We allow users to embed our images on their websites.
This looks like this...
<img src="https://example.com/happy-dog.jpg" alt="Happy Dog" />
Note that there is no anchor tag surrounding it - does this mean that the image is just considered a resource and not noted as a backlink? Or does the fact that the resource is linked to an external domain count some way towards SEO?
I can't find any information on the subject that involves an image that is not surrounded by a link.