Below is a list of stock photography sites that provide images free of charge or at a low cost. Make sure you review the individual site, artist, or item licensing agreement and compare with your intended use, and note whether attribution is required. If you need assistance please contact the Digital Media Lab during normal business hours.
- Nappy - Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free.
- Obesity Action Coalition - a gallery of images
to portray people of different weights positively and in different
- Google Images - make sure to filter your searches for the appropriate license you want.
- Flickr - User-submitted content may be free to use, but make sure to filter your searches for the appropriate license you want. Suggested licenses are circled.
- Free Nature Stock - Photos and Videos
- National Gallery of Art - Works of art in the public domain (art masters including Degas, Monet, Raphael, etc.)
Creative Commons / Attribution Required
Anything in this section is generally free for any use with attribution (written credit given to the artist). See the individual site for how you need to credit them in your piece.
- The Noun Project - Beautiful images that celebrate diversity and represent a more inclusive world. Most photos and icons are free to use at lower quality with attribution. Some offer higher quality or less restricted use with payment.
- The Gender Spectrum Collection - a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés.
- Affect The Verb - Disabled And Here Collection - photos and illustrations celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)
- Women of Color in Tech
- Free Stock Photos - many images are provided unconditionally but make sure to review the license for the specific image(s) you would like to use as it does vary depending on the image.
- Bucketlistly - travel/nature photos
- Textures - Background textures
Photos in this section are generally free, but only for educational/non-commercial purposes - class projects, etc.
Photos in this section will have a cost, but you may also find more niche content or higher quality content as a result.
Tonl - a diverse stock photography site where you can finally get those images of people of various ethnic backgrounds. You know, the images you've been searching hours for!
Getty Images - The Disability Collection - a growing collection of images and videos that break stereotypes surrounding people living with disabilities.
Getty Images - The Lean In Collection - a library of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the people who support them
Getty Images - The Muslim Girl Collection - represent modern Muslim women being themselves.