This page is from Judy O'Connell's Blog HeyJude - Learning in an Online World. Judy is currently Head of Library and Information Services at St Joseph's College in Hunter's Hill, Sydney and in 2011 she will be taking up the position of Lecturer at the School of Information Studies, Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University. Judy has been awarded an Edublogs award for the Best Librarian Blog and she has written a book about learning in virtual worlds. You can find this list in it's original position here.

Find free images online!

external image 12638218_5101a605c5_m.jpgImages are an important part of the creative side of any teacher’s work.
We need to make use of good image sources that are good, free, and easy to search through. The trick is to know what sources to recommend to students.
It’s not just about copyright – its about being practical, and showing students the wonderful world of possibilities beyond Google images or taking anything they find that is not actually in the public domain – a vital point as more students and teachers move into online environments of blogs, wikis and more. Including images with postings enriches the experience for the reader and can also help to illustrate or support the writer’s viewpoint.
So adapting the Search Engine Journal collection of 10 Places to Find Free Image, here’s a bit of a list of ones I like.
FlickrCCmy top favourite – and Australian too. This tool searches Creative Commons images from Flickr – no need to use the Flickr advanced search option (though you can do that too). What I love about it is the way it displays a large selection in one view, and the way it randomly chooses a different word to display images each time you visit. That has thrown up some real favourites for me too. FlickrCC lets you edit images right away – though I don’t make use of that function as I prefer to use the wonderful Picnik image editor available in Flickr.
Flickr itself is free, though you will have to register if you want to upload and edit your own images.
FlickrStorm -let’s you search photos on Flickr that are made available through a Creative Commons license
Compflight – a beautiful interface! Tailor your search for commercial or creative commons; original and even safe search.
Veezzle - a new search engine which finds free stock photos by crawling dozens of websites. If you’re looking for high-quality images, but don’t want to pay for them, check out this new search tool!

Catch something really amazing – watch the world in action at FlickrVision! Here you will see the images as they are being uploaded to Flickr – superimposed on a map of the world (classic view) or a rotating globe (3D view).

Others worth a try:
  1. Bigfoto.com offers pictures from around the world, including America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Pacific.
  2. Clip Art for foreign/second language instruction. Basic but still valuable.
  3. Deviant ART – Very popular community and also very good photos to be found there, but yes, don’t forget about license and asking authors first for their permission.
  4. EveryStockPhoto is a search engine for creative commons photos, located in Vancouver, BC. They aim to be a community for designers, developers, photographers and other media publishers who want better, easier access to license-specific media on the web. This is a single integrated search, allowing users to bookmark their photos with private and public tags, and increasingly we will be offering advanced searching options, rating systems and other tools.
  5. FreeDigitalPhotos.net has over 2000 free images that you can use in commercial and noncommercial work. You are not allowed to sell, redistribute, or claim these images as your own. You can browse by category or search for exactly what you need.
  6. FreeMediaGoo.com has a large collection of images, audio, textures, and other visual mediums that you can use for free with some restrictions. You do not even have to credit the images. The site also features some amazing digital images if you are looking for something different.
  7. FreeFoto.com says it is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required)..
  8. FreeRange – All images are at least 2400 x 1600, and photos can be used for commercial or personal projects. Beautiful images for your creative presentations. Just sign up for membership.
  9. FromOldBooks – Over 2,330 high-resolution images scanned from more than 100 different old or rare books, with extracts!
  10. The Geo-Images Project attempts to make images (mostly photographs) that are useful in teaching geography more widely available. Navigate via map points on the globe, and capture images around common themes. Love the one on transport! and community is cool too!
  11. ImageBase – Pictures are free to use and really high resolution. Includes Powerpoint templates.
  12. Life Photo Archive - Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today.
  13. MorgueFile.com offers stock photographs in high resolution digital. With over 55,000 images, divided into several categories, they are sure to have something you can use. The thumbnails are small, but your search results display quickly, and the photos are of top quality. (The term “morgue file” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morgue file)
  14. OpenPhoto – 20 different categories, with high quality nature, technology and architectural photos.
  15. Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. Lesson plans also included.
  16. Sprixi – Images have liberal licences such as Creative Commons or are in the public domain
  17. Stock Exchange offers high quality images taken around the world by amateur photographers. If you have an interest in photography, you can even submit your own pictures. There are various searching options and over 100,000 images. The photographers establish the terms, so read the fine print, but most pictures can be reused immediately.
  18. TurboPhoto provides free stock images from 10 categories all of which are in the public domain.
  19. UVic’s Language Teaching Library consists of about 3000 images useful in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages. Its purpose is to provide a set of those graphics most basic and useful for low-level language-teaching, and at the same time, to make them as easily searchable as possible. Transparent an matte images included.
  20. Wikipedia: Public domain image sources – though in this case you will need to check the copyright.
  21. Yotophoto is now indexing well over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ images


For a full Photography Toolbox you shouldn’t go past Mashable’s 90+ Online Photography Tools and Resources.

You may also enjoy reading the Complete guide to Finding and Using Incredible Images in Flickr. Includes an excellent explanation of Creative Commons and images.

Other Sources: Photographs to Canvas