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A not so-definitive list of mostly free stock photo sites

Perhaps it is my Eastern Orthodox roots showing, but nothing turns me off faster to a church whose place of worship looks and feels cheap with the exception of a church web site whose web presence also fails to ‘break a vase‘ on behalf of the Lord of all. Hence, I enumerate some not-so-mediocre alternatives …

As I travel back home today, I figured I’d start your week off with a not-so-definitive list of mostly free, and in some cases royalty free, image sites that don’t make your organization look cheap.

Browse through the categories of their huge gallery containing over 250.000 quality stock photos by more than 25.000 photographers! Need a wallpaper for your desktop? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.
Now indexing well over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ images.
A place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
Free Photography for Personal or Commercial use.
Any photos/pictures posted by the author “freephotosbank” are free to use as long as you are using them for a website, book, magazine, etc. You cannot download our photos to sell as is or modified from any source. To use our photos/pictures you must accredit us on the work that you used the photo/picture on/in for the use of them or we will consider it a copyright infringement.
A collection of member-generated royalty-free images, at good prices. There are no subscription fees or extra costs. Just the best Stock Photography, Vector illustrations, and Flash files online, at prices for everyone.
U.S. Government Photos and Multimedia
Most of these images and graphics are available for use in the public domain, and they may be used and reproduced without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license. The site strongly recommends you thoroughly read the disclaimers on each site before use.
Wikipedia:Public domain image resources
Images that hopefully (be careful) ascribe to the WikiPedia’s policy on image use and etiquette. That and a long list of image resources.

My point is simple, mediocre imagery will lead many would-be visitors to assume mediocre worship, study, etc … Meaning, if you can’t create your own custom high-quality graphics, than at least use some of the offerings from the above list.

Know of another decent service? Leave a comment w/a link.


  1. Hi there,
    I hope you won’t mind if I leave a link to my web site. I have hundreds of images available for free that I’ve scanned from old books, magazines, and postcards. There is a large section with religious images as well. You can find it at Public Domain Images. Thank you.

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  3. http://pdphoto.org/ has a reasonable set of public domain photos.

  4. I’ve got some useful stock and free image & photo sources listed here. hope they help.

    Wilk4: SuperLinks: Website Development: Images, Graphics, Stock Photos

  5. Nice blog! Keep up the good work.