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Photos are a useful way to illustrate the warmth, vibrant personality and natural beauty of the University of South Carolina. Learn more about making photography selections, styling and enhancements that best represent Gamecock culture.

  • Safety Considerations 

    COVID-19 has affected our processes for capturing photography. When communicating specifically about COVID-19, images must reflect face-covering and physical distancing protocols. 

    For new staged photography, we recommend a temporary shift toward more individual portraits. Images portraying more than one subject should demonstrate appropriate face-covering and physical distancing protocols.

    Candid photos portraying more than one subject must also demonstrate face-covering protocols. Physical distancing is preferred but will not always be possible; aim to capture images that do not show subjects crowded tightly together.  

    Always choose photos that reinforce the message of the associated content. When selecting from pre-COVID-19 photos for content that is not related to COVID-19, continue to use a range of photography that showcases our unique people, culture and location, and vary both subjects and styles.  

  • Four photos, one with palmetto trees, one with two students walking, one with colorful canoe paddles and one with students dancing.

Accessible Photos

Images must be accessible to those with low vision and those using assistive technology. To make your images accessible, follow the university's alternative text guidelines.

University Stock Photography

The university photo collection includes a wide range of images such as campus scenes, notable buildings, university events, and classroom and laboratory environments. The images are housed on an image management system and can be downloaded for free for use in communications projects, presentations and more. 

Visit to access a public gallery of university-related images. Contact us for access credentials, which will allow you to download images. You must also create an account to view any invitation-only galleries that have been shared with you. With an account, you can log in to access invitation-only galleries, search for photos and create lightboxes of selected images. Be sure to check that the alt text is accurate and descriptive for all stock photos you use.

For specific photo needs or questions, please submit a photography request

Portrait Photos

Portraits can be requested through a photography request. Note, however, that processes have been affected by COVID-19; some restrictions and limitations may apply.  If you have a specific need for a portrait, please contact your unit's communicator for options. 

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