Our collection of over 800,000 photographs covers the experience of Australians at war and Australian military history from the 1860s to the present.

You can order reproductions of photographs online, subject to copyright restrictions. Fees apply for commercial use. See How to order photos, art, film & sound for more information.

Please be aware that some images may be disturbing, and that the language contained in captions can reflect attitudes and prejudices prevalent at the time.


The core of the collection consists of photographs that were taken by more than 200 official photographers. Many more photographs have been donated by servicemen and servicewomen and others over a period of more than 90 years. While our coverage of many subjects, and especially First and Second World War material, is very comprehensive, we do selectively collect photographs that fill gaps in the coverage of past conflicts, and we actively seek photographs documenting the involvement of Australia in contemporary conflicts. Our Collection Development Plan outlines our collecting priorities.

Since the First World War, the Memorial has also sought to collect a photograph of every person on the Roll of Honour: please see more information on the Roll of Honour photographs project.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • photographs of Gallipoli taken by soldier photographers during the campaign
  • rare First World War colour images, taken using the Paget process
  • original glass-plate negatives of the Western Front and Palestine in the First World War, taken by Australian official photographers Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins
  • iconic images of the Second World War in the Middle East and the Pacific, by official photographers including Damien Parer and George Silk
  • an extensive photographic documentation of conflicts since 1945, including the Korean and Vietnam wars
  • work by leading contemporary photojournalists covering recent deployments of Australian forces

The collection provides vital historical evidence for locations where Australians have fought. It shows us details of military technology and scenes of Australians engaged in military operations. It contains images that convey the dangers of war and the emotional impact it has on its participants.

An illustrated history of the photograph collection, Contact: photographs from the Australian War Memorial collection, is available from the Memorial Shop.

Vignacourt - Lost Diggers photographs
The Memorial is very pleased to accept the Lost Diggers collection of First World War photographs on behalf of all Australians, and would like to acknowledge the generosity of Mr Kerry Stokes AC for the donation of the photographic collection. Find out more here.

Gallipoli photos

A view looking aft of lifeboat carrying unidentified men of the Australian 1st Divisional Signal Company as they are towed towards Anzac Cove at 6 am on the day of the landing. A view looking aft of lifeboat carrying unidentified men of the Australian 1st Divisional Signal Company as they are towed towards Anzac Cove at 6 am on the day of the landing. A02781

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First World War colour photos

An Australian Light Horse Field Ambulance wagon. P03631.035See photos

Second World War photos

Ships' mascots on HMAS Sydney. 002452See photos

Korean War photos

A batch of mail from home arrives at A company Headquarters. MELJ04724See photos

Vietnam War photos

A2-1020, a No 9 Squadron, RAAF, Iroquois helicopters. VN/66/0043/04See photos

Afghanistan, 2001 -

Afghan National Army Perimeter Post with Chair, Tarin Kowt Base, 2007. P07433.004See photos

Iraq, 2003 -

A Baghdad street in the Green Zone, 2005. P05408.240See photos