In a year full of disrupted rhythms and social interactions it seems we all have more time than ever. But time is only what you make of it, and we can take this time and turn it into something positive and forward moving.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Unsplash to get inspired in 2021. From now until February 16, we’d love to see how you’ve used this time to get creative and make something meaningful by indulging your artistic side. Whether it’s a shot of your sketchbook, an image of your latest journal entry, or a photo of your experiments with product photography – submit your creative hobbies to the New Skills Topic for a chance to be featured right here and win a yearlong Skillshare membership.

How to Submit:

  • Head over to the New Skills topic on Unsplash
  • Hit the “Submit to New Skills Topic” button
  • Submit any photos you’ve shot that meet their Submission Guidelines
  • Your photo(s) will be reviewed as usual, but with the extra opportunity to be selected by the Skillshare team to be featured in the New Skills Topic and a higher chance of being promoted on the homepage Editorial feed. 

The New Skills Topic will be updated daily with your shots. Plus, we’ll be sharing our 5 favorite submissions right here when the challenge ends, and five people who submit photos will be randomly selected to win a free year of Skillshare. View full terms and conditions here.

To get you inspired to unlock your creative self this new year, we’ve curated a list of amazing classes to get you started.

Image via Skillshare teacher Minh T.
Image via Skillshare teacher Minh T.

2021 Classes to Unlock Your Creativity

Andy J. Pizza’s Skillshare Original, “Find Your Style: Five Exercises to Unlock Your Creative Identity

Take the mystery out of finding your style without losing any of the magic. Andy J. Pizza is an artist and designer, beloved by the Skillshare community for his whimsical personality and his incredible creative tips. In this class, you’ll enjoy step-by-step lessons including how to unpack your identity, influences, and experiences, experimenting to develop your visual vocabulary, and translating your taste into what you make.

Yasmine Cheyenne’s Skillshare Original, “Writing for Self Discovery: 6 Journaling Prompts for Gratitude and Growth”

Yasmine Cheyenne is a renowned writer, speaker, and self-healing advocate. In her Skillshare Original, she invites you to find time for self-care in your day-to-day, translate your writing insights into actionable chang,e and cultivate a practice that can last you a lifetime.

Cyn Lagos’ Skillshare Original, “Photo Storytelling: Using Color, Contrast, and Scale”

Cyn Lagos is a Latin American visual storyteller with a focus on multi-diverse digital expressions including street photography, graphic design, and immersive technology. In her class, you will earn how to spot the perfect hero shot among your images, use color, scale, and contrast to expand your message, edit in Adobe Lightroom, and build a story through your images.

Mango Street Labs’ Skillshare Original, “DIY Product Photography: Style & Shoot Creative Stills”

Rachel Gulotta and Daniel Inskeep are Mango Street Labs, a creative collective who share inspiration, tips and tricks, and practical advice for photography and filmmaking. Their new Skillshare Original helps you learn from concept to creation how to showcase items that mean the most to you and build your own DIY product photography skills.

Aundre Larrow’s Skillshare Original, “Powerful Portrait Photography: Capturing Your Subject in Their Environment”

Aundre Larrow’s class walks you through hands-on lessons to develop a creative vision, choose a location, tell your subject’s story, and shoot details and action shots, from the expert himself. Andre is a Brooklyn-based photographer and Adobe Creative Resident who is renowned for his editorial and lifestyle photography.

Minh T’s Skillshare Original, “Outdoor Photography: See, Shoot & Share the Beauty Around You”

Minh T launched his photography career through Instagram, and has built a client portfolio ranging from Nespresso to Adidas, Mr. Porter, and Soho House, to name a few. In his recent Skillshare Original, he walks through how to find a fresh perspective, capturing sculptural scenes, evoking emotion through various elements, and telling a story with how you select, edit, and share your photos.

Sean Dalton’s Staff Picks, “Still Life Photography: Capturing Stories of Everyday Objects at Home” and “Dark and Moody Food Photography for Instagram Success: Visual Storytelling with Emotional Food Photos”

Take your pick from Sean Dalton’s incredible portfolio of Skillshare classes. The professional lifestyle and travel photographer offers his unique perspective on still life photography at home and food photography, that will give you a new understanding of finding perfect lighting, developing composition, and shooting and editing your photos.

Image via Skillshare teacher Tabitha Park
Image via Skillshare teacher Tabitha Park

Tabitha Park’s Staff Pick, “Self Portraits: Telling Your Unique Story”

Tabitha Park is a lifestyle portrait and product photographer based in Portland. Her Staff Pick class walks students through a self-exploration exercise to define a story through self-portraiture, with practical tips and tricks to guide you on every step of your journey.

Alanna Cartier’s Staff Pick, “Take Better Photos of Your Art and Illustrations”

Alanna Cartier is an artist and illustrator, so she’s no stranger to having to take great photos of her work to share. In her Staff Pick class, you’ll learn how to set up your art in five ways: a simple flat lay, a detail capture, still life, gallery, and then outside, to bring out the best in your work.