Free Images From 40 Stunning Sites

Free Images from 40 Stunning Sites

Let’s face it. We all need images, photos, and more. Bloggers are like a black hole devouring more and more images as we post more, pin more, and share more. But where can you get your images?

Here is a list of 40 sites with stunning free images and stock photos free for commercial (blog) use. As an educator, having access to free images that won’t get me into legal trouble is important. While I buy most of my images for the blog from Fotolia, I do use public domain images in the classroom (and in this post).

Websites Offering Free Images

Free Images from Unsplash

  20. Note: These are vintage photos. The site is called New Old Stock
  37. Note: CC BY 3.0 license – attribution required
  41. (Thanks to reader Gabrielle for this one that I left out!)

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Understanding Photo License Restrictions

I tried to find sites that offer CC0 licenses for their free images, but some still require attribute and have other restrictions. In addition, the site could change over time so it is best to find a few sites from the list above and stick with them for a while and pay close attention to their license and/or attribute requirements. It is always nice to give credit to the source anyway, and a link back to their site is always appreciated as well, I am sure.

Creative Commons is quickly becoming the standard in copyright licensing, and is especially useful with free images online. Here is an article that explains their levels of licensing. If you can find images marked CC0 or PDM (Public Domain) then you are in great shape and don’t even have to attribute anything inmost cases, although it is always a nice gesture to do so.

If you are concerned about licensing, here is a quick summary according to the Creative Commons website:

CC0 – The original creator waives all copyrights and related rights of their work.

CC BY – This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY-SA – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This is the license used by Wikipedia.

CC BY-ND – This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along, unchanged and in whole with credit to you.

CC BY-NC – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge the creator and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

CC BY-NC-SA – This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit the creator and license their new creations under the identical terms.


CC BY-NC-ND – This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit the creator, but they can’t change them in any way and can’t use them commercially.

Free Images

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*Images in this post are from Unsplash.

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