We can’t tell you what the benefit might be for you specifically, but we’ve learned from talking to some of the other photographers that they submit photos for a few different reasons. These generally include:

  • Giving back. A lot of the photographers want to give back to a community that’s given a lot to them. For example, your computer, the internet, your smartphone, most websites, wouldn’t exist (entirely or, at least, in their current form) it weren’t for the open-source movement.
  • Visibility. Another reason photographers submit a few of their photos is that they have a large number of photos that just sit on their personal hard-drives or on Flickr. They’d rather share them and have them seen by a large community, than gather dust.
  • Exposure. Sharing photos on Unsplash can give significant exposure for a freelance business or personal work. We’ve heard a lot of stories of people hiring freelance photographers through Unsplash (something we’d like to make easier at some point in the future).
  • We do not actively encourage professional photographers to join and upload all of their photos. We’re designers, developers and photographers ourselves, and we know that giving everything away isn’t a sustainable way to make a living from your profession.

Here are a few articles written by contributors within our community that might give you further insight:

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