Wikipedia:Public domain image resources

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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 1.0. 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:

General Collections[edit]

Public Domain resources should have either the Public Domain Mark 1.0 or the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication mark visible. Non-Public Domain resources should not be added to this list. Ordered by size of collection, largest first:

  • Snappygoat.com - 13,990,108 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.
  • Free-Images.com - 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.
  • Wikimedia Commons hosts over 6.2 million public domain or CC0 images. With over 44 million total uploaded files (of all licence types; as of January 2018), 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.
  • 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.
  • FreeQration.com – Over 2,500,000 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 200,000 images are available and more than hundreds model released images are updated weekly.
  • Shutterography - A selection of curated high quality photos, free for personal and commercial use. Attribution not 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.
  • Pixabay - 1.050,000 public domain photos, vectors and video footage released under Creative Commons CC0 - free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Dreamstime Public Domain Photos - A selection of 100.000 public domain photos.
  • Avopix.com – More than 155,000 absolutely free photos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Pond5 Public Domain project 80.000 photos, videos and sound clips - free for private and commercial use [3].
  • Viintage.com - Thousands of vintage graphics, ephemera, and vintage advertisements that are in the public domain - free for private and commercial use.
  • PDPics.com Public domain photo collection with about 7400 high resolution pictures up to 6000x4000. All images licensed under CC0 license.
  • Pexels - more than 2.000 photos under CC0 License.
  • PixZoyd.com - 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.
  • Picdrome - growing Public Domain picture collection: no copyright, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Public Domain Dedication.
  • Imageric.com – Thousands of absolutely free photos, vectors and videos under Creative Commons CC0 (Public domain) – free for personal and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • LibreShot.com - High-resolution and natural looking photos in Martin Vorel's free stock photo site. Website is divided into several 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.
  • 123PhotoFree.com – More than 9.000 public domain free photos under Creative Commons CC0, no attribution required, for commercial use. Social sites dimensions Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Public-Domain-Photos.com About 5.000 public domain images.
  • 4 Free Photos About 2.000 public domain images.
  • picjumbo — free stock photos Safe source of modern stock photos (updated daily) directly from photographers (no reshared photos from other sources).
  • Public Domain Files Public domain pictures and clip art.
  • PD Poster Public domain posters.
  • DrStockPhoto - tagged directory of public domain photos.
  • RepublicDomain.com is a place for free public domain photos and desktop wallpapers.
  • clker - Easy to search public domain images, directly usable in openoffice.org
  • thepublicdomain - public domain images from various sources in one-a-day blog format.
  • Public Domain Footage - Public domain archival stock footage and newsreels.
  • PhotoDorks - An exclusive collection of public domain stock images.
  • Open Galleries A community source of free photography, hosting several galleries with photos from all over the world.
  • The Public Domain Review - A Blog by the Open Knowledge Foundation to easily access public domain resources.
  • Freetems - Public Domain images, graphics and more, free without registration.
  • 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 !).
  • FreeStockPhotos.biz A large collection of Public Domain, GNU, Creative Commons & custom licensed stock photos and clip art. (Beware, CC images is not Public Domain).
  • Free Stock Photos 17 free stock photo sites.
  • Good Free Photos - All public domain pictures of mainly landscape but wildlife and plants as well
  • 1 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.
  • Pickupimage.com Large collection of high-quality free stock photos and public domain pictures.
  • 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.
  • skitterphoto.com Daily added free to use and modify photographs, published under Creative Commons CC0 license (no rights reserved).
  • duion.com Archive of pictures, mainly for texture-creation, all Images are under CC0 (Public Domain) license.
  • Creative Commons.photos Database for Creative Commons Public Domain CC0 licensed Photos.
  • My Public Domain Pictures - A growing collection of amateur pictures released into public domain. You can use their pictures for any purpose and they do not require anything in return. Their collection includes travel pictures, pictures of animals and plants, background designs and many more being added every day. They also include a collection of high-resolution public domain pictures segregated according to topics including etchings of public domain pictures. The site also includes macro photography.
  • Public Domain Media - Amateur photos released into public domain.
  • FreeVintageillustrations.com - Free public domain illustrations, postcards, advertisements, and book illustrations produced before 1923.
  • IRegioes - It is a free image bank where you can find pictures of various locations in Brazil.
  • Black and white photos - It is a free photo site where you can find all kind of black and white photos.
  • Davalign PDI - A growing collection of public domain landscape photographs.
  • MarblePics - All photos can be used for personal, commercial or editorial purposes without attribution (CC0 license).
  • Freeimages.red - More than 4000 free high quality photos under Public Domain license CC0.
  • Realgraphy.org - Authentic Stock Photos for Free. Forever.
  • Focus Fitness - Free health and fitness stock photos. For personal and commercial use.
  • SoulPhotos - Continuously growing public domain photo collection, released under Creative Commons CC0 - free for private and commercial use, no attribution required.
  • Clipartwon.com - Large selection of vector images for graphics on any subject, free clipart. There is a convenient navigation for a large number of tags.
  • [1]- rawpixel.com has a section where they curate over 7,000+ 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.
  • Freejpg Free Image Bank for Commercial and Editorial Use.
  • PhotostockEditor Free High-Resolution Images For Personal & Commercial Use. New Pictures added Weekly.

US Government resources[edit]

If any page or image seems missing, replace http://www.sru.edu/depts/cisba/compsci/dailey in its URI with http://srufaculty.sru.edu/david.dailey/

Subject-based Collections[edit]

Ordered by subject, alphabetically:

Art[edit]

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 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.

  • http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/
  • http://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ - 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.
  • http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artistindex.php - Images of the works of more than 2,600 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 1923). All other copyright notices can safely be ignored.
  • http://www.thefamousartists.com - Growing resource with biographies and selected works of artists whose works are all in the public domain.
  • http://www.getty.edu/art/ - 10000 images of Getty Museum[4] There is also search page

Automotive[edit]

  • 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 1922.

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.

  • http://www.wpclipart.com - 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- 25,000+ 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 (based on DMOZ) (a list of links to sites with public domain clip art)

Computer-generated[edit]

History[edit]

Specific periods[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Literature[edit]

Logos and flags[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Music[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Postage stamps[edit]

Religion[edit]

United States[edit]

Florida[edit]

Search Engines[edit]

  • Wayback Machine Search 150 Billion web pages preserved by the Internet Archive.
  • 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"
  • everystockphoto.com - Searching over 4.3 million public domain and creative commons photos including Wikipedia and NASA. Free user accounts with drag and drop collections, and other features.
  • PicFindr.com - Searches a hand picked collection of public domain-, free stock photo-, and photo community sites. Includes the ability to search by rights! (whether you need to give credit, ask permission or not)
  • Bing.com - 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.
  • stockjo.com - Collection of Free Stock Resources

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