SUNY Cortland offers a wide-range photo database, with a multitude of images from either professional photographers or faculty and staff members. The database has photography ranging from student life, campus beauty, academia, athletics and much more. This campus-wide database is open to the public, so everyone has the ability to view, download and share the photos.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Renee Novelli in the Marketing Office.

Photo database directions


SUNY Cortland's photo database (opens in new window) houses all photography from 2011 to present. When viewing the entire gallery, photos will appear in order of most to least recently added.


Use the Search text box in the upper right part of your screen below the page header to enter simple text or keywords, or visit the search page (opens in new window) for advanced search options.

All searching is completed by using the enter key on your keyboard.

Search results will appear in order of relevance.

Manually searching

To search by keyword, go the search bar in the upper right part of your screen below the page header and type in a combination of tags, for example Old Main, Façade, Spring, 2018, Kirk Van Zandbergen. Please keep in mind all keywords must be separated by commas with a space.

View the full list of keywords (opens in new window).

Advanced searching

The advanced search (opens in new window) options gives you the ability to search image orientation, date range and from drop-down fields provided. Using drop-downs gives you the opportunity to pick your tags from a list. You can select multiple drop-downs items in one search along with date range and orientation.

Note: Not all keywords are provided in the drop-downs.


You can combine manually entered tags with advanced search options.

Field to ignore

Type. All files are images.

Downloading an image

Once you have found the image you want, select it from the search results. This will show a larger version of the photo as well as details and keywords. Use the Download icon on the bottom right of your screen, then select which file type you would like from the drop-down. Original file will download the uncompressed .TIFF file, the highest resolution of that image. If highest resolution isn't needed, select one of the JPEG options.

Field to ignore

Log In. You do not need a log in to download images.


To search by keyword (manual searching) use the search icon on the top right of your mobile device. Searching is completed by using the enter key on your keyboard.

To access advanced search options, use the slider icon on the bottom left of your mobile device to expand options. When finished, select the slider icon on the bottom left to minimize the advanced search options panel to see the results. Results will populate automatically.

Note: Combinations can not be made on mobile devices.

Photo style

To help build the SUNY Cortland brand, high quality photography is essential. This photography should be used on main imagery within any medium. Whether the subject is the environment, still life or a person, the quality and lighting reflect the quality and tone of our brand.


Use portrait photography to capture the spirit — the people — of SUNY Cortland. Aim to show subjects in authentic settings with natural expressions. When possible, use natural light. 


From indoor facilities to natural landscapes, use environmental photography to share the full SUNY Cortland student experience. When possible, include human interaction. 


Incorporate detail shots to help viewers experience SUNY Cortland from a close-up perspective. Use a shallow depth of field to create a focal point. 


Color duotones are an effective way to add color and create a neutral backdrop for text and graphics. They should be used sparingly.

Release forms

SUNY Cortland requires that faculty, staff, alumni and visitors to campus who participate in photo shoots, videos and audio productions sign a release form. Parents/guardians of participants ages 17 and under also must sign the release form.

Photo Release Form (PDF)

Faculty and staff headshots

 Call the Communications Office at 607-753-2232 to arrange headshots.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight activity approval

Please complete the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight activity approval form to request permission to operate a small UAS on SUNY Cortland property.

Please send questions to and visit SUNY Cortland's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) Policy for more information.