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There are many Web sources of images under free licenses.

The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are under a free licence. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of each image before you submit it to Wikipedia.

Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy

As well as these listed sites, you can search for pages licensed under a free Creative Commons license on Google through the advanced search, or by following this example search.

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General collections[edit]

  • JSC Digital Images Collection NASA's Space images. Free to use.
  • Albumarium Free high-quality Creative Commons images. Filterable for commercial/non-commercial use.
  • [http://stockphotosharing.com/ Free stock photos with emphasis on quality. Commercial use allowed under its Terms of Use - credit and link back to the source required.
  • The NOAA Photo Library Photos from the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, covering a wide range of images.
  • freestock.ca Free multipurpose stock photos with emphasis on quality. Some commercial use allowed under its Terms of Use. Bloggers welcome as long as you can credit and link back to the source.
  • FreePix.eu High-resolution Creative Commons photos. Traveling, nature, people.
  • Free Stock Deck Totally free stock photos. All images are distributed under the same license. Commercial use is allowed, no attribution required.
  • Texturegen Free quality high resolution textures.
  • Picdrome Royalty free pictures gallery
  • Free Stock Photographs a collection of high quality stock photographs under creative commons licence.
  • Alegri Photos Over 2500 creative commons free images.
  • artvex.com - Thousands of royalty free clip art for personal and commercial use.
  • TotallyFreeImages.com - public domain image archive
  • Picture Frog - free photo images for personal&commercial use
  • Acliparthistory.com - Public Domain images of the History of the World. Also Natural History and Fancy letters suitable for school projects
  • Vintage Images Downloads - Thousands of high resolution vintage art, posters, and ephemera for downloads instantly. Subscription may be required to download very high resolution pictures.
  • ImgMart Stock Images - Collections of free high resolution stock images for personal and commercial use.
  • Ars Grafik - A mix of public domain images alongside free vector graphics and patterns.
  • 4 Free Photos - High quality stock and public domain images, free of charge for commercial and personal use.
  • Freerange Stock - Many thousands of free stock photos, licensed free for commercial or private use.
  • Free Images Collection - No Copyright, High Resolution, Free Images
  • Free Stock Images - A fast growing collection of High Resolution Images. Small sized version of all images available for free for personal and commercial use.
  • Web Photo Mart - Free photographs and illustrations released under various free licenses.
  • Photos8.com Large collection of High Resolution photos and wallpapers, Thousands of high quality licensed pictures for personal and commercial use.
  • Ars Publik - A great collection of public domain images from around the web, hand-selected for use in web and graphic design.
  • www.sunipix.com - Free photographs for personal and business use.
  • US Library of Congress - not all images are free, but many are. Best for images whose copyright has expired, but also contains other images that were gifted by the photographer to the public domain, as well as images taken by US federal government employees (that are hence also PD).
  • BestPhotos.US - Only the best high-resolution public domain photos
  • RepublicDomain.com is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers.
  • Stockvault.net - Share and download free stock photos for very personal reasons and educational usage.
  • Public domain vectors - Collection of public domain vector images.
  • Public Domain Pictures - hi-res photos and illustrations for personal and commercial use. Resolution at least 1280 x 850 px.
  • Word Processor Clipart - high-quality public domain images.
  • Vectorportal - creative commons free vector images.
  • Clker - public domain clipart images in vector and raster format.
  • Easy Stock Photos - Public domain photos, pictures, images and information organized by category in image galleries.
  • Reusable Art Public Domain Images - An ever-growing collection of vintage drawings, illustrations and photographs from books, magazines and other printed materials. Original publication information is included with each image for copyright verification. All images meet or exceed the Berne Convention standard for a creative work to be in the public domain.
  • Karen's Whimsy - Scans of engravings and other artwork from a personal collection of old books, magazines, and post cards. Updated regularly.
  • Photogen - Search and download free quality, high resolution stock photos and images, for commercial and personal use.
  • Vacation Photos - Public domain photos of many world landmarks and travel destinations.
  • FREEres.info - Comprehensive listing of sites offering free stock photos, as well as other free resources for designers.
  • Shutter Glow - A collection of high resolution free photos under CC 3.0 attribution license
  • Copyright-Free Photos - High quality free photo library for any use, provided that each photographer is contacted beforehand. (Otherwise, not GFDL compatible)
  • HIOX India's Free Images & Icons - Free Clipart pictures, each in 48 colours.
  • Free Digital Photos - Over 2,000 free images.
  • GNU Art.net - GNU Art.
  • Flickr has a special section for pictures tagged with a Creative Commons license. For example: BY and BY-SA, Search engine. Note that images with NoDerivs or NonCommercial are Non-free Creative Commons licenses and cannot be used on wikipedia. Consider using a work whose author tagged it with a license that is acceptable for use here.
Examples of FLICKR free-licensed photostreams and topics (CC-BY and CC-BY-SA licenses)
NOTE: check individual photos to confirm free license, as photographers can (& frequently do) change licenses for sets &/or individual photos

Documents[edit]

  • BNF's Gallica - Digital documents from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF).

Science[edit]

  • http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/ -Great resource for electron microscopy and histological images. Includes general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute. Image use policy states: "All images are in the public domain and may be used, linked, or reproduced without permission. If an image is used, credit should be given to the listed source and/or author".
  • http://www.plos.org/journals/index.html - All content published under a CC-BY license. Some journal articles are accompanied by images that are useful for an encyclopedia.
  • http://ian.umces.edu/symbols/ - IAN Symbol Libraries. 2500 symbols in svg, ai and png formats, and a online vector editor. Cost and royalty free.
  • http://www.media.nih.gov/imagebank/display.aspx?ID=763

Search Engines[edit]

  • FIST – Free Image Search Tool (by User:Magnus Manske, hosted on the Wikimedia Toolserver) Covers Wikimedia Commons, Flickr, everystockphoto and other sites. Can search whole Wikipedia categories automatically to suggest free images for each article.
  • FlickrCC - Search for CC photos on flickr , filter by ability to edit or commercial use.
  • everystockphoto.com - Searching over 2.2 million free photos, including Wikipedia and NASA. Free user accounts with drag and drop collections, tagging, rating, and comments.
  • Google Advanced Search - Under Usage Rights, select "free to use, share, or modify, even commercially."
  • PicFindr.com - Searches hand picked Free stock photo-, public domain-, and photo community sites. Includes the ability to search by rights! (whether you need to give credit, ask permission or not)
  • Spffy.com - Searches one billion stock photos and video, including free images, public domain, creative commons, royalty-free and rights-managed. (NB - Firefox users only - website will not open with Internet Explorer)

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