Picture perfect: The five best places to find free images


OK. So, you’re designing your site and you really, really need a nice photograph of a monkey riding a bike to bring your home page alive. Of course the first place to check is our own library (Insert-> Library-> Images), but if we’re all out of monkeys riding bikes (sorry) what do you do?

Well, you can Google it and find pretty much anything you’re looking for, but by doing that you can also get into trouble for using licensed images without permission. This is why it’s best to use common image repositories.

What are they?

These are places you can go and find images in the public domain, so, there’s no need to get anyone’s permission or pay any royalty fees.

Here are 5 of the best:



One of the biggest suppliers of stock images and film, they have very recently made 40,000 of their images free to embed on websites.


Flickr: Creative commons


The image sharing site has many generous users who offer up their work for the greater good.


Wikimedia: Commons


An off shoot of Wikipedia. They provide various types of media for public use.




These kind folks pull together free to use images from other sources, as well as their own. Really worth your time.




A huge database of photography, graphics, animation and design.


And, that is just the tip of the iceberg. For more, check out this article on

Happy hunting!

…Oh, and, here’s your picture of a monkey riding a bike:


Andy Siddons
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