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The pressure of finding images for creative and commercial work is real. But we've got you.

Our Creative Team have built four collections, each with distinct content philosophies to suit your workflow. Explore high-quality authentic imagery, available to license from a credible stock agency who've been supporting partners since 1999.

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Our team is eager to show you what our content collection has to offer. Want a commercial edge? Find out how we can tailor a demo to suit your next brief.

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Frequently asked questions

What license do I need?

There are two different types of license in stock, rights-managed (RM) and royalty-free (RF). The license type is selected by the photographer and can’t be changed.

RM stands for rights-managed – With this license you only pay for what you’re using the image for. Rights-managed licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.

RF stands for royalty-free – This is the most flexible option and the most straight forward. You pay a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on how you use the image, how many times you use it or how long you use it for. You can use the image across multiple projects, forever. There are some restrictions on images used for reselling.

If you have a preference for one of the license types, you can filter your search results by selecting RF or RM next to the search box.

How do I get image clearance?

Our team of experts can quickly check and clear assets for commercial use, empowering you to bring your creative vision to life. If you’re working on a specific project and need support, or you’ve got an asset that needs clearance, get in touch. Find out more on our Alamy Rights and Clearances page.

What is the difference between Royalty-Free and Rights-Managed images?

With a Rights Managed licence the customer only pays for what they’re using the image for. Rights Managed licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.

With a Royalty-Free the customers pay a one–off fee to use the image with no restrictions on how they use it, or how long they use it for. RF images can be used across multiple projects, forever.

What is meant by ‘commercial use’ or ‘editorial' use’?

Commercial use means that an image or clip is used to sell a product, promote something or raise money for a cause. This includes use in advertising, marketing, promotion, packaging, advertorials and consumer or merchandising products. Editorial use is when an image or clip is used to illustrate a newsworthy article, a critique or an educational text.

What is a model release form?

Model and property releases are signed documents which ensure that the people or property (works of art, trademarks, brands or buildings) featured in an image or clip are clear to use.

What's the difference between the four creative collections?

1. Ultimate Collection:

The Ultimate Collection is Alamy's premium selection, meticulously curated by designers for designers' specific needs. This collection is a carefully chosen assortment of high-quality images that cater to professionals seeking top-notch visuals to elevate their creative projects. With an emphasis on excellence and sophistication, the Ultimate Collection ensures that your designs exude a polished and refined look.

2. Vital Collection:

Crafted with a keen eye on emerging trends, the Vital Collection from Alamy offers a high-end and authentic assortment of images. This collection is perfect for creative projects that demand cutting-edge visuals and the latest artistic expressions. Each image in the Vital Collection captures the essence of contemporary aesthetics, making it ideal for professionals who want to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of design.

3. Uncut Collection:

Embrace the raw, unexpected, and unconventional with Alamy's Uncut Collection. This unique assortment features a diverse range of images, from abstract art to user-generated content (UGC). Designed to inspire innovation and creative freedom, the Uncut Collection is ideal for projects that demand distinctiveness and originality. Whether you're looking for unconventional visuals or avant-garde artwork, this collection is sure to ignite your imagination.

4. Foundation Collection:

The Foundation Collection is a treasure trove of resources perfect for composites, offering a wide selection of cut-outs, graphics, and vectors. Whether you're a seasoned designer or just starting, this collection provides essential building blocks to boost your creative productivity. With a variety of elements and assets, the Foundation Collection simplifies the process of creating stunning composite designs and graphics, allowing you to focus on bringing your vision to life.

How do I buy a customised license, or plan?

To discuss purchasing a customised plan or image license, please contact us and one of our sales team will be in touch to discuss your needs.