Unsplash partners with Rucksack Magazine

Article written by Rucksack Magazine

Article written by Rucksack Magazine

Mirko and Laura, co-editors of Rucksack Magazine, share the story behind their first printed magazine and how they built it with the Unsplash community.


Collaborating with Unsplash for the publication of our first printed magazine was a no-brainer. The emphasis on the importance of community, the celebration of raw talent and the creation of an environment where sharing and discovering is encouraged, rather than frowned upon, are all key elements our magazine shares with Unsplash. We have been fortunate enough to create an amazing community of like-minded creatives through our online journal (www.rucksackmag.com) and were incredibly fortunate to receive such a high standard of contributions for our first printed edition: ‘The Winter Issue.’ The magazines existence is solely down to the community we have managed to grow and sustain. We focus, just like Unsplash, simply on quality. Who someone is, or what they do, is irrelevant; our interest is purely in their imagery and the stories they have to share. 

After deciding upon a Winter theme for our first edition, we knew we had to involve the Unsplash community in some way. We created an Unsplash Winter Collection featuring our favourite shots; images that we felt captured the essence and true meaning of the season perfectly. It was a difficult decision to narrow the collection down, but we eventually managed to select eight photographers. They showcase the true beauty of winter in a way we felt would be the perfect conclusion to our first magazine. These are the final selection of images we chose to feature in our Unsplash Winter Collection chapter, and have now been published in our printed magazine:

Winter Collection Photographers: Jack Cairney, Rab Fyfe, Christian Grab, Ryan Christopher, Sandra Mode, Dorin Moise, Adrian Otero, René Reichelt

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Photo by Jack Cairney

Photo by Jack Cairney

Photo by Rab Fyfe

Photo by Rab Fyfe

Photo by Ryan Christopher
Photo by Sandra Mode

Photo by Sandra Mode

Photo by René Reichelt
Photo by Rab Fyfe

Photo by Rab Fyfe

Photo by Christian Grab
Photo by Dorin Moise

Photo by Dorin Moise

Photo by Adrian Otero

Photo by Adrian Otero

Whilst we were in the midst of editing the magazine and finalising the layout, one of the photographers from the collection we had shortlisted got in touch with us. His name was Todd Diemer, and he wanted to give us more than just a photograph; he wanted to provide us with a story. Now we no longer had a single image; we had two stunning shots and a dramatic story about an attempt to summit Mount Shasta in the depths of winter. This is a perfect example of the beauty of the Unsplash community; the support it brings, and the creative outlet it inspires. 

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Words & Photography by Todd Diemer

Words & Photography by Todd Diemer

We are incredibly thankful to the community of Unsplash, and the support it provides mirrors that of our own talented group of creatives. Over the past year we have been fortunate enough to interview Unsplash photographers Mitchell Hollander and Andrew Neel in our online journal and have used a variety of Unsplash photographs to support our stories. As well as using Unsplash for beautiful images to accompany our journal, we also ensure we provide photography in return, and upload our own outdoor themed photographs whenever possible. 

We are Rucksack Magazine. We are driven by a simple passion for photography, storytelling, and discovery of the outdoors. Working with an innovative community of global creatives, we aim to promote a sense of awe and wonder at the world around us. Through creating our first printed magazine, we have reimagined what the season of winter looks like. We have drawn out the true meaning of winter and our stories and photographs investigate what it means to be experienced from a different perspective. 

Rucksack Magazine - Volume 1 is now available for purchase:


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Website:  rucksackmag.com

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Instagram:  instagram.com/rucksackmag

Annie Spratt