What is required in captions?

Captions must be accurate and answer the basic questions of good journalism. They must be written in English only.

The first sentence of the caption must:

  • Describe who is in the photograph and what is going on within the photo.
  • Name the city, region or state, and country where the picture was made.
  • Provide the date the photo was made.
  • Captions must give attribution for action not seen (e.g., the scene of accident where more than 10 died, according to police).

The second sentence of the caption is used to give context to the news event or describe why the photo is significant. Any information that is included must be sourced.

The final sentence must explain the circumstances in which a photograph was taken. If the photographer influenced the scene in any way, or gave directions to a subject to pose in any way for a portrait, this must be disclosed.