UN photos may be used to further the aims and work of the United Nations. They cannot be used for advertising, marketing or in ways which are inconsistent with the Organization's mission. UN photos cannot be altered, sold, redistributed or used to create derivative works. UN photos and/or related metadata may not be archived in any digital asset management system or database without the prior approval of the United Nations. >
United Nations photographs are the property of the United Nations, which holds all rights in connection with their usage.
Prior written permission is required to reproduce UN photos in print or electronic format, including CDs, DVDs, web sites, videos, exhibits, etc. Such permissions are granted on a one-time non-exclusive basis and may be renewed.
Written permission is, however, not required for reproduction of photo material as allowed by statutory exemptions (e.g. UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations and United Nations Associations, UN system organizations, including Specialized Agencies) or Fair Use. (Fair Use applies solely to scholarly, academic, non-profit, or journalistic use of properly credited UN photos.)
Please contact us to receive the standard UN photo licensing permission. Third party permission forms are not accepted.
All UN photos, whether used in print, electronic or online format, must be credited as follows: UN Photo by [name of photographer] (if available) or as stated in the corresponding photo caption.
UN digital images - thumbnails, low resolution and/or high-resolution - downloadable from the web, offered on a CD or dispatched electronically by email, and their reproduction in most formats are free of charge. Publications fees apply when the images are used in commercially published monographs (including textbooks) or film/video. The fee is US $70.00 per photo for initial use and US $25.00 per photo for reuse.
There are no charges for the use of the following UN photos: UN flag; the UN landmark building; general views of the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, and the International Court of Justice; and photos of UN peacekeepers in action.
Charges are not applicable to United Nations Associations, UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations, and organizations in the UN family.
The UN Photo Library cannot print photos, so please note the following if you would like to print UN Photos. Photos published on the UN Photo website are available for electronic download in high or low resolution. To purchase a photograph, transfer the image to a CD or memory stick and either bring it to a photo printing shop or send it via email to an online photo printing service.
Selected photos not published on the website may be requested through the Photo Library. A link to the requested image will be provided by the UN Photo Library via email.