A few weeks ago I randomly ended up scrolling through Twitter and ended up on Sans Francisco which has a "designer toolkit" list of apps and websites. Including a list of photography resources. I'm well aware that creatives and bloggers often struggle to find the right imagery to compliment their work. In the past, this is where image libraries became of use, as did the right click button?
One of the most fun things about building Unsplash is the sheer size, scale, and popularity of the product.
On an average day, our API handles 10M+ requests from unsplash.com and thousands of 3rd party applications, our data pipeline processes millions of events, our feeds add 60M updates, and we serve 60 million images.
With the eventual demise of Instagram (if you are reading this in 2025, this might already be the case), I figured I needed a way to do just that. That is why I decided to join Unsplash.com and try to give away a portion of my work for free.
Unsplash is a magical place for people who want to find beautiful images for creating things. If you log in with your account, you are able to make collections to keep your favorite images in one place and to find them easily. Since recently, you can follow photographers you like and find their work on the following tab.
You only have to take a single look at our real-time activity map to see that photos are constantly being uploaded and downloaded at an incredible rate. We wanted to take a look back at the ten most popular photos of the year, to see what they captured and what we can learn from them. Here they are:
A sense of adventure is not uncommon for photographers, and every once in awhile I come across a photo which screams of exploration and something new. This photo from Thomas Hetzler, captured from the seat of a helicopter in motion, does just that.
Arto is a self-professed ‘sunset chaser’, and describes himself as someone who is always looking for the next setting sun to capture. He noted that most photos which accurately depict these events are full of beautiful clouds, as these allow the light to be refracted and give the entire scene a more vibrant look.
When I think of Maui, I think of black rock beaches, winding roads, and scenic tropical vistas.I do not think about paragliders coming in for rocky landings in front of a fire-red sky. Yet that’s exactly what Anton Repponen has captured, in a photo submitted to Unsplash only a few months ago and already downloaded over 11,000 times.
There are few forms of photography which mystify me more than shooting the night sky. Not only does it require dedication, but it seems to require an attention to technical details which I’ve never seemed to possess. Unsplash is no stranger to beautiful photos of stars, the moon, and even the galaxy — yet Jake Hills’ photo of the blood moon is something unique in its own right.