About Georgia Southern University Photography
The University Photography office is part of the Marketing and Communications department and exists to produce high-quality photographic images for various print and online material, Georgia Southern Magazine, and upper-tier pages on the Georgia Southern Website. The work produced here reflects the spirit, excellence, diversity and quality of life at Georgia Southern University.
Georgia Southern University’s photographer provides photography services to the University community for documentary, news, editorial and event photography. While we make every effort to provide this service to the University community, the Marketing and Communications department reserves the right to determine if a request is the best use of the photographer’s time based on the overall needs of the University.
Most photographs produced by the University Photographer and contractors hired by the Marketing and Communications department are available for marketing purposes and are maintained in an online database.
Mission and Prioritization
Marketing and Communications places top priority on photographing events and activities that will support and enhance the mission of recruitment and retention. In addition, showcasing the important work and successes of the University’s faculty and staff remains a priority.
The Photographer generally does not provide photo coverage of banquets, awards presentations and general departmental events unless the images can be used for marketing, recruitment or media relations purposes. If we are unable to accommodate a shoot request, further assistance may be available. We will work with you to help find a solution to your coverage needs.
What We Cover
In order to have your request considered by the Marketing and Communications Department, please fill out our online Photo Request Form. The photographer will determine photography needs related to the request.
- University Marketing Materials — These include images that the Marketing Department deems suitable for use to help advance the message of the University. Examples of this may include admissions activities, visually engaging student activities and experiential learning opportunities.
- Media Relations/News Events — We can provide imagery for news releases and media services.
- Portraits — We can provide professional headshots for use on departmental Websites as well as professional publications. Portraits occur in our photo studio located inside Anderson Hall. Light retouching is included with all portraits. Please provide two or three possible dates and times on the request.
After the assignment has been completed, the University Photographer will edit the pictures and present the best images for selection.
Marketing and Communications does not provide the following photo services: photographic copies, scans or processing.
To schedule a photo shoot, please fill out the online Photo Request Form. A member of the Photography staff will respond to your request. Please provide at least 14 days notice to ensure the Photographer is available.
All images from the Georgia Southern University photo collection are approved for use by staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends for University purposes only. These images must be requested for use in publications, Websites and other related communications. All photos must be properly captioned and credited where appropriate. Clients may not distribute, sell or share any images produced by this office without prior consent.
All images created by this office since 2011 are stored on our Flickr page, and in some cases, earlier photos may be obtained by emailing the University Photographer. After five years, all the images will be released to the archive at the Library.
Images from our archive are for Georgia Southern University purposes only. Any subsequent use requires approval from Marketing and Communications. Clients may not share these images with other organizations or programs; both affiliated and not affiliated with Georgia Southern.
Media Image Usage Policy
Media requests for photos require the approval of Marketing and Communications office before images are released. All photos must be properly captioned and credited where appropriate. Images can be requested through our archive.
A photo release is required of all models that are being photographed. The photo release outlines the terms by which the photo will be used. If you need a copy of the release form for a shoot you have scheduled outside of the Marketing and Communications office, you can download the standard release form or a minor release form for models that are under the age of 18.
All images created by the University Photographer should be properly credited when published in print or on the web. Credit formats and guidelines are listed below, but please contact us to confirm the proper credits for specific photos.
- Photos produced by the University Photographer must be credited as “Georgia Southern University.”
- Photos produced by freelance photographers on behalf of the University must be credited as “[Insert Photographers Name] for Georgia Southern University.”
Proper format is embedded in every photo’s IPTC information (metadata).
Each image produced for Georgia Southern University is an accurate representation of the school and its faculty, staff and student body. You may NOT alter, artificially enhance or manipulate this content in any way.
If Using a Freelance Photographer
High-quality photography conveys a level of professionalism and polish befitting the dynamism of this University, and helps convey the strength of the Georgia Southern University brand with the power of visual communications. Photography on our Websites and in our print communications should reflect the values of Georgia Southern University and honor the traditions of our institution. All costs associated with a freelance photographer are the responsibility of the office/department contracting the photographer.
Georgia Southern University retains the use, copyright and licensing to all images created by staff photographers. You may not re-use, sell, distribute, copy, or manipulate any image created for Georgia Southern University. All rights for reproduction of any image remain with Georgia Southern University and any permission to use these images must be obtained prior to publication or any other use. Exceptions may be made only if requested before reproduction and use of images.
For additional photography information, contact the University Photographer at (912) 478-2773.