What is the UB Photo Database?

The UB photo database contains more than 20,000 high-quality photographs of UB-related subjects. Search here for the most up-to-date, UB brand-appropriate images for your marketing and communications projects—all downloadable at no cost. To ensure that your search is productive, review the “Search Tips” before beginning.

UB Photography Restrictions

Photos within this database should be used only to promote or communicate official university programs, projects, units, schools, etc. If a company or organization is promoting a program or project that involves the university, they must first obtain permission from University Communications. If granted approval for the specific requested application, proper photo credit must be given to the photographer and the University at Buffalo.

Outside entities are not permitted to use this photography to advance their own initiatives. Photos that capture any discernible likenesses of UB and its trademarks may not be used for commercial purposes. Any post that implies or infers an association with (not explicitly codified in a sponsorship or partnership agreement with the university), or endorsement by, the University at Buffalo is strictly prohibited.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of your questions can be solved by visiting the rich help section in our photo host site "Smugmug.” A few additional FAQs specific to UB’s Smugmug site have been answered below. If your question is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

How can I order prints using a tax exemption?

Once you download an image, you can print it on your own printer. If you would like a professional print, offers a process to order prints using a tax exemption. For details visit: Support on

How do I download photos?

Download images by clicking the arrow down link at the lower right of the large image. For best results, we recommend downloading the full resolution image. To download an entire gallery, click the black download arrow at the top right of any gallery and send it securely to an email address of your choice.

I was photographed on campus or at a UB event. How can that photo or video be used?

Please see this page: Photo | Video Rights and Usage.

If you would like to have an image of yourself removed from the database, please contact:

Meredith Forrest Kulwicki
Photo | Video Design Assistant
University Communications
Phone: 716-645-8585

Douglas Levere
Photo | Video Manager
University Communications
Phone: 716-645-4587

I am a UB student, staff or faculty member. May I use these images on my university website?

Yes! The images stored on this site reflect the best of UB. Faculty, staff, students and alumni of UB are encouraged to use them as positive portrayals of our campus community. UB reserves the right to deny or rescind usage privileges in any instances of fraud or misrepresentation. For images hosted by the University Archives, please contact University Archives before using or reproducing any archival images. All archival images contain contact information in their descriptions.

How do I use these images?

Guidelines for using photography can be found on our brand site.

How do I cite an image from the database?

All citations should include the name of the photographer (which can be found in the image’s description) and ©2018 University at Buffalo. For example, a full citation for an image on the database with “Photographer: Douglas Levere” in its description would read “Photographer: Douglas Levere. Image ©2021 University at Buffalo.”

I recognize someone in one of the photos posted here, but they have not been identified. How do I ensure that they are tagged/named?

Send us a link to the online gallery and give us the names of those whom you wish to identify, including the frame numbers and a description of the photo. We will add their information to the description and tags. 

I found an error on the site/I am having trouble navigating the site.

Send us a link to the page with a description of the error, and we will be happy to make any necessary changes. To get in touch, please use our Contact Us page. If you believe the error is an issue with Smugmug’s image hosting, go to the Smugmug help section. For issues with searches and/or site navigation, we recommend our Search Tips page.

What resolution should I use for my project? Are the images high-res enough to stand up to cropping and to use in large-scale projects?

We have many download resolutions available but the “Original” size is the highest quality and best for most print projects. Click on the “Down Arrow” at the lower right of the large image. This will download the “Original” full-size file. You can then crop and resize the image to fit your needs.

Can these images be used or sold by non-University at Buffalo entities?

Resale, redistribution or reuse of these photos by entities that are not part of the University is strictly prohibited. All images displayed in this database are ©2018 University at Buffalo. Special requests for photo usage by non-university parties can be made by contacting our team.

How to download photos at a lower resolution for web use:

There are TWO options.

OPTION 1.  Select a screen resolution-size image. Right click on the image and select “Save Image As” from the dialog box. This option provides a JPEG suitable for most web applications.

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OPTION 2.  Select a specific resolution size. There is a multistep process to do this:

Step one: Click on the share icon. This icon is located in multiple locations (see below).

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Step two: Go to the “embed” tab. In the drop-down menu labeled “choose a size,” you may select a specific resolution size.

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Step three: Copy the JPEG URL.

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Step four: Paste into your browser.

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Step five: Right click on the image and select “Save Image As” from the dialog box.

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