Founded in 2013 as a humble Tumblr blog, Unsplash has grown into an industry-leading visual community. It’s become a source of inspiration for everyone from award-winning writers like Deepak Chopra to industry-titans like Apple, and millions of creators worldwide.
A huge milestone in Unsplash's journey - being acquired by Getty Images.
Unsplash continues to operate as a standalone brand and division of Getty Images. The entire Unsplash team will be staying and building Unsplash in the direction we have been. The main difference now is we have access to the resources and experience of Getty Images to help accelerate our plans to create the world’s most useful visual asset library.
Transforming our visual understanding of an image into keyword inputs is challenging. That's why we released Visual Search, which allows you to drop any version of an image into Unsplash to find similar images, topics & the source image.
We rolled out the Unsplash Hire: a more direct way to connect and work with Unsplash contributors to create world-class images. Whether it’s to find the perfect photographer for your event or to create new images for your company’s social media accounts, you can now connect easily on Unsplash.
We launched Unsplash for Education - connecting students and teachers everywhere to powerful, inspiring visuals. Through our partnership with Instructure, the Unsplash library is now directly available in schools and universities around the world.
Which means, our community has inspired and enabled 1 billion creations - including presentations, reports, websites, collages, paintings, wallpapers, and more.
5 years ago, we added the tagline '10 photos every 10 days' when we only had 10 photos for the first version of Unsplash. We didn't know if we'd get more photos. Then, creators from around the world came together to make it happen.
The Unsplash ecosystem is pushing the impact of photography further than ever before. Our aim is to make photography a universally accessible art form. The purpose of raising this investment is to build a new type of economic future for photography when it is set free.
Another major milestone for the community as over 50,000 photographers contribute their work openly on Unsplash.
Unsplash spins out from Crew and will now operate as its own company. Our aim is to make Unsplash the most enjoyable, inspirational community in the world. Join the community or apply here if you'd like to help build Unsplash full-time.
Over 3 photos are downloaded a second on Unsplash. And the Unsplash library has grown from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of photos. None of this would be possible without our community. One built on the principle of supporting creativity.
Our community is quickly mapping the world in Creative Commons Zero photos.
In 3 years, over 8.8 billion photos were viewed on Unsplash. And downloaded 92 million times.
With over 500 million photos viewed per month, photography on Unsplash now reaches more people than any other platform.
You’re the curator now. Unsplash Collections opens Unsplash up for anyone to create, sort, and share collections of Unsplash photos.
What would you build with access to the most powerful photo engine in the world? We launched Unsplash API to bring more exposure to contributors and make it even easier to build great things with Unsplash photos.
Over 30 events organized by local Unsplash Ambassadors.
Starting in our hometown of Montreal, we began hosting events to meet and connect our community.
Unsplash passes 1 million downloads per month. To keep up with growth, we moved Unsplash off Tumblr to a fully custom site. 776 photos on Unsplash at the time.
We hated expensive, cheesy stock photos. Instead, we teamed up with a local photographer to take a few custom shots.
We only used one photo though. So with the extras, we setup a $19 tumblr theme and gave the rest of the images away for free. We launched on Hacker News and were voted the top story.
We’ve got big plans for the future of Unsplash. If you want to help us create it, we’d love to hear from you.
We owe a huge thank you to the selfless Unsplash contributors who give their work for free in support of the community. Without them, none of this would be possible.
❤️️ With love,