Community · May 08, 2024

Lookback on April

20 incredible submissions from the past month.

Alyssa Wright
Alyssa Wright

In April, Unsplash welcomed a whopping 100,242 new images. We handpicked 20 amazing submissions from the bunch, each with its own cool story to tell.


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“I took this picture on a city rooftop in the heart of downtown Montreal– my home, and the most populated city to experience the total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024. It was such a surreal experience shared with everyone else who stopped what they were doing to step outside and observe this awe-inspiring phenomenon. With the help of a telephoto lens and only about 60 seconds to get the perfect shot, I trusted my knowledge and my intuition to capture this once-in-a-lifetime result.” — Mathilde Langevin 🇨🇦


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  “A love that knows no boundaries in a world of vibrant hues, a vision so divine, A lady in red cloth, a love that intertwines. With grace, she dons her gown, a scarlet melody, And in her crimson gloves, a touch of ecstasy. Her ears are adorned with emerald, a glimpse of lush delight, As whispers of devotion dance through the night. With eyes closed, she dreams, a secret she conceals, One hand upon her eye, a mystery she reveals. In shades of ruby splendor, her beauty takes its flight, A canvas of desire, igniting hearts alight. Her emerald lips speak volumes, a language all their own....” — Godfred Kwakye 🇬🇭


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“During a weekly trip in Sumbawa, Indonesia, I heard about a location where to observe Whales Sharks. I had the chance to find a local fisherman who could take me there. 4 am the next day, I was on the boat, and finally jumped into the water facing these incredible beasts.” — Kevin Charit 🇫🇷


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“We decided to have a drive along the south of Iceland during the winter storm to capture some epic shots. While we indeed, managed to capture some crazy landscapes and details, we also captured this calm view of the famous Icelandic horses getting warm and looking for some grass under the snow with this epic mountain as the backdrop.” — ISKRA Photography 🇮🇸


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“The piece was the opening of the ballet, Carmen Variation. The background was a solid red color. I was shooting from the wings of the stage, so I was able to put a black curtain to the left of the red background. The black curtain and the black stage lines created a nice effect in the resulting photo.” — Kazuo Ota 🇯🇵


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"The paragliders around Salt Lake City are a common sight throughout the year, but I finally took the chance to get up to their level, the launch point, for sunset. While a lot is going on with a dozen paragliders in the air at any given moment, there's a stillness and awe at the spectacle as a whole." – Dave Solce 🇺🇸


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“Journey into the depths of the mind, where the boundaries of reality dissolve.” — Point Normal 🇮🇳


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“The silhouette of an old mangrove tree as the sun sets over West Summerland Key, Florida” — Ben Wicks 🇬🇧


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“The image was taken at the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple right in the middle of Shanghai. This place offers authentic Kung Fu classes from real Shaolin monks. I got very lucky to become friends with the master, making this photo possible. I was inspired by old martial arts movies.” — George Dagerotip 🇨🇳


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“The Gara Mountain is a popular mountain in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, it encapsulates history with its good and bad for the Kurdish people. Back in the regime days of Saddam Hussein, it was the base for the dictator in which he built a castle on the highest peak of the legendary mountain with visiting restrictions for natives. Now it is the highest peak in the city of Duhok, which locals go to during winter to feel the freedom of their land. Gara’s appearance at dawn and sunsets symbolize the arrival of a new day in which people fight with joyful snowballs instead of feeling the fear of conquerors. In a nutshell, Gara is joy and history.” — Diyar Shahbaz 🇮🇶


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“I took this photo during my first outing in the mountains three years ago. I was amazed to discover the mountains when I was 29 years old, it was a pleasant spectacle. Since then I have always been in the Pyrenees and I practice alpinism and climbing! I discovered these photos in an SD card that I hadn't emptied... haha! I find it incredible, so sweet, as the sun has just left us for this sunset. We went up to the Col d'Aubisque by car because we didn't have hiking equipment at the time, and we arrived in the sea of clouds, then the weather cleared and we discovered the mountains and took this photo.” — Mathieu Odin 🇫🇷


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"3D render of a rocky terrain with lakes from an aerial view." – Alex Shuper 🇱🇻


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“Our family decided to take a road trip to Colorado in the middle of the winter. I wanted to capture a shot of an American bison in the snow and even rented a specific telephoto lens just to make sure I'd be able to get the shots I was looking for. The lens I rented did not work well and produced soft, unusable images. My favorite photo of the set ended up being this one of a bison who'd wandered into the parking lot that I captured with my usual portrait setup. It's funny how things work out.” — Cristofer Maximilian 🇺🇸


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“This flower was created by dripping alcohol ink and alcohol blending solution onto a white ceramic dish, then immediately using a can of compressed air and a heat gun to make the petals. It's a new technique I'm learning and having a lot of fun with!” —  Susan Wilkinson 🇺🇸


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“I stumbled upon photos of a bunch of these cute bonsai trees with orange, artificial glass fruits hanging from their branches. I thought: "Hey, that looks cool, let's make something similar". I jumped into Cinema 4D (my software of choice) and got to work. I wanted to go for a more abstract look, like, I didn't want the "fruits" to look like fruits, so I just made them into spheres instead. I'm also a big fan of contrast, that's why I chose the blue background - to really separate it from the bright orange spheres. The round, squishy, and almost juicy-looking spheres right next to the dry, jagged, and arid-looking branch is also a contrast I like.” — Micke Lindström 🇸🇪


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“I love exploring new places and making wonderful memories. It was a great experience for me to photograph the annual horses of this region, known as Hürmetçi Marshes in Kayseri, one of the most beautiful places in my country. Yılkı horses are horses that run freely on the land. I asked the owners to make an impressive show and I took such a photo.” — Musa Ortaç 🇹🇷


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“After looking like a fool and searching for owls last year, thinking that there were probably no owls in my area, I was finally rewarded... Sometimes luck comes unexpectedly. This large gray owl came flying through my yard one afternoon, perched in a tree and sat there for several hours. He accepted my presence and we kept eye contact for several hours. What an incredible experience. I moved from the city to the countryside precisely because of things like this.” — Christoph Nolte 🇸🇪


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“Sunlight shining through two triangular glass prisms, and onto a water-filled wine glass.” — David Clode 🇦🇺


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“Living right along the Central Coast of California we get the seasonal influx of low coastal fog. Some of the local Mountain peaks will peak through the clouds, but this evening the sun was setting below the fog creating a magical warm glow. This was shot on my drone a couple of miles from the coast.” — Jeremy Bishop 🇺🇸


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“Crystal Jellies are transparent and glow under a special light, making them perfect subjects to produce magical photos. The thin glowing outline of the jelly emerges from the bottom of the photo, contrasting the deep blue waters, decorated with the glowing bits surrounding it. This was my first time capturing sea life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and it was certainly a fascinating experience. “ — Noelle 🇺🇸


See you in a month when we take a look back on May!👋 (Psst, want to make the next round-up? Include a description with your submission.)

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