Attribution Examples

We created a simple guide to show you how to give proper attribution to your application. As a reminder, your application must credit Unsplash, the Unsplash photographer, and must contain a link back to the photographer's Unsplash profile.

Credit should take the form of either:

Photo by Annie Spratt / Unsplash 

or  

If the photo is contained within something already giving credit to Unsplash, simply:

Photo by Annie Spratt

or

Annie Spratt

Examples of Unsplash attribution:

Craft by Invision gives both Unsplash and photographer attribution, linking back to the photographer's Unsplash profile.

Craft by Invision gives both Unsplash and photographer attribution, linking back to the photographer's Unsplash profile.

Weebly chose to credit Unsplash in the search bar, and link to the Unsplash photographer under the photo. 

Weebly chose to credit Unsplash in the search bar, and link to the Unsplash photographer under the photo. 

Momentum gives both Unsplash and photographer attribution on the bottom left corner, linking back to the photographer's Unsplash profile.

Do all derivatives of your application need to give credit?

No. We know that if your application is used by users who then produce content with the photos, you can’t enforce them to always give credit. However, in the interfaces that you control, like for example, a search result of photos from Unsplash, credit can and is required to be given.

As the first contributors to Unsplash, we chose the Unsplash License to use CC0 (instead of similar licenses like CC BY or CC BY-SA) very purposefully because we know that in certain situations, it’s very hard to give credit.

While the Unsplash License doesn’t require credit to be given, uses of our API do.

In all of the current applications using the API, we’ve found that adding credit is an easy and do-able step.


Have questions about the Unsplash API Guidelines, or want to become an API Partner? Email us at partnerships@unsplash.com.

Annie Spratt