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31 free public domain image websites (use with care)

A public domain image is defined as a photo, clip art or vector whose copyright has expired or never existed in the first place. These images can be used by almost anyone for personal and commercial purposes. There are three ways that public domain images occur:

  1. The image is assigned to the public domain through a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license or similar release
  2. The image is not copyrightable
  3. The copyright for the image has expired

Museums, libraries and photographers sick of “traditional” stock photos have released thousands of public domain images online, making them more easily available to the public and (yep!) that means designers, too. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of websites curating free public domain images and high quality stock photography that can be freely used by anyone worldwide.

1. Wikimedia Commons

free public domain images websites Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is one of the largest public domain images resources. Most of images can be used freely, but some of the images have certain restrictions. You can read more information about that here.

Please note that Wikimedia Commons does notguarantee the correctness of the licensing for each image, so make sure to triple-check the license tag for each individual image

2. Unsplash

free stock photos unsplash

Unsplash is made up of a collective of photographers who were sick of “traditional” stock imagery, so they decided to offer their own high-resolution images for free. They are now a creative community with millions of engaged users and ,+ exclusive photos. All photos on the site can be copied, modified and distributed (including for commercial purposes) under a custom license (that is essentially the same as a CC0 license), without you having to ask permission or provide attribution.

Read more about their terms here.

3. Flickr Commons

free public domain photo resource: FlickrCommons

Worldwide, archives and libraries partner with FlickrCommons and contribute their own public domain images. It’s a great resource for finding free public domain images from all over the world, not just from the United States. FlickrCommons’ images contain no known copyright restrictions, but (as always) it’s not a guarantee—so do your research.

Read about their terms here.

4. Public Domain Pictures

free stock photo resource:

Public Domain Pictures includes lots of high-quality free public domain images, although some photos are only available with a premium membership to the site.

Be sure to check the license listed on each individual photo, since some require that your credit the author (not great for commercial designs). You’ll also want to be sure that a release was obtained by the author or yourself for images of people or property.

5. Magdeleine

free stock photos

Magdeline is another high-quality resource for free stock photography that doesn’t look like stock. Use the right-hand column to browse categories (nature, people, food, etc) or search by dominant color, which is ideal when you’re looking for cohesiveness in your design!

Be sure to filter down to CC0 licensed images, since some photos do require attribution.

6. Old Book Illustrations

free vintage illustrations

Old Book Illustrations offers a really nice collection of public domain illustrations scanned from old books and vector illustrations that can be modified and distributed for both personal and commercial projects. Perfect to add some vintage appeal, or if you’re interested in joining in the resurgence of Victorian design.

Read about their terms here.

7. ISO Republic

free stock photo resource

ISO Republic is another free stock photo website that totes the tagline, “free and premium stock photos.” The site offers more than free photos, with an ever-growing image library. All images are available for both personal and commercial use, without the need for attribution.

You can read their full terms here.

8. Public Domain Vectors

public domain vectors

Public Domain Vectors has a massive collection of public domain vectors that are available to download in SVG, AI and EPS formats. All images are licensed under CC0.

9. 1 Million Free Pictures


The author of 1 Million Free Pictures is the original creator of all of the photos on this site and has released them all into the public domain. You can search through galleries curated by subject, style, purpose and more. Please note that no releases have been obtained for the images that contain people, works of art, property or trademarks—so you will need to be wary of using those types of images.

Read more about their terms here.

Free Stock Photos

free stock photos

Free Stock Photos’ collection of stock photos and clip art contains both public domain images and images with other licenses, so make sure to check the license of each image.

You can read more about their licenses and policies here.

 Jay Mantri

free public domain photo

Inspired by Unsplash, professional photographer Jay Mantri created his own site filled with stunning and scenic public domain images from around the world. All are uploaded under the CC0 license and don’t require attribution.

 Realistic Shots

free stock photos

Realistic Shots is just that… a collection of free stock photography that looks like anything but stock. All images are free to use anyway you please and every week, seven new photos are added. All images are under the CC0 license.

 Startup Stock Photos

free stock photos

Startup Stock Photos finds its niche with a collection of hi-res public domain images focused on hip office spaces, relaxed work environments, creative brainstorms and (of course) plenty of technology. All images are under the CC0 license.

 The British Library

british library public domain

The British Library drummed up buzz a few years ago when they released 1 million images into the public domain. Scanned from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books, the collection (hosted on Flickr) is spectacular for any designer looking for a vintage flourish. Click over to the albums for curated images of everything from typography and decorative paper to instruments and animals.

All images are within the public domain.

The Public Domain Review

public domain review

The Public Domain Review is a well-curated selection of public domain photos, illustrations, art, audio, films and texts. Founded back in , it’s become an ever-growing community of history enthusiasts. Browse their collections or check out their monthly Curator’s Choice for a special guest post that celebrates lesser known parts of history.

All images are within the public domain. See their current image resources here.


vintage public domain images

Viintage hosts thousands of inspiring public domain images from the past, including art posters and advertisements that have plenty of potential to be upcycled into something new.

Public Domain Archive

free public domain images

Headed up by a couple in Athens, GA, the Public Domain Archive is a labor of love that compiles high-quality public domain images from across the web into one giant repository. The collection includes both vintage and contemporary public domain images.


free stock photography

JÉSHOOTS is filled with free stock photography taken by Jan Vašek under the CC0 license. The images are divided up into different topic categories, including tech devices, cities and nature to make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

designer-pics was created by Indian designer, Jeshu John, who found himself struggling to find quality free photographs. All images were taken by him, are permitted for commercial use and require no attribution.

You can read about his terms here.


free stock photos

Pixabay is made up of a community of photographers that have uploaded a huge collection of high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vectors and videos released under CC0. You can browse by photographer, type of camera and “Editor’s Choice”. Even better, you can filter by orientation, category, size and color.


free stock photo is a free stock photo search engine that lets you filter for public domain image licenses. It runs its searches through a number of reputable public domain image websites including Flickr, NASA, Wikimedia and more. Be sure to double check each photo’s license by clicking on the license icon below and to the left of the photos.

Negative Space

free stock photos

Negative Space is another contemporary hi-res photo site that releases all of their images into the public domain. You can filter by category, color and (most interestingly) by copy space—ideal for when you need an image for web design!

Death to Stock Photo

death to stock photo

Every week, Death to Stock Photo emails out themed photo packs for you to download for free. The images are all available to use as you please. If you’re interested in supporting the photographers, you can sign up for their Premium membership for $15/month.

You can read more about their terms here.


spacex public domain photos

Looking for free photos that are out of this world? SpaceX has released thousands of photos on Flickr from their missions. Best of all, they’re all in the public domain.

Foodies Feed

free stock photography

Working on a restaurant design? Look no further than Foodies Feed—a collection of free food images that (thankfully) look nothing like the stiff, fake food stock photography you’re used to seeing. Their photos feature everything from baristas and back of the house coking to carefully arranged meals and produce. All images are available for commercial use.

Read about their terms here.

Fancy Crave

public domain image website

Two new images are added every day to Fancy Crave’s ever-growing collection of free stock photos. Their mission is simple: help photographers be discovers and help the creative community at large with quality photography. All of the photos are high resolution and curated by professional photographer, Igor Ovsyannykov. The images are free of copyright restrictions under CC0.

The Pic Pac

public domain image website

While Pic Pac photo packs aren’t necessarily free, they’re “Pay What You Want” so you can place whatever value you’d like on them. A new themes photo pack is release every Monday for purchase. All of the images are part of the public domain (CC0).

Creative Vix

creative vix public domain images

Creative Vix offers a large collection of photos for personal and commercial use. All images uploaded are licensed under CC0 (you can read more here) and are only restricted based on identifiable people, who can not be featured in a bad light or in a way they may find offensive.

Barn Images

free public domain images

Barn Images was launched by two Latvian photographers as a way to help redefine traditional stock photography, proudly naming their images “non-stock”. New public domain images are added every weekday and everything on the site is available for commercial use (read about their license here).

For a fee, you can join their Premium Membership to receive curated photo packs and access to a dropbox filled with 1,+ high res photos.

 Snapwire Snaps

snapwire free stock photos

Snapwire is a platform that connects photographers with companies in need of custom photography, but (lucky for us!) they also offer a free stock photo collection through Snapwire Snaps.  Every week, seven new photos are added to this collection under the CC0 license and are labeled as such.


pikwizard website

Pikwizard is an image library that offers over , images free to use without attribution, over 20, of which are exclusive to the site. They are adding new images to their library daily. Best of all, they’ve got a lot of pictures of people, which can be hard to find on free stock photo sites.


Free public domain images are an important cultural resource for everyone. But when using them as a designer you must be extremely vigilant about double-checking the license and terms of each of your desired images.

Some of these free public domain image websites will take time to look through and research properly, but there’s a lot of amazing images in them that are worth finding. Just remember to keep these things in mind when sourcing images:

  1. Does the license of the image allow you to use/distribute it in the way that you intend?
  2. Is the quality of this image suitable for both print and web uses?
  3. Are these images defined as public domain by images by the copyright laws of both countries that my client and I are citizens of?
  4. Have I double checked that this image is truly in the public domain? (run it through a search engine before using it.)
  5. Does this image include trademarks, products, property, works of art or people? If so make sure that a release has been obtained or that you obtain one yourself.

The laws regarding public domain images are different in every country, so it’s also important to be certain it’s a public domain image in both your country and the country that your client is a citizen of. Remember that some photos may require a model or property release. And never assume that a shiny “Free Download” button is a blank check.

Public domain images can be a gray legal area, and that’s why some designers prefer to use licensed stock imagery as a safer and more convenient alternative. If you do use a free public domain image commercially, you may want to check with a trademark/copyright attorney before doing so. However if you do your research properly, you can find some great free public domain images to use in your projects.

Additional public domain resources

Here are two resources that will help you in your search for public domain images:

Additional reading

And here’s some helpful articles to clarify more about image licensing and stock:

Having trouble deciding which free public domain images to use? Improve your eye for stock photography. 

Wikipedia:Public domain image resources

Public domain image resources is a copy of the master Wikipedia page at Meta, which lists a number of sources of public domain images on the Web.

Public Domain images should be marked with the Public Domain Mark Public Domain Mark enables works that are no longer restricted by copyright to be marked as such in a standard and simple way, making them easily discoverable and available to others. The Public Domain Mark is recommended for works that are free of known copyright around the world. These will typically be very old works.[1] For a creator to release his/her works into the public domain legally they must use the creative commons CC0 license which gives creators a way to waive all their copyright and related rights in their works to the fullest extent allowed by law.[2] The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images before you submit them to Wikipedia.

Please read the policy on image use and etiquette at: Wikipedia:Image use policy.

See also:

You can use CCSearch to search for freely licensed images across many of the image sources listed here.
It can also help with finding freely licensed animations, audio and videos.

General collections[edit]

Public Domain resources should have either the Public Domain Mark or the CC0 Universal (CC0 ) Public Domain Dedication mark visible. Non-Public Domain resources should not be added to this list. Listing is ordered alphabetically.

  • – More than , absolutely free photos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • British Library Over a million images, taken mostly from illustrations in 17th, 18th and 19th Century books, released into the public domain, as announced on the British Library blog. Metadata about the images and the books from which they come is also available for download on Github.
  • ClipartSpy – Over million public domain/CC0 clipart images from popular galleries.
  • Clker – Easy to search public domain images, directly usable in
  • Pixnio – A large collection of high resolution public domain images. Free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Davalign PDI – A growing collection of public domain landscape photographs.
  • Over , free professional images for commercial use.
  • Dreamstime Public Domain Photos – A selection of public domain photos.
  • Archive of pictures, mainly for texture-creation, all Images are under CC0 (Public Domain) license.
  • Flickr Public Domain Search – About 6 million Public Domain images (link is to search filtered by "CC0", "No known copyright restrictions" and "U.S. Gov't Works"). Includes British Library.
  • For Free Photos About 2, public domain images.
  • – More than 12 Million Public Domain/CC0 stock images, clip-art, historical photos and more. Excellent Search Results. Commercial use OK. No attribution required. No login required.
  • – More than free high quality photos under Public Domain license CC0.
  • Freejpg Free Image Bank for Commercial and Editorial Use.
  • – Over 2,, public domain(or CC0)images, illustrations and vectors under Creative Commons License CC0. All curated free images are ready for private and commercial use, no attribution required. Also FreeQration has been producing and updating Free, model released images around , images are available and more than hundreds model released images are updated weekly.
  • Free Stock Photos – Free Stock Photos – licensed with CC0.
  • Free Stock Photos 17 free stock photo sites.
  • A large collection of Public Domain, GNU, Creative Commons & custom licensed stock photos and clip art. (Beware, CC images is not Public Domain).
  • – Free public domain illustrations, postcards, advertisements, and book illustrations produced before
  • Good Free Photos – All public domain pictures of mainly landscape but wildlife and plants as well
  • – Thousands of absolutely free photos, vectors and videos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • – High-resolution and natural looking photos in Martin Vorel's free stock photo site. Website is divided into several different categories including business, close up, traveling (Mongolia, Thailand, Europe), animals, plants and nature photos. All pictures are licensed under CC0 – Public domain. No need to indicate the source / No registration / For commercial use.
  • MarblePics – All photos can be used for personal, commercial or editorial purposes without attribution (CC0 license).
  • Needpix - library of more than million free, or so-called Public Domain Photos and Illustrations licensed with CC0.
  • – Untouched photos under CC0 licence.
  • One Million Free Pictures – All pictures covering various topics are released into public domain. These pictures are originally created by the owner, therefore these pictures can be used for personal and commercial use.
  • Open Galleries A community source of free photography, hosting several galleries with photos from all over the world.
  • Public domain photo collection with about high resolution pictures up to x All images licensed under CC0 license.
  • PD Poster Public domain posters.
  • PhotoDorks – An exclusive collection of public domain stock images.
  • – Small collection of images released into the public domain. Mostly textures, other stock images as well.
  • PhotostockEditor Free High-Resolution Images For Personal & Commercial Use. New Pictures added Weekly.
  • Picdrome – growing Public Domain picture collection: no copyright, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication.
  • Large collection of high-quality free stock photos and public domain pictures.
  • Picjumbo — free stock photos Safe source of modern stock photos (updated daily) directly from photographers (no reshared photos from other sources).
  • – Nice collection of mostly outdoor photos that are Public Domain and Royalty Free under the Creative Commons CC0 – free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Pond5 Public Domain project photos, videos and sound clips – free for private and commercial use [3].
  • Public Domain Files Public domain pictures and clip art.
  • Public Domain Footage – Public domain archival stock footage and newsreels.
  • About public domain images.
  • Smithsonian Institution – Open Access – million Free Public Domain images available.
  • Public Domain Pictures A large collection of high-quality pictures for free. Possibility to contact the authors for original files. (For some photo you have to be "premium membership" a.k.a. you have to pay !).
  • Public Domain Review – A Blog by the Open Knowledge Foundation to easily access public domain resources.
  • - has a section where they curate over 7,+ public domain illustrations. Many are from their own collection of vintage publication. They also dedicate a portion of their photos under CC0, you can find those images using the tag CC0.
  • is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers.
  • Over PBR textures under CC0 (public) license.
  • Daily added free to use and modify photographs, published under Creative Commons CC0 license (no rights reserved).
  • – 13,, Free Public Domain/CC0 Images from multiple sources. Single search for images from Wikimedia Commons, Pixabay, Flickr, British Library, NYPL and others. Full image downloads without login or restrictions. Includes a meme maker.
  • SoulPhotos – Continuously growing public domain photo collection, released under Creative Commons CC0 – free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • - is a library of high resolution and quality textures and backgrounds from various categories - signs, fabrics, sky, buildings, ground, roads, nature, sea, wood, water, tiles, soil, walls, rocks, doors, debris, concrete, bricks, bokeh, etc). All licensed Creative Commons CC0.
  • Topers Photos A collection of original and edited photos using various photo applications. These photos are dedicated by the creator into the public domain. It does not require credits but a backlink to the photo blog is appreciated.
  • Wikimedia Commons hosts over million public domain or CC0 images. With over 44 million total uploaded files (of all licence types; as of January ), it is the largest free "images-only" repository. Commons is the primary repository of media for all Wikimedia projects. Media on Commons can be used readily on all Wikimedia projects, just as if the media were uploaded to the projects directly. Media tagged with the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark can be found here: commons:Category:CC-PD-Mark. CC-Zero marked images can be found here: commons:Category:CC-Zero.

US government resources[edit]

If any page or image seems missing, replace in its URI with

Subject-based collections[edit]

Ordered by subject, alphabetically:


Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the artwork's copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before ). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.

  • – The Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) is an American art catalog compiled by the Smithsonian Institution. It has many reproductions of American paintings. However, it is known to have a number of factual errors, so it should be used with great care.
  • – Images of the works of more than 2, realist painters, many in the public domain; check catalogue for dates of works and artists. Note: Accurate photographs of two-dimensional visual artworks lack expressive content and are automatically in the public domain once the painting's copyright has expired (which it has in the US if it was published before ). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.
  • – Growing resource with biographies and selected works of artists whose works are all in the public domain.
  • – images of Getty Museum[4] There is also search page
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art's online gallery includes public domain images of artwork. Choose "open access" search option.


  • The Crittenden Automotive Library. Not all are PD! The image detail page will state the status, PD images will be marked "Public domain" or by year of publication if before

Clip art[edit]

Clip art, in the graphic arts, refers to pre-made images used to illustrate any medium. Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography.

  • – exists to maintain and grow an online collection of artwork for schoolkids and others that is free of copyright concerns as well as safe from inappropriate images. To ensure these qualities, no direct user-uploaded images are allowed. This is one of the largest collections of public domain images online (clip art and photos), and the fastest-loading. Maintainer vets all images and promptly answers email inquiries.
  • Open Clip Art – This project is an archive of public domain clip art. The clip art is stored in the W3C scalable vector graphics (SVG) format.
  • Public Domain Clip Art- 25,+ Public Domain Clip Arts (good for printing). Categorized & searchable.
  • Public Domain Vectors- Categorized and searchable vector graphics in public domain
  • Clip Art/Public Domain at Curlie (a list of links to sites with public domain clip art)



  • – Public domain images from United States history.
  • Library of Congress American Memory site (Check copyright information for the separate items before deciding to use them!)
  • Images from The Newgate Calendar. Mostly crimes and criminals from the 18th century. Also other works at
  • Collection images scanned from various old books that are now in the public domain. Searchable. Used to be under
  • John Leech sketch archives until from Punch magazine The page states they are long out of copyright and that they are believed to be public domain.
  • Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library's online collection of digital images. Most will be {PD-art}. 90, images from rare books and manuscripts, search by keyword.
  • New York Public Library. Over , images scanned from books. Including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more. There is a per-image usage fee even for public domain images.
  • Images scanned from old books. States that images on the site are the works of artists who "have been dead for over seventy years, which makes them part of the public domain in many countries". Searchable by keywords.
  • "The Secret Museum of Mankind" – collection of anthropological photographs published in a book without copyright. Scanned and released under a CC-NC license, but images should be public domain, at least in the US, since they are faithful reproductions of PD images.

Specific periods[edit]


  • Thousands of Public domain photographs of Ireland, Irish history, scenery, castles, landscapes, etc. as well as photos of items that can be applied to any project: animals, houses, buildings, etc.
  • The National Library of Ireland on Flickr Uploads hundreds of public domain historic images of Ireland. Much greater ease of use for Wikipedia needs than the actual National Library of Ireland website.
  • The House of the Oireachtas on Flickr uploads hundreds of images from Ireland's two houses of government under creative commons licenses.
  • uploads "official" portraits of Irish Teachtai Dala and Senators under creative commons licenses. Unfortunately, as of , these images are rarely, if ever, in high resolution.


Logos and flags[edit]



New Zealand[edit]

Postage stamps[edit]


United States[edit]


Search engines[edit]

  • – Has an Advanced Image Search that offers images in different resolutions and also categorizes images. Allows free querying of the bing Image Search API up to a certain limit per day.
  • – Searching over million public domain and creative commons photos including Wikipedia and NASA. Free user accounts with drag and drop collections, and other features.
  • Google Image Search – Advanced search can search for free licensed or PD works. By default, Google does not filter based on license. Add the following (without quotes) to your search URL to display only images with licensing appropriate for Wikipedia: "&tbs=sur:fmc"
  • – Collection of Free Stock Resources
  • Wayback Machine Search Billion web pages preserved by the Internet Archive.


  1. Nevada unemployment application
  2. Kalispell police dept
  3. Custom twitch banners

The images listed on this page fall under these categories:

  1. Public domain: When the copyright of a work expires 50 years after the death of the creator, it can be freely copied and used.
  2. Creative Commons licensed: Creator waived certain rights to a work so it can be freely copied and used. Attribution is generally required unless it is CC License Zero. Other additional restrictions such as non-commercial uses, no derivatives, and share alike licence may apply.  
  3. Free with no or some restrictions: Similar to Creative Commons, creator waived all or some of the rights to a work so it can be freely copied and used. Creator or vendor may set their own restrictions for the use of their works. For example, they may require non-commercial uses or prohibit their works to be used in a standalone manner.

Check the copyright or licence terms of each source you want to use to see which type it is and to identify any restrictions that may apply.


You were hanging in my arms. and unconsciously whispering. Water irrevocably and indifferently takes away seconds that cannot be returned with all the desire.

Vectors public domain

The sides and ordered to caress her vagina. I fell to her labia, she clasped my head with her arms and legs, as if she was trying to shove me inside herself. Her hole was already all wet, I absorbed her liquid as a reward for all my efforts, but she tirelessly supplied me.

More Free Public Domain Graphics, Illustrations And Images For Commercial Use - Free Graphics

What, my woman in the compartment was fucking with this hoopoe. Well this is just unrealistic. I will never believe it. Zoya said that she had forgotten her cosmetic bag in the compartment and rushed into the carriage.

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