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About Georgia Southern University Photography

Photography Resources

University photography is handled by the Multimedia Development Center, housed in the Division of External Affairs. It exists to produce high-quality photographic images for various print and online material. The work produced here reflects the spirit, excellence, diversity and quality of life at Georgia Southern University.

Photography services are provided to the University community for documentary, news, editorial and event needs. While every effort is made to provide this service to the University community, the Media Development Center reserves the right to determine if a request is the best use of the photographer’s time based on the overall needs of the University.

Most photographs produced by the University photographer and contractors are available for marketing purposes and are maintained in an online database.

Mission and Prioritization

Top priority is placed on photographing events and activities that will support and enhance the mission of recruitment and retention as well as showcasing the important work and successes of the University’s faculty and staff.

The photographer generally does not provide photo coverage of banquets, awards presentations and general departmental events unless the images can be used for marketing, recruitment or media relations purposes. If we are unable to accommodate a shoot request, further assistance may be available. We will work with you to help find a solution to your coverage needs.

What We Cover

In order to have your request considered by the Media Development Center, please fill out our online Photo Request Form.

  • University Marketing Materials — These include images to help advance the message of the University. Examples of this may include admissions activities, visually engaging student activities and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Media Relations/News Events — We provide images for news releases and media services.
  • Portraits — We can provide professional headshots for use on departmental Websites as well as professional publications. Light retouching is included with all portraits. Please provide two or three possible dates and times on the request.

After the assignment has been completed,  the best images will be shared with the project requestor. We do not provide the following photo services: photographic copies, scans or processing.


To schedule a photo shoot, please fill out the online Photo Request Form. A member of the center’s staff will respond to your request. Please provide at least 14 days notice to ensure the photographer is available.


All images from the Georgia Southern University photo collection are approved for use by staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends for University purposes only. These images must be requested for use in publications, Websites and other related communications. All photos must be properly captioned and credited where appropriate. Clients may not distribute, sell or share any images produced by this office without prior consent.

Many past images are stored on the University Flickr page, and in some cases, earlier photos may be obtained by emailing the University Photographer. After five years, all the images will be released to the archive at the Library.

Images from our archive are for Georgia Southern University purposes only. Any subsequent use requires approval from University Communications and Marketing. Clients may not share these images with other organizations or programs; both affiliated and not affiliated with Georgia Southern.

Media Image Usage Policy

Media requests for photos require the approval of University Communications and Marketing before images are released. All photos must be properly captioned and credited where appropriate. Images can be requested through our archive.


A photo release is required of all models that are being photographed. The photo release outlines the terms by which the photo will be used. If you need a copy of the release form for a shoot you have scheduled outside of University Communications and Marketing, you can download the standard release form or a minor release form for models that are under the age of 18.

Photo Credits

All images created by the University should be properly credited when published in print or on the web. Credit formats and guidelines are listed below, but please contact us to confirm the proper credits for specific photos.

  • Photos produced by the University Photographer must be credited as “Georgia Southern University.”
  • Photos produced by freelance photographers on behalf of the University must be credited as “[Insert Photographers Name] for Georgia Southern University.”

Proper format is embedded in every photo’s IPTC information (metadata).

Photo Manipulation

Each image produced for Georgia Southern University is an accurate representation of the school and its faculty, staff and student body. You may NOT alter, artificially enhance or manipulate this content in any way.

If Using a Freelance Photographer

High-quality photography conveys a level of professionalism and polish befitting the dynamism of this University, and helps convey the strength of the Georgia Southern University brand with the power of visual communications. Photography on our Websites and in our print communications should reflect the values of Georgia Southern University and honor the traditions of our institution. All costs associated with a freelance photographer are the responsibility of the office/department contracting the photographer.


Georgia Southern University retains the use, copyright and licensing to all images created by staff photographers. You may not re-use, sell, distribute, copy, or manipulate any image created for Georgia Southern University. All rights for reproduction of any image remain with Georgia Southern University and any permission to use these images must be obtained prior to publication or any other use. Exceptions may be made only if requested before reproduction and use of images.

Last updated: 8/13/2013