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All of the pictures in the image above are taken from the #eltpics photos on Flickr. #eltpics was started in October 2010 when three teachers (@VictoriaB52, @vickyloras and @cgoodey) decided to tweet pictures to each other on a given theme each week. As Victoria said in this interview with

The idea blossomed, so we asked ELT folk on Twitter to join in and share our diversity. In 3 weeks [we had] over 200 images from 20 countries on our Flickr site.

As of this week, we’re up to 3000 images in 30 categories including all of the following:

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You can see the 10 most recent pictures in the bottom-right hand corner of this page.

So how can you join in?

1. If you are not a member of Twitter, sign up for free.

2. Find out the topic for the week by searching for the #eltpics hashtag or asking @sandymillin, @fionamau or @cgoodey (the current curators of the site). A new topic is announced every Sunday. (By the way, if you have any topic suggestions, feel free to let us know!)

3. Choose the photos you want to share and upload them to a site like flickr, yfrog or twitpic. You can also use a Twitter client like Tweetdeck. Please ensure that the photos are your own and that you have the copyright.

4. Tweet the links to the pictures you want us to upload. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #eltpics so we can find them! If you want to help us out, you could also mention the set you want us to add the photo to.

5. Sit back and wait for us to tell you they have been uploaded. If we don’t reply within a couple of days, please let us know, as we sometimes miss one or two pictures.

Using the pictures

All of the photos are shared under a Creative Commons licence:


This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

If you’re not happy with your pictures being shared and used in this way, please don’t send them! 🙂

Once they are on the flickr page, all of the images are available for teachers to use in their classrooms, for materials or for teaching-related blogposts. We would love to hear how you use them.


Comments on: "How to join in with #eltpics" (25)

  1. What a fantastic idea!
    Hope I will figure out how to join in soon! 🙂


  2. Hi Sandy,
    Thank you for sharing this! I’m always looking for sites which offer free images. This is really cool!



  3. Awesome.

    Will jump onboard once I’m thru this crazzzy month of June. 🙂


  4. I might have a fun way to launch a bit of #eltpic fun… take a look here…


  5. […] PS If this has inspired you to get snapping, please consider tweeting us some of your pictures to add to the 4000+ already available for teachers to use at #eltpics, some of which you can see to the right. Find out how here. […]


  6. […] a Creative Commons License.  If you’re interested in joining the venture, check out this post on Sandy Millin’s […]


  7. […] are: 1. Tools for the twenty-first century teacher  2. Present simple / present continuous  3. How to join in with #eltpics 4. Encouraging English in teens classrooms (an #eltchat summary) 5. Cuisenaire rods (a joint post […]


  8. […] ELT Pics is a project initiated on Twitter to collect photos helpful to English Language teachers. I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images. […]


  9. […] know more about this group, and how to participate, look at Sandy’s excellent post, “How to join in with #eltpics“. If you have problems downloading or using the photos, read my very own simple tutorial on […]


  10. […] ELT Pics is a project initiated on Twitter to collect photos helpful to English Language teachers. […]


  11. […] to use in your classroom, and these are beautiful artworks from around the country! You can also contribute your own photos and make it even better. This week the theme is parties and celebrations. Until December 3, they […]


    • Thank you so much for the nomination for the hashtag and the blog. I have commented on your post already, but I just wanted to reiterate here how much fun it is to co-curate eltpics, and to think of ideas for the blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your photos over the coming year!


  12. […] jQuery(“#errors*”).hide(); window.location= data.themeInternalUrl; } }); } – Today, 12:23 […]


  13. […] by Jeremy Harmer. He started off with an explanation of PKs and a post based almost entirely on eltpics Very strange seeing pictures I had taken up on the big screen! The whole thing was excellent, and […]


  14. […] I was doing my CELTA, and before I knew about eltpics, I saved photos from magazines in an old biscuit tin. Shortly after my CELTA, I put said tin in my […]


  15. […] ELT Pics is a collection on Flickr that is supplied by English teachers all over the world. The images are under the Creative Commons license, which basically means that they can be used freely for non-commercial purposes. Each week on Twitter, a topic is proposed and teachers send their own pictures to be added to the collection. This means that the images are categorized in a way that is helpful to English teachers, and many offer endless possibilities for language. To see how you can contribute, visit Sandy Millin’s blog. […]


  16. […] Free to use images on Creative Commons Licence How it Works? Read this article […]


  17. […] Sandy Millin: How to Join In – Be sure to follow the links to some great examples of teachers using #eltpics […]


  18. […] Doing it on your own is time consuming. How to solve this? I’ve found this initiative that Sandy Millin explains in her blog. Several EFL teachers have been collecting photos for classroom use and organized them in sets […]


  19. […] Plagiarism and Digital LiteracySpartan Guide eltpics: Millin: How to Join in with eltpicsFlickr Creative CommonsSelf-published online resources:Culturally Authentic Pictoral Lexicon […]


  20. […] 3 ELT-lærere (English Language Teaching) satte sig i 2010 for at de sammen ville starte en frit tilgængelig billedsamling – ELTPic – på Flickr, med billeder, som på alle mulige forskellige måder kan inddrages i sprogundervisning. For at få billedsamlingen til at vokse valgte de at bruge Twitter til at formidle deres idé og invitere andre undervisere fra hele verden til at bidrage med billeder til samlingen. Hver søndag annonceres et nyt tema på Twitter – Læs mere om hvordan man selv kan bidrage til projektet her. […]


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