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Unsplash Awards: A little sat down with Founder Mikael Cho

Unsplash Awards: A little sit down with Founder Mikael Cho

Exactly one week ago, we have introduced the Unsplash Awards on Abduzeedo. A celebration made just for you, to recognize the open photography movement. Have you started submitting your photos yet? There is still plenty of time, please do check out Awards.Unsplash.com In the meantime, we would like to take the opportunity also to share a little interview/sit down we had with the founder of Unsplash - Mikael Cho. Get his insights on what motivates him from the Unsplash community. Doing a yearly ‘awards’ type event was something we always wanted to do. But it was a challenge to do it in the right way. Mikael Cho - Image via Unsplash Tell us about what is the Unsplash Awards?   The Unsplash Awards is a celebration of the people powering the open source photography movement. On Unsplash, millions of people every month are inspired by photography they can openly use to create. We felt it was important to create a moment that acknowledges the contributors who’ve made this possible by generously gifting their photography.  We’ve created 10 photography categories where we’ll feature the photos from Unsplash contributors: Aerial, Animals & Wildlife, Astrophotography, Food & Drink, Interiors & Architecture, Nature & Landscapes, People & Portraits, Sports, Street Photography and Unsplash community.  For each category, we’re inviting a guest curator to help select the photos to feature. Guest curators include Airbnb, Ultralinx, Squarespace, Imgix, Kodak, DJI, and Lonely Planet. How did you (and team) come up with the Unsplash Awards?   Without our community, Unsplash would be nothing.  Doing a yearly ‘awards’ type event was something we always wanted to do. But it was a challenge to do it in the right way.  Unsplash originally started as a side project inside of our company Crew. So we didn’t have the team to put together an ‘awards’ event the way we wanted.  Earlier this year though, we spun Unsplash out into its own company. This allowed us to expand our team and execute on Unsplash Awards the way we wanted to. Image by Nakita Cheung What is going to be the whole process of the Unsplash Awards?   Sept. 1 - Sept. 30 - Photo submissions open at awards.unsplash.com  Oct. 1 - Oct. 10 - Guest judges make selections  Oct 15 - Announcement of featured photos  How did you (and team) come up with the categories of the Unsplash Awards? Is it relevant to what is being shared on the platform?   The Unsplash Awards photography categories were definitely inspired by the photos we see everyday on Unsplash. There's over 250,000 photos on Unsplash now and most fit into these 10 categories. Image by chuttersnap The Unsplash Awards is a celebration of the people powering the open source photography movement. On Unsplash, millions of people every month are inspired by photography they can openly use to create. We felt it was important to create a moment that acknowledges the contributors who’ve made this possible by generously gifting their photography. Links Learn more about the Unsplash Awards at awards.unsplash.com Follow Unsplash on Instagram Cover Picture by Julie Macey

Introducing the Unsplash Awards

Introducing the Unsplash Awards

We are pretty excited to announce the Unsplash Awards, a celebration made just for you, to recognize the open photography movement. Unsplash team decided to go forward and present 13 photography categories that will be judged by a guest curator to help select the best photos. The guest curators will be coming from all over including brands like: DJI, Kodakit, Lonely Planet, Squarespace, Airbnb and more. Submissions are now open for one month-long, let's share the best of your creativity! About Unsplash Unsplash is a website dedicated to sharing copyright-free photography under the Unsplash license. Meaning that you can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is still very appreciated when possible. So today, we couldn’t be more excited to kick off the Unsplash Awards, an online celebration to recognize the powerful impact Unsplash contributors have made through their generosity and artistry. We’ve created 10 photography categories where we will feature the work of Unsplash contributors. For each category, we’ve invited a guest curator to help select the most inspiring photos. A post shared by Unsplash (@unsplash) on Sep 1, 2017 at 6:06am PDT 13 categories. 13 judges. Aerial | DJI Team Animals & Wildlife | Imgix Astrophotography | Chris Messina Black & White | InVision Food & Drink | Kodakit Interiors & Architecture | UltraLinx Mobile Photography | Google Live Case Nature & Landscapes | Lonely Planet People & Portraits | Squarespace Sports | GoPro Street Photography | Airbnb Tech & Business | Product Hunt & AngelList Unsplash Community Today, over 50,000 Unsplash members have contributed over 260,000 high-resolution, freely usable photos. This has turned Unsplash from a humble blog into the largest open repository of high-resolution photography in the world. Unsplash photos have gone on to inspire millions of creators from world-renowned writers like Deepak Chopra to multi-platinum recording artists to people of all ages looking to make their creative mark on the world. Unsplash would simply not be possible without the people who believe that sharing their work to support someone else is worthwhile. To give without expecting anything in return. Timeline Sept 1 — Sept 30th: Submissions open. To have your photography featured in a category, go to awards.unsplash.com Oct 1 — Oct 10: Curator selections Oct 15: Announcement of featured photos Links Learn more about the Unsplash Awards at awards.unsplash.com Follow Unsplash on Instagram Cover Picture by Rob Bates