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    River Itchen watermeadows, Winchester, Hampshire, England

    Last updated: May 18, 2012.

    Looking for photos of rivers to illustrate your school or college project? You've come to the right place. We've collected together a mini "photo library" of over 50 public domain (copyright free) images you can use without worrying about copyright. Most of the photos on this page come from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and we thank them for their generosity in making so many photos available on their website; some of the other photos come from the US Navy; and there are a few photos we took ourselves. There are lots more river photos on the FWS photo library (keyword search on "river").

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    River Itchen watermeadows, Winchester. Photo by: UK Rivers Network

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    River features: confluence

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    Arctic grayling at the Gulkana River, Paxson, Alaska. Photo by Phil Coleman.
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    Atlantic Salmon smolts. Photo by Peter Steenstra.
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    Painting of salmon leaping by Bob Hines.
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    Arctic salmon leaping. Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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    Brown bear on rock in river. Photo by Chuck Young.
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