Mar 14

Hosting over 6 billion images, Flickr is one of the most popular places to share photos online. As well as showing off their latest snaps (around 3,000 images are uploaded every minute!), Flickr users can also connect with each other and join online communities.

Want to see your photo on ARKive?

ARKive’s mission is to use the power of wildlife imagery to inspire the global community to discover, value and protect the natural world. That makes Flickr a vital social space for us to connect with the online community of wildlife photographers around the world.

Over 27,000 photos have been added to our Flickr group so far – thanks to everyone who has shared these with us! Did you know that if you add your photo to our Flickr group, it could appear on ARKive? For example, check out these otter photos! Just remember to machine tag your images. We can’t wait to see your photos on ARKive!

We’ve delved into ARKive and found elements of Flickr in the natural world.

Simple circles

A pink and blue circle make up Flickr’s familiar logo; perhaps these two ocean-dwellers were inspiration!

                           Jewel anemone                                                     Southern blue ringed octopus

Photo of a jewel anemone

Photo of a southern blue ringed octopus


We couldn’t have a blog about Flickr without mentioning the northern flicker, a beautiful North American woodpecker. It is a widespread species and can be found in Vancouver, where Flickr was first founded by Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield.

This beautiful photo of a northern flicker was submitted to our ARKive Flickr group and is featured on the ARKive website.

Photo of a northern flicker

Northern flicker photo submitted to the ARKive Flickr group


Each photo on Flickr can be tagged with up to 75 keywords to help organise and search for images which have something in common.

Tagging is an important tool in conservation, enabling us to discover more about the behaviour and ecology of a species. For example, a marine turtle can be satellite tagged to track its migratory routes and feeding areas, as well as recording other useful information such as depth, dive profiles, swim speed and temperature.

 Photo of a female loggerhead turtle with tag


Groups of photos on Flickr can be organised into sets, under the same heading. A single photo can belong to more than one set.

This little badger is busy adding material to its sett!

Badger cub bringing bedding back to sett


If you like to keep things neat and tidy, you’ll be happy to hear that photos in a set can be combined into a collection, and collections can be fuurther organised into higher collections.

The American pika knows a thing or two about making collections. It spends the summer months gathering food and creating haypiles on rocks or in crevices, which it then feeds on during the winter. Cute!

Photo of an American pika collecting food

Sharing is caring

Flickr makes it easy to share photos with everyone, acting as a central hub with the principle ‘upload once, share everywhere’.

Female golden snub-nosed monkeys often share parental duties with other females in their group, even if they are unrelated. Other monkeys in the group will also protect any infants if they are threatened.

Photo of a female Quinling golden snub-nosed monkey passing over newborn

Remember, for a chance to see YOUR photos on ARKive, just submit your images to our Flickr group with the appropriate machine tags.

Rebecca Goatman, ARKive Media Researcher