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The Digital Student: Pictures

Photos legally

Images and photos

Most of the images you find on a Google image search are not usable without breaking copyright. The websites below provide access to thousands of photos that you can freely use in your work. It is important to check the license of each image carefully as some will require attribution and some may not let you adapt the images as you require. It is really important to avoid copyrighted material in anything you intend to publish or share. 

Don't forget - if you are using any images in written academic work or presentations, it is good academic practice to still cite your sources. 

Confused by image licenses? Make sure you check our handy guide

Free image and photo websites 

Pixabay
  • Some images need to be attributed but most not
  • Fully searchable
  • Excellent collection

Access Pixabay

Unsplash
  • No attribution needed
  • Some searchability
  • ​Quite arty.
     

Access Unsplash

Chapter 3
  • No attribution needed
  • Searchable, categorised as well
  • Useful feature to test-drive images before downloading.

Access Picjumbo

Superfamous
  • No attribution needed
  • Not searchable
  • Beautiful nature inspired and architectural pictures

Access Superfamous

Imcreator
  • Attribution needed for some images – check after selection
  • Basic search functionality
     

Access Imcreator

Freeimages
  • Some images need to be attributed but most not
  • Searchable.
     

Access Freeimages

Morguefile
  • No attribution needed
  • Fully searchable
  • Big range.
     

Access Morguefile

Gratisography
  • Attribution needed
  • Not searchable but categorised
  • ​Most images are quirky with a sense of fun.

Access Gratisography

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