Digital files of AAO images
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All AAO images are available to publishers and the like as RGB digital files in two file formats, TIFF and JPG. These files are intended for book and magazine publication and the search fees below do not apply when a reproduction fee has been agreed. All photographs are supplied without the burned-in credit lines. We take copyright issues seriously, so high res files are only supplied when we have a street address for the recipient and a written undertaking that they are to be used only in an agreed context and not otherwise copied or distributed.

The largest digital images we normally supply are 600ppi RGB .TIFFs, nominally 22.5 x 28 cm (about 9 x 11 inches, 100Mb). These files are saved from Adobe Photoshop at a gamma of 1.8, whitepoint 6500K in Apple RGB colour space. 100Mb is the largest file we routinely supply and this size is only supplied on CD-ROM. All other sizes can be supplied by anonymous ftp or on CD.

Publication requirements vary widely so to meet the various possibilities and to simplify downloading the files are available in three standard sizes:
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x 600 ppi (about 5400 x 6800 pixels, approx. 100Mb .TIFF, for top quality, large format repro, CD-ROM only)
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x 300 ppi (about 2700 x 3400 pixels, approx. a   25Mb .TIFF, for books and magazines)
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x   72 ppi (about   650 x   820 pixels, approx. a  1.5Mb .TIFF, for overheads, wallpaper)
For many applications high quality .JPG files are adequate, so the above series of files are also available in that form, ('baseline optimised', quality 9) which are 8 to 10 times smaller:
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x 600 ppi (between 9 and 30Mb .JPG)
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x 300 ppi (between 1.5 and 4Mb   .JPG)
  • 22.5 x 28 cm x   72 ppi (about 300kb .JPG)
The files are made available to publishers on request by means of anonymous ftp. You will be given an unique ftp location (usable through a WWW browser) to enable you to download the file(s). We can also supply the files on CD-ROM, and this is the preferred route for 100Mb and larger files. The fixed fee for cutting a CD-ROM to order is $A25, (about $US13) irrespective of the number of files. The cost of the files themselves is below.
  • 600 ppi .JPG $A25     (100Mb .TIFs are only supplied on CD-ROM)
  • 300 ppi .TIFF or .JPG $A25
  •   72 ppi .TIFF or .JPG $A10*
  • *minimum order $A25 (plus $A25 for CD-ROM, if required)
Download and CD-ROM fees for files are waived if a reproduction fee has been agreed.

These files are copyright and a copyright/credit line notice accompanies each CD-ROM or download. Agreement to download or purchase a CD-ROM implies acceptance of these conditions. Payment can be made by credit card or against our invoice. Check currency conversion for latest forex rates.

Please address enquiries and orders to photo@aao.gov.au
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Updated 2004 November 27   photo@aao.gov.au