UEA's recommended photo agencies UEA's recommended photo agencies

Below are some recommended photo agencies that cover a wide variety of images. To find out how much an image will cost you to use, you will need to phone a sales person who will be able to give you a quote. The University usually gets a discount for being an educational institution. You will be asked what size of the page the image will take up (ie full, half, quarter), whether or not the image will appear on the front cover or inside, the print quantity and sometimes also whether or not the publication will be distributed internationally. All of these will affect the price. If you need further advice or assistance, please contact the Publications Office. 

Be careful to check the terms of your licence when sourcing photographs.  Some licences allow the user to use the image just the once in the publication specified.  Others allow for repeated use in multiple projects.

iStock Photos

Useful for specific subject themes (i.e. Climate).  Image licences are single use only and royalty free. Each image is available to download in a variety of sizes.

Press Association

Worldwide news, sport and showbiz pictures.

Panos Pictures

A London-based independent photo agency representing photojournalists worldwide, documenting issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored.


The web's largest stock photo site and most comprehensive online photo resource.

The Travel Library

Aims to provide the very best travel photography available.

Science Photo Library

The leading provider of science images.

The Bridgeman Art Library

The world's richest and most comprehensive source of cultural and historical art images available online.

British Film Institute

Stills archive
Tel: 0207 9574797
Provides good stills photos, but they charge a search fee of £300.

Getty Images

The world's leading provider of images and film.


Flickr is home to over 6 billion of the world's photographs. 

Once you have found an image on this site look for the "Request to license" link on the photo page. Not all members have this feature enabled. 

You can contact the member directly with the "Send FlickrMail" function to compose a message. When you contact the photographer try to include as much detail with regards to the image and how you would like to use it. Please note you will need to register as a member of Flickr to do this.