Guidelines – Youth in Health: Inclusive Stock Photography Collection

Recommended Usage Guide

Youth in Health: Inclusive Stock Photography Collection

This photo series was driven by AHI’s values in efforts to transform the health care landscape to optimize adolescent and young adult health and well-being. Before utilizing these photos, we ask that you read through and commit to the guidelines listed below. For any questions about these guidelines, or how to properly use or credit these photos, contact us.

Our Values

  • Collaboration – We recognize that these photos were created by and in collaboration with adolescents. We commit to utilizing these photos in a way that honors the identity, creativity, and energy adolescents put into this project.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We commit to utilizing these photos in a respectful way – by honoring the diverse, expansive, and unique identities of adolescents.
  • Expertise, Innovation, Responsiveness, and Quality – We will utilize these photos in ways that bring innovation, respond to emerging and critical issues, and use quality, evidence-based science to promote best practices in adolescent health and well-being.

Youth Identity
The photos captured in this collection feature youth of varying genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic statuses, and abilities. The process of capturing these photos allowed the youth to claim identifiers unique to them.

Please consider the following when utilizing these stock photos in your work:

How to Identify the Individuals Depicted

  • Note the identifiers (gender, sexual orientation, pronouns, race, ethnicity, etc.) associated with each picture when deciding how and where to use each photo.
  • Some photos may not have been given clear identifiers, therefore it is important to use appropriate contextual decisions and not to attribute explicit identifiers to those that have none.


  • Think critically about what realistic representation of adolescents looks like in these photos and what they mean to your work. Stock photos in general tend to generalize and assimilate the identities of youth, which overlooks the authenticity and uniqueness that adolescents bring to the world. Respect the expressions, presentation, and identities of the people in each picture and make contextual decisions as true to life as possible.
  • Consider how power and privilege play into the representation of certain identities featured in these photos. Are the contexts of use challenging bias, beliefs, and assumptions about assumed and explicit identities? Think critically about how your use of the photos can be implicated in either dismantling or perpetuating systems of power and privilege.

Where the photos can be used

  • Per the terms of the Creative Commons license, you may not create derivative work from the images or use the images for commercial purposes. Beyond these basic license stipulations, any use of this resource depends on the user to make appropriate contextual decisions.

Photo Credits

  • Suggested credit, “Youth In Health: Inclusive Stock Photography Collection. Adolescent Health Initiative. Heather Nash Photography. 2021”

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