There are benefits for photographers that
contribute some of their photos to sites like unsplash.
This page shows those highlights. You can earn money, get clients, and earn accolades.
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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. This is a look at everything from the photographer or contributor instead of just the downloaders. 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.
Some History With Unsplash
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 London Ontario 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.
STATISTICS FOR MY PHOTOS ON UNSPLASH
To the right, you’ll see my two accounts and some stats as of MAY 16, 2019. My photos (both Unsplash accounts combined) are now receiving over 1 million views per day.
I’ve been able to build two accounts that have surpassed the 1M downloads mark.
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 giving back. It’s amazing what’s possible when you don’t care who gets the credit and you have no expectations.
Everyone, especially a professional photographer, has at least 9 photos they can contribute that are exceptional but not being used.
PUBLISHED in the unsplash book
Curated Photos of Mine
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a total of 6 photos curated on Unsplash. This means an online influencer or influential company has, out of all the images on the website, selected one of my photos for a collection of 10.
PLEASANT UNSPLASH SURPRISES
aka Unsplash success stories of mine
Best of 2018 // Spring
Recognized as making exceptional contributions in the Unsplash community from April 2018 — June 2018. Earned a new badge for my profile too 🙏🙏🙏 See the full release…
UNSPLASH AWARDS 2017
This photo of mine made the shortlist in the Sports category for the 2017 Unsplash Awards 🔥🔥🔥
Wedding Shot for Another Unsplash Contributor
Writing about unsplash
The demonetization of digital photos doesn’t mean that we no longer devalue beautiful, high-quality photography. The stock photography market might look like it’s in the dumps, but I think there is new opportunity rising up…
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
How to support Me?
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 are some ways for you to contribute and support me in a micro way. Thanks so much!
- Add photo credit when posting a photo online and link to my website: https://scottwebb.me
- Become a Patron for my Patreon page: https://patreon.com/scottwebbphotography
- Drop a tip using PayPal to help support: https://paypal.me/scottrwebb
- Support through Ko-Fi, where you can buy me a Unicorn Frap 🦄 https://ko-fi.com/scott