Captivating Photography Library

Explore our abundant library of authentic, captivating photographs.
It’s membership-based, fair to photographers, and affordable to image users.
See some of the categories below and start searching now.


Photographs that showcase the diverse range of human experiences and emotions, offering a glimpse into the many facets of our lives.


The serene beauty of the natural world with breathtaking landscapes, tranquil seascapes, and intimate portraits of plants and animals.


The vibrant energy of New Zealand’s urban life through captivating photographs of architectural marvels, bustling streets, and diverse cultures.


The genius of human creativity with photographs that capture architectural wonders, artistic creations, and intricate everyday objects.


Photographs that honour the stunning beauty and diversity of Aotearoa and global wildlife. From close-up portraits of our treasured birds to wild encounters.


Thought-provoking photographs that evoke emotions and contemplation, adding depth to your visual storytelling.


Each photograph in our Image Library is thoughtfully curated to ensure it captivates the attention of your audience, and resonates with their emotions.


We continually update our library with fresh content, ensuring you always have access to attention-grabbing photographs that reflect the evolving world around us.


The photographs in our collection capture authentic, realistic (no filter) moments, tell true stories, and reflect the unique perspectives of our photographers.

High res

All photographs are offered in high resolution, guaranteeing impeccable clarity and detail that enhances the visual experience.

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Library access options

Download what you want*
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Next year only pay $250.
How it works?


Includes benefits of Abundant

Request custom photoshoots
Request exclusive rights^
Ask for introductions to photographers
Online access to our Journal
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Next year only pay $750.
How it works?


Includes benefits of Abundant+

Host captivating photographs from your library on Excio
Share download rights with as many people as you want

All plans are in New Zealand dollars and exclude GST.

*Download what you want includes up to 500 downloads in the first 12 months.
^Exclusive rights will come at an extra cost depending on the length of exclusivity.

Where does the payment for stock photography go?
A conversation with Fiona Cole of BigWords NZ. When searching for stock photographs online, businesses and agencies need not only to consider whether they have chosen the right image, but also the right price. This often leads them to look into different payment structures from various platforms, hoping that something will match their needs.
When is a photograph sustainable?
With the increasing attention given to sustainable practices, many companies are changing the way they do things, including how to source photography for their projects. And a big part of consolidating sustainability in the photo industry comes from making photo buyers more acquainted with the issues surrounding the images they purchase.
Vanishing value with stock photography
A chat with Brian Walker of Trigger Digital. Two things can go wrong when sourcing stock images online: either you don't find what you are looking for or you find it but can't afford it. The first is more of an adventitious matter and can't always be remedied. But the latter is much easier to navigate, even if it sometimes may not seem so. It starts with picking a platform that suits your needs.
Using relevant photographs to create engaging learning materials
A chat with Warren Mara of Sysdoc. People are the backbone of any business. Therefore, in order to achieve and maintain success, companies need to ensure their teams are both stimulated and up to speed with the ever-changing demands of the industry. The most effective way of doing that is by implementing engaging learning solutions that use compelling (visual) language to impart knowledge. And for that, relevant photography is crucial.

Library FAQs

How can I start downloading images?

Simply sign up on the Library website (, make the payment, and start downloading.

Your $500+GST payment gives you one PhotoToken (PT), which is like a library card that gives you access to download the images. After one year, you can let your token lapse, or you can keep it active by paying the annual licence fee. You can keep your tokens active for as many years as you desire by paying the annual licence fee.

How is the licence fee calculated?

Access to the Excio Library is different to a subscription. Instead of paying the same fee every year, you pay one-off access fee and then, if you wish to keep your access to the Library, you pay an annual licence fee. This fee is calculated by multiplying the number of images in the library by 0.5%. For 2023/24 the fee is capped at $250+GST (0.5%*50,000 images).

What is restricted under your licence?

We have removed all unnecessary hurdles, fine print, and hidden comprehensive add-ons to make it easy for photographers and image buyers to understand how images can be used.

You can use photographs from the Excio Image Library in any project or campaign except re-selling images as your own or using them on products where the photograph becomes the main revenue-driving component (eg, on a T-shirt).

Under the Excio licence, you must not use an image in any way that is pornographic, offensive, racist, or ethically or culturally offensive. Images containing any person or logo, without a model release, must not be used for political endorsement.

What if I need an exclusive licence or a custom image?

If you are on Abundant+ plan, you can ask for an exclusive licence and we will arrange that with the photographers. You can also submit a custom request and we will ask our photographer-members if they have the photos you need or if they can arrange to take the photographs according to your brief.

Next year if you want to keep your Abundant+ plan active, you pay the licence fee of $250 to keep access to the Library and the special $500 fee for additional benefits which in total comes to $750+GST.

How can I submit my images for sale in the Excio Image Library?

Photographs offered for sale in our library are supplied by members of the large and growing Excio Photographer Community. Find out more about membership and join! Please note that images are currently by invitation only. Submitted photographs also go through AI checks and a manual approval process before appearing in the marketplace.

Where is Excio based?

We are based in Wellington, New Zealand, and will provide you with GST receipts for all your purchases.