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Images: Copyright Free Images
Guide to high-quality image databases and resources. Interdisciplinary image content, search strategies, evaluating images, & image citation guide.
Images from sources on this page are available for use on the open web. You are free to use these images in multimedia projects, websites, blogs, portfolios, etc, that are open and available to the public. When you use these images, you do not need to restrict access to your class or academic environment.
Always read and comply with the use restrictions for specific image sources. Always cite images someone else created.
Images should not be sold or used in commercial products or for commercial purposes.
Creative Commons Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. It searches more than 300 million images! Click the image to begin searching.
Flickr Creative Commons
Flickr contains millions of photographs shared by Flickr users under Creative Commons
licenses, and is a strong source for contemporary travel, nature, people, and design
Several overlays to Flickr offer enhanced search functionality and additional features.
The British Library's collection of images on Flickr are taken from books it has its collection from the 17th, 18th and 19th Century – so well out of copyright – and are vaguely arranged by theme: such as book covers, cycling, illustrated lettering, comic art, ships or children's book illustration. There's also a collection of 'Highlights' that's a good place to start if you just want a general browse
PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog and makes adding them to their post fast and easy. PhotoPin uses the Flickr API and searches creative commons photos to use for your blog. (Note: we are not associated with Flickr in any way, other than powering our search results using their API.)
This is one of the biggest repositories of free images and graphics that you can use for almost any purpose. You do however need to sign-in to download the images. The site, previously hosted on the schx.hu domain, is now part of Getty Images.
offers users, high quality graphic designs: exclusive illustrations and graphic resources. It operates on a freemium business model which means, the majority of the resources offered at Freepik can be used for free, only having to credit the author of the illustration to Freepik. In addition, for a small fee, you can subscribe to the Premium plan and use the illustrations without any accreditation whatsoever.
is a collection of free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions. What I really like about this site is many of the images are quirky and fun — no cheesy stock images here!
Free high resolution stock images donated to the public domain by Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal. Their sister site Life of Vids offers royalty-free videos, clips, and loops for you to use to your heart’s content.
The website contains thousands of royalty free images that can be used in both personal and commercial projects but with attribution. Unlike other sites that merely curate content, the images found here have been clicked by their in-house photographers.
prides itself on having the most diverse collection of stock photos on the web. It wants to change the face of stock photography by creating design resources that reflect today’s society as it really is. To this end it has started the (one) world face project with the ultimate goal of photographing people from every nation in the world.