Where can I find free public domain images and pictures?

Free picturesToday, there are dozens of great Internet web pages that offer hundreds of thousands of free public domain and royalty free images. Below is a list of some of the best available sites to find these pictures.

Note: All of these sites have free images with different agreements. Make sure the images you're copying have no restrictions or have license agreements that allow you to use them in the way you want to.

Stock Exchange

http://www.sxc.hu/
In our opinion the best site to locate free stock photo's. The site contains in our opinion the best site to locate free stock photo's. The site contains thousands of free images that can be used. While many of the pictures are free some of the images do require written permission first.

Google Images with usage rights

http://images.google.com/
Doing a search on Google Image search is a great way to find a lot of interesting pictures, but it used to be very time consuming to find what pictures you could use legally on your site. Thankfully Google now has an option to search images by usage rights. As seen below, under the Search tools (1.) and then Usage Rights (2.) are options to filter the search by pictures labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification, and labeled for commercial reuse with modification.

Google Image with usage rights search

Wikimedia Commons

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Fantastic media repository that is part of the Wikipedia umbrella project where users are free to use any of the sites photos, audio, videos, and other media freely.

Flickr: The Commons

http://flickr.com/commons
A great feature from the popular photo sharing site Flickr where institutes such as The Library Of Congress, Powerhouse Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and various users can post and share images that have no known copyright restrictions.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
A fantastic collection of scans from the British Library of over 11,000,000 public domain pictures.

Microsoft Office free images and clipart

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/
Another great site that offers thousands of royalty free pictures and even clipart that are available for all users.

MorgueFile

http://www.morguefile.com/
Another fantastic location to locate high resolution digital stock photography. The site offers thousands of free images almost all that have no restrictions or agreements attached. In addition the site requires no login to download the high quality files.

U.S. Government Graphics and Photos

http://www.firstgov.gov/Topics/Graphics.shtml
Another fantastic site linking to other U.S. government sites containing hundreds of thousands free and public domain images linking to image categories such as Air Force, forests, animals, Army, birds, coast guard, crops, fish, fire, fruits, geology, Indians, lab research, mammals, money, mountains, NASA, Navy, parks, plants, Presidents, space, storms, veggies, volcano's, war, wildlife, and much more.

StockVault

http://www.stockvault.net/
Another great site that contains thousands of free stock photography in a large variety of categories.

Picdrome

http://www.picdrome.com/
A great site that list several hundred photos in a about a dozen different albums.

PD Photo

http://pdphoto.org/
Another great collection of thousands free public domain pictures. This site contains one of the best collections of travel pictures from around the world.

Pixabay

http://www.pixabay.com/
Simple, easy to use site with nearly 65,000 photos and illustrations. All of which may be used freely, without attribution and for any purpose.

Liam's pictures from Old Books

http://www.fromoldbooks.org/
A good collection of original pictures from old books that are no longer copyrighted and considered public domain. This is a great place to find obscure and unique pictures and illustration.

WorldImages

http://worldart.sjsu.edu
California State University product that contains over 60,000 images around the world that can be used freely for non-profit and education use.

deviantART

http://www.deviantart.com/
Another fantastic site with not only photographs, but traditional art, digital art, stock images, and more. Keep in mind that this site contains both royalty free and copyrighted works. Make sure you view the artists or photographers usage guidelines and rules before using any image.

Other

The above list is just a few of our favorites sites and sites we found useful for locating free public domain images. If the above links do not have the images you're looking for there are hundreds of other available services online. Click here to open a search for hundreds.