Where to source images from

If you are looking for pictures to brighten up your presentations, for your web pages, for any other projects you may have, here is a list of some useful image websites which offer images under various licences as stated below.

Free and open – With and without attribution requirements

You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author.

You need to sign up for this but a lot of images are free to use and sit under the ‘Standard Restrictions’ licence. This means you can use it for digital use on websites and presentations without attribution.  It is best to check the specific restrictions on each image as you go.

You can do an advanced search on images to include a Creative Commons Licence.  This usually means that an attribution must be given to the creator.

This is a public domain site and you can search on reputable sites that host photos such as Flickr, Google images, etc.  You do need to check certain conditions on specific images and double-check the licence agreement but you should be ok for non-commercial use.  You must provide an attribution to the creator unless it specifically says that it is in the Public Domain.

You can click on the images and see the licence.  The ‘Public Domain’ licence states that if you are to redistribute the image online, then linking to the image page is mandatory.

Free and embedded use – Automatic attribution

This is one for web pages (rather than presentations and the like). You don’t need an account and the home page tells you exactly how it works.  You need to look out for the embed icon (</>) on the image. It does have a built-in attribution underneath each image. Think ‘youTube’ for images.