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APA 6th Edition

If the personal photographs are yours and they haven't been published elsewhere, you don't need to reference them. Instead, note that you're the copyright holder of the photograph in the figure caption.

If the photographs were taken by someone else, you'll need to obtain copyright permission to use them in your work, note that permission in the captions to the figures, and reference the source of the photograph based on the usual APA Style rules for the resource type (e.g., journal article, book). See "Navigating Copyright for Reproduced Images: Part 4. Writing the Copyright Statement" in the APA Style Blog for example captions and references for figures retrieved from different types of works.

Please remember to format the photographs in your document using the APA rules for figures; see page 167 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010) for a checklist.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

If the personal photographs are yours and they haven't been published elsewhere, "no citation or copyright attribution is required in the figure note" (American Psychological Association [APA], 2020, p. 230).

If the photographs were taken by someone else, you'll need to obtain copyright permission to use them in your work, note the permissions in the figure notes, and reference the sources of the photographs based on the usual APA Style rules for the resource type (e.g., journal article, book). See pages 390 and 391 in the APA Style manual for copyright attribution templates and example copyright attributions. See the figure notes in Sample Figures and in pages 234-250 in the APA Style manual for example copyright attributions.

Please remember to format the photographs in your document using the APA rules for figures; see Figure Setup for an overview of figures, page 225-231 in the APA Style manual for detailed information on figure construction, and page 232 in the APA Style manual for a checklist.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000