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Not everyone has the time, resources, or talent to make their own graphics. So for those of us who fall into this group, below is a list of some incredible tools that will help you locate millions of free images that can be used legally. You may not know that an artist who takes a photo or creates a graphic has the legal right to share or distribute copies of their work. This legal right is known as copyright, and permission must be granted by the artist to legally use the image.
It is important to note that there are some limits to copyright, such as the Fair Use guidelines (details at copyright.gov). Nonprofit educational purpose is probably the most common copyright exception. For example, students may use images for a class paper and instructors are in most cases allowed to use images for class instruction since it is for educational purposes. Just make sure to cite where you found it so you don’t plagiarize!
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"AIDS Poster Boy, Bobbi Campbell." AIDS, New York and the 1980s. Source: Londonist.com
"The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives." License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
A coop of stock image photography. We have created a space where publishers, bloggers, website owners, marketers, designers, graphic artists, advertisers and the like can easily search and find diverse multi-racial images." License: No attribution required.
Major search engines such as Google can usually limit results to specific usage rights (e.g. free to use, share, or modify, even commercially). These limits are typically found under the advanced search option
Other Image Sites
Note: Always check the license for each image to find out if the work can be freely used and whether you need to attribute the creator.
This site offers hundreds of thousands of high quality professional-grade photos. All photos on Pexels are free for personal and commercial purposes, and each picture has been reviewed for high quality.
This is a free community where photographers and artists share their own high quality photos and illustrations. There are thousands of high quality images that range from people, animals, plants, buildings, landscapes, textures, and even concepts.
HeLa Cells infected with Bacteria Germ V. Source: Pixabay.com
HeLa Cells used as a control for certain experiments. In this fluorescent image, blue indicates the DNA inside the cell nucleas, and the red staining is cellular actin cytoskeleton. Image source: Flickr.com