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, Funds and Programmes) 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. Ex: UN Photo/Mark Garten


Digital Images

Low resolution watermarked images can be downloaded directly from the web free of charge for non-commercial use. Fees apply when the images are used in commercially published monographs, including textbooks, as well as online pieces, film/video. The fee is US $70.00 per photo for initial use and US $25.00 per photo for reuse.

Charges are not applicable to United Nations Associations, UN-affiliated non-governmental organizations, and organizations in the UN family. For projects involving UN offices and family organizations and an external producer, the Photo Library require a written document from the UN entity with the scope of the project and requesting the waive of the fees.

Photo Prints

The UN Photo Library cannot print photos, so please note the following if you would like to print UN Photos. 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 download the requested image will be provided by the UN Photo Library via email.