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Add a Photo to an Observation so that it Populates in the Photos Tool


To add photos to an observation so that you can reference the photos in both the Observations and the Photos tool.


When this feature is enabled, photos added to observations items will automatically populate in the Photos tool under an album called "Photos from Observations." 

Things to Consider

  • Required User Permissions:
    • 'Standard' or 'Admin' permissions on the project's Observations tool to add photos to an item.
    • 'Admin' permissions on the project's Photos tool to view the private album, "Photos from Observations."
  • Additional Information:
    • If you do not want to use this feature, you may turn off photo aggregation in the Photos configuration page.
    • Photos that are linked to observations will have an "Origin" link on the photo which links to the observations where it was originally attached.
      Users with 'None' permissions on the Observations tool, but access to the photo in the Photos tool will see the origin, but they will not see a link to the observation.


  1. Enable Photos from Observations


  1. Navigate to your project's Observations tool.
  2. Create a new observation or click edit next to the existing observation where you want to add a photo.
  3. Fill out the fields to create or edit the observation as needed.
  4. Click Attach Files or drag and drop your photo into the Attachments field. 
    Note: Accepted file types: .jpeg .jpg .pjpeg .gif .png .png .bmp .tif .tiff
  5. Click Save.
    Note: Any photo attachments will automatically be added to your project's Photos tool in an album called "Photos from Observations" or the selected album.