In APA Style, images are defined as the following:
The images that you include in your assignment or document may be your own or reproduced (or adapted) from a source.
General rules about tables and figures in APA Style:
If you are referring to a table or figure but do not reproduce or adapt it in your assignment or project, you can just cite it as usual in the in-text citation and reference list, using the style for the source (e.g. journal or webpage).
The table number (e.g. Table 1) is in bold font. On the next line in double spacing, provide the title or a brief description in italics, with the important words in uppercase. Add a note below the table if additional information is needed.
In-text citation (cite as you would normally and mention a table in your text)
...as shown in Table 1...
... (see Table 1).
Table number, title or description, table, and optional note
Items in the Smartphone Addiction Proneness Scale
Note. From "Development of Korean smartphone addiction proneness scale for youth" by D. Kim, Y. Lee, J. Lee, J. K. Nam, and Y. Chung, 2014, PLoS ONE, 9(5), p. 3 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097920). Copyright 2014 by PLOS.
Kim, D., Lee, Y., Lee, J., Nam, J. K., & Chung, Y. (2014). Development of Korean smartphone addiction proneness scale for youth. PLoS One, 9(5), Article e97920. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097920
You may include a photograph if it is your own, reproduce it if it belongs to someone else, or only cite it in the in-text citation and reference list without including or reproducing the photograph. If you took the photograph yourself, no citation or copyright information is needed in the figure note.
Example of photograph taken by yourself
Figure number, title or description, figure
Cat with Clipped Ear Outside a Home in Singapore.
Example of photograph found on webpage but not reproduced in your assignment:
... (Brandt, 2004)
Reference (if there is no official title for the photograph, use a description in square brackets, e.g. [Photograph of...])
Brandt, N. (2004). Elephant with exploding dust, Amboseli [Photograph]. https://www.nickbrandt.com/portfolio.cfm?nK=7617&nS=2#image-1
The figure number (e.g. Figure 1) is in bold font. On the next line in double spacing, provide the title or a brief description in italics, with the important words in uppercase. Add a note below the figure if additional information is needed.
In-text citation (cite as you would normally and mention a figure in your text)
According to Ministry of Manpower (Figure 1)...
...(see Figure 1).
Figure number, title or description, figure, and optional note
Unemployment Rate (Seasonally Adjusted)
Note. From "Labour market report 2019" by Ministry of Manpower, 2020. Copyright 2020 by Ministry of Manpower.
Ministry of Manpower (2020). Labour market report 2019. https://stats.mom.gov.sg/Pages/Labour-Market-Report-4Q-2019.aspx
If you are using tables or figures for an assignment or project, you do not need to get copyright permission from the owner, although you do need to cite the source in your in-text citation and reference list.
If you are going to take/show your assignment or project off-campus to sell or exhibit your work, you will need to get copyright permission from the owner of any image you use.
For more information about using images in education, please check out this guide.
Need more examples of tables and figures in APA? Refer to the official APA webpages starting from https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/tables-figures.
If you need to cite artwork in museums, clip art and stock photos, refer to this webpage.