Please Note: New social media accounts (including Flickr accounts) fall under Western's New Social Media process, in partnership with your Communications Officer and Western Communications.

Flickr is considered a retired communications technology on our campus. Please speak to your Communications Officer, or Western Communications about alternate options.

Getting Started

Flickr describes their service as the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online. You can create an account for free if you're just starting out, though it will be limited in some ways. You can also create a pro account for $24.95 per year which will give you more options with your photos. 

All of the photos you see in Western's Photostream have been taken by official Western representatives.

We suggest you familiarize yourself with Flickr's Community Guidelines which breaks down the basics of what to do and what not to do as a member.


Sets & Collections

Sets contain photos. Collections contain sets.

For example, a collection called "Alternative Spring Break 2010" will house sets of photos from the destinations the program ran took place like Nicaragua 2010, Peru 2010, and Winnipeg 2010.

The ability top make Collections is only available to "pro members" who pay for the feature. Free accounts only have the ability to make sets.



Any other Flickr member can comment on your photos, unless you specify in your default settings to allow otherwise. If someone leaves an inappropriate comment you can delete it and block that person from commenting on anything else on your account.

Western does not tolerate comments that contain the following:

  • Abusive, harassing, stalking, threatening or attacking others
  • Defamatory, offensive, obscene, vulgar or depicting violence
  • Hateful in language targeting race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality political belief, etc.
  • Fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading posts
  • Trolling or deliberate disruption of discussion
  • Spamming in nature
  • Any type of commercial solicitation


Tags are keywords applied to a photo to make it easier to find it later. Photos can also be tagged with phrases (i.e. Frosh at the Mustang football home opener), though a photo can have a maximum of 75 tags.

To search for photos with specific tags, type keywords into the search bar. If you choose the option to search "Everyone's Uploads" to the left of the search type bar, you're going to have to be more specific if you want to find Western related photos. For example, searching "Purple" will search all photos with the tag "purple." Instead try keywords like "Westernu Purple."

A full list of tags from Western's Photostream can be seen here.


Western's Photo of the Week

Snap a photo of Western's campus, an event, etc. and tag it to Western's Flickr stream for the chance to have it featured on Western's websites as "Photo of the Week."



In most parts of the world, including Canada, you are automatically given the rights to your photos. There are some instances, however, when you may not hold the rights (i.e. when you photograph a piece of art in a gallery, you are untitled to reproduce the photo elsewhere)

We suggest you read the Creative Commons licenses so you can choose to a different kind of license for your photos that more the best fit your photo-sharing needs.

The photos featured on Western's Photostream are available for your use on any of Western websites, minus the Alumni Photo Contest sets titled Digitally Enhanced, Nature Category, and People Category.

If there is a photo you would like to use that is not a part of but has been tagged to Western's Photostream, we suggest you contact the author directly before using their photo. To do this:

  1. Move the mouse onto the author's buddy icon and click on the arrow that appears.
  2. When the person menu appears, select Send FlickrMail and write your request to use their photo.
  3. Be sure to include as much information as you in your request (i.e. who you are, how you want to use the photo, etc.)