Unsplash partners with Lonely Whale to bring awareness to plastic pollution

Jeremy Bishop | Download free on Unsplash

Jeremy Bishop | Download free on Unsplash

There is too much plastic in our ocean.   

If you asked your family and friends what they thought of the pollution in our ocean, I'm sure they would all agree that it's unacceptable, and rather devastating. But it's hard to know how to help or what to do to make a difference, when the world is running quickly around you.  

Lonely Whale is trying to change that by making ocean activism more accessible. The organization is focused on creating conversations that help communities come together to make measurable impact. Most recently, Lonely Whale launched the #StopSucking campaign (which we felt was genius) to challenge individuals, organizations, and even brands to refuse single-use plastic straws. As part of their Strawless Ocean initiative, the challenge has helped make the conversation louder than ever.

We felt their mission was necessary, and wanted to help bring their courageous ideas to life. We want to help our communities raise awareness and also inspire others to take action through photography by putting together a special curated collection. 

Samsommer | Download free on Unsplash

Samsommer | Download free on Unsplash

Now, it’s your chance to contribute your photos to create a curated collection of ocean-positive lifestyle choices.

We would love to see your photos that showcase the human to ocean connection and highlight how you live an ocean-friendly lifestyle. Whether it’s photos of paper straws, sustainable seafood (on a plastic-free table), or plastic pollution on our city streets or coastlines, it’s important we begin to visually highlight the problem and alternatives so we can inspire a wave of change.

Jakob Owens | Download free on Unsplash

Jakob Owens | Download free on Unsplash

How to contribute to Lonely Whale's Curated Collection

  • You may submit as many of your 'ocean-friendly' photos as you wish.
  • Submit a photo to Unsplash and check the 'Lonely Whale' option to indicate you'd like it to be considered for the collection. 
  • All photos must comply with Unsplash’s 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 November 28th, 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 Lonely Whale collection page, and updated every 48 hours.
  • The Unsplash Editorial team, with the help of Lonely Whale, will select 10 featured photos from that collection.

These 10 photographers will 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 Unsplash's InstagramFacebook and Twitter accounts.

It feels great to hear from our 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.

Annie Spratt