Photographers in Strategic Communications and Marketing share stories through powerful images. The team captures the Illinois experience for university news, social media, communications projects and university leadership while maintaining a broad Image Database for university communicators. 

Photography Resources

University Image Database

Strategic Communications and Marketing maintains an ever-growing collection of thousands of university images. The Image Database offers approved, consistent, quality images for use in the promotion of the Urbana campus and programs. For access to the database, send an e-mail request to

Learn more about the Image Database and request access.

University Archives

The University of Illinois Archives maintains collections of various historical photographic images for use. Browse the digital collections and learn more about obtaining digital images from the archives.

Commissioning Original Photography

If you want to use images from your event in future print or web materials, you might consider hiring a photographer. Although hiring a photographer is more expensive than using stock photography, you will have greater control over the art and you’ll be able to ensure that the faculty members, students and staff in your pictures are actually from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) maintains policies and procedures for contracting with vendors for services that you should review before contracting with a non-university photographer.


Questions about university photography can be directed to