Giving Proper Credit on Photos

Writers are allowed to use images off the Internet provided the license the images are credited under allows for commerical reuse of the images. There are different licenses for images which will be provided on the pages you get your images from.  If you are unsure how an image is licensed ask us or leave a link to the page in the Description box of your image upload.

All image credit / license information goes in the Caption box of your image upload, after the caption you provide.

Personal Images

It is up to you how you want your own images licensed. If you want anyone using your images without crediting you – use this public domain license in the Caption box:

License: <a href=”″>Creative Commons CC0</a>.

If you want to retain copyright to your image, state this in the Caption box after your caption:

Image Copyright &copy; 2015 Author Name, All Rights Reserved.

Public Domain Images (no credit required)

Caption example


Places like Morguefile, Pixabay, and BurningWell all offer free public domain images for use without attribution.

If you have one of these public domain images, all you need to enter in the Caption box after the caption is this text:

License: <a href=”″>Creative Commons CC0</a>.

The image above shows a public domain image captioned as “Enjoying the dawn as lovers.” followed by the correct License.Please make sure you remember to put a direct link to the page you got your image off in the Description box (so Whole Woman can double check licenses).

Other Images (credit required)

You can use images from other image sites like Wikimedia Commons and Flickrhowever it is important to check the license they are being offered under. For legal reasons, Whole Woman cannot use any images that are licensed for non-commerical use. The page you get your image from will have licensing information. Avoid images labelled CC BY-NC, CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY-NC-SA.

Whole Woman can use images licensed CC BY, CC BY-SA, and CC BY-ND.  If you need to know more about what you are allowed to do with the images, read about each of these licenses here. Basically if you do not edit the images in any way, and credit the author the way they want to be credited and provide a link to the actual license itself it is all good. (This information will all be provided on the page you get your image from). If you want to edit the images, you need to make sure the license allows for it. I won’t go into that here though.

Image metadata showing fields filled inSo now you have obtained an image and its licensing information. Upload your image. The credit line needs to be provided in the Caption box of the image upload, after the caption you provide.

The expected formatting of the credit line looks like this –  Credit: Authorname | Site | License (using | as breaks).

See example in the caption box after the caption “Domestic violence material depicting physical violence.” to the left:

Credit: Ben Pollard | Wikimedia Commons | <a href=””>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>.

Again, please make sure you remember to put a direct link to the page you got your image off in the Description box (so Whole Woman can double check licenses).

Need Help?

If you are unsure you can always ask us. As Whole Woman has to be careful about copyright for legal reasons, all authors MUST always include a direct link to the page they get their image off in the image’s Description box. This allows Whole Woman to double check that the image has been properly credited.


Additional Information for those who want to copy code instead of type:

Here are some examples of common license types we use on Whole Woman with the html code so you can just copy paste the html code from here into the Caption box after your caption instead of typing it out all out.

HTML CODE FOR INSERTING LINK IN IMAGE FIELDS:  <a href=”yourlinkhere”>yourtexthere</a>

CC BY 2.0.            HTML CODE: <a href=””>CC BY 2.0</a>.

CC BY-SA 2.0.     HTML CODE: <a href=””>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>.

CC BY-ND 2.0.    HTML CODE: <a href=””>CC BY-ND 2.0</a>.

CC BY-SA 3.0.     HTML CODE: <a href=””>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>.

CC BY 4.0.            HTML CODE: <a href=”>CC BY 4.0</a>.

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