Where To Find Images

The huge list of image sources is past all of these notes (and I do recommend you read these notes).

Liberal America doesn’t pay for access to image services like Getty Images. We did at one time, but we found that our writers didn’t utilize the resource enough to make it worth the cost. Why didn’t they use it? Because there are so many images (often more interesting) on the web that are free to use, or free to use with proper attribution.

A few things:

  • Some of these sources may change (i.e. website goes offline). I don’t have control over that. No need to email me about it. I check it about once a month and fix invalid links.
  • I add markup language in addition to hyperlinked text so that people, including myself, can copy and paste an actual link instead of hyperlinked text. This is sometimes useful if you’re working on other devices or in project management tools that use markup language, such as Trello or services like Facebook IM.
  • The hyperlinked text  in every resource also has the actual markup link below it.
  • Don’t copy my whole page and publish it elsewhere, please. Feel free to bookmark it and share the link with anyone who needs it.
  • I put my notes with some of the sources, but ALWAYS follow the licensing rules of the sites or photographers you use.
  • Some sites change their licensing rules over time. Be sure to stay up to date on that.

I update this list constantly and hope that it’s helpful to anyone who needs images, not just Liberal America writers.

~tiff


 ***READ THIS FIRST***

IMPORTANT: Never use an image from Reuters, Getty, or AP. If I could make this warning blink, flash, and sound sirens, I would.

 

OK, so I did. Ha.It’s just that important. Copyright infringement fines and penalties are hefty. Bad stuff happens if you do it. If you find an image on Google Images that you THINK is OK, it may not be. Follow the steps in the images below to ensure that you’re not breaking any laws.

  1. Search for your image.
  2. Click “Tools” in Google Images.
  3. Filter by license and choose whichever license works for you.

Even after you follow those steps, if the image is on a website that’s not a known public domain photos site like Wikimedia, always follow the image to its original source. See below.

 

If you use images from other news sources, be sure to follow the proper procedure, which includes citing the photographer and publication, and even contacting the publication or photographer for permission to use it.

A good reference for making sure you’re doing it correctly: The Best Ways to Be Sure You’re Legally Using Online Photos 

http://lifehacker.com/5992419/the-best-ways-to-be-sure-youre-legally-using-online-photos


1. A great guide to finding images 

 

2. This video shows how to find Google Images to find images that are free to use.

3. Wikimedia

 

4. Pixabay

 

5. MakeUseOf Article listing several sites for free photos

 

6. CompFight 

Flickr search tool. Be sure to view the license agreement and search for creative commons images — this site is awesome because it comes with attribution code. Copy/paste this code and put it in “caption” of the photo.

 

7. Wikimedia Commons

More than 10 million freely usable media files.

 

8. PublicDomainPictures.net

The page for each image contains detailed information about the license, the camera used to take it, and links to the artist. The website cleverly supports the creators by offering a premium download and the option to buy the artist a coffee.

9. Image After

Image After offers image you can use for anything. They all have the same licence. You can’t use them to build a competing free images site. You can search by color and size.

10. More Public Domain photos

 

11. Flickr

Using the advanced search feature, you can search only photos with a Creative Commons license that allows you to use the content commercially and/or modify, adapt, or build upon the content. These two licenses in combination essentially make the image ‘public domain’ in that you can use it for anything. However, the license restriction is that you have to credit the original creator.

12. Pexels

 

13. Creative Commons Search Engine

 

14. Great Free Picture 

 

15. Foodies Feed – Free Food Photos

 

16. Gratisography (license details)

 

17. SuperFamous 

 

18. FreeStockPhoto.com (license details)

 

19. Negative Space (license details)

 

20. Death to the Stock Photo (license details)

 

21. Picjumbo (license details)

 

22. IM Creator Free

 

23. Stokpic (license details)

 

24. Kaboompics (license details)

 

25. Startup Stock Photos (license details)

 

26. Freerange (license details)

 

27. LibreShot (license details)

 

28. Fancy Crave (license details)

 

29. Unsplash (license details)

 

30. StockSnap.io (license details)

 

31. SplitShire (license details)

 

32. Life of Pix (license details)

 

33. Pexels (license details)

 

34. Gratisography (license details)

 

35. Jay Mantri (license details)

 

36. ISO Republic (license details)

 

37. New Old Stock (license details)

 Completely free high resolution images. 

 

38. Pixabay

More than half million free photos.

39. Realistic Shots

This site offers a lot of very genuine and natural photographs that will give to your project a really personal touch. 7 new photos every week.

40. FreeImages

Almost 400,000 royalty free images are available to download on this site.

41. MorgueFile

You can find here images of everything from wildlife to antiques.

42. Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions.

43. Splashbase

Splashbase is a search and discovery platform for more than 15 sites of free stock photos.

44. Pixabay

More than half million free photos.

45. Realistic Shots

This site offers a lot of very genuine and natural photographies that will give to your project a really personal touch. 7 new photos every week.

46. Gratisography

High resolution CC0 images for personal and commercial projects.

47. FreeImages

Almost 400,000 royalty free images are available to download on this site.

48. Unsplash

10 new royalty free photos every 10 days.

49. Picjumbo

High resolution images on an easy to navigate website.

50. MorgueFile

You can find here images of everything from wildlife to antiques.

51. Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos with no copyright restrictions.

52. New Old Stock

Collection of antique photos.

53. Splashbase

Splashbase is a search and discovery platform for more than 15 sites of free stock photos.

54. Freestock

 

55. FreeDigitalPhotos.net