Submission Guidelines


Thanks for contributing to Unsplash! You're awesome. To save you time and increase your submission's chance of being featured, please ensure that your submissions meet our guidelines below.


Photos meet the minimum size requirement of 3 megapixels.

For a standard landscape orientation photo, 3 megapixels is at least 2048 by 1536 pixels in size.

Photos are of good quality.

Photos that are unclear, blurred or taken on extreme angles detract from quality.


Example of good quality


Example of an unclear photo


Example of a blurred photo


Example of an extreme angle


Photos are not visually similar.

If you have a set of similar photos to share, please pick your favourite and upload that one.

Photos are original.

If you want to submit a remix that uses photos from Unsplash, you can do so at A remix is an image that has been created using multiple photos.


Example of a remix

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Photos are not over edited.

Over-editing includes

  • Excess grain
  • Heavy vignetting
  • Over-sharpened
  • Over-saturated
  • Picking single colors out on black and white photos

Example of excess grain


Example of an excessive vignette


Example of over-sharpening


Example of over-saturation


Photos do not contain nudity.

While we appreciate the beauty of nude portraiture, Unsplash is for people of all ages and therefore we do not accept photos containing nudity.

Photos do not have borders, graphics or text overlayed on them.

This is the most common reason that photos are not accepted on Unsplash.

Borders include photos with a border, or partial borders of any colour.

Graphics include watermarks, logos, clipart or any overlay that is not original to the photo.

Text includes watermarks, time stamps, hand lettering and any text.

Photos do not contain violent imagery. Unsplash is a place for people of all ages.

Please do not submit photos that others may find sensitive.

It should go without saying, but you must also own the rights to the photo. You can read more about this in our Terms.


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