What Will I Be Doing?

For this activity, you can upload your photos and related release documents to give the LDS Church an unlimited license to use your photos. You can share them so that the Church and its members can use the photos, or just the Church and its affiliates. Regardless of how you share your photos, you keep the copyright. Your photos could be used in Church magazines, brochures, posters, blogs, videos, and websites.

How Will My Service Make A Difference?

As a world-wide organization it is important for the LDS Church to represent all cultures and countries. Your submissions will help build a library of photos that will help enrich Church content.

FAQs

There is a constant need for new, fresh photos to be used in Church publications. The photos will become part of a collection to be used by Church designers (in Church publications) and members (in non-commercial lessons, websites, blog posts, etc).
No. Anyone can submit photos. An LDS Account is required to participate, however, you do not need to be a member to register for an LDS Account.
Images should be jpg, jpeg, png, gif or bmp, formats, with a minimum resolution of 900x900 pixels. Please submit the highest resolution available.
When a photo is taken of privately owned property from a public sidewalk or road, a property release is not necessary. If a photo is taken on private property and the property is easily identifiable, a location release is required. Church owned chapels and temples do not require a location release. For other LDS Church properties, please speak to the manager of the site.
When a person in a photo is identifiable a participant release is necessary. If the identifiable person in the photo is under 18 years old, the participant release must be signed by a parent.
No. You must have a release from every person. If you have a situation like this, please contact create@ldschurch.org so we can help you resolve it. If you have no other option, explain the form to the person, and have him or her put a mark on the release to indicate their acceptance. Be sure to notify us when you submit the release in that way.
Take a photo of (or scan) the signed document and upload it.
Yes. You give the Church an unlimited license to use the photos and to share them with other Church members, but you keep the copyright to the photos and can do with them what you want. The only restriction is that you cannot give an exclusive license to the photo to someone in a way that limits the rights of the Church to use the photos. Church members will be able to use the photos for non-commercial, sharing the gospel purposes.
Yes. If you are the copyright owner, you may submit your photos. However, we cannot use photos of families in a photo studio setting.
You can submit photos as often as you’d like.
There is no limit to how many photos you can submit per day. If you have thousands of photos to submit, please contact create.photos@ldschurch.org.
To be accepted, submitted images should meet the Church’s needs and standards. Generally, photos are declined because of poor quality (out of focus, poor lighting, subject is too small in picture) or because they do not reflect Church standards and values. Images may also be rejected if they do not fill a need—for example, there are already many landscape, sunset, and flower images, as well as images of the Salt Lake Temple. If your photos are not selected, do not take it personally. Feel free to submit other high-quality photos.
We try to notify photographers when we see their photos used. However there is not a way to know where or how all photos are used.