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Image Specs



Below are the minimum specifications for uploading an image on Africa Knows.

  • Use a camera that has a minimum of 6 megapixels
  • Submit your images as JPEGs
  • Files should be 1890 x 1417 pixels or larger
  • Image should be 300ppi (Pixels per inch)
  • Upload JPEGs with a file size of over 17MB (when uncompressed). This is likely to have a compressed JPEG size of 2-5MB. Opening a JPEG in a program such as Adobe Photoshop will show you the uncompressed (open) file size
  • We offer different sizes and attached licenses for each image on the site. View our licenses.
  • Africa Knows automatically creates all the different smaller size files from the full resolution file that you upload
  • The file pricing is based on the image dimensions, so it's in your best interest to provide an image in the largest pixel dimensions possible (original size)
  • Images will not be offered in a bigger file size than the original upload.
  • Files that have been up/re-sampled will not be accepted - In other words, the pixel dimensions cannot be increased to be larger than the file's original dimensions.
  • The files are offered on the site in following sizes:
    • Medium: 1600 pixels on the long side
    • Large: 2400 pixels on the long side
    • X Large: Over 3000 pixels on the long side
  • WATERMARKS – no contributor watermarks are allowed with media uploads – Africa Knows automatically applies the Africa Knows watermark on all media on the site.
  • KEYWORDS – all uploads must have:
    • Title
    • Description
    • Keywords (minimum of 5 keywords per image) (click link here for keyword tutorial)


  • The contributor must be the original creator of the image
  • Model releases – required for all persons visible in your files
  • Africa Knows model releases forms can be downloaded from the site (click here)
  • Images must not include logos or protected trademarks
  • Images must not include buildings, goods or places protected by intellectual property rights.
  • Property release forms can be downloaded from the site where applicable (click here)


  • Photos must be free from any technical problems (framing, exposure, interpolation, grain)
  • Photos must be creative and correspond to subjects that Africa Knows buyers are looking for
  • Photos must comply with Africa Knows’ moral standards.
  • Photos must have stock value
  • View our Submission Guidelines