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Overview: CalPhotos Uses    Academic & Educational    Government    Museums, Gardens & Zoos    Organizations    Parks    Publications & Media    Organizations That Use CalPhotos for their Websites   

Overview: CalPhotos Uses

As of 2017, CalPhotos serves more than 1 million images a day to website visitors, and processes more than 120,000 distinct queries a day to the photo database. Our users are from all over the world, and include nature enthusiasts, children learning about animals and plants in their classrooms; graduate students and university professors using photos for classroom presentations; environmental educators; parks; museums; zoos, conservation organizations, publishers, and people simply browsing to see beautiful photos.

Photos from CalPhotos are frequently used in journals, textbooks, educational pamphlets, museum exhibits, magazines & newspapers, and many other publications. Photo copyright is retained by the person or organization that contributed the photo, not by CalPhotos. Therefore, when someone requests licensing rights or additional resolutions for a photo, negotiations are handled by the copyright holder. Below are some of the requests to use CalPhotos images that were received in 2006-2007. This list was compiled from CalPhotos photographers as well as from the California Academy of Sciences, one of CalPhotos largest contributors.

In addition to making photos available on the CalPhotos website or via CalPhotos contributors, we also provide a number of programmatical ways for other websites to include photos on their pages, including direct links, program-friendly URLs, and XML-based web services. See Organizations That Use CalPhotos for their Websites below.

Academic & Educational

  • Amherst College
  • Arizona State University
  • Australian Institute of Applied Sciences
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Brandeis University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Edinburgh University, Scotland
  • Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan
  • McGill University
  • Mississippi State University
  • Purdue University, Center for Reptile and Amphibian Conservation
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Rutgers University
  • Tehran University of Medical Sciences
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Bern, Switzerland
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
  • University of California
  • University of Cape Town, Zaire
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Maryland
  • Universite de Quebec
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of Reading, England
  • University of Texas
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • University of Washington School of Medicine


  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • California Bureau of Land Management
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • Canadian Forest Service
  • City of Pleasanton, San Diego, San Rafael, Draper, Utah
  • County of Albemarle (VA), Marin, San Diego, Santa Clara
  • East Bay MUD
  • Finnish Forest Research Institute
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • Oregon Bureau of Land Management
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Fish and Game
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Museums, Gardens & Zoos

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Botanical Garden of University of Vienna, Austria
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Cleveland Botanical Gardens
  • Lawrence Hall of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • The Field Museum of Chicago
  • Zoological Society of London


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American River Conservancy
  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • California Native Plant Society
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Environmental Defense
  • Farallones.org
  • Forest Forever
  • Humane Society
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Save The Bay


  • Alaska State Parks
  • Arizona State Parks
  • East Bay Regional Park District
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • National Park Service
  • Nevada State Parks
  • Presidio Trust
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
  • Tilden Park
  • Yosemite Association

Publications & Media

  • CTV News, Canada
  • Houghton Mifflin
  • KQED
  • Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
  • Oxford University Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Washington Press
  • Science
  • Scientific American
  • Wildlife Journal

Organizations That Use CalPhotos for their Websites

  • AmphibiaWeb
    AmphibiaWeb, inspired by global amphibian declines, is an online system that allows free access to information on amphibian biology and conservation. Species pages include a CalPhotos thumbnail. AmphibiaWeb also uses CalPhotos photos throughout the site, and amphibian photos are searchable from the site as well.

  • Biokeys
    BioKeys is an identification tool for non-scientists. Photos from CalPhotos are used for plant and insect identification as well as for illustrating the different groups of lifeforms.

  • Calflora
    Calflora provides information on wild California plants for conservation, education, and appreciation. Species pages and query result lists include CalPhotos thumbnails.

  • California Academy of Sciences
    The Academy's Research Library, founded in 1853, uses CalPhotos to store and display over 49,000 photos.

  • California Native Plant Society
    The CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants is an online searchable database containing information about 2000+ rare plants in California. Detail pages for each species include a CalPhotos thumbnail if available.

  • Discover Life
    Discover Life provides free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing encyclopedia of life that now has over one million species pages. CalPhotos thumbnails appear on species pages.

  • UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre
    UNEP-WCMC's mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making. CalPhotos thumbnails appear on species pages through the use of a CalPhotos web service.

  • Essig Museum of Entomology
    More than 12,000 photos of the Essig's important aphid specimen collection are available via the Essig's web-based specimen database. A system for uploading specimen photos is being developed.

  • Moorea Biocode
    The Moorea Biocode project is a multi-institutional effort to create a comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life on the South Pacific island of Moorea. Working in the field, scientists have uploaded 9,200 photographs of specimens to CalPhotos, including fish, marine invertebrates, ferns, and insects. These photos allow researchers to view one or more photos of each specimen,

  • Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
    A collection of 8,400 historical MVZ photos has been uploaded to CalPhotos which can be queried using CalPhotos or via a customized form here. Photos are also available on the MVZ's Arctos database via dynamic linking to CalPhotos. These photos include high resolution versions in TilePic format for zooming and panning.

  • NatureServe Explorer
    An authoritative source for information on more than 70,000 plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. Explorer includes particularly in-depth coverage for rare and endangered species.

  • University and Jepson Herbaria
    UCJeps is scanning mounted specimens during the loan process and these images are being made available via CalPhotos, including high resolution versions in TilePic format for zooming and panning. These images are also available from UCJeps specimen records. In 2008, type specimens from Central and South America will be added to the CalPhotos collection. A system for choosing representative photos for plant species for display on the Jepson INterchange is under development.

  • UC Museum of Paleontology
    More than 61,000 images from UCMP are available via CalPhotos, as well as from a customized query form. The UCMP specimen database dynamically displays photos on detail pages if a photo is available in CalPhotos.

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this page last updated: Oct 13, 2021