ImageBank Help

How do I search for an image?

From the 'Find a Photo' page, you can search for an image in two ways:

  • For a specific search, enter any word or words into the keyword field separated by a space (eg. dolmen tomb), and our search engine will present the images that best match your keyword(s). 
  • For a more general search, choose a ‘Category’ from the menu and browse through all the photos in that category. There are 13 categories to choose from.

What is a Lightbox and how does it work?
The lightbox is like a clipboard for images you’re interested in. It's a very handy way of tagging useful images that you may want to revisit. To add images to your lightbox, click on the ‘Add to Lightbox’ icon under the image thumbnail. Images remain in your lightbox for 30 days or until you clear your cookies or you can delete them manually yourself by clicking on the ‘Delete’ icon under the thumbnail. The lightbox is associated with the web browser. This means that it will not appear if you visit ImageBank from another computer.

What browsers does ImageBank work best on?

To see ImageBank at its best, you should view it on Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Firefox 1.51 or higher, or Safari 2.0 or higher. In addition, your browser should allow cookies and be Javascript enabled.


How do I credit a photo when I use it?
Almost all of the photos in ImageBank require you to credit the copyright owner when you use them in other works (non-commercial works only, of course). You can do this quite simply by placing the name of the photo creator/author next to the photo in small print. For example, you might write "Photo by Jane Doe" or "Photo: Jane Doe" in your document or presentation. Something similar to the way a newspaper credits a photographer when they print a photograph.

I have forgotten my password and can't sign-in?
If you cannot remember what your password is, please follow this link, and enter your email address. You will receive an email with your password.

How do I upload a photo to ImageBank?
Go to the ‘Add a Photo’ page and follow the 4 steps outlined. You can only upload one image at a time right now but if you have more than 30 photos you want to share on ImageBank contact us and we may be able to do a batch upload for you. You have to write descriptions and keywords for all photos uploaded so that they can be searched easily. This is really important!

What can and can’t be uploaded?

  • Only photos that YOU have taken can be uploaded. In other words you have to be sure you that you are the owner of the image. Otherwise, you may be infringing on another person’s copyright.
  • Close-up photos of people are generally not acceptable as the people in them may not have given permission for their photo to be placed on a public website like ImageBank. So, no pics of your sisters, brothers, friends, or family please. Photos of people in a crowd in a public place are OK. 

Are there limits on file sizes or file types for uploads?
Ideally, each image should be less than 1MB in size. Also, ImageBank only accepts JPEG image files at the present time.

Is there a limit on the number of photos I can upload?
No, there's no limit to the number of photos you can share on ImageBank. If you have more than 30 photos you want to share on ImageBank contact us and we may be able to do a batch upload for you. You will have to write descriptions and keywords for all photos uploaded after the batch upload so that they can be searched easily.

I uploaded an image this morning, why can’t I see it?

All images uploaded by our users are not automatically accepted into the library. Each image is checked individually for various requirements such as size, file type, quality and copyright. This means that every image in the library has to be viewed and checked. Allow at least 3 days for this process. If we decide not to approve an image you've uploaded we'll email you and let you know.

How can I remove a photo I’ve uploaded?
Go to the ‘Your Photos’ section of the website and sign-in with your email address and password. You can delete photos, change descriptions, add keywords and manage your photos here.

What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that offers flexible copyright licences for creative works. We use these licences for the photos in ImageBank as they encourage and promote the sharing of images for use in education. For more information about Creative Commons, click here.