Stock Photo Search by Captions & Keywords


Search Pictures By Captions & Keywords

Search Tips

  • Searches are NOT case sensitive.
  • Singular words usually have more success than plurals.
  • Do NOT use punctuation (, .) or quotation marks (' ").
  • Separate each word with a space.

Enter words that apply to the type of images you're seeking. Choose one of the following 6 criteria from the adjacent pull-down menu to indicate how those words are to be applied to the search. Choose wisely for a successful search. Default is "ALL of these words".

  1. ALL of these words is like saying the results must have this AND that. A search for tiger shark will have tiger shark pictures and also include sand tiger shark pictures, however, the search won't bring up pictures of tigers (land mammal) or any other species of sharks. The results must have this and that. Results showing one or the other won't do, you want both.
  2. ANY of these words is like saying the results can have one OR the other of the words you entered. A search for tiger shark will bring all pictures that contain either the word tiger or shark. The search will bring up all species of sharks and all species of tiger including the land mammal such as Bengal tigers. Results showing either one are fine.
  3. This EXACT PHRASE means you want the exact words you've entered in that exact order. Entering sand tiger shark will find only sand tiger shark pictures, not tiger sharks and not any other sharks.
  4. Words that BEGIN WITH seeks images with descriptions that have words beginning with the combination of letters you enter. Entering air finds words like airplane, airport, airbrush and air-conditioner.
  5. Words that END WITH seeks images with descriptions that have words ending with the combination of letters you enter. Entering air finds words like hair, stair, debonair and eclair.
  6. Words that CONTAIN seeks images with descriptions that have words containing the combination of letters you enter. Entering air finds words like airplane, stair, stairway and millionaire.

This type of search allows you to enter any words, partial words, or series of words. While providing the most freedom, it's also a hit and miss system. It checks both the image caption and the keywords for those entries containing your exact combination of words or letters. It may find images with words entered in an image caption, but not entered into its keywords, and vice versa.

This open vocabulary search may also produce inappropriate matches. For example, a search for tiger shark will locate both pictures of tiger shark species and sand tiger shark species. In this case, you can type in "sand" in the Without these words cell to eliminate sand tiger shark pictures from your tiger shark search.

Choose number of images per page from the pull-down menu to suit your connection speed or monitor size.

Limit your criteria if you do not want to be swamped by thousands of pictures. Marine life is our specialty. If you search general criteria like shark, dolphin, or fish you may receive hundreds of pages of results. You will get something more manageable by searching tiger shark, bottlenose dolphin, or flying fish. Be very specific.


Other Search Options

Search Pictures By Categories
You select a category from pull-down menus listing existing keyword entries.

Search Pictures By Image Numbers
Just type in serial number(s) if you already know.

Browse Stock Photo Gallery
This is our gallery section and only contains a small portion of our best selling or most popular photographs. They are organized by species.

Let Us Search For You!
If you cannot find the pictures you are looking for, or if you are not comfortable with doing cyber-searches, please let us search for you. We can conduct a specific search and send you a digital light box, or send you a customized link to a folder full of images. We have many more pictures that are not yet on our web site, too, so please don't hesitate to ask us
Large Pod of Spinner Dolphins
A large pod of long-snouted spinner dolphins, Stenella longirostris, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean Image #: 002009