How to find ‘free-to-use’ images for educational purposes

creative commons iconNowadays it is easy to find images online.  However, many online images have copyright implications.  Here is a list of sites (in alphabetical order) where you can find images that you can freely use for educational purposes.

Note: although many images on these sites are free to use, normally you need to credit the creator in the way they specify.

  • Ccreative Commons – it has a search page where you can choose which site you want to find ‘free-to-use’ images from
  • Everystockphoto – searches across several ‘free-to-use’ image
  • Flickr – The Commons – a large number ‘free-to-use’ images submitted to Flickr by institutions around the world
  • – FreeFoto claims to be the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet
  • – Free to use images for both commercial and personal use under an attribution license sites including Flickr’s Creative Commons images
  • ImageAfter – an image collection for commercial or non-commercial use
  • MorgueFile – high-resolution images are free to use without attribution
  • OpenClipArt  – a free clipart gallery
  • OpenPhoto – Creative Commons-licensed images
  • PicFindr – searches across various ‘free-to-use’ image sites simultaneously
  • Stock.xchng – around 400,000 free images submitted by a large community of users
  • University of Exeter Digital Collections – an open access repository for images and multimedia
  • VADS – a selection of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK
  • Xpert  -it contains metadata and resources for almost 120,000 learning objects including images from over 8000 providers.
  • Wikimedia Commons images is a large collection of ‘free-to-use’ images
  • – a useful site to find photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license


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