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USAP Photo Library Usage and Submission Information

Usage of Photos in This Library

USAP Photo Library photos fall into one of two categories. They are either:

  • Covered under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
  • In the public domain

The majority of photos in this library have a Creative Commons license; only a few are in the public domain. Read on for information on how to identify whether a photo is Creative Commons or public domain and how each type of photo can be used. Anyone who downloads photos from this library agrees to use the images according to the terms outlined below. Contact the Photo Librarian with any questions about photo usage or submissions.

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Creative Commons Photos

Creative Commons photos in this library have an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). These photos are tagged with the keywords "Creative Commons" and "CC BY-NC-ND 4.0." and license information is listed below the photographer name. Anyone may freely download and use these photos provided that they:

  • Provide attribution: The user must give appropriate credit to the photographer and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and provide a link to the Creative Commons license.
  • Don't make money: Photo usage is for non-commercial purposes only. No person, organization or company may profit off any photo covered under this type of license. This includes advertisements and the use of photos on products for sale (e.g., t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.). News media, schools, and educational publishers whose purpose is to further educational awareness of Antarctic science and the U.S. Antarctic Program may freely use these photos with attribution.
  • Make no derivative works: No one may adapt, transform, or build upon the original photo without the explicit permission of the photographer.

Read the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license information page for more details. Contact the Photo Librarian with any questions regarding these terms or to get in touch with a specific photographer.

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Public Domain Photos

Photos whose copyright has expired or were taken by government employees as part of their job duties are considered to be in the public domain. Public domain works are not subject to copyright laws, so anyone may download these photos and use them freely, even for commercial purposes. Public domain photos in this library are tagged with the keyword "Public Domain." and license information is listed below the photographer name. Attribution is not legally required for public domain photos but is strongly recommended.

Submitting Photos

The U.S. Antarctic Program welcomes any and all photo submissions to the USAP Photo Library. We especially appreciate images that represent Antarctic science. Please note that USAP or NSF may use your photos in official publications or on social media without your knowledge. To submit a photo, contact the Photo Librarian who will provide further information.


We welcome your opinions and suggestions. Please send all feedback to the Photo Librarian.