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Photography: APA, Copyright & Open Access

A photography career offers the opportunity to work anywhere from a local wedding to the Olympics. Many photographers work for newspapers, or are employed on a freelance basis by advertising agencies, businesses, or individuals.

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APA Referencing at Wintec

APA Referencing at Wintec

All of Wintec uses APA Referencing, the referencing system developed and published by the American Psychological Association. Currently we use the 6th edition. This LibGuide contains the specificities of APA in common academic use, and covers Frequently Asked Questions as well as detailed coverage of both Nursing and Visual Media resources, and the accepted APA US state abbreviations.

Use the pages and subpages at left to navigate, or choose from the following guides:

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Trademark

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a system of licensing that sits alongside Copyright Law and allows the legal use and reuse of media. When you see a Creative Commons license, it means that the copyright holder of that work has decided to share their work with you - and with everyone else. See the following libguide for more information.

The Complete Creative Commons LibGuide

There are six different Creative Commons licences, each with their own limitations and requirements. You can find out more about the licences on the Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand website's licences page.


This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon a work, even commercially, as long as they credit the creator for the original creation.


This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially with credit to the creator (all new works must also be non-commercial).


This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.


This licence lets others remix, tweak, and build upon a work non-commercially, as long as they credit the creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.


This licence allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the creator.


This licence is the most restrictive of the six main licences, only allowing others to download a work and share them as long as they credit the creator. They can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

Remember: ALWAYS make sure before you use a work that you are using it in accordance with the terms of its Creative Commons licence. Otherwise, you are in violation of copyright.

Much of the licence text and images used here is by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, and is licenced under CC BY 3.0 Attribution. Some has been altered by the Wintec Library for clarity. Some of this material is based on material at which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence.

How does it affect me as a student?

How does copyright affect me as a student?

There are several different sections of the Copyright Act that may be relevant to you as a student.

  • You own the copyright to material you create as a student. This won't apply if you have been commissioned or funded by an external agent to create the work.

  • Under Fair Dealing provisions, you can copy an insubstantial part of a work. What is considered substantial depends on the material you are copying. E.g., you couldn't copy a small, but unique part of a poem. For more information about Fair Dealing, see the Copyright Council of New Zealand handout.

  • As a student you can use some media in certain circumstances. For example, you can make a handwritten copy of a literary work for educational purposes. For more information about what you can copy for educational purposes, see the Copyright Council of New Zealand handout.

  • There are also copyright provisions for photographers, visual artists, writers, songwriters and composers.

  • You must always acknowledge where you obtained information from, e.g. by creating an APA reference.

Good free to use sites

Creative Commons Search
Creative Commons Search is NOT a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. Always double check that the works you find are Creative Commons licenced before you use them.

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