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Ordering University Photos

Harvard University photographers are active on campus and around the world, providing insight into Harvard news, faculty and staff, and events. Photo Services, managed by Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, offers a large library of stock images available for use by the media.

Internal requests

Images for internal use by Harvard employees are $35 each, and have unlimited print and digital use. Images for commercial publications are subject to usage fees and reproduction rights. Images may be ordered by emailing photo_services@harvard.edu. Images are for editorial and educational use only, and appropriate credit must be given with each and every use.

For directions on ordering photos on Webdam, visit harvard.edu/guidelines.

External requests

We provide two options for acquiring images for external use. Below we have some preselected images that are ready for downloading (simply right click on the image and save). Or, at the bottom of the page, we have an order form for requesting a specific photo.

Preselected images

Please find below a selection of images available for download by members of the media.

the campus with a sunset
The John Harvard statue
Harvard Yard
A commencement in Harvard Yard
A metal gate
The dorms in Harvard Yard
A drum with the Harvard
A view of Harvard Yard from a window
A man running up the steps in Harvard stadium
A big crowd at Harvard stadium
rowers on the charles river

Harvard University owns the copyright and all other rights to the photos appearing in this gallery. News organizations have Harvard University’s permission to publish the photos in connection with news articles about Harvard, provided that the photo is not altered in any way (other than for formatting purposes) and that such use does not state or otherwise imply the approval or endorsement by Harvard University or any Harvard School, unit, division, or affiliate of the article’s content, the news organization, or any other organization, person, product, or service.

The display of the photo must credit Harvard University, preferably with the name of the photographer, when available.

Specific requests

For a specific image request external to Harvard University, please complete the form below. By submitting this order, you agree to the following conditions for nonexclusive, one-time usage:

  • Images are for editorial and educational use.
  • Images cannot be archived.
  • Appropriate credit must be given with each and every use.

Image requests must include the represented news agency, which images are sought and for what purpose, where they will be used, and the deadline. A representative from Photo Services will contact you to discuss permissions; usage fees may apply. Please note the following:

  • Normal delivery is five business days.
  • Most images are 300 dpi JPEGs at roughly 12-by-18 inches.
  • Rush requests will be handled as soon as possible, and rush charges may apply.
  • To publish an image of an individual, we request that the subject pictured send written consent to release the image.
  • All images must credit Harvard University, preferably with the name of the photographer, when available.
  • You may not use, reproduce, store, alter, or transfer any of the images to a third party without the prior written permission of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications.

Once your order is processed, you will receive an email with a link to download images.

Harvard University owns the copyright to requested photos. News organizations have Harvard University’s permission to publish the photos in connection with news articles about Harvard, provided that the photo is not altered in any way (other than for formatting purposes) and that such use does not state or otherwise imply the approval or endorsement by Harvard University or any Harvard School, unit, division, or affiliate of the article’s content, the news organization, or any other organization, person, product, or service. Please visit the content use guidelines for republishing Harvard Gazette articles and photos. The display of the photo must credit Harvard University, preferably with the name of the photographer, when available. 

Requests for use of the Harvard shield or insignia should be sent to the Harvard Trademark Program at trademark_program@harvard.edu.

Order form

To order an image from a Harvard Gazette article, please fill out the order form below and supply as much information as possible to ensure efficient search and timely delivery, including date published, the subject featured in the image, and the photographer’s name. 

Photo Order Form for Media

  • Name
  • Organization Address
  • Such as education, museum, non-profit, editorial
  • Normal turnaround is 5 business days
  • Medium of use
  • Category of use
  • Image size
  • Accepted file types: gif, jpg, jpeg, png.
    Files must be less than 2 MB. Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
    Maximum file size - 2 mega bytes.
  • One-time only, max time allotted for web posting is one year