File Prep Instructions
For curated content that will be available in our Noun Project Photos launch collection, please follow the instructions below for preparing and submitting images:

File Preparation

Technical
  • Photos must be in JPEG format
  • Photos must be 10MP or higher in resolution

Releases
  • Images with a recognizable face require a model release. 
  • Recognizable buildings, interiors, original art, and tattoos are examples of the types of property that require a property release. It is the photographer’s responsibility to research and provide the types of releases are required.
  • If an image will be licensed as Editorial Use Only, releases are not required. Editorial Use only images can only be used to illustrate cultural or newsworthy events. 
  • We encourage the Easy Release app to generate releases. This can be done on site while shooting. If you have not created a release while shooting, you can download and use these approved model and property releases.

Titling and tagging:
Think like a user—how can you help them find the photo through effective titling and tagging
  • Keep it simple
  • Describe what is happening in the photo with succinct words in both the title and description
  • Please follow our tagging guide and Concept Terms List for tag guidance and up to date Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) language standards

TITLE OF PHOTO character count:  up to 145
Name each image file with the desired name of the image
  • One sentence
  • No periods at end of sentence on titles or descriptions 
  • Use the Sentence title structure: 
  • Use upper case for the first word in the title and in the description
  • Use upper case if a word is a proper noun

EDITORIAL TITLE FORMAT: 
  • CITY, STATE, COUNTRY – DATE: Factual description of the scene
  • Example for title: London, England, United Kingdom - September 15th, 2019: Woman posing outside at LDN Fashion week


DESCRIPTION character count: up to 145
Please add a description of the image in the metadata of the file under “caption”
  • One sentence
  • No periods at end of sentence on titles or descriptions 
  • Use the Sentence title structure: 
  • Use upper case for the first word in the title and in the description
  • Use upper case if a word is a proper noun

TAGGING
Add tags in the metadata of files 
Ensure that only relevant tags are used

  • Please include your subjects’ preferred racial and gender identities as well as age range in your tags. Please include relevant tags if your subject has a disability, uses a mobility device, or other accessibility aids. 
  • Adding tags and description to the metadata of the files can be done on Lightroom, Photoshop and other photo software programs. 

RESOLUTION AND FORMAT