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Contributing to the #KotlinPhotoContest

Matt McKenna
May 17th, 2020 · 1 min read

When creating content it is great to be able to search and find photos that are free to use to help add some. Unsplash is a fantastic resource for finding these resources because of their license to use the content freely. Searching "code" on Unsplash yeilds a bunch of great pictures of development and code, but nothing for Kotlin or Android. Even searching for "kotlin" or "android" directly doesn’t provide the greatest results (actually nothing at all for kotlin until recently). This comes purely because of a lack of content around Kotlin and Android on the platform. @mreichelt had the fantastic idea to hold a #KotlinPhotoContest to help generate free to use content on Unsplash for kotlin developers to use.

Check out the submissions on Twitter or in Marc’s follow up post on Dev.to

My Submissions

I created and submitted a few pictures to Unsplash for the contest and unfortunately not all of them passed Unsplash’s quality metrics and have been removed. Therefore I am making them available here, also free to use.

Check them out below!

Holding up a laptop with one hand using the sky as a backdrop. The laptop is displaying kotlin code from the Firefox Fenix project.
Holding up a laptop with a leafy green background. The laptop is displaying kotlin code from the Firefox Fenix project.
Laptop on wooden table showing the Android Development website homepage
A laptop resting in some deep grass. The laptop is displaying kotlin code from the Firefox Fenix project.
Holding up a laptop in front of white flowers. The laptop is displaying kotlin code from the Firefox Fenix peoject.
Holding up a laptop with blurred string lights as a backdrop. The laptop is displaying kotlin code from the Firefox Fenix peoject.

This is the only image that currently remains on Unsplash. You can check it out and download it in various qualities here.

Close up of kotlin code on a laptop screen.

I can see how some of these were not up to the standard that Unsplash expects. I will be trying again to get them approved and on the platform for others to use.

Going forward, I am going to be more conscious of opportunities to take kotlin and AndroidDev related photos to submit to unsplash. Creating this content to be used by others will be helpful for all of the presenters and writers in the kotlin community! If you do the same let me know on Twitter! I’d love to see! 🎉

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