Editorial Image Usages

Editorial licenses are just that, images that can be used for editorial purposes only. Editorial uses are places where there is an article, a commentary or description.

Editorial Stock Photos, or editorial use of stock photos, refers to the use of stock images in an editorial context — this is, anything related to newsworthy events or public interest matters, where there is no direct commercial benefit or personal gain by the photographer or the licensee.


Editorial-licensed images can be used for:

  • Blogs
  • Editorial purposes: newspapers, magazines, editorials, newsletters
  • Non-commercial uses relating to events that are newsworthy or of general interest

Editorial-Use-Only files cannot be used for:

  • Any commercial use
  • Any advertorial use (sections or supplements featuring brand or product names, or sections or supplements for which you receive a fee from a third party adviser or sponsor)

Restrictions for Editorial Usage

The standard Royalty Free usage requirements apply to Editorial Stock Images. But this particular usage license adds some extra restrictions:

  • Images cannot be used for personal benefit or commercial gain
  • Images cannot be used in any illegal or defamatory way
  • Images cannot be used in any logo, trademark, or service mark
  • Credit must be given adjacent to the image any time it is used, and should appear in the format: “[photographer’s name]/[stock company name]”