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Terms & Conditions

Greenpeace images Terms and Conditions of Service

You must read and accept the following statement to continue using Greenpeace images library.

This web site is owned and operated by Greenpeace. All of the content featured or displayed on this web site, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, photographs images and software is owned by Greenpeace and its content providers.

All elements of this Greenpeace web site are protected by copyright, moral rights, trademark and other laws relating to intellectual property rights. Except as explicitly permitted under this or another agreement with Greenpeace, no portion or element of this web site or its Content may be copied or retransmitted via any means and this web site, its content and all related rights shall remain the exclusive property of Greenpeace or its licensors unless otherwise expressly agreed.

You shall indemnify Greenpeace, its agents and licensors against any losses, expenses, costs or damages incurred by any or all of them as a result of your breach of the terms of this Agreement or your unauthorized use of the content and related rights.

Copyright and Image Licensing

All images requested and purchased through Greenpeace are offered on a Rights Managed basis -. The copyright of the image is always retained by the photographer and Greenpeace and images are distributed via a license designed to protect the rights of all concerned including the licensee. Due to the wide variation of agreements with various photographers over the years we are currently unable to distribute images to third parties under a common license or accept online payment. Most images on display are available for purchase but conditions of use vary and the fee is based primarily on how the image is going to be distributed. If in any doubt as to the legality of your use, please contact us at photo.library.int@greenpeace.org to request a license or further information.

Usage Rights

When an image is licensed by Greenpeace, the usage is specified on the agreement and cannot be used for any other purpose without further agreement by Greenpeace. The license will state the media use, the territories for the usage and any special conditions that apply.

Usage Fee

All use must be in an editorial context. A fee is generally payable by external users and this will be calculated in accordance with the print run, media, the reproduction size, and territory distribution. Greenpeace photo library calculate this fee based on the information provided by the licensee. Incorrect information can lead to a surcharge on the originally agreed fee and may lead to a cancellation of the license.

Cropping and Image Manipulation

Photographs must not be altered, cropped or manipulated in any form without permission from Greenpeace Images. The rights to alter any photograph generally rest with the photographer and Greenpeace Photo library will seek their opinion for any alteration request. For external users this may incur additional charges.


All images must be used with or in the spirit of the accompanying caption. If there is any doubt then verification should be sought before publication.

Credit Lines

All images are released for editorial use only, the photographer should be credited with any reproduction of their work. The credit line should read ©photographer"s name/Greenpeace unless specified otherwise. The preferable location for this credit line is immediately adjacent to the image or in the acknowledgements or credits section.

Published Images

If a license is issued, Greenpeace will normally request two copies of any publication featuring an image reproduction upon publication.

Model Release

Most Greenpeace photographers’ work is documentary. This style of photography does not lend itself to the releases of the subject or subjects of the image, though every effort is made to ensure that all current Greenpeace activists and employees have signed agreements allowing images featuring them to be used. Unless specified by Greenpeace in writing however, no model releases or other releases for any images have been made. The licensee is responsible for clearing all necessary permissions from third parties, regarding the content of the images; this includes brand names and trademarks. The licensee shall indemnify and hold Greenpeace harmless against any and all claims, liability, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) arising out of the use of any Image for which:
(a) no release was ever obtained by Greenpeace in writing.
(b) the use of any Image exceeds the scope of the release provided by Greenpeace.
The licensee will also indemnify and hold Greenpeace harmless against all claims, liability, damages, and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) in connection with any third party claim arising out of the use of the Images, including, but not limited to, defamation, right of privacy, right of publicity, and obscenity claims. Greenpeace liability for all claims shall not exceed in any event the total amount invoiced per particular image. Greenpeace makes no representation or warranty with respect to the use of any names, trademarks or works of art depicted in any image or the accuracy of captions accompanying any images.


How do I search images?

  • Type the information you have in the search field. Using the most specific and smallest number of terms will give you the best results.
  • Use the drop-down menu next to the search box to define if you want to search for Images, Shoots or Features.
  • The basic search will search most of the fields in an image, shoot or feature, such as headline, caption, location, keywords, photographer etc.

    • How can I refine my Search?

      You will find "Advanced Search" on the right of the search bar.
      • For a more specific refined search use keywords and exclude keywords. e.g. forests campaign and people but not actions.
      • You can still choose between Images, Shoots and Features
      • Document Number should search all old numbers if they are included in the image info. It will not search Greenpeace website ID numbers as these are not connected to the photo archive yet.
      • Language searches for images with captions in other languages if this information was entered with the image. It does not translate.
      • Photo Type will differentiate between images that were originally neg film, slide film, or digital
      • Area is useful to search for images relevant to a particular region/country that you have access to. Global will search for images from all areas if that office has chosen to make them available.
      • Office will search by the originating office.
      • Dates
      • Colour
      • Orientation
      • Digitized means if there is a digital file attached to the record. In previous years, when editing images taken on film, text files were make to enable users to search for images prior to them being scanned. Some scans still need to be attached so if you find files you want that have not been scanned please contact the photo library at GPI.

      Can I return to a previous search?

      The system will always remember your last search so just click on Advanced Search to go back and refine your search. If you want to save your search or just some of your search results to view another time it is best to make a lightbox.

      How do I download Images?

      There are two ways to download images. You can download them one by one from the zoom view (after clicking on a thumbnail). To download images in bulk you need to add them to a lightbox first. Then you can download the lightbox from MY LIGHTBOXES as a zip file. The sizes you are able to download are dependant on your user rights. See MY ACCOUNT in MY ACCOUNT to change how many images you can download at a time from lightboxes.

      How do I make Lightboxes and what can I use them for?

      To use the lightbox functions you will need to register an account on the archive. Lightboxes are very useful to view and save selections, copy image selections to other users, and to download large numbers of images in a zip file.

      To create your first lightbox go to MY LIGHTBOXES and click on CREATE A NEW LIGHTBOX in the top right hand corner and give it a name. Or, to save clicking between pages, if you have already done your search you can create a new lightbox directly from the drop-down box "Current Lighbox" by choosing "NEW".

      • To add images to your lightbox do your required search. When you see your search results as thumbnails on your screen you will see a drop-down box at the top left called "Current Lightbox". Choose the lightbox that you want to work on here.
      • To add all the images to this lightbox in one go you can click on "Add all to lightbox". This will add one page at a time, not the entire search results.
      • To add images one at a time as you see ones you like you can just click on the plus symbol under each thumbnail. It will change to a black minus sign to let you know that image is in the current lightbox you are working on. Clicking on this minus sign will remove the image from your current lightbox.
      • To view your lightbox click "VIEW" next to the current lightbox drop-down box, or go to MY LIGHTBOXES.
      • To download all the images in your lightbox go back to MY LIGHTBOXES and click on "Download Lightbox". You will get the option to choose the size. The images will download in zip files. As default you can download 10 files at a time but you can change this option in your profile at "MY ACCOUNT>MY OPTIONS"

      There are also various other options in MY LIGHTBOXES such as:

      • Copy Lightbox which will copy the lightbox to another user"s account of your choice so they can also view the images. Please note that this is not a shared lightbox so any changes you make to your lightbox after you copy it will not affect the version you copied to the other user.
      • View Slideshow
      • Delete deletes the whole lightbox from MY LIGHTBOXES (it is not deleting the images from the archive)
      • Manage will allow you to change the headline, caption and other details of the lightbox.
      • Re-sequence lets you change the order the images appear in your lightbox. This might be useful if you want to show them as a slideshow or in a certain order for a publication selection.
      • Empty will keep your lightbox but empty its contents.

      You can link lightboxes together by making a "parent" lightbox and linking other lightboxes to it. E.g. you could make a lightbox called "PUBLICATION IMAGES" and keep all lightboxes containing publication selections within this lightbox so they are easy to find later.

      Account Settings

      How do I change my profile information?

      MY ACCOUNT > My Registration Information

      How do I change my password?

      MY ACCOUNT > Change Password

      How do I change my user settings?

      MY ACCOUNT > My Options

      • Order your search results will appear in.
      • Maximum number of search results you see.
      • Number of thumbnails on a page.
      • Email formats for automatic email notifications.
      • Time-out period.
      • Date format.
      • Maximum number of files you can download at a time in a zip file.

      Please contact Karen Guy or Steve Cairns in the GPI photo library if you have other questions that are not covered here: