Terms and Conditions for Using Photographs (Version 1.0-2/2014)

set out in compliance with Act No. 121/2000 Coll., on copyright, on rights related to copyright and on amendment to certain acts (the Copyright Act), as amended (hereinafter the “Act”):

  • CzechTourism provides photographs free of charge for the purpose of promoting the Czech Republic at home and abroad.
  • Photographs from the CzechTourism photo database can be downloaded free of charge only for non-commercial and promotional purposes, for publication both abroad and at home.
  • The term “non-commercial purposes” is understood to mean publication in periodicals and in materials not intended for sale (e.g. in travel agency catalogues and promotional brochures not intended for sale or in other publications not intended for sale, or publication in electronic travel agency catalogues on the web).
  • The publication of a database photograph on social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to increase the number of views of an article in which the photograph appears is not deemed use for non-commercial purposes.
  • Individual photographs may be used in periodicals (newspapers, magazines) only for news reporting purposes, and then only to a reasonable extent. The use of photographs in periodicals in connection with current news reports is governed by Article 34(2) of the Act.
  • The source of all photographs must be attributed as follows: “Source: CzechTourism and Author: Name Surname” (name and surname – if this information is included with the photograph).
  • It is permitted to post a downloaded photograph in the catalogue or website of a travel agency (organisation etc.) only in the section (page, spread) where the Czech Republic or a part thereof is presented; it may not be linked directly to any commercial communication (tour offer and the like).
  • Photographs or groups of photographs may not be used systematically or repeatedly.
  • The photo database may not be used extensively, and this pertains to individual photographs or groups of photographs that under normal usage do not infringe on the copyrights of the database creator (e.g., the creation of a database of photographs composed of CzechTourism photographs on a travel agency’s website).
  • Users of the photo database are not authorized to used even the smallest number of downloaded photographs at variance with the legitimate rights of the database creator (CzechTourism)
  • Use of the photo database must not infringe on the exclusive right of the author to grant permission for use in any promotional materials, publications or calendars intended for sale and serving commercial purposes.

By downloading a photograph, the user agrees with these terms and conditions and undertakes to observe them.


Use of photographs without the author’s permission in cases not specified above shall be deemed copyright infringement under Section 40 of Act. In compliance with Section 105a of the Act, anyone who uses an author’s work without authorization shall be deemed to have committed an offense and may be imposed a fine in administrative proceedings of up to CZK 150,000. An author whose rights secured by a copyright have been violated or whose rights are under threat of violation may seek to have his rights redressed through the general courts and demand in particular that the violation of his rights be remedied and that he receive satisfaction in moneys if any other form of satisfaction is deemed insufficient. In the event of copyright infringement, the photo database creator, i.e., Czech Tourism, is authorized, having concluded a license agreement with the author of such work, to address the unfavourable situation through the general courts, and upon doing so will, in compliance with Act No. 89/2012 Coll., the Civil Code, first and foremost demand compensation for damage incurred.

Use of Photographs for Commercial Purposes

If you are interested in using photographs for commercial purposes (e.g., in a publication for sale), it is necessary to contact the author. Permission to use a work has to be granted by the author of the work.


This photo bank is operated by CzechTourism. The photographs here can be downloaded free of charge subject to the following conditions and only by registered users. If you have any queries or problems, please contact us at web@czechtourism.cz.


Full text search searches for text entered in full text format.
Category searches for photographs in the selected category.
Photo collection searches for photographs in the selected photo collection.
Map search is performed by clicking on the map detail. Once the map has been displayed, you can search by entering a term or phrase in the top right corner or target a location manually by clicking on the map and dragging the radius. Delete set values using the Clear button. The search radius around the location entered can be changed with the aid of the In radius option under the map.
Time of day searches for photographs taken at the selected time of day.


Bulk downloading with the aid of the basket

The dimensions of the photograph you wish to download can be selected for each photograph. The selected size can be placed in the basket with the aid of the add to basket button. Go to the basket using the basket icon in the top right corner. You can download the contents of the basket in ZIP archive format with the aid of the Download basket icon.

Downloading individual photographs from a search result

The dimensions of the photograph you wish to download can be selected for each photograph. Individual photographs can be downloaded by selecting the download option on the multi-button under each photograph.

Downloading photographs from the photograph detail

A list of dimensions available to download is available under the photograph with the option of adding them to the basket or downloading on the multi-button.
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