The Importance of Proper Photo Crediting

importance of proper photo crediting

When creating or publishing online content it is of vital importance to ensure that you properly attribute credit when using other people’s content, be it text, photo, audio, video or any other form of digital media. This must be done both to give the creators proper recognition for their work and to protect oneself from accusations or legal action.

During the creation process of your travel guide in AGDA, it is imperative to first make sure that you are allowed to publish and distribute the photos you upload, and second, to properly credit the copyright owner. Learn how to protect yourself from potential copyright disputes below. 

Which Photos Can We Use?

For ArrivalGuides partners, we recommend using only:

  1. Photos for which you or your organization own the rights
  2. Photos supplied to you directly by the businesses in your guide (restaurants, museums, etc.)
  3. Stock images from providers such as Shutterstock, Getty Images, Alamy, etc. (provided you have paid the license fees and have permission to use them)
  4. Free-to-use stock images from providers such as Pexels, Pixabay, Unsplash, etc.
  5. Photos released under Creative Commons licenses which allow for commercial use (from, for example, Wikimedia Commons, Flickr, Google image search, etc.)

How to Give Proper Attribution in AGDA

When uploading a photo in AGDA, be sure to fill out the copyright information accordingly. It should look something like this:



  • Description: a short description of the photo or the name of the place represented (this helps with search results)
  • Copyright: name of the copyright owner or photographer / Source
  • Copyright link: If applicable, be sure to include a link to the website where information on the photo’s copyright status can be found. The link in this example leads to the following page, where the photo’s author and copyright information are displayed:


If you want to add or modify the copyright information of a photo you’ve already uploaded, simply click on the Edit button in the top right corner:


The fields will become visible again. Add any information you want, then click the Save button, also in the top-right corner:


When the process is complete and the guide is published, the photo’s copyright information will be displayed under the photo on the ArrivalGuides website, PDF guides and throughout the ArrivalGuides distribution network, as in the following example:


Some photos, such as those released under some Creative Commons licenses or from free stock photo websites, do not require attribution, but it can be a good idea to include it anyway, both to protect yourself and to give the photographers or copyright owners proper recognition for their work.

If you have any questions or comments regarding proper copyright usage, or if we can help you in any other way, do not hesitate to get in touch.