Requesting video and still images


MBARI’s still images and deep-sea footage are primarily used to support scientific research. In licensing our video and images we give first priority to news, feature stories, and productions that focus specifically on MBARI research and technology.

We do not have the resources to supply still images and/or video footage for projects such as advertisements, stock collections, web sites, or picture books, that do not specifically mention MBARI research.

Video footage

Except for footage related to MBARI news releases, requests for video footage must be made two to three weeks in advance. MBARI video footage is available as digital files (typically .mov files with H.264 compression).

To request video footage, please complete our online Media Request Form.

Still images

MBARI’s still images are available in digital form as TIF or JPG files. Image resolution varies depending on the source of the image. To request still images, please complete our online Media Request Form.

Note: If for some reason you cannot use our online media request form, you can send an email to