Image & Video Use Guidelines

The 41,634 images and videos on this site are the result of thousands of hours of work, and are primarily self-funded. Unfortunately, we can’t make these images & videos available for free. We are fortunate to work with many non-profits, conservation initiatives, individuals, media outlets, publications and businesses. All licensing fees go directly into funding and continuing the Photo Ark. We pride ourselves on fast and friendly service, and would be happy to help you find the right images and videos for your needs.

If you’d like to license an image or video for an editorial, non-profit, conservation, academic or student use (including articles in magazines, newspapers, and websites; powerpoint presentations; exhibitions; use in papers or reports), complete this form and we’ll get in touch. If you’re a non-profit, a conservation initiative, or a student, please say so.

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If you’d like to license an image or video for a commercial use (including advertisements, clothing, or products for sale), please email Dorian.Romer@natgeo.com.

If you would like to use an image or video to promote a Photo Ark story or a story about Joel Sartore, email pressroom@ngs.org.

Website Terms and Conditions

By using this website, you agree to the following terms:

All images and video on this site, unless otherwise indicated, are copyright Joel Sartore (the photographer), and remain the sole and exclusive property of the photographer.  There is no assignment of copyright title, agreement to do work for hire, or intention of joint copyright expressed or implied hereunder.

Images or video may not be reproduced, copied, projected, or used in any way without (a) express written permission on the photographer’s invoice stating the rights granted and the terms thereof and (b) payment of said invoice.

You hereby expressly consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal courts with respect to claims by Photographer under the Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Except as provided above, any dispute regarding this agreement shall be, at the photographer’s sole discretion, either (a) arbitrated in Lincoln, Nebraska under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and the laws of Nebraska. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Any dispute involving $2100 or less may be submitted without arbitration to any court having jurisdiction thereof. You shall pay all arbitration and court costs, photographer’s reasonable legal fees, and expenses, and legal interest on any award or judgment in the event of any award or judgment in favor of photographer; or (b) adjudicated in Lincoln, Nebraska under the law of Nebraska. You shall pay all court costs, photographer’s reasonable legal fees, and expenses and legal interest on any award or judgment in the event of any award of judgment in favor of the photographer.

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