Photo release policy

By registering at, visiting or being employed by UNCW and being present in public settings, you authorize the use and reproduction by the university, or anyone authorized by the university, to any photographs taken while at UNCW, without compensation.

All negatives and positives, photographic prints and digital photo files shall constitute UNCW property, solely and completely.

It is recommended that a photo release form be signed by all individuals who will be photographed for university publications, videos and Web pages.

If the subject is a minor under the age of 18, a form must be signed by the child’s parent or guardian and secured before any photography can take place.

UNCW Media Release (PDF)

University Photography Policies

As a public university, UNC Wilmington will use staff-produced images of public campus life, events, ceremonies and other activities to advance the mission of the university.

Use of Photos

All photographs created by the University Relations staff are the property of UNC Wilmington and are available for non-commercial use by UNCW’s students, faculty and staff and, with prior approval, off-campus media outlets and publications. Images should be credited as “UNCW/photographer’s name” in all print and electronic publications.

Prohibited Uses of UNCW Photos

Univeristy photography may not be:

  • used for commercial gain
  • sold in part or in total
  • used as stock photography

Prior approval from UNCW Photo Services is required before any photograph is digitally altered in a manner that changes its editorial representation. Digitally altered photos must also be clearly identified as “photo illustrations.”

For questions regarding the use of UNCW photographic images, please contact the Photography Services.


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