Top ten sites offering free photos and images
Free for (virtually!) all uses:-
- Morgue File - This is an extensive library of photos, some of which are high quality. Most of the downloadable photos are also of reasonable size (e.g. 600 pxls or higher). Photos at Mogue File can be used as is, or edited and republished with no restrictions. It is also not necessary to acknowledge the source of the image. All this makes Morgue Files one of the most useful free image resources on the web. The only restriction is that the images may not be resold or repackaged, and you must not claim the ownership of the image in it’s original condition. More licence details here:http://morguefile.com/license/morguefile/
- Stock Photos for Free - A relatively new site, boasting in excess of 100,000 library stock photos which can be freely used in any project. Arranged in categories such as “aerial”, “backgrounds”, “nature and animals” etc. Some good quality work here. The file sizes (which average around 1 meg) are slightly on the small size. Usable for most websites but the resolution is on the small for HD work. Sign-up required.
- Find Icons - A icon site currently boasting about a third of a million icons (it claims to be the largest searchable database of free icons in the world). If you want to find free icons that can be used for commercial purposes, and do not need a link back to the authors site, then type a search query into the search box, and then select “Both Above Two” from the drop down selector in the licence box (on the left-hand side of the page). Results can be further narrowed down by size (px) and colour, and are available in the png and ico formats.
- Public Photo - Another searchable database of free to use photos. These images can be used for personal or business use. There are also no restrictions on them as they are in the public domain. However, because professional models have not been used for the shots of people, there may be one or two license issues to look out for. More on this here:http://publicphoto.org/copyright/ (Watch out for the adverts on the site which can easily be confused with the free content!)
- Image After - A categorized and searchable database of photos and textures that can be freely used and reproduced. Generally at a good downloadable resolution (1000 pixels +), currently boasting over 28,000 free images. However, there is a high number of fairly poor or average quality photos here. Some of the more useful ones are of musical instruments. (see example).
Free but some restrictions apply:-
- Every Stock Photo - A search engine for free photos. The licenses vary from photo to photo so be sure to check to see if there are any restrictions before using the image. “Every Stock Photo” draws its database from many of the popular free image libraries, including Wikipedia images, Flickr and NASA. Claims to have over 15 million searchable images. Has a useful advanced search feature that can search by shape (e.g. square or rectangle etc) and options to choose which free database to search in (e.g. Morgue, ImageAfter, Flickr etc.)
- Wikipedia Commons - An extensive collection of images, videos and sound recordings which are free to use and are either in the public domain or areCreative Commons licensed media. A searchable database containing over 12 millions files.
- USA Government Images - This is page leads to a list of categories of images taken by US government employees, including photos of Anatartica, National Parks, wildlife, the Grand Canyon and NASA space images. These photos are copyright free, and can be used freely. The only catch is that the image must be acknowledged, and can not be used for commercial profit without first contacting the photographer. An example about some of the restrictions can be found here.
- Flickr - Flickr is a photo sharing and online photo management site . Some users have allowed their images to be used for free under the creative commons license. To find these images, enter an advanced search hereand then tick the box labelled “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content”. The search can be further narrowed down to find images that can also be used for commercial purposes. Here you’ll find some very high quality free photos. If you’re planning to use these images, you’ll need to acknowledge the source (photographer etc).
- The Aim Lower Journal is an excellent website of artilces that focus on mission, discipleship and children. Here’s a selection of articles from issue 1: Aim Lower – A new priority for children in mission thinking Think Smaller – How do we relate to children and how might fresh thinking help our mission Give Up – Challenge yourself. Are you ready More...
- The Bridge is… A website packed with quality teaching. A line of communication between young people and wider church leadership. A statistical beast, educating the church about young people. Their Vision The Bridge provides one place for young people to receive an extensive range of good quality teaching, in a variety of forms. This teaching is to be relevant More...
- The Diocese of Liverpool produced some excellent resources for doing an away day with children as part of their Year of the Child programme in 2009. The Diocese of Liverpool invited everyone to make a difference in their parish during 2009. 2009 was the 30th anniversary of the United Nations International Year of the Child. This was an opportunity to: Review your work More...
- Godly Play has a phrase ‘The mystery of Easter is so great that it cannot be kept in one Sunday – it spills over into 7 Sundays’. And towards the end of Eastertide we have the great celebrations of Ascension and Pentecost. Now’s a good time to start planning ahead for them and you’ll find plenty of help here and More...
- This year, Christian Aid has taken the theme Bite Back at Hunger. It’s a great opportunity to help children and young people think about our responsibility as a Christians to care for those who have far less than we do. As usual, Christian Aid have provided resources for church and school. Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreLinkedInGoogle +1PrintEmailDiggStumbleUponRedditPinterestTumblr