How to buy photographs

Strictly speaking you don't actually buy the photographs. The copyright remains with the copyright holder. This is either QueenSpark Books (i.e. the contributor has assigned the copyright) or the contributor and / or photographer has licenced the image to QueenSpark for inclusion in the collection. If the photograph is for sale, the contributor / photographer will also have agreed to its sale. Contributors do not receive any royalties on sales of photographs. All profits go towards funding future QueenSpark publishing projects.

What you buy is a licence to use the photograph for reasonable purposes. You might, for instance, want to use an image to:
- Print and frame the photograph for your own enjoyment or as a present
- Make a card to send to a family member or friend
- Put the image on your website to illustrate where you live, as a background image etc.
- Use the image for a self published book cover

Or you might be a designer wanting to use the photographs for the creation of:
- Charity leaflets, coupons, vouchers etc.
- Society / club bulletins and newsletters
- Promotional literature and websites for small to medium sized local businesses
- Public information material

This list is not exhaustive and it does not proclude commercial use, although any resale of photographs to third parties is not permitted.

In order to purchase a photograph, you will need to create an account. This is a straightforward process involving you providing us with your name and an valid email address. You can do this at any time and enjoy other benefits available to account holders. For example, maintaining and sharing a list of your favourite photographs.

When you opt to pay for images in your basket, you will be asked to log in to your account to check your order and then to proceed to checkout. All payments are processed by PayPal and you will be taken to the PayPal site. When PayPal has accepted your payment, you will be sent an email with details of how to download the photograph(s) you have purchased.

Please note that the file you receive will be the highest resolution, best quality digital image we have available given that the images are donated by members of the public.

What prevents me from just using the image displayed on the website?

Nothing. We encourage you to use the photographs for your own private study, non-commercial research, and instructional or educational purposes. For instance, you can cut and paste the website image into a PowerPoint presentation for a student seminar.

However, if your use of the photograph necessitates an image at a higher resolution - you want to reproduce the image in a leaflet - then you should buy the photograph. Think of this payment as a donation to QueenSpark Books.