Here are a range of handy collections you can use for ANYTHING you want – most even without attribution.
1. The Organised
What I like most about Stocksnap is the themed collections – handy if you need general images for particular discipline areas. For example, check out the collections of free architecture, business or medical images.
2. The Edgy
You can use these quirky, high-res images for personal and commercial projects – completely free, or buy the creator a coffee.
3. The Arty
4. The Science-y
Ready to science the heck out of something? CSIRO’s image library specialises in science and nature images and is a god(particle)send for those in scientific disciplines. You will need to give credit to the author of the images as they’re released under a Creative Commons license.
5. The Everything
6. The Public Domain collections
Wikimedia Commons is very well-known, but its little sibling Flickr Commons is also a rich source of images from the world’s public photography archives. Both are excellent for expired-copyright historical images.
What’s the catch?
For once, there really isn’t one! Free means free. The only annoyance with these sites is sometimes having to enter ‘captchas‘ or click past ads. Be aware that some sites advertise paid-for images alongside the free ones. And whenever you’re using an image you didn’t create, it pays just to double check that it is released under public domain or Creative Commons Zero (CC0).
Have I missed your go-to free image goldmine? Let me have it in the comments.