How to Search Underwater Photographs

For editorial and commercial users we provide a rich search capability.
Our underwater photography is stored with information describing its content using XMP/IPTC core metadata fields. You select values for the fields you want to search.

every underwater photo carries a descriptive title
specify a diving location (eg, Red Sea)
name a specific country
describes either portrait or landscape orientation (by default both are included)
to search for images containing only specified keywords


A rich vocabulary of keywords is used to describe the content of images in more detail. This means you can specify exactly the images you want to find.

Underwater Images is a specialist resource allowing us to use a rich set of fixed keywords that covers all our chosen content. This is called a controlled vocabulary, and is shown graphically on the search page. We do this using a Tag Cloud which is shown below.

Here you can see and click on any of the keywords to begin refining your search. The size of each keyword in the cloud represents the number of images tagged with it. So the largest keywords in the cloud will return the largest number of images. By showing you all these keywords you don't have to guess what to search for so you can find your desired content more easily.

Our controlled vocabulary includes keywords for the following content...

e.g. a Drift dive
The common name of the animal/plant sunbject