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7 Excellent Resources for Public Domain Pictures Every Teacher should Know about

As the start of a new school year draws closer Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is diligently engaged in posting a series of posts featuring interesting digital resources to help teachers get better equipped for school re-entry.

In today's post, I am sharing with you a set of useful platforms where teachers and students can go to in order to find public domain pictures. Have a look at the titles below and let us know what you think of them. If you know of other resources to feature in this list please share with us in the comment form below.

1- Public Domain Pictures


PublicDomainPictures.net is a repository for free public domain images. Material can easily be browsed by various categories, including professional or seasonal photos. Image tags allow an easy search.
2- Wikimedia Commons

This is a database of 18,083,944 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Media files can be surfed by topic, location, type, author, license, and source. Each of these categories has subcategories, to refine the search.
3- Pixabay

Pixabay is another great resource for high quality public domain pictures. You can register with pixaby and save yourself the trouble of having to type in captcha each you want to download a pic.

4- Public Domain photos


All photos on this web site are public domain. You may use these images for any purpose, including commercial.

5- Morguefile

The morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site.

6- Flickr

This is another great resource of free images and similar to Google Images, Flickr offers a search functionality that you can use to look for only public domain pictures. Refine your query in Flickr using advanced search to look for and find free images.


ImageAfter is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from this site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.


This is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

I am also recommending this great list from edtechteacher featuring a variety of other websites where you can find public domain pictures.

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