The World in Images


About The World in Images

The world in images is a private collection of geographically relevant photographs from all around the world. Its main purpose is to illustrate the diversity of planet Earth in a structured way. As such it is mainly considered an educational resource that can be used at all levels of instruction from primary schools to universities.

All the images in the database are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Please feel free to copy, distribute, transmit or adapt the images. However, you must reference the source, and you may not use the images for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon the images, you may distribute the results only under the same or a similar license to this one. You are highly welcome to use the images particularly for non-commercial research and teaching without further notice. Please feel free to contact if you would like to use one or more images for commercial purposes or to request images at a higher resolution. Please cite the source in a way comparable to the following example:

Mergili, M. (2010-2024): The world in images. Digital media (

Part of the work was financially or logistically supported by the University of Natural Resurces and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), the University of Vienna, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Graz, the University of Lapland, the Austrian Research Fund (FWF), the European Union (EU), the Federal Government of Upper Austria, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), the Autoridad Nacional del Agua (ANA), FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Department for International Development (DFID), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Welthungerhilfe, Hilfswerk Austria International, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Asociación de Productores Campesinos del Oriente (ASOCAMPO), the Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO), the Mount Pelée Volcanic Observatory (OVMP), the Grootbos Nature Reserve, and Germanwatch.

The complementary information attached to the images has been compiled from various sources, particularly from Wikipedia. As detailed inline citations would be out of scope, please be aware that the information provided is not intended to strictly adhere to scientific standards, but just to be informative. The geographic locations of all images have been estimated from Google Earth. All pieces of information have been prepared with utmost care, but mistakes in the names, descriptions, geographic locations, and tags of the images cannot be ruled out. The dates given are accurate from 2006 onwards. The dates of many older images are estimates, with uncertainties of few weeks in most cases. Whereas suggestions for improvements are highly welcome (, no responsibility for mistakes of any type can be accepted.

Finally, some of the images depict people in everyday situations, mostly as part of scenes illustrating urban or rural life. It has been attempted to avoid any type of infringement of personal rights, however due to the differences in national laws, infringements cannot be completely ruled out. The same applies to images of buildings or other structures that may be legally protected. In case you detect one or more images compromising your rights or the rights of others, please contact and these images will be removed immediately.

This photo gallery is based on Piwigo.

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