Use of "Courtesy..." in a credit is not just a way of thanking someone, or stating that a resource was used with permission. It's used specifically if the work being credited was provided free of charge.
From the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, p.128:
3.33 Crediting material obtained free of charge. For material that the author has obtained free and without restrictions on its use, the
credit line may use the word courtesy.
Based on the short snippet in the question, I think the context may be that:
"Food distribution among flood victims" is a caption on a photograph.
Mr. James owns copyright to this photograph, but he allowed it to be used for free in this particular ad