In 2013, Unsplash launched as a modest Tumblr blog. Since then, Unsplash evolved far beyond a blog into one of the most impactful online communities. Today, over a billion photos are seen on Unsplash every month. A photo featured on Unsplash is now viewed more than the front page of The New York Times and the cover of TIME magazine.

The Unsplash community is fueled by contributors who offer their photos freely for anyone to use inspiring millions of creators from 13-year-old graphic designers to multi-platinum recording artists. Unsplash is a special community, where the powerful principles of sharing and openness have taken the place of strict copyright and legal red tape. The web was meant to connect, inform, and inspire us in unprecedented ways. And the Unsplash community embodies this philosophy fully.

Unsplash has become a place where the impact of our connected world is on full display. Instead of photos being hoarded and shut down, photos on Unsplash are given as fuel for creativity. At Unsplash, our mission is to empower everyone to create. You don’t need to know someone, or have an agent, or have a name to be great on Unsplash. We’re a place where creators meet their audience. A place where individuals become a community. And a source of inspiration for millions of people from every country in the world. We’ve seen how the willingness to give a single photo can unlock so much more than a few bucks.