2020 Edition

Unsplash Awards

Celebrating the best of open photography

Open October 1st — October 31st, 2020
Finalists announced November 27th, 2020


The Unsplash Awards is a month-long celebration created to recognize the powerful impact Unsplash contributors have made through their generosity and artistry. Every day, thousands of photographers freely gift their work on Unsplash to move creativity forward.

From the very best of Street Photography, to our all-new Film category — enter your photography into 10 categories designed to showcase the best of Unsplash.

How to participate

This year, we’re changing things up a bit and operating the Unsplash Awards through our Topics.

  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 in 2020 will be eligible for this year’s Awards.

Note: Any image from 2020 (Nov 1st 2019 – Oct 31st 2020) that’s been curated into the 10 Awards Topics are automatically submitted to the Awards. The number of eligible photos will be shown under the Submit button.

Read more about our rules and regulations here.

Official Judge
Francois Hoang — Abduzeedo


Explore exteriors from around the world — from brutalist buildings to minimalist structures that will give you a new appreciation for the art of architecture.
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
Slava Kim — Zora


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
Laura Brown — Polaroid


Beautiful analog photography from the past and present day — featuring polaroids, black and white images, grainy portraits, and more.
Official Judge
Emma Nemtin — Headspace

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
Livia Antolik — IKEA


Whether it’s a peaceful bedroom or a cluttered kitchen — photographs of our spaces tell the story of who we are.
Official Judge
Cyrill Gutsch — Parley for the Oceans


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
Jane Wong — SSENSE


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
Tyler Kealey — 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

Community Photo of 2020

We’ve teamed up with 10 community panelists to create a collection that represents 10 of the most impactful photographs on Unsplash from 2020. And now, we’d love to hear from you. Vote for the image that resonates most with you, and the photograph with the most votes will be selected for the Photo of 2020 Award.


Finalists announced November 27th, 2020.
Photo by Martin Sanchez (Awards 2019)