About Chlorophyllosophy

What does this library offer that is new?

There are several fine plant and garden image libraries online, but these specialise in the types of images used by gardening magazines. They only accept very large submissions from photographers who are probably producing hundreds of images a week.

There are also commercial science image libraries, but these also generally only accept submission of very large batches of images and are not interested some of the iconic plant science images, which may appear obscure to non-specialists.

My hope in starting this image library is to provide a place specifically for plant science images. These could be large, complete slide collections that might otherwise be hidden away in an attic, or very small sets of really fine images that might otherwise not be seen outside the photographers' immediate circle.

Digital images or slides

I'm happy to accept either digital images or slides. To be of use in publications, the digital images need to come from full frame DSLR cameras, and slides need to be scanned to very large, high-quality image files (~35MB).

Slide Scanning

I am particularly interested in preserving large image collections belonging to retired plant scientist/botanists, especially where those image collections might otherwise end up in an attic and inaccessible to the public.

Slide scanning is quite an expensive process and in my local area the going rate is 50p per slide. However, I have devised a method by which I can make the process viable for 30p per slide for large batches of 1000+ slides. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss this.


As a first idea I would like to offer the following two options:

For submitters who just want to advertise their images on my site, but who will retain responsibility for storing their own image collections and negotiating directly with buyers, I would ask for 20% commission.

For submitters who would like to hand over all responsibility for storage of images and negotiation of contracts to me, I would ask 50% commission.


Submitters will retain all copyright over their own images. In the event that the image library should be sold, or otherwise change hands, submitters will still retain copyright over their images. 

Copyright infringement

Copyright infringement (people pinching pictures without paying for them) is a big problem in this industry at the moment. In order to avoid this I am only putting very small copies of images on to the website. These reduced sizes of images are useless for printing, and so less likely to be taken without permission.

The bigger problem is if buyers pay for a licence to use a full sized image but then do not take good care to prevent copying of large images from their own websites or publications. Copyright holders may then find that their image is popping up on other websites without further payment having been made.

In this care, generally the image library is responsible for chasing up the problem and taking action against fraudulent image use. As a small operation, I am not in a position to follow up breach of contract in this way, and responsibility for chasing copyright infringements has to remain with the copyright holder and the buyer. I am just being up-front about that here, so there are no misunderstandings further down the line.

Who am I?

The site is run by Jennifer Deegan. I was previously a plant scientist at the John Innes Centre, and the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge. I also worked as a bioinformatician at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute for 7 years.

I am now a stay-at-home Mum, and just dabbling in plant photography and writing. It turns out that after 17 years as an academic scientist, it just isn't possible to give it all up. So I am back to my first love of gametophyte photography and enjoying it very much.