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.  
(Update 06/02/2011: suggested by @cpappas)

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.
(Update 02/22/2011: suggested by Cutcaster)

FreeFoto.com is made up of 132232 images with 182 sections organized into 3630 categories.
(Update 02/22/2011: suggested by germanista)

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.

  • This is great, thanks heaps for sharing it 🙂

  • Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for your comment. If you use any of the above sites please let me know your thoughts.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas

  • Great resource Christopher.



  • Hi Neil,

    Thank you for your comment. If you find any other site please let me know.

    See you,
    Christopher Pappas

  • Don't forget freestockphotos.es, please!!! 🙂

    We offer all of our collection for FREE.

    Simply in exchange of the photos we offer for free, you must mention from where you got them.

    These free images, 640 pixels on its longest side, which we call “FreeDownloads” in our website, already come with an elegant credit line, so if there’s no need for you to manipulate or crop images, there is no need for you to do additional work for a legal use.


  • Hi Queralt,

    Thank you for your comment. I just saw your website. However, I believe that the "elegant credit line" is n't cool for e-Learning projects.

    Have you ever thought to give the option to e-Learning developers to do not use the "elegant credit line"?

    Have a nice day,
    Christopher Pappas

  • Hallo, again.

    You can always remove the "elegant credit line" if you publish the source where you got the picture. On the other hand, you can alwways get a license without watermark for as low as $4.95, not to mention subscriptions downloads…

    We hope you enjoy and share with your friends this new concept of legally download internet pictures, and not to mention, that from time to time you purchase some of our products or make the donation that you think is fair, for us to continue maintaining this web alive.

    Thank you in advance
    Queralt Suñé

  • Hi Queralt,

    Thank you for the info! I will add freestockphotos.es on the above list.

    Have a wonderful day,

  • Thank you very much!

  • Hi Christopher, the site http://www.freepixels.com/ allows free download of images.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Hi citizen,

    thank you for your message. I just saw the website and it is awesome. I will added to the list.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family,
    Christopher Pappas

  • This is a treasure trove of digital art work. Thanks for the community use posting.

    Matson Sparling

  • Hi Matson,

    thank you for your good words! Please share this post with professionals that are interested in.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas

  • check out http://www.freestockfor.us and http://www.allourstock.com both 100% free as far as I can tell (Creative Commons licensing) good for creating slideshows and other learning material

  • I also found sth interesting, another list:
    Free photos

  • Here are a few additional sites that I've used in the past:
    I hope everyone finds these helpful! What a great resource for all of use! Thanks Christopher…. from your new frequesnt visitor, Tammy

  • WOW Tammy!

    Thank you for your comment. I will review them and I will add them to original post with a link to your profile since you suggest them!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas MBA, MEd.

  • Hi,
    Great list!
    You can try my site: http://www.picdrome.com, where you will find free stock photos covering travel, cities, nature and more….

  • People are also welcome to use the free royalty free photos and images available on http://www.cjophoto.com/.

  • Hi cjophoto,

    Thank you for your comment. I will add your website at the list!

  • Here is another free image and vector resource called Cutcaster that offers free pictures as well as royalty free which only cost a few dollars to license. Here is the link to their free photo section http://cutcaster.com/browse/freeImages/

  • Thanks for the add Christopher, appreciate it! Keep up the great work!

  • Thank you cjophoto for your comment concerning http://www.cjophoto.com/ I am sure that several eLearning developers will find your free royalty free photos and images valuable!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas MBA, MEd.

  • I found http://www.photl.com/ today. Free for non-commercial and education uses. $1 for commercial license use.

    These images were included in the everystockphoto.com search results.

  • Great resource Christopher.

    I'm adding it to my blog (in greek) and link to your original post!

    Check it out: http://blogs.sch.gr/nikmichailidis/archives/1766

    Thanks for sharing.
    Nikos Michailidis

  • Hi Nikos,

    Please use free any post that you find valuable for you and your readers. If you support the "Free eLearning Resources" please use the badge! =>Share the Knowledge!

    Also, if you use LinkedIn lets connect! http://ow.ly/59dqL

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas

  • Hi I am a big reader, would really appreciate an invite. Your blog is very nice and I really enjoy the style and content. THanks

  • Brish

    You can use Kozzi.com for free stock photo that you can use for your stuff. They have different sizes you can choose of.

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  • Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  • Booa Roy

    Me and my friend are amateur photographers (although we do some paid work every now and then) and we have created this website


    We believe in free culture and we are going to post all our photos in full resolution on our website and can be used under following creative commons license.

    That means you can
    remix, transform, and build upon the material
    for any purpose, even commercially.
    100% free of cost.

    We have just started this project and within months there will be thousands of photos available.
    If you like our work and want to promote free culture then please spread the word to everyone who might want to build upon our work.
    If everything goes right then our plan is to recruit more like minded photographers and make this site really rich with 100% free stock photos
    Thank you for supporting us

    Kind regards,


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  • That’s a nice variety you’ve listed here!

    I have a further website you may find interesting.

    http://Blogpiks.com is an image stock collection which offers high-quality graphics free of charge without copyright restrictions. Business use permitted, no attribution necessary, and no sign up required.

  • Free Images

    Thanks for sharing. You might want to also check out https://free-images.com/ -searches through millions of beautiful free stock photos, art and vector images, which are all public domain/CCO images, and don’t require attribution or log in. All are Ok for commercial use. I think you’ll find the search results to be excellent.

  • James Adam

    WOW, these are really stunning, and diverse, I love this site, great resource! For African Stock Photos , I found https://www.pichastock.com is awesome.