Flickr has some specific requirements for posting your images on external web sites like forums. If you don’t follow them, you will be in violation of their TOS and your account may be in jeopardy.

From Flickr –
“Do link back to Flickr when you post your photos elsewhere. The Flickr service makes it possible to post images hosted on Flickr to outside web sites. However, pages on other web sites that display images hosted on must provide a link from each photo back to its photo page on Flickr.”

Flickr produces some HTML code for you that looks like this –
<a href= “” title= “Maple_Leaf by PCHuggs, on Flickr”><img src= “” width=”500″ height=”364″ alt= “Maple_Leaf” /></a>

This straight HTML code contains two URLs – one to the image and one to the Flickr page that the image is on (highlighted in color).

Extract the URLs and wrap them in some PHP URL tags with the image inside as a label –
[url=page] [img]image[/img] [/url]

This will give us a link with an image as the visible label or you could think of it as a clickable image.

Our final code looks like this –
[url=] [img][/img] [/url]

Another alternative is to simply post the image and put a text link near it back to the Flickr page. I think the clickable image is a more elegant solution. This is much easier to do it in WordPress. You simply paste the supplied HTML into the HTML Code tab (on the edit page).
Flickr –

Doing this with Picasa as your image source works exactly the same way except they provide a thumbnail in their HTML and you must click it to see a larger image on the Picasa site. Picasa forces you to go to their site to see the larger image. Flickr allows you to embed the larger image directly in the web site and doesn’t force you to visit the Flickr site to view the image.
Picasa –

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