We know that great images can make a huge difference in our campaigns' success, but it can be hard to find effective ones. Of course the best solution, if possible, is to take and use your own photographs, but that can be unfeasible for many reasons.
Check out Julia Campbell's webinar on How to Create Eye-Catching Graphics for your Nonprofit.
Here are a few good places to get free stock photos that you can freely use on your website, in publications, etc. Many photographers request that you give them an attribution saying where the photo is from, but don't ask for anything else.
- This article is helpful, and lists several sites.
- Another easy-to-search site is Free Images.
- Wikimedia Commons has lots of great free images, including older photographs that have passed into public domain.
- For good photos of refugees, try the UNHCR's Flickr photo stream. We recommend sorting it to only include Creative Commons images: the Creative Commons license generally means you can use it freely.
- Canva.com (a free online design tool) has a list of 74 places to get free stock photos.