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Media.greenpeace.org is an online photo and video database covering all Greenpeace campaign and direct action events, as well as global documentation of environmental issues and solutions dating from 1971. Content is provided by and shared between Greenpeace’s national/regional offices, and is also available for use by supporters, journalists, other NGOs, and academics. To help get you started using our database, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have other questions not covered here, please email: media.library.int@greenpeace.org

How do I create an account?


You can register an account in the top right corner of the site.  You will immediately be able to login to the site, using your email address and password.  Once you have logged in, you can create lightboxes, download low-res watermarked images and use the cart to order high resolution images.  

How do I search for images?


To perform a basic free-text search, you can use the search bar located at the top of each page.  This will search most fields including headline, caption, locations, keywords, and photographer.

How do I refine my search?


For a more precise search, click on the text ‘Advanced Search’ below the search bar.

  • By default you will search for all items (Photos, Videos, Multimedia, Shoots, Collections).   Using the checkboxes, you can select a specific document type for your search.
  • For a more specific refined search, use keywords and exclude keywords. For example, you can search for images with keyword “Forests (campaign title)” and exclude images with keyword “Actions and Protests.”  When you start typing in the keyword field, a drop down list will appear.
  • Shoot Date is the date of the event.
  • Digitized date is the date the item was added to the database.
  • Modified date is the date the item was most recently modified.
  • Original format refers to the original medium used to create the item.   For example, you can decide if you only want digital photos or images originally shot on negative. 
  • Original language searches for images with captions in other languages if this information was entered with the image. It does not translate.
  • Originating office will search for images originating in a specific Greenpeace national office.
  • The field for ID numbers searches the database’s ID number (Example: GP022L5).  It will also search old numbers from previous Greenpeace photo and video databases, if they are included in the image info.  It will not search the Greenpeace website’s ID numbers, as these are not connected to the photo archive. 
  • You have the option to search for digitized or non-digitized records.  Most records have a digital file attached to the record. In previous years, when editing images taken on film, text files were made to enable users to search for images prior to them being scanned. Some records still do not have a digital file attached, but you can request that we scan these items for you. 
  • Archive level ranks images based on quality and importance.  Most images are ranked as “Archive.”  Each event will also usually include a few key images marked as “Best archive.”  The level “Icon” is reserved for the very best and most iconic Greenpeace images.  You can also choose later to sort your search results by archive level.  
  • There is also a field for additional conditions.  This section allows you to include all other searchable fields within the database.  


Can I return to a previous search?


The system will remember your last search. Just click on ‘Advanced Search’ to go back and refine your previous search. If you want to save your search results to view again later, it is possible to make a lightbox (see below).

How do I download images?


  • To download images, you must first create an account. 
  • Once you have registered, you can view and download low resolution photos and videos. Greenpeace staff may have the ability to download larger sizes, depending on the user rights assigned by the media library.  
  • You can download items individually from the zoom view (after clicking on a thumbnail). 
  • To download images in bulk, you should add them to a lightbox first. You can find more details about creating a lightbox below. 
  • If you need a higher resolution image, you should request this through our cart system.  You can find more details about using the cart system below. 
  • Some items are available in high resolution to all users for a limited time (14 days after release for photos, and 30 days for videos).  If an image is available under time limited download, it will be indicated in orange in the zoom view.  This usually pertains to images of Greenpeace activities and direct actions, and the images are available for editorial use only. 


What is a lightbox and how do I make one?  


  • To use the lightbox functions, you must first create an account. 
  • A lightbox is a means for grouping items for personal or collaborative purposes.  Lightboxes are useful when you are researching a topic and want to save images for possible use at a later date.  This is also the best way to download large numbers of images at once.
  • To create a new lightbox, go to the drop down list called Actions in the top left hand corner and choose ‘Create new Lightbox.’ 
  • Your active lightbox will now be indicated at the top of the page, and you can begin to add images to your active lightbox.  
  • To add an individual photo or video, click on Add to lightbox located under each thumbnail, or in the zoom view of each image. The colour will change to green.  Clicking on this text again will remove the image from your active lightbox.
  • You can add/remove larger selections, by clicking on the text Add all to lightbox or Remove all from lightbox, which appear above your search results.  Please note, this will add one page of results at a time, not the entire search results.
  • To view your lightbox(es), click Open lightboxes next to the active lightbox drop-down box, or go to My Lightboxes in the top right corner.
  • Under Actions you have several options for viewing, editing, downloading and sharing a lightbox.  You can also copy all your items to the cart, if you wish to request high resolution files.
  • If you choose to email the lightbox, the recipient will receive a link to view the selection within the library.  They will not see the selection as a lightbox.
  • You may share the lightbox with another user.  This will allow permitted users to collaborate on a lightbox, based on the access privileges you have granted them.  You can grant 'view only', 'modify' or 'full control' access.    If you grant 'modify' rights to the lightbox, the user can add/delete/reorder assets but cannot delete the lightbox or share it with other people. If you grant 'Full control' rights, they can share and delete the lightbox for all other users.
  • If a lightbox is being shared, you see the words “Shared” next to the Lightbox title.

How do I order high resolution images through the cart system?


  • To use the cart system, you must first create an account. 
  • To add an item to your cart, click on Add to cart located under each thumbnail, or in the zoom view of each image.   The colour will change to green.  Clicking on this text again will remove the image from your cart.
  • You can access your cart in the top right hand corner of the site, by clicking on Cart
  • A list of questions appears next to each image in your cart.  These questions will help provide the library with details of your usage.  You can also answer these questions in the zoom view for each image, before adding the item to the cart.  
  • If you have several items, you can copy your answers into all photos or videos.  
  • If you choose to Duplicate this item, you will create a second version of the item.  This is useful if you want to request multiple uses for the same image.  
  • Once the usage is selected for each image, a Request Authorisation button will appear at bottom of page.
  • After requesting authorisation, a pop-up window will appear asking you to name your project and give further details.  To ensure you receive a timely response, please provide any other information about your usage that is helpful for the database administrators to know.  
  • We will assess your request, and contact you if we have any questions. We may charge royalty fees for the use of our photographs and footage.  These fees are dependent on the rights you wish to license.  If this is the case, we will contact you by email to discuss the fee. 
  • Once we have approved your request, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download your order. 

How can I use Greenpeace images?


All of the content featured or displayed on this web site is managed by Greenpeace International's Media Library and is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. Except as explicitly permitted under agreement with Greenpeace Media Library, no portion of this web site or its content may be copied or retransmitted via any means. All licenses requested and purchased through the site are offered on a Rights Managed basis, and all use must be in an editorial context.  Use of the credit line is compulsory. Images may not be altered, cropped or manipulated in any form without prior written permission from Greenpeace Media Library. Greenpeace Media Library may charge royalty fees for the use of our content.  These fees are dependent on the rights you wish to license. 

For more details, please see our Terms and Conditions clicking on the link in the footer below.

Other Questions?


If you have other questions not covered here, please email: media.library.int@greenpeace.org