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Student Research Poster Presentations: Open Images

Guidelines, tips, templates and more about how to create an academic research poster

Websites with Images

Google Images

  • Under 'Advanced Search' you can filter by 'Usage Rights' to only show search results published under an open license. For example, "free to use share or modify"


  • Unsplash has a photograph collection of more than 500,000 images. All images are free to use, even for commercial purposes.

Creative Commons Search

  • Identifies Creative Commons image and media sites, and allows you to search them one at a time. Click on the service you want - e.g. Fotopedia -before entering your search terms. For more details on permitted uses see About Creative Commons.


  • An image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. They use a Flickr™ API, but aren't affiliated with Flickr. When you run a search, click Creative Commons from the left-side menu.

Encyclopedia of Life

  • Global access to knowledge about life on Earth. Each image will be shared under a different license and most are published under Creative Commons licenses


  • Search through thousands of free, public domain stock photos

National Gallery of Art Images

  • Over 51,000 open access digital images from the US National Gallery of Art, with many famous works included. NGA's Open Access Policy encourages wide use and provides details on permissions.


  • A collection of icons, the Noun Project strives to build a global visual language that everyone can understand. Icons have public domain or creative commons licenses. Using symbols demonstrates digital and print attribution. User can also pay a fee to use the icon without attribution

US Fish and Wildlife Service National Digital Library

  • Most of the images in this searchable database are in the public domain; those that are not specify permitted uses and attribution.

‚ÄčWikimedia Commons

  • A collection of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips). For permissions info, see the Reuse guide.

Creating Clip Art or Stock Image References