UNSPLASH AWARDS 2017
This photo of mine made the shortlist in the Sports category for the 2017 Unsplash Awards 🔥🔥🔥
I'm Scott Webb and you might have found this page through my Unsplash profile or the few links spread around the web. I created this page to give you a little more detail on my history and highlights of giving away as much photography work as possible. I believe the sharing economy is a big deal for both of us and it is presenting amazing new opportunities for brands and photographers. If curious, I am available for projects and would love to hear from you.
I love building side projects online, and it was one of these—an accidental ‘competitor’ to Unsplash called HAYSTAAK (now killed)—that first brought me in touch with the Unsplash team. My project was to offer photos like a "Dollar Store" but quickly turned to giving photos away. Searching if anyone was doing this, I found the young Unsplash.
However, I had no idea how much of a giant I was up against, and after burning out on the day job/freelance/side project grind I spotted a ‘we’re hiring’ link on Unsplash and wondered if I could make a larger impact on the photographic and design communities by abandoning my own project to join Unsplash.
I knew it was a long shot, but I didn’t market myself as a social media guru and instead just shared how I worked hard to show the small number of followers on my own site how much I cared for them, emailing every single person individually and expressing my desire to genuinely want to help them find photography to use that wasn’t cheesy stock, a huge expense, or a waste of time.
It was an amazing 9 months working with the, at the time, tiny Unsplash Team. Leaving Unsplash was bittersweet. As is often said, everything happens for a reason and I am fully shooting architectural photography, self-employed and growing my side project called Pineapple Supply Co.
I contribute as much as possible to the Unsplash Community. Building and being part of the community is special. You can actually find my first two Unsplash Community Dispatches on the old Crew blog still.
To the right, you'll see my two accounts and some stats as of November 5, 2017. My photos are now receiving around 1 million views per day. Per. Day.
In my eyes, Unsplash is full of opportunity for everyone — photographers, contributors, people that need beautiful photos, brands, businesses, and Unsplash. It's never too late to start contributing and give back. It's amazing what's possible when you don't care who gets the credit and you have no expectations.
I've been fortunate enough to have a total of 6 photos curated on Unsplash. This means an influencer or influential company has, out of all the images on the website, selected one of my photos for a collection of 10.
Is Unsplash’s current vision for the future of photography going to make a difference for photo contributors?
Just in case you’re unfamiliar with Unsplash, it is a website where you can find and download high-resolution photography for free. You can use the
Stats on Unsplash //// Views: 2, 750, 342 /// Downloads: 27,127 Stats on Unsplash //// Views: 2,359,745 /// Downloads: 15,554 Reviewing your efforts is a
If you'd like to support me as I try and give away as many of my photos as possible, consider dropping a one-time contribution. Just like crediting the photos isn't necessary when you use them, anything helps out and allows me to supply more free images. Below is a way for you to contribute and support me in a micro way. Thanks so much!