What do the rejection reasons mean?

This article describes how to access the submissions dashboard, and a guide on what rejection reasons mean

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Written by Annie Spratt
Updated over a week ago

Head to your submissions dashboard to view all of your Unsplash+ submissions:

  1. Click on your profile icon in the top right corner

  2. Click Unsplash+ Briefs

  3. Click on Your Submissions

This is where you will see your submissions that are In Review, Approved or Rejected.

Under the image you will see what Brief name that the image was submitted to, and a note on why it was rejected.

Reasons for rejection, and what they mean:

Copyright - the content in the image contains one or more intellectual property issues

Model release - a model release is required and is either missing, incomplete or incorrectly filled in - there may be times we leave a note with details, hover over the image on your submissions dashboard to see more information.

Property release - Property release is required and is either missing, incomplete or incorrectly filled in - there may be times we leave a note with details, hover over the image on your submissions dashboard to see more information.

Not on brief - Submission did not meet the brief guidelines.

Quality - Covers one or more of the following:

It is not possible for our team to give individual feedback for Quality. Keep in mind we have a higher level of quality standard for Unsplash+ than we do in the open library so we have to be extra picky with what we accept.

Please see our premium quality explanation guide for more information.

Reference (illustrations only) - reference has not been provided, or the supplied reference is not acceptable. More information on Visual Reference can be found here.

Duplicate - Image already uploaded to Unsplash.

Other - Covers one or more of the following:

  • image is / was on other stock image platforms

  • image is too similar to another image in the set

  • subject matter is not needed for the Unsplash+ library

When images are rejected for 'other' we will leave a note with further details - hover over the image on your submissions dashboard to see more information.

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