Sources for Royalty-Free Photos, Illustrations, Content

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There are quite a few excellent repositories for images and other visual content on the Web that are either in the public domain or Creative Commons licensed, allowing publishers and authors to use the work without paying permission fees. While free to use, all of these sources require attribution, meaning that the creator or rights owner must still be cited, even when the work is in the public domain. Typically, publishers include credit lines directly in the captions that accompany the work.

Open Source, Public Domain, and Creative Commons Licensed Sources

Some of these sources might only be usable on the Web (check the licensing terms)

Atlantic Monthly's Survey of Free Image Sources (2013)

Behance (look at the bottom of a work to check its licensing terms)

British Library (on Flikr)

Creative Commons

Flikr Creative Commons

From Old Books

Getty Images (usable on the Web, with embedded link to source, via iframe; must be noncommercial use)

New York Public Library (Public Domain Collections)


Stock Photos That Don't Suck

UnSplash (great photography)

Wikipedia: Public domain image resources

Wikimedia Commons

Royalty-Free Stock Photography, Video, Illustrations, Vector Graphics, Themes

Envato Market (includes code, video, audio, graphics, 3D, animations)

GraphicStock (images, illustrations, vector graphics) (images, illustrations, vector graphics, video, animations)




Project Gutenberg