Last Updated: Dec 9, 2015
These sites offer royalty and copyright free images and content. PLEASE NOTE, however, that the licensing on these materials varies, and it is your responsibility to check the licensing requirements before you use any of it. You must provide proper attribution, etc. where applicable.
MorgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photographs and reference images for either corporate or public use. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for illustrators, comic book artist, designers, teachers and all creative pursuits.
PhotoPin helps bloggers find photos for their blog and makes adding them to their post fast and easy.
Just search for any topic using the search box (e.g. "Kittens", "Flowers", etc.), preview the photo, and click "get photo" to download the photo as well as the proper attribution link. Not all images are free-check pricing before downloading.
- Wikimedia Commons
A database of 21,182,929 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Please be sure to check attribution and licensing before downloading.
On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0. You must create an account to use this site.
Picdrome.com is a growing Public Domain digital photography collection, free of copyright and licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication. All images are free to download for personal, educational and commercial use, without restriction
- Internet Archive
This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art images
The Met has recently opened up access to it's images for scholarly use. OASC (Open Access for Scholarly Content) now has more than 400,000 images that are downloadable for students and staff.
- Creative Commons
Creative Commons offers access to content you can share, use, and remix.