Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning

As an e-Learning developer I had to invest a lot of time to find images for my e-Learning projects. I am sure that the most of us work with tight budgets and limited resources. To take a digital camera and take my own images wasn’t an option. As a result, I had to do a research and find the best FREE stock photo sites.

I hope that the following list of 23 (Update 06/02/2011) 14 Free Stock Photos Site for e-Learning  will be valuable to you. You should be sure that the e-Learning community will very much appreciate if you write a comment with links to FREE stock photo sites.

PublicDomainPictures.net is a repository for free public domain photos. You can download high quality photos, upload your own pictures, earn money to charity, get exposure and gain popularity and improve your photographic and graphic skills.  
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FreeImages is not just another clipart graphic site!….  more than 6000 original stock photos all for FREE! Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photographic images for use by all. All images in their collection are free to use on websites and printed materials.  
(Update 06/02/2011: suggested by @cpappas)

At Cutcaster you can download free photos, free pictures, no cost photos and royalty free stock vector illustrations.
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FreeFoto.com is made up of 132232 images with 182 sections organized into 3630 categories.
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All Our Stock is a completely free stock website. All of the content here is available to you 100% free, for both commercial and personal usage. What makes us different is that our licensing has no restrictions for your creations. You don’t have to worry about whether it’s royalty-free or not, or whether you need to attribute the creator. So long as you don’t redistribute the original file, you can download and enjoy!  
(Update 02/22/2011: suggested by Chris Tabor)

Free stock photos, easy to download, easy to browse. Use them for commercial or personal design projects of any kind! Some are even public domain, so you can use those for whatever you want. Whether you’re looking for free stock designs for your project, free stock photography for your next big design or something in-between, freestockfor.us is your resource for quick downloads! (Update 02/22/2011: suggested by Chris Tabor)

FreePixels offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects. (Update 12/24/2010: suggested by Citizen)

Nearly 100% of their Royalty Free Stock Photos are Free Download. Every image is absolutely free, with some more options to buy individual higher resolutions. They can be used either for private or commercial purposes. In exchange, we only ask you to use the images according to our Licensing.(Update 10/28/2010: suggested by Queralt Suñé)

The SXC (stock.xhng) is a website providing free-to use stock photography and illustrations. The stock.xhng operates as a hybrid of a picture library site and a social networking site; registered users may set up a personal profile, upload their photographic works to share with other users, write a blog and participate in online forums to discuss and critique each others’ work.

The 4 Free Photos   is an online community of photographers who enjoy taking pictures and decided to share them with the public to use them for free in their private or commercial projects. They  hope you will find the collection of free and public domain images useful.

Morgue File  is an easy to use free photo site. Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

From Free Digital Photos  you can download royalty free photos and illustrations for websites, newspapers, magazines, video and TV productions, iPhone applications, PowerPoint presentations, forums, blogs and school work.

Turbo Photo offers Free stock images from 10 categories (3.4 GB). Stock images are in the public domain.

If you are a designer you can download high resolution RF stock images for free from Dreams Time . If you are a photographer you have the opportunity to achieve a great portfolio exposure by offering free images.

Image * After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.

In Public Domain Photos  you can access 5,000 free photos, 8,000 free cliparts. All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial.

The photos in the Flickr Free Use Photos Group are available for use by anyone. There is no need to give credit or to fear rights infringement. These images are posted by their creators. By posting to this group, you’re allowing freedom of use.

Not just another clipart graphic site. Free Images collection now contains more than 5000 ORIGINAL stock photos in 76 Galleries all for FREE!

Public Domain Image, royalty free stock photos, copyright friendly free images. Not copyrighted, no rights reserved. All pictures on this site are explicitly placed in the public domain, free for any personal or commercial use.

In PhotoXpress you can get 10 free images per day by signing up.

This growing collection of photos taken by USAID staff and development partners reflects some of the many facets of USAID’s work in Africa. These photos may be used for non-commercial and educational purposes only. To use a photo, you must include proper attribution to USAID and the photographer’s name, if listed.

Free photos and clip art from Microsoft Office Online

Search Engine for Free Photos

Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free, without advertising, and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

Guys, do not forget to leave a comment if you know any other FREE stock photo sites.

by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.

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