The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing a premier resource for native plant images in North America through continued growth of the Plant Image Gallery. You can help us achieve our mission increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes... by becoming a contributor.

How To Contribute

We welcome contributions of high-quality images to the Native Plant Information Network's Image Gallery and we are in the process of developing a web-based system to automate delivery and processing of new images. Until this system is in place, please contact the Image Collections Manager to discuss your image contribution.

Providing Data

The image gallery is a database-driven web application. In order to maintain the functionality of the web site, all images must be accompanied by descriptive information. At a minimum, each image must be associated with a File Name, Date, Photographer Name, Location, USDA Symbol and Scientific Name. The Wildflower Center provides an image data spreadsheet listing all the fields in the database to individuals desiring to contribute their image collections.


If you are thinking about contributing images to the gallery, please keep the following image requirements in mind. Images should be the highest resolution possible. There is no need to enhance or reformat your images before submitting them. In general, the images just as they come out of the camera are best. If you’re taking pictures for the purpose of submission to the NPIN Image Gallery, it is best to adjust your camera’s image quality to its highest setting. Do not reduce the resolution of your images to reduce the file size. We can help you with transferring large files.

Biographical Statement

We offer our contributing photographers the opportunity to include a short biographical statement describing how and why they became native plant photographers. We have found that the bios enhance the experience of exploring the Image Gallery and help visitors to understand what motivated our contributors to shoot wildflowers. The biographical statements usually range in length from two or three sentences up to a couple paragraphs.

Required Documents

The following documents are required for all individuals making image contributions to the Native Plant Information Network's Image Gallery: Contributor Form (PDF) | Image Gallery Spreadsheet (EXCEL).

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