Community · June 03, 2024

Lookback on May

20 incredible submissions from the past month.

Alyssa Wright
Alyssa Wright

In May, a remarkable 93,979  images were added to the Unsplash library. Here are 20 exceptional submissions and the stories behind them.


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“On May 10th of this year, one of the strongest northern lights of the past 10 years was visible over Europe. Naturally, I didn't want to miss this opportunity and went outside the city to find a location with minimal light pollution. Once I found it, I spent several hours enjoying the northern lights. The photograph was taken with a 10-second exposure." — Kristaps Ungurs 🇱🇻


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“The Pinnacles on the North Island of New Zealand are just amazing and fascinate with remarkable rock formations. One might also know this place from "Lord of the Rings" as the "Paths to the Dead". I think this is a perfect title for this stunning panorama. The image is showing a person (/me) with a lamp exploring this surreal place during the night with the Milky Way expanding over the scenery.” — Sebastian Knoll 🇦🇹


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“Central Coast photographer, David DuBransky, in his natural habitat” — Tim Mossholder 🇺🇸


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“A peaceful resting space surrounded by books. The gentle light seeping from the ceiling and the round shadows cast by celestial instruments convey a sense of warmth.” — Sung Jin Cho 🇰🇷


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“‘Time. We're on a rock that's spinning through space. This image is a composite of 160 photos taken over 15 minutes.” — Marek Piwnicki 🇵🇱


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“Walking through a birch grove, I was inspired by its beauty and sophistication. The tree trunks seem to be covered with silver, casting a subtle glow on the surrounding soft green of moss and grass. As I visualized this moment, I saw the mystery of beauty in the simplicity of nature and its ability to inspire and soothe our hearts solved.” — Eugene Golovesov 🇷🇺


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“I am exploring taking pictures of Iranian girls from different angles and senses. This picture is one of the pictures of Iranian girls in a minimal space.” — Mokhalad Musavi 🇮🇷


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“As a cycling enthusiast, I've never been particularly drawn to cars. However, vintage classics have a certain charm to them that modern vehicles simply lack. They evoke a sense of adventure and nostalgia, making me imagine the joy of embarking on a journey on a perfect day. In this photo, I aimed to capture and convey that feeling, that call for adventure." — Yuri Krupenin 🇩🇪


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“I was inspired by an animation while making this drawing. In the animation, the man was swimming in his own thoughts. But I can't swim in my thoughts. I'm drowning. So I decided to do something like this.” — Eren Yildiz 🇹🇷


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“To get to the Kerlingarfjöll, you have to take a 2 hours-long rugged road and the weather in Icelandic Highlands is always unpredictable - it can easily be snowing in September and you would see nothing. But on this day, I had luck and the weather was great, so I could see the natural beauty of colored mountains combined with steam from geothermal activities in this area." — Tomáš Malík 🇸🇰


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"Illustration of a sunrise or sunset on the ocean with the sun cast a long reflection along the top of the saltwater with palm tree branches hanging near and a sailboat floating calmly on the horizon." – Thomas Park 🇺🇸


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“I captured a unique moment that speaks through two iconic symbols of the Philippines, a Tuk-tuk rushing down the narrow street and a stall with the sweetest mangoes. These sights capture the vibrant yet relaxed spirit of Coron.” — Jerry Kavan 🇨🇿


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“On the 11th of May I heard the news that there will be Aurora visiting the European sky, it has been always my dream to capture this moment alive. I went to a high spot and put my camera to the north and waited about 3 hours to capture this photo. I had teary eyes as I replayed the photo on the EVF. it was like a dream that came true.” — Omar Ram 🇩🇪


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“Myself and five other photographers were enjoying a cloudy sunset in New York City and decided to book last-minute tickets to the Top of The Rock. We didn't think we'd be able to see much as it was hazy and cloudy. The moment we got to the 70th floor, we all couldn't believe our eyes, sunset off to the west and mesmerizing New York City glowing below us. I had to take this photo framing the One World Trade Center building.” — Luke Miller 🇨🇦


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“We found out we were having a baby boy while sitting on the beach. As the sun went down, I wanted to remember the time and place of the moment. It was in California, with a classic pier, with surfers dotted all over, I’ll always have this image in my head.” — Colin + Meg 🇺🇸


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“Exploring an empty beach at sunset is pure serenity. I took this photo near Tofino on Vancouver Island, just before an unforgettable night with friends around a campfire under the stars. My most cherished photographs are those that capture memories, and this is one of them. I encourage you all to chase experiences and create memories!” — Aditya Chinchure 🇨🇦


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“Crafting stunning 3D visuals has always been my passion, and this particular project was a labor of love. Using Cinema 4D and Redshift, I created a dark yet vibrant wallpaper that played with the delicate balance of light and reflection. The glass elements added a layer of complexity, capturing and refracting the pink hues in mesmerizing ways. This piece wasn't just about design; it was about evoking emotion and inviting viewers into a beautifully intricate world. Each detail was meticulously crafted, showcasing my dedication to art direction and innovative design.” — Yordan Stoyanov 🇧🇬


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“As a photographer, I like to play with silhouettes backlit by the setting sun over the horizon. Here, in my hometown of La Rochelle, I captured the moment when this three-masted ship on the sea met the bright sun in the sky, unveiling its majestic shape with its wind-filled sails.” — Rafael Garcin 🇫🇷 


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“Made my semi-annual visit to the Painted Hills in Central Oregon. I managed to visit during the brief window each spring when blooms of yellow wildflowers pop up, following the water runoff from these delicate geological features. Adds a beautiful little splash of color to this already colorful natural wonder.” — Dan Meyers 🇺🇸


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“This is a single shot from my camera and it's from my back garden no edits just I like to rotate the moon so it would look like an Apollo spaceship shot or from another planet.” — Mark mc neill 🇬🇧


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

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