Photo attribution is used for crediting ones image. It is extremely important to give credit to yourself or others work while using this on a website. One way to figure out if you have the rights to copyright is by asking yourself simple questions. Firstly, ask yourself if you created an image, if yes, give credit to yourself to protect the rights of your image. If the answer is no, you did not create this image, you will need to do further investigating in the image. You will look to see if the image is available for public use, get permission from the copyright owner, and use the appropriate attributions for the image. If the image is protected under copyright laws, then you have to contact the owner of the image.
Images are often times protected under copyright laws, but sometimes they are not. If images aren’t under copyright, they are considered to fall under the Public Domain. When citing this image, you must state that it falls under the Public Domain, making it known that it is accessible to all of the general public.
Another way to protect your image is by using Creative Commons. According to the Creative Commons website, it “gives everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.” While searching for images online, it is always important to see if an image is protected by copyright. There are websites such as, Unsplash, that allow the public to have access to high-quality photos.