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 5 megapixels.

For a standard landscape orientation photo, 5 megapixels is at least 2500 by 2000 pixels in size.

Unsplash Photo standards.

We don’t accept unclear photos, photos containing excess noise, ‘spotting’ (marks made by water or dirt on the lens at the time the photo was taken), selfies, or shots taken on extreme angles.

Photos are original.

We do not accept composite images on Unsplash. A composite is an image that has been created using multiple photos.

If you want to submit a composite image that uses photos from Unsplash, you can do so at

Examples of composite images

Photos are not over edited.

Our interpretation of over-editing includes:

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

Unsplash is a place to experiment with styles and people shouldn’t be afraid to try things that challenge traditional editing. Here are some examples of how people are expressing themselves creatively within our Guidelines.

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 are not duplicates of existing content that you have submitted to Unsplash.

This includes:

  • Submitting a black and white and color copy of the same photo.
  • Submitting multiple mock-up style images.
  • Cropping images for re-submission.

Photos do not have borders, graphics, text or watermarks 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 logos, clipart or any additional elements or overlays that are not original to the photo.
  • Text includes time stamps, hand lettering and any text.
  • Watermarks are not accepted.

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

You must own the rights to any photo you share on Unsplash. You can read more about this in our Terms.

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Updates: These Guidelines were last updated on 17th May, 2018

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