2021 Edition

Unsplash Awards

Celebrating the best of open photography

Open October 1 – 31, 2021
Finalists announced November 25, 2021

The Unsplash Awards are a month-long celebration recognizing the powerful impact that the Unsplash community has made through their generosity and artistry. Unsplash wouldn’t exist without the thousands of contributors who freely gift their work and push creativity forward every day.

From the very best of architecture & interiors, to an all-new 3D category — enter your images into 11 categories designed to showcase the best of Unsplash. We’ve also invited amazing guest judges to help select the featured images for each category.

How to participate

  1. Select the category you’d like to participate in, and click Submit.
  2. You can either submit a new photo or choose a photo from your library.
  3. If choosing a photo from your library — only photos submitted after October 31, 2020 will be eligible for this year’s Awards.

Note: All images that have been curated to the Awards topics between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021 are automatically submitted to this year’s Awards. The number of eligible photos will be shown under the Submit button.

Read more about our rules and regulations here.

Official Judge
Alex Ainslie — Google Chrome

3D Renders

For the first time ever, Unsplash is accepting a new category of images outside of photography. Submit your 3-dimensional images, designed in the software of your choice, rendered into JPEG images.
Official Judge
Marine Roucheyrolle — Airbnb

Architecture & Interior

From towering skyscrapers to minimalist home decor, this category showcases the best of architectures and interiors.
Official Judge
Erika Allen — Vice

Current Events

Covering the latest important events, news-worthy moments and movements from around the world — from political protests to cultural celebrations. When submitting, please provide a photo description so we understand the full context of the image.
Official Judge
Emma Davidson — Dazed Digital


Through the use of unlikely textures, intriguing subject matter, and new formats — photography has the power to challenge our perspectives and push creativity forward.
Official Judge
Francesca Wallace — Vogue


From street-style shots to editorial photography — find the latest trends in beauty and fashion.
Official Judge
Jason Heward — Leica Camera


Beautiful analog photography from the past and present day — featuring polaroids, black and white images, grainy portraits, and more.
Official Judge
Michele Outland — Gather Journal

Food & Drink

It’s time to indulge, and throw yourself into the world of culinary photography — with shots of elaborate dinner parties, decadent pastries and more.
Official Judge
Victoria Estevez — Calm

Health & Wellness

Celebrate a healthy mind, body and soul with photographs that showcase everything from new medical discoveries and alternative medicines, to healthy eating and meditation.
Official Judge
Josh Raab — National Geographic


Let’s celebrate the magic of Mother Earth — with images of everything our planet has to offer, from stunning seascapes, starry skies, and everything in between.
Official Judge
Samia Liamani — Good Faces


Real people, captured. Photography has the power to reflect the world around us, give voice to individuals and groups within our communities — and most importantly — tell their story.
Official Judge
Viviane Labelle — Nike

Street Photography

From early morning commutes to neon-tinted nights, our streets have become the fabric of our shared history. This category encompasses street photography in every form.
Official Judge
Unsplash Community

Photo of 2021

We’ve teamed up with 10 community panelists to create a collection that represents 10 of the most impactful images on Unsplash from 2021. And now, we’d love to hear from you. Vote for the image that resonates most with you, and the one with the most votes will be selected for the Photo of 2021 Award.


Finalists announced November 25, 2021
Photo by Mikita Yo