Press Requests

Contact Maryanne Campbell UCO Communications Specialist for interview requests and picture usage.

Please e-mail us your questions, interview requests, and deadline. If you are on a strict deadline, please note it in the subject line, and we’ll try to get back to you promptly.

If you have an urgent Lick Observatory media request you can email especially if you need a response after regular business hours.

Many of the questions you may have about picture usage can be answered in the information listed below.

Filming & Photography

We’re happy to assist with your requests for filming and photography purposes.

Taking photos or video for commercial purposes, including for stock images, advertising and merchandise, is prohibited without prior permission from UCO. We consider each location filming or photography request on a case-by-case basis, and may charge fees and require proof of insurance. Nighttime photography and filming are only allowed with permission and staff support. Due to University of California regulations, filming requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, and permits may be required.

For more information or to inquire about pricing and availability, please register at the UCSC IRIS site:

Press Photos

Press photos are royalty free to the members of the press (not for commercial use). Please contact us at the email address above.

“© UC Regents / Lick Observatory”
Please also send a link or a reference copy of your publication to:

Maryanne Campbell
Communications Specialist
University of California Observatories
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

UCO Photo Permissions Policy
We grant the use of images on a case-by-case basis for textbooks, educational materials, and publications. A fee may be required for commercial use.

Astronomical photos have been part of Lick Observatory’s heritage since the late 1800s. UCO encourages the use of these images, but also reserves the right to grant or withhold the permission to reproduce images based upon the scientific and/or publicity value of the proposed project.

Video footage is available from our web cameras on Mount Hamilton, cost is dependent on use and will be determined on a case by case basis.

All decisions to grant or withhold permission for image use will be made exclusively by UCO/Lick Observatory.

Images must be purchased directly from UCO/Lick Observatory for reproduction, to guarantee image quality. No images will be loaned for reproduction.

All requests for permission to reproduce UCO/Lick Observatory images must be submitted in writing to the UCO via mail or e-mail. NO verbal permissions are given. Upon receipt of your permission fees, the UCO Business Office will issue a document granting permission to reproduce specific images in a specific project. No blanket permissions are granted.

Questions regarding any aspect of this policy may be directed to the

Credit Lines

Permission to reproduce UCO/Lick Observatory images requires standard credit lines below, unless the permission document specifically states otherwise.

Print and electronic uses: “© UC Regents / Lick Observatory”
Web use: “© UC Regents / Lick Observatory” plus a link back to this UCO’s permissions page


UCO/Lick Observatory retains the sole right to determine the category and charges appropriate to your project.

Single-edition print permissions may be granted for print uses for a fee of $35 per image per use.

  • $35 per image per use (per edition)

(These rights must be renewed, with an additional fee, for each new edition printed or produced. Examples include publication of textbooks and photo books etc).

Electronic use permissions may be granted for a fee of $35 per image per use. Examples, e-books, and websites. Credit line on the website must be linked to this photo permission page.

  • $35 per image per use (per edition)

Multiple-media publication permissions may be granted for a fee of $100 per image per use in one edition. These rights include permission to reproduce images in the original print version plus translations, derivatives, splits, student/teacher versions, etc., in all print and electronic media. Rights must be renewed when the new (next number) edition is published. Per-use fee is based upon how many times the image is used in the original print edition.

  • $100 per image per use

All-media licensing permissions may be granted for 10 or more years for a fee of $35 per year (per image), payable at the beginning of licensing period. These rights are issued for a specific project, and include all multiple-edition uses above plus database inclusion, and advertising uses such as broadcasts and billboards. Flat fee is not based upon how many times the image is used in the original edition.

  • $35 per image per year, payable at beginning of licensing period ($350 minimum)

Permission may be granted without fee for one-time academic, educational and/or publicity reproductions. Includes one-time educational uses such as academic papers, educational posters, community slideshows, and school video productions, as well as articles and broadcasts that create publicity for UCO/Lick Observatory or its astronomers and research.

UCO/Lick Observatory images are not available for items produced for commercial resale such as posters, T-shirts, postcards, and calendars.