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


From brutalist buildings to minimalist structures, this Unsplash Awards category showcases the art of architecture, looking to understand and reflect on the structures that shape a place's narrative.
Official Judge
Erika Allen — Vice

Current Events

From Black Lives Matter protests in cities across the United States, to empty public spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic – this Unsplash Awards category covers the latest important events and movements around the world. When submitting, please add a quick photo description so our Judges can understand the full context of the photograph.
Official Judge
Slava Kim — Zora


Through photography, we can continue to push creativity forward by showcasing our surroundings in new, intriguing ways. This Unsplash Awards category challenges us to incorporate unlikely textures, experiment with new formats, and reevaluate how we look at the world around us.
Official Judge
Francesca Wallace — Vogue


From fashion fads to timeless style, this Unsplash Awards category explores what our clothes say about us. So submit the street-style shots. The piles of clothes in the corner of your bedroom. The editorial photographs. Let's explore what our clothes communicate to those around us.
Official Judge
Laura Brown — Polaroid


In a world where technology continues to advance, and the tools and gadgets we rely on to take photographs become more and more sophisticated, it's important to remember where it all started: the film camera. So from the 35mm shots to the latest Polaroids, this Unsplash Awards category pays tribute to the world of analog.
Official Judge
Emma Nemtin — Headspace

Health & Wellness

A morning jog as the sun rises. Dinner parties with friends. Soothing Sunday baths to end the weekend. All of these practices represent a celebration of the mind, body and soul. This Unsplash Awards category is all about what health & wellness means to you – whether that's a trip to the gym, an evening face mask, or a moment of quiet meditation.
Official Judge
Livia Antolik — IKEA


From peaceful bedrooms to cluttered kitchens – the spaces that are hidden from plain view often tell us the most about the people who inhabit them. This Unsplash Awards category showcases interior spaces, and examines how our environments can evoke specific moods and emotions.
Official Judge
Cyrill Gutsch — Parley for the Oceans


From stunning seascapes and wildlife captures to key issues such as climate change and plastic pollution, this Unsplash Awards category examines our planet, and beyond.
Official Judge
Jane Wong — SSENSE


Photography has the power to reflect the world around us, and give voice to individuals and groups within our communities. This Unsplash Awards category is all about capturing real people, and communicating their story within a single frame.
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. Whether you live in a crowded city or a deserted town, our streets have the ability to tell the story of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. This Unsplash Awards 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.


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Photo by Martin Sanchez (Awards 2019)