At the heart of Emory’s new communications strategy is an invitation to viewers to start to see and think differently. To achieve this we use unique visual vocabulary that challenges, questions, excites, and inspires. The photography should capture the magic of discovery and innovation, and the curiosity and exploration of Emory’s forward-thinking students and faculty. It reflects the environment with its empowering and colorful sense of place and people. The photography’s tone is imaginative, captivating, optimistic, inquisitive, passionate, driven, inspiring, and heroic. There are graphic photo treatments that enhance the photography and add an additional layer of surprise and perspective to the visual storytelling.

Permissions to Use Images and Illustrations
NOTE: If you are not using free images, you must obtain permission to use them, even if they already appear on an Emory-affiliated website. Learn more about purchasing stock photography and illustrations.
A collage of photographs covering a wide range of subjects about Emory


Capture students, faculty, and alumni in a way that feels authentic and illuminating. Strong composition with shallow depth of field play up the idea of vision. Follow, and even stretch, the rule of thirds for composition. Use the architecture and background elements to support and highlight the subjects. When selecting images with multiple people, keep diversity of age, race, gender, and ability in mind.

This photo collage features Emory students, faculty, staff, and associates engaging in academic pursuits.


Emory’s lush and historic campus, as well as the modern, state-of-the-art facilities, create wonderful contrast and variety across the campuses. Capturing the character of campus and the surrounding Atlanta area gives people a sense of the environment that breeds innovation. Try to find shots of campus with people, even if they are in the background, to add life to the photography.

This photo collage features interior and exterior Emory architecture.

Student Life

Showcase the energy and spirit of Emory’s student body in fun and interesting perspectives. Showing students gathered in groups, working or playing, often make the most genuine moments. Emory is academically driven, but it’s also a very fun place to be. Student life photos should tell that story in a vibrant and authentic way.

This photo collage features Emory's diverse student body socializing with each other.


In the classroom, lab, or workspace we’ll want to capture the empowering environment through a sense of enthusiasm, mentorship, and personal drive. Highlight different scenarios, from group collaboration to interesting research-driven lab spaces. Consider unique angles and out of focus foreground/background elements that can help focus the viewer’s eye on the subject.

This photo collage features Emory's diverse student body participating in an array of academic activities.

Best Practices

Acceptable Photo Adjustments

  1. Tone and Color
    Color and tonal correction to ensure accurate reproduction of the original photograph.
  2. Retouching and Editing
    Technical touch-ups such as balancing or removal of flaws (dust spots, scratches, digital noise, artifacts, etc.) to achieve better reproduction.
  3. Cropping
    Cutting into a photograph to remove distracting elements and creating a more interesting composition.
  4. Black and White
    Conversion of a color image to black and white if context calls for it.
  5. Graphic Overlay
    Conversion of an image to a tinted color, giving a more graphic quality.

Unacceptable Photo Adjustments

  1. Content Alteration
    Avoid content alteration—moving, adding, deleting, combining, stretching, flipping, shrinking, etc.
  2. Over Editing
    Avoid cropping an image so severely that the subject and emotion of the photo are compromised.
  3. Tone and Color
    Avoid combining multiple overlays or editing in a way that the subject matter becomes hard to discern or looks out of character.

Questions? Ideas?
Contact the Communications and Marketing brand team.