This photo gallery presents a number of images that are available for public use. Before downloading, however, please read the following explanation of copyright and Creative Commons.
By Australian law and international policy, copyright in a created work is initially held by the author/creator, automatically upon its creation. No registration is required (unlike patents). The copyright symbol © is often added as a reminder, but copyright does not depend upon attachment of the symbol. The author/creator may subsequently assign rights to others.
The term ‘public domain’, often heard in discussions about copyright, is ambiguous and does not negate copyright. Sometimes the term simply means that a work is available for the public to view – as distinct from confidential to the author or secret to their organisation. Sometimes the term means that anyone can use a work free of charge or permission – such as for the text of the King James Bible.
The Creative Commons regime has been established to allow created works to be publicly shared while still allowing the author/creator to be recognised as the creator of the work. There are various categories, reflecting the extent to which the copyright-holder agrees to allow re-use.
Creative Commons: Images Free to Share
The following images are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence. CC BY-SA . URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0. This means that the photos are free to share for both personal and commercial use, provided that the photographer and the Queensland Science Network are acknowledged and a similar licence is conveyed to third-party users. The photographer’s name is included in the title of the image.