Flow Communications

The Zambezi Gorge, below the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Zambezi Gorge, below the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. (Image: Flow Communications)

Flow’s Flickr account, showcasing nearly 37 000 free-to-use photos from all over the world, has reached more than eight million views!

We’ve been running the account under the name flowcomm since 2007 – almost all of Flow’s history as a company.

Flickr is an online platform for storing, categorising and showcasing images and videos. Started in 2004, Flickr now has more than 112-million users (with 60-million active users) and hosts billions of images, according to a Photutorial blog post published in February 2023.

All the photos Flow has uploaded to Flickr are licensed as Creative Commons – in other words, they’re free to use for any purpose you like, with attribution. To download a picture, just go to our account, browse through our albums or pictures, select what you’re looking for and download it in the quality you prefer. (We always upload our pictures at the highest resolution available, and Flickr will offer you this to download, as well as smaller sizes.)

Most of Flow’s images uploaded to Flickr were taken by Flow’s CEO, Tara Turkington, although many different Flowstars have contributed to the account over the years. Our pictures have been used in books, presentations, artworks, on websites and in museums, maps and school lessons.

Kudu bull, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kudu bull, Kruger National Park, South Africa. (Image: Flow Communications)

The photos are organised into over 200 albums, featuring albums on countries from around the world, including South Africa, Argentina, Kenya, Ireland, Tanzania, Ethiopia, India, the United States, Ghana, China, Russia, Serbia, Namibia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Jordan, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Morocco, Mauritius, Kenya, Zambia, the Maldives, Uganda and England, among others.

About half the images were taken in South Africa, including the country’s biggest cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. We also have an extensive library of tourist attractions in South Africa, including the Cradle of Humankind, Table Mountain, the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Point and Constitution Hill. You’ll also find a rich repository of pictures taken in game reserves such as the Kruger National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, MalaMala and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Some of our individual images have had thousands of views. Please see a selection below, and feel free to browse our Flickr account and use any images for any purpose, with accreditation, please.

Tollymore Forest Park
“Slow water”, Northern Ireland. This image was taken in Tollymore Forest Park near the small town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland. The park gained global exposure when scenes in the popular series Game of Thrones were filmed here. (Image: Flow Communications)
Sunset in Mauritius
Sunset in Mauritius. With its diverse landscapes, Southern Africa is home to deserts, grasslands, mountains, and lush islands such as Mauritius. (Image: Flow Communications)
Leopard yawning, South Africa
Leopard yawning, South Africa. Many of Flow’s images are of African wildlife. (Image: Flow Communications)
Warm water, Thailand
Warm water, Thailand. Apart from its warm water and tropical climate, Thailand is also known as the Land of Smiles, because of its friendly people. (Image: Flow Communications)
Kniphofia uvaria, commonly known as red hot pokers
Kniphofia uvaria, which bloom in winter, are commonly known as red hot pokers. These were taken in the Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg. (Image: Flow Communications)
Dog, Johannesburg
Dog, Johannesburg. We’ve taken a lot of pictures of various dogs over the years. They’re a popular topic, which people frequently search for on Flickr. (Image: Flow Communications)
Man fishing near the city of Hue, Vietnam.
Man fishing near the city of Hue, Vietnam. (Image: Flow Communications)
Red panda in the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling, India.
Red panda in the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling, India. (Image: Flow Communications)
Sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Sunset at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Ankgor Wat is the most famous example of Cambodia’s temples, which number in the region of 4000. (Image: Flow Communications)
Giraffe and wildebeest, Serengeti National Park
Giraffe and wildebeest, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Image: Flow Communications)
Monument to Marshal GK Zhukov, Manezhnaya Square
Monument to Marshal GK Zhukov, Manezhnaya Square, in front of the State Historical Museum of Russia in Moscow. (Image: Flow Communications)
Dead Vlei, Namibia.
Dead Vlei, Namibia. (Image: Flow Communications)
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