Picture research

Get the best out of our collection with some handy search tips

Search Tips

We have an amazing collection that's filled to the brim with every image you'll ever need (and more). But we know it's important to find the right image quickly.

Here are some useful tricks of the trade which might help:

  • Use quotation marks to group a phrase or words together e.g. ‘Golden Gate Bridge’
  • Use ’or’, ‘and’, ‘not’ in your search to include or exclude keywords. E.g. Dog NOT puppy
  • Use brackets to create search strings e.g. if you’re looking for two people hiking, use (2 or two or pair) (man or male) (woman or female) (hiking or trekking or rambling)

Search Buttons

We've provided three sort buttons which will shuffle your search results:

New – Images sorted by date of upload so you can easily see all our new content.

Relevant – Images sorted by relevancy to your keywords. We would recommend this sort for editorial researchers.

Creative – Images sorted by creativity. This sort includes images handpicked for their wow factor and those we know our customers like - selected through an analysis of customer data.

Filters

You can find lots of useful filters at the top of the search results page. You can filter your results based on a range of criteria, including size, number of people, image type and orientation.

Use the ‘advanced search’ tool at the top of the search results page if you want to be even more specific about what you’re looking for or search by photographer name.

All the images on Alamy are keyworded by our photographers so you’ll need to consider spellings and slang words. Use brackets to include as many relevant search words as you can. Some examples;

If you’re looking for a classroom shot with a female teacher try, (Classroom or school or lesson or demonstration) (Science or experiment or practical) (Teacher or tutor or professor or seminar or lecture) (Not man not male not boy).

If what you’re looking for has a variety of names, use them all, (‘burglar alarm’ or ‘security alarm’ or ‘alarm system’).

Getting help with research

There might be times when you need extra help or don't have the time to carry out your own research. For key accounts we provide a free super fast picture research service - talk to your account manager if this applies to you.

For others we've put together a list of some well-known freelancers and organizations who can do your research for you. You will need to contact them directly to discuss your brief and organise payment.

Companies providing picture research services

United States of America

Editorial Image, LLC

David and Emily Tietz
Photography, Photo Research and Permissions
Tel: 512-302-4737
Fax: 512-233-0614
info@editorialimage.com

Feldman & Associates, Inc.

211 Waukegan Road, Suite 200
Northfield, IL 60093
Tel: 847-784-0404
Fax: 847-784-9637
jfeldman@feldmans.net
rfeldman@feldmans.net
www.feldmans.net

Lemon Snap Image Services

nicole@lemon-snap.com
www.lemon-snap.com

Photoquick Research

Poyee Oster 18
Timberland Drive
Lincoln, RI 02865 USA
Tel: 1-401-333-1209
Fax: 1-401-333-1209
poyeeoster@cox.net

Robin Sand Photo Research

Robin Sand
160-53 17th Avenue
Whitestone, NY 11357 USA
Tel: 718-746-6296
Fax: 718-746-1746
rsand@nyc.rr.com

United Kingdom

Alison Prior

26 Feilden Close
Ducklington
Oxon
OX29 7XB
Alison_Prior_Research@yahoo.com

Hilary Luckcock

41 Chase Court Gardens
Enfield
Middx
EN2 8DJ
Tel: 020 8363 0561
Mob: 07807 033679
hilaryluckcock@btinternet.com

Pictureresearch

Aristotle House
Aristotle Lane
Oxford
OX2 6TR
Tel: 01865 513000
Mob: 01865 311899
suzanne@pictureresearch.co.uk
www.pictureresearch.co.uk

Sally Cole

Perseverance Works Ltd
29 Godwin Road
Hastings
East Sussex
TN35 5JR
Tel: 01424 444462
perseverancecole@gmail.com

Susi Paz

Tel: 07956 452 114
susi@susipaz.com
www.SusiPaz.com

Zooid Pictures Ltd

39-51 Highgate Road
London
NW5 1RS
Tel: +44 20 7267 9990
Fax: +44 20 7428 9991
pictures@zooid.co.uk
www.zooid.co.uk