Unsplash Awards 2018

Celebrating the people powering the open photography movement.

Open November 15th — December 7th, 2018
Winners announced December 17th, 2018


The Unsplash Awards is a month-long celebration created to recognize the powerful impact Unsplash contributors have made through their generosity and artistry. Every day, thousands of photographers freely gift their work on Unsplash to move creativity forward.

Photo by Jessica F

12 Categories

We’ve created 12 photography categories to feature the work of Unsplash contributors throughout November and December. For each category, we’ve invited a guest judge to help select the featured photos.

Esteban Arturo — Global Citizen


Photography that captures the underrepresented in stock photography such as different body types, disability awareness, ethnicity, feminism and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Jakob Owens — BuffNerds Media


From stunning land and seascapes, wildlife captures and the tiny details of nature to key issues such as climate change and pollution, ‘Earth’ is a category to celebrate our planet.

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Amy Feitelberg — Square


From remote work and start-ups to small businesses and individual creators, this category showcases the way business is growing and evolving.

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Rogie King — Dribbble


Boundary-pushing photography that captures the world in new, creative ways.

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Sai De Silva — Scout the City

Food & Wellness

Photography that represents and encourages a healthy mind and soul. To empower and motivate others towards active lifestyle choices, healing, holistic choices, healthy eating and practices such as meditation and yoga.

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Tobias van Schneider — Semplice

Interiors & Architecture

Photography of human-made spaces both inside and out, this category encompasses everything from sweeping perspectives to slick workspace shots.

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Andre Felipe Ribeiro — Squarespace

People & Relationships

People and relationships, captured. We welcome submissions of subjects of all ages and ethnicity, from candid portraits, to styled wedding shoots.

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Joel Tellier — Vice


Capturing the truth behind global stories has never been more critical. This category celebrates those who chose to go out and bravely document important current events.

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Kate Allchin — Pinterest

Product Photography

Photography of products in any style, from editorial to commercial.

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Emanuel Sá — Sketch

Shapes & Textures

From macro photography to drone shots, natural structures to modern architecture, this category celebrates the beautiful patterns and details of the world around us.

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Wesley Yendrys — SSENSE

Street Photography

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. This category encompasses everything from gritty street scenes to those once-in-a-lifetime candid shots.

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Unsplash Community

A special category curated by us to recognize excellence in our community.

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Kate is a London based editorial strategist and marketeer, with over 10 years experience working in fashion, interiors and now tech. She is Pinterest’s Content Marketing Manager – for Canada, UK and Ireland. She oversees the editorial direction for the curated spaces on Pinterest – as well as trend forecasting, co-marketing initiatives and their UK awards programme. Outside of Pinterest she loves design, travel and wellness. All passions she can indulge, discover and do via Pinterest.

Esteban is a brand designer working with Global Citizen. He focuses on exploring how design can transcend across an organization; from the conception of the business model, to how it can be leveraged to empower individuals. Over his career in marketing and design he has worked on projects with Target, The Clorox Company, Macy's, STORY, Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Starbucks, and Global Citizen; refining their marketing strategies, defining their brands, and creating consumer centric experiences. The combination of his design expertise and his understanding of product-market fit gives him the unique ability to act on business trends with a creative approach.

Amy Feitelberg is currently a photo art director at Square in San Francisco, CA, where she gets to create the visuals for a forward thinking company that enables entrepreneurship for all. Previous to her transition to the Bay, she was the photo director at Los Angeles magazine and Outside magazine in Santa Fe, NM before that. Throughout her tenure in publishing she curated, produced and art directed award winning photography all over the world.

Rogie is a multidisciplinary designer at Dribbble. He really loves to focus on unique solutions, crafted at the hand of front-end web tech that dazzle and delight. Oh, and community. He loves community. But also, hot-sauce! And horror movies! And really loud electronic music! And he loves to dabble in art, that he's been told has a Disney/mid-century vibe.

Among other things Jakob is a Director/Creator/Entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles California. He is also the creator and owner of TheBuffNerds YouTube channel which has accumulated over 250+ million views and 750K + subscribers.

Andre Ribeiro is a Brazilian-born designer, now based in New York City. With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked at agencies in Brazil, London, San Francisco, and New York. He is currently a Design Manager at Squarespace and prior to that, Andre was a Senior Art Director at Huge Inc, working for a variety of clients such as Apple, Nespresso, Google, and Morgan Stanley, among others.

Emanuel Sá is a designer and the co-founder of Sketch. Before starting Sketch in 2010 he worked with some of the biggest software companies in the world and when he’s not designing icons and interfaces, he’s taking pictures with his trusty Leica.

Scout The City is an online destination that focuses on family, fashion, beauty, health, and all things lifestyle. The STC brand is devoted to the millennial mom who balances her career with motherhood through family bonding and unapologetic self-expression. Through our various media platforms we've created a conversation that resolves around parenting, fashion, city life, and celebrating diversity. STC has earned international credibility as one of the world's favorite lifestyle blogs, gaining major recognition with national and international sponsors, advertisers, and a rapidly growing fan base.

Tobias van Schneider is an award-winning designer born in Germany, raised in Austria and currently living in New York. Working at the intersection of product design and brand identity, he’s had the privilege of creating products used and loved by millions. He writes about productivity and portfolio building on his blog, DESK. Find him @vanschneider on Twitter.

Joel is a multifaceted artist with over 15 years of experience in design and animation. He is the Design Director at VICE Canada.

Wesley is a multidisciplinary designer currently working at the intersection of design, engineering and content at SSENSE. Responsible for merging both the creative and technical, he works to provide innovative yet concrete solutions that are technology based. On the side, he can be found working on a range of freelance projects across numerous creative domains, from branding and identity, to print, wayfinding and more.

All categories winners will be automatically entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 free flights from Hopper, valued at $600 each.

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