The Climate Reality Project + Unsplash

Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash

Even though we’re based in Montreal, we were absolutely devastated to learn that the president of the United States decided to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate change is a global problem, one that requires global support if we have any hope of remaining below the 2°C threshold set out in the Paris Agreement.  

One of the organizations leading the fight against the climate crisis is The Climate Reality Project. Founded by former US Vice President Al Gore, the nonprofit is turning awareness into action and building support for clean energy and other climate solutions.

They are also featured heavily in the new sequel to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power follows Vice President Gore as he visits melting glaciers and flooded city streets, and works alongside world leaders and citizen activists to push for solutions to the climate crisis, ultimately resulting in the historic Paris Agreement. In the end, the trenchant documentary reveals that at a time when the threat of climate change has never been clearer, the reasons for hope have never been greater.

To celebrate the film’s release, we’ve teamed up with Climate Reality to create a photo collection about taking action for the climate. What does climate change mean for you? Show us your protest photos, your wind turbines, solar installations, and impacts to your climate. Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

How to submit a photo:

  • Submit your photos that show us ways to take climate action. You may submit as many photos as you wish.
  • Submit a photo to Unsplash as normal but add “climate reality” to the photo story (its caption).
  • All photos must comply with Unsplash Photo Submission Guidelines. All photos on Unsplash are licensed under the Unsplash License, which means they can be used for anything for free.
  • All photos must be submitted by August 24th, 2017, at midnight EST.

Photo selection:

  • After your photo is submitted to Unsplash, it will be reviewed for approval by the Unsplash Editorial team, based on the guidelines above. The photos that are approved will show up on the Climate Reality collection page.
  • Unsplash, with the help of the Climate Reality team, will select 10 featured photos from that collection. If your photo is selected, you’ll be notified by email and your photo will be featured on the homepage of Unsplash.

These 10 photographers will also be:

  • Featured in the Unsplash Curated email that gets sent to the Unsplash community.
  • Featured on the Unsplash homepage, which gets viewed more than the cover of the New York Times.
  • Featured on the Unsplash and Climate Reality  Instagram accounts.
  • Rewarded with fancy prizes (with extra special ones for the top three photos).

It always feels great to hear from our photographer community in Slack (which you can join for free) or on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to recognize the awesome people that make up our community.


Huge thanks to everyone who submitted photos for consideration - view the entire collection of 170+ photos submitted.

Annie Spratt