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January 2020: Update on EOL harvesting of CalPhotos images.

EOL last harvested images from CalPhotos in mid-2018. We are hoping harvests will continue and will happen more regularly.

September 2011: CalPhotos has partnered with Encyclopedia of Life to share images

CalPhotos contributors have the option of sharing their plant, animal, and fungi images with Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).

EOL accepts only images with certain Creative Commons licenses, or images with a Public Domain license. CalPhotos photographers who would like their images to appear on EOL pages must assign one of the following licenses to images they'd like to share with EOL:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC BY 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 (CC BY-NC 3.0)
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
Public Domain

For more information about licensing choices in CalPhotos, please read the CalPhotos licensing page. To change your image licenses in CalPhotos, use the photographer update form. Photographers can also change licenses on individual photos (one at a time) via the image update form. If you want to change your licenses and don't remember your CalPhotos password, you can reset your password or email

The CalPhotos default license for new photographers has always been "CalPhotos Use Only." Images with that license will continue to have that license unless it's changed via one of the above methods.

Photographers who currently have custom licenses may keep their custom licenses. Please keep in mind that if your custom license is a Creative Commons license, it will not be recognized as such by the EOL photo sharing process so you must still log in to change your license if you have any custom license and want to share your photos with EOL.

Photographers can change their licenses on all their existing images, or keep the licenses on existing images and then apply different licenses to newly uploaded images. So, not all images from one photographer need to have the same license. Regardless of a photographer's default license, a photographer can select any license on individual images when uploading or editing photos.

If you have questions, please send email to

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this page last updated: Jun 5, 2024