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Image Library Policy

Downloading images from the image library

Library visitors are permitted to download an unlimited number of images from the library for personal, educational, scientific or professional use only. Commercial use and further distribution of library images is prohibited. When using library images for allowed purposes, please credit the photographer. Copyrighted images are clearly marked. In cases when photographers copyright photographs, contact information and instructions are provided to obtain permission for use.

The above only applies to the Wilderness Connect image library. To download and use images from our Flickr group, please follow Flickr's guidelines.

Submitting images to the image library

Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines below will not be accepted. Please read thoroughly.

The purpose of the image library is to facilitate image exchanges between members of the wilderness community. Although Wilderness Connect has no content guidelines for submitted photographs, we suggest that submitters send in a variety of images that show not only scenic aspects of wilderness, but ecological, geological, scientific, educational, historical, recreational and other unique aspects as well. Visitors are allowed to download submitted images according to the guidelines above, therefore if you do not want your images downloaded or used under any circumstances, please do not submit them to the library.

We also have a Flickr group where you can submit wilderness images, however, they are not part of our official online library. Please follow the guidelines for submissions to the Flickr group.

Once images are submitted to the Wilderness Connect image library, they are reviewed and categorized by Wilderness Connect staff and evaluated for their quality, relevance to wilderness and appropriateness. Images that are over-exposed, under-exposed or blurry will be discarded. Once images have been approved and categorized, the resolution of each image may be adjusted to provide a high resolution tiff file, a low resolution jpg file and a thumbnail. Sharpening filters may be applied to compensate for the reduction in resolution when exporting low resolution images. Otherwise, images are not adjusted. Wilderness Connect reserves the right to reject any submitted images for any reason. Processing of images is performed by work study students at the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana and make take several months.

TO SUBMIT DIGITAL IMAGES (i.e. from digital cameras or previously scanned images)
To submit digital images for inclusion into the image library, email images as attachments to info@wilderness.net (maximum of eight images per submission; agencies, organizations and institutions are excluded from this requirement, however, please email info@wilderness.net to scheduling processing for bulk digital submissions). Name your files as follows: two digit number of your photo + your name + date of submission (in the format MMDDYY, for example, September 1, 2003 = 090103). For example, 01lisaEidson090103.jpg, 02lisaEidson090103.tiff. We like to give visitors the option of downloading both high and low-resolution images, so send the largest image at the highest resolution you have available (8x10 inches at 200dpi or larger is preferred, however 28x21 inches or larger at 72dpi is also acceptable). Additionally, your images must be properly exposed, color corrected (if necessary), cropped and aligned horizontally or vertically. You will also need to fill out the following worksheet digitally and send it as an attachment with your images: Image Library Submission Form.
The following is a list of the information found in the worksheet that must be provided for each image.
  • Photographer name
  • Photographer email address
  • Photographer phone number
  • The filename of the image (for digital images only, see naming scheme above to ensure that you name your images correctly) OR the slide number (for slides only)
  • The National Wilderness Preservation System wilderness area in which the image was taken. Please use the wilderness data search to find the official name of the wilderness (be sure to specify the state to distinguish between wilderness areas that have the same name). Non-NWPS images will not be accepted.
  • A description of the image (please be thorough and complete since this information is used when visitors searching for images in the library initiate a keyword search)
  • How users should credit images when using them (Ex. Lisa Ronald; Lisa Ronald/Wilderness Connect; Flathead National Forest, Forest Service)