Unsplash Adds A Paid Plan One Year After Acquisition By Getty Images

13 October 2022
Unsplash Adds A Paid Plan One Year After Acquisition By Getty Images

Unsplash, everyone’s go-to site for free stock photography, recently launched a paid version of its service, one year after being acquired by Getty Images.

Called Unsplash+, the paid subscription gives members access to a collection of curated content consisting of premium visuals not available in the free Unsplash open library.

Aside from enjoying an ad-free experience on the site, paying members will be having added legal safeguards as well as unlimited downloads.

As stated on its website, premium members will be covered by the new Unsplash+Protection since all curated images carry property and model releases for use in any kind of commercial project.

In other words, Unsplash+ images can be used “whenever, wherever, and however you want…for an unlimited number of times, in perpetuity.”

This allows visual artists to shoot commissioned content while giving creators access to topics and trends which are not available in Unsplash’s public library.

The Unsplash+ collection is comprised of high-quality visuals covering a wide variety of sought-after subjects including the latest in tech, fashion, sports imagery, and more that are ideal for commercial uses.

Regular users and members of Unsplash need not worry as the site will continue to provide an extensive library of free images alongside Unsplash+.

To mark its launching, Unsplash+ is offering special limited rates – a minimum discount of 33% off the monthly subscription or 60% off on the annual subscription. The plan unlocks all Unsplash+ features and there are no additional fees or bundles.

That one plan goes for $4/month (instead of the regular $12) billed yearly or $48/year (instead of $144). It includes:

  • Members-only content added monthly
  • Unlimited royalty-free downloads
  • Enhanced legal protections
  • Ad-free experience
  • Priority support

Unsplash was started as a Tumbler blog with 10 photos in 2013. It now offers over two million hi-res images contributed by a community of photographers as well as institutions like NASA, the UN, and the Library of Congress, among others.

Getty Images acquired Unsplash last year for an undisclosed amount using its existing cash balances. Getty is a world-renowned leader in visual communication boasting over 425 million images and videos in its library.

The acquisition of free stock photography sites is continuing as Canva, the leading online design platform, bought Pexels and Pixabay in June this year. It also introduced new paid subscription plans for the two sites.