggle to attend that day, adds to the relaxed nature of her patriotic celebration alluding to a much more involved story. The numbers on the seats help to suggest the history, leaving me to wonder how many men sat where she is sitting before one (the first) woman was allowed.

Joel Tellier
Design Director — Vice

Geran de Klerk

South Africa — Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Selected in
Earth & Space
Unsplash Awards 2019

The author captures a powerful portrait of an endangered animal that, quite fittingly, uses the chiaroscuro effect to create a mysterious, dark and emotional tone.

Naoufal Kadhom
Senior UI Engineer — Netflix

Kelsey Curtis

Portland, Oregon — Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Selected in
Food & Wellness
Unsplash Awards 2019

Your eyes are instantly drawn to the beautiful cake in the image because of the contrast in colour within the photograph. The food styling around the dessert is soft and simple so it enhances the boldness of the cake without taking any of the focus away. Really enjoy how this was framed and styled. It all works together.

Alexandra Nikolajev
Creator Manager — Pinterest

Adrien Olichon

France — FujiFilm X100F
Selected in
Interiors & Architecture
Unsplash Awards 2019

I had a hard time choosing — there were a few that really stood out for me. Ultimately I went with the one that looked the least manipulated while also being a really strong composition. I love the use of negative space, the angles, the cropping, and I love the mixture of structure in light, in shadow, and the sky. Each window tells a small story of its own, and I feel like humanity is an important aspect for me and it is still here despite the composition being very stark and beautiful. I would be proud to have taken this photo.

Sebastian Speier
Design Lead — Airbnb

Simone Hutsch

London, UK — Canon EOS 7D
Selected in
Unsplash Awards 2019

Minimalism has become a catch-all term describing aesthetics that are often decidedly formal and deadpan in nature. Simone’s photo is by no measure the most minimalist image in framing or subject matter, but it stood out by avoiding the genre’s clichés. It doesn’t look like a desktop wallpaper, or WeWork conference room art. There is an artificial flat quality to it that feels very graphic and striking without trying too hard.

Max Kaplun
UX Design Lead — SSENSE

Aurélien Baud

France — iPhone XR
Selected in
Mobile Photography
Unsplash Awards 2019

The play on proportions and color directs the viewer directly into eye contact with the subject. This image captures emotional hardness with the angles, structures, and block colors to match the body language and tone. This photo shows how close a mobile camera can bring us into the stories of others. Rich portrait, ready for an album cover.

Nina Mehta
Design Manager — Mailchimp

Yannes Kiefer

Berlin — FujiFilm X-T1
Selected in
People & Diversity
Unsplash Awards 2019

I love the colors in the shot and the way they play off of each other. I love seeing the lines in her face and the pierce in her eyes. Those things together create a great portrait.

Amber Venerable
Visuals Director — Condé Nast

Francesca Grima

London — Sony DSC RX100 VI
Selected in
Product & Brands
Unsplash Awards 2019

The photo has taken an editorial lens that is clean and concise. This image brings the products to life through elevating the products. I appreciate the combination of tone and shadow play. I can see this image used in a magazine editorial on a shop feature.

Melissa Chai-Art Director
Marketing Manager — Etsy

Bahram Bayat

Zanjan, Iran — Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Selected in
Street Photography
Unsplash Awards 2019

I love that there are many ways to interpret this image. I see two contrasting worlds; one very dark and flat, and the other is rich, luminous, textured and alive. I like to imagine that the latter world is slowly spreading and taking over the dark world. The climbing plant just transformed a black dress into a beautiful floral one.

Viviane Labelle
Footwear Innovation Concept Creator — Nike

Unsplash Community

Nominated by the Unsplash Community
Selected in
Unsplash Community
Unsplash Awards 2019

We mean it when we say: our community has built Unsplash to what it is today. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate a few key members for their outstanding contributions from this past year. From sharing their feedback over on slack, to cheering their fellow photographers on over on Twitter—here are a few people that Unsplash can’t live without.

Priscilla Du Preez

Priscilla often reaches out to encourage others and is consistently creating images that are useful and creative. Since joining in 2016, she’s always thinking about how her images can be useful to others.

Ashkan Forouzani

Ashkan generously shares beautiful photos and is continuously helping everyone improve their photography. He’s always willing to answer questions and offer feedback to the community.

James Lee

James is passionate about the open photography movement, contributing many beautiful photos, but also encouraging and promoting other photographers and engaging the community on social media. He’s an ever-present and positive influence for the whole community.

Lawrson Pinson

Lawrson is passionate about pushing photography forward to help others and support his local community of photographers in Atlanta as well. He also shared photos to raise awareness for those suffering in Sudan.

Mat Reding

Mat is a strong advocate for the open photography movement and always inspiring others with his work. He’s an active member in the community offering support and welcoming new people to the platform.

Claudio Schwarz

Claudio is an extremely positive presence in the community. Whether it’s helping someone in the Unsplash community chat or sharing stunning photos, he’s always there to give encouragement to everyone.

Thank you 🎉

Thank you to everyone that took the time to submit to the third edition of the Unsplash Awards, and huge congratulations to all of the selected photographers this year — you’re amazing.

A special thank you to our Judges and Partners for helping us celebrate the open photography movement.

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