How do I cite an image in APA Style?



To cite an image in APA format, identify the key elements needed:

  • Creator
  • Year of publication or release
  • Title of work (if no title, you can describe the material)
  • Medium (ex. Photograph, painting, infographic, map, clip art, etc.)
  • Source for image (museum where piece is housed, publication where it appears, website it came from)
  • URL (If online)


With Creator

Creator, C. (Year of publication). Title of work [Medium]. Source. URL


Stoughton, C.W. (1963). President Kennedy, portrait photo [Photograph]. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

In-text Citation:

(Creator, Year of Publication).

(Stoughton, 1963).  


Without Creator

Title of work [Medium]. (Date). Source. URL


A red fox walking through a field [Photograph]. (2024). Wildlife NYC. 

In-text Citation:

(Title of work, if long shorten it, Year of Publication).

(A red fox walking, 2024). 



Artist, A. (Year of publication). Title of Work [Medium]. Source, Source Location. URL


Audubon, J.J. (1843). Grey Fox [Lithograph].  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, United States. 

In-text Citation:

(Creator, Year). 

(Audubon, 1843). 

If you are citing social media images, cite them as social media.  See “How do I cite Instagram in APA?”, “How do I cite Twitter in APA?”, and “How do I cite Facebook in APA?” for further information.

This is just the basics of APA citation for images, for further detail, check out the APA Style Guide available in the library.

If you need further help, contact a librarian


  • Last Updated Jan 09, 2024
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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