Other Photo Collections

If needed, please consider these alternative photo resources containing images and photos related to international health and development. Listed resources do not constitute an endorsement by Photoshare; editorial and ethical standards may vary.

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Available for Download


·         World Health Organization (WHO) Mediacentre Photos

A multimedia collection of international health and development topics. When noted images are free to download and use, with copyright and credit [WHO source, name of the photographer]. See more under Topics and Photo-essays


·         USAID Photo Gallery

Images document USAID initiatives and are arranged in  online galleries and searchable by region, country and topic. USAID images are within the public domain - unless copyright or restriction is specified (contacting the copyright holder about use is the user’s responsibility). Image should be credited to USAID and specific photographer, if noted.


·        World Bank Photo Library

A collection illustrating international development. Images are easily searchable by topic and country for non-commercial work. See Photo Library Terms & Conditions | World Bank Flickr photostream


·         United Nations Photo Library (password login required)

This UN Photo web site contains a selection of the images in the UN Photo Library archives. Photographs depict the work of the UN and its specialized agencies. See: UN Photo Usage Guidelines


·        National Institutes of Health (NIH) Image Bank

NIH Image Bank contains images from the collections of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. The collection includes general biomedical and science-related images, clinicians, computers, patient care-related images, microscopy images, and various exterior images. Images are in the public domain, with some restriction. No fee is charged, credit MUST be given. See: NIH Copyright Notification

Access all of the affiliated NIH Photo Galleries


·         IRIN Photo Unit (password login required)

The IRIN photo unit provides a public gallery of photographs relevant to humanitarian actors and international media. Print-quality photos can be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use and cover the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises. See: IRIN Copyright


·         Bigfoto.com

Free travel photos form around the world, easily searched by country and region Bigfoto images are royalty free with link back to website – a fee service is available for commercial use. See: Copyright Notice


·         Flags of the World 

A comprehensive collection of flag images. Some restrictions apply, proper credit required. See: Copyright and Disclaimer


·         Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

PHIL is an extensive collection of still images, image sets, and multimedia files related to public health, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Only public domain images are freely available.


·         Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

A historical image collection. Library of Congress: Legal Notices


·         Lung Health Image Library

A catalog of images detailing the challenges and successes of efforts to improve lung health worldwide. Images may be used for any non-commercial purpose, but they may not be used, directly or indirectly, in part or in whole or in any shape and form whatsoever, in connection with the promotion of any specific company or product. From the World Lung Foundation.


·         Wellcome Trust Library

Wellcome Images is a unique collection with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. Low resolution free for non-profit educational use, fee for high resolution and contemporary works. Registration recommended.


·         TDR Image Library

This database covers all aspects of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases' (TDR) target diseases - African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, dengue, leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and tuberculosis.


·         Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM)- Nanoworld Image Gallery

Microscopic images. Registration required. See CMM Homepage


·         Morguefile

A public photo reference. Contains general stock images arranged by topic.


Available Upon Request


·         FAO Photo Library

Pictures of people, places and projects related to FAO's work. Photographs in the library are presented in a pop media player with captions and credits. Contact for use. All photos copyright FAO. Also see FAO photos' Flickr photostream


·         International Rescue Committee (IRC) Photo-essays

Images presented in photo-essays that cover a variety of countries and development issues with emphasis on global humanitarian assistance programs for refugees and displaced persons. Also see, IRC News From the Field for multimedia content. Images are available upon request. See: Terms of Use


·         CARE Photo Galleries

Images of international health and development. Images are viewable by project in pop-up Also see, Web Features for additional albums and multimedia resources Images are available upon request. See: Terms of Use


·         International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Photo Galleries

Images documenting humanitarian operations worldwide. The images a searchable by country and project galleries. Permission must be obtained in writing, in advance as outlined at the top of their photo gallery page.


·         Africa Guide Photo Library

Photographs donated by friends and family or taken by photographer Vera Cheal. To use photographs, contact The Africa Guide and give details of the photograph(s) you wish to use and how you want to use them.


·         IFAD through Photography

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Photographs arranged by country; may be reproduced with written permission of IFAD.


·         Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Photo Gallery

The PAHO Media Center provides images related to the activities of at the Pan American Health Organization, arranged by topic. Photos are free to use on the condition that credit be given to the Pan American Health Organization. (Low-res available for downloading, high-res available upon request).


·         Photoshare

Photoshare is a service of K4Health (Knowledge for Health) based at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, helping international non-profits communicate health and development issues through photography. Images are available upon request and free of charge for nonprofit educational use.


·         UNESCO Photobank

UNESCO’s online photo library displays images related to the organization’s activities. Photobank is arranged by topic. See: Rights & Permissions



Available for Purchase/Fee


·         Majority World

Majority World is a new global initiative founded through the collaboration between The Drik Picture Library of Bangladesh and kijijiVision in the UK to champion the cause of indigenous photographers from the developing world and the global South – the Majority World.


·         Photographers Direct

A photographic portal to help picture buyers and researchers find suitable stock photos for any media. Photographs are copyright protected and available for licensing direct from the copyright holder.


·         Drik Photo Library

Drik picture library was set up in 1989 with the vision that photographers and writers from the developing world would be given a chance to portray their people and their cultures through their own eyes. Drik operates as a successful photo agency providing services to institutions, the Bangladesh Government, local companies, UN agencies and leading international publications.


·         Fotosearch Stock Photography and Footage

Fotosearch allows you to search dozens of royalty-free, commercial stock photo collections at once. Search by various image types (e.g. photographs, photo objects, illustration, clip art, footage) or browse by collection (e.g. Corbis, EyeWire).


·         Images from the History of Medicine (IHM)

IHM's online database provides access to the collection of the History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The collection includes portraits, pictures of institutions, caricatures, genre scenes, and graphic art, illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine. See Copyright & Permission and Order Image


·         Worldview Images

Worldview's royalty-free stock images, available for a licensing fee, cover a variety subjects in international development.


·         AP IMAGES Associated Press (password login required)

Worldwide Photojournalism, assignment series available.



Available for Browsing


·         International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Gallery

A collection of images related to international election assistance and democracy and governance. Images are viewable in embedded media slideshows.


·         UNHCR - Refugee Women: A Pictorial Gallery
The photographs in this gallery show some of the many roles uprooted women play around the world.


·         Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Photo Gallery

Photographs document global interventions and are arrange by topic. Copyright restrictions, use is forbidden. See: Legal Notice


·         ARTstor

ARTstor - digital library of nearly one million images focused on art, humanities, and social sciences. Images for are research and pedagogical purposes. See: Terms of Use



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·         AltaVista Image Search

An image search of the World Wide Web


·         Google Image Search

An image search of the World Wide Web


·         Yahoo Image Search

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