Image Banks

Image banks and tools

When adding images to the web, make sure that you either own the copyright of the image or that the image's license allows you to use it. You cannot simply upload random images that you find off Google.

Here is a list of image banks that you may wish to use:

  • uOttawa Image Brand – This site provides an overview of uOttawa’s visual identity standards as approved by the University’s Central Administration. It includes specific instructions for the use of the logo (emblem and logotype), sub-brands, coat-of-arms and official University of Ottawa graphic elements, colours and fonts.
  • iStockphoto – For an inexpensive subscription, you can have access to millions of royalty-free images. All images are subject to iStock's license agreement.
  • morgueFile – A database of free digital stock photographs and reference images available for either corporate or public use. Please note that morgueFile's license requires that you manipulate the images; you cannot use or publish them as-is.
  • Getty Images – A database of royalty-free images, video footage and stock music that can be purchased. Please note that the images may be subject to different licenses.
  • Pixabay – A repository of public domain (i.e. copyright free and royalty free) images. Be aware that images with the Shutterstock logo are sponsored images and are not copyright-free.
  • Wikimedia Commons – A database of millions of media files to which anyone can contribute. Make sure to read the license under which the media is published. Many may require attribution and mention of the license.

For other photos specific to the University of Ottawa, you may wish to contact the University's Marketing Service and Communications Office or send an email to

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