Community Guidelines

500px is committed to building a safe, inclusive, and helpful
community for everyone to share their love for photography.

A letter from the CEO

March 2017

When people think of 500px they think of many things, from a place to be inspired to a marketplace and a way to connect with others. While we are all those things, 500px is—first and foremost—a community. A community that helps photographers to grow their skills, their networks, and their businesses.

For our community to achieve these goals, it must be an environment that is safe and encouraging. I want to reiterate what we stand for here at 500px, explain what we expect of our community members, and describe some of the efforts we will be making to promote our values. Our community will be stronger if we all share these values and behaviors.

People, not robots. 500px is a place for real people to interact and grow. Unfortunately, the use of robots (“bots”) to try to get more attention by automatically liking photos or following large amounts of users-isn’t limited to 500px–it happens on every social media platform–but it’s not something we support or believe in. It’s really hard to conclusively identify these bots, but we’re tackling the problem in a number of ways. For example, you can now view how many users someone has followed or unfollowed, or how many photos someone has liked within a period of time. Please report suspected “bot” accounts.

Safe for work. Many of you have written to us regarding an increasing amount of adult content on 500px. While we welcome content that follows our guidelines, we require that users correctly flag adult content images when uploading them to the site. Any users not flagging these images as Adult content compromise the integrity of 500px and negatively impact our community and the exposure we can provide on other platforms. We want to create a safe environment for our all our users—photographers AND buyers who are viewing these images at work environments. We are also working on ways to automatically identify content that is “not safe for work” and filter it appropriately. The automated filtering won’t be perfect, so if you are uploading or viewing adult content, please continue to flag it appropriately. You can find more information on this support page.

Growth, not fixed mindsets. We believe people can grow, and 500px is here to help you grow as a photographer, no matter what your current skill level is. For those just starting their photography journey, don’t be intimidated by the photos on our site—we all started somewhere! And to the pros, please encourage those who aren’t yet at your level (remember your first upload?). This community only works if we all encourage and motivate each other to be our best—and not just best as photographers, but as people.

I hope you agree with the spirit of the 500px community. Let’s continue to lift each other up and support one another! If you see inappropriate behaviour on the site that is against our terms of service, please report it. And as always, if you have any constructive feedback related to these points, our Customer Excellence team will be happy to assist at


Andy YangCEO, 500px

Express yourself

Share your best work

PX doesn’t just stand for pixels, it also stands for personal expression. Great visual art is the result of having the vision, drive, and tools to bring a personal vision to life. 500px was created to be a home for that personal vision—those unforgettable moments that we want to share with the world.

Never stop learning

500px is a home for all those interested in visual art, both creators and consumers, regardless of skill level. We all strive to be better at our craft, and we can all benefit by learning from each other. Artists evolve. Your greatest image is the one you haven’t taken yet.

Inspire greatness

Our favorite images surprise, delight, inspire, and challenge us. They show us a new way of looking at the world. So think big, be bold, and try something new. Surprise us and delight yourself.

Celebrate visual creativity

Embrace photography in all its forms

Whether you shoot with a DSLR, mirrorless camera, smartphone, or any other device, you can and should share your work on 500px. Our community respects your creative vision no matter what device you used to capture it.

Recognize and reward quality work

Great creative work should be recognized and rewarded. Praise the work you love, share it with your friends through social media, and connect with the photographers you admire most.

Respect others

Do no harm

We strive to keep 500px safe and inclusive for all, and we do not support harming others in order to create. We reserve the right to take down imagery that causes or depicts violence or harm, or exploits those who have not given or cannot give their permission.

Support each other

500px is made up of photographers and photo enthusiasts who are all striving to improve. Meaningful feedback is enthusiastically encouraged, constructive criticism is welcomed, but abuse is unacceptable. We reserve the right to remove comments that are disrespectful or mean-spirited in order to foster a positive and uplifting community.

Respect copyright

You own your work. It’s 100% yours. It’s our job to help protect it. Because this is a community for personal expression, any work that is posted without copyright ownership will be removed.