Images, Ideas and Layouts

Links to Other Images and Image Banks

In addition to the Our Community Photo Bank, the Marketing, Media and Post Centre has put together a list of websites with photographs and images available for download.

These can help your group produce professional looking brochures, newsletters, flyers, letters, envelopes, postcards and booklets.

If you want to illustrate your material, you can either take photos yourself or use existing stock photographs from an agency.

Some of these are free, others you will have to pay for.  Before going to a photo agency it is worth doing an image search on Google and seeing what the rights situation is with any relevant picture you find.

Stock Images

These agencies make their living selling images.  They have a very wide range indeed, but they're not free.
Watch out for the term 'Royalty free'.  This is not at all the same thing as 'free'.  'Royalty free' means that if you buy a royalty-free product, you may use it multiple times for multiple projects without paying any additional fees on a use-by-use basis. Paid photos that aren't royalty free are generally 'rights managed', which means that they are products with a license and fee based on your specific use.  But both kinds have to be paid for.

If a site says "free images" it's important that you establish whether your organisation is required to pay anything before using the image. Some will offer it free only for personal or internal use.


The Corbis Education Program offers some discounts to some not-for-profits.



Magnum (art photos):

Stock Bucket:

Specialist Sites

There are also specialist sites that have more photos on particular topics.


Lonely Planet:

Images of the world:
A free site.


Electronic Zoo:


Stock Food:

Australian News Photos

If you want photos that have appeared in a newspaper, go to the company's site. In Australia, the two main photo agencies are those run by the two major newspaper groups:

News Limited:,



Many government sites have stocks of pictures up, some of which are free. The Australian War Memorial, for example, says "You do not have to seek permission to use the Memorial's images for your personal, non-commercial use or use within your organisation" but it is worth checking what fees or royalties are charged if you are using for a fundraising campaign.

Australian Government

National Archives of Australia:

National Library of Australia:

Overseas Governments

National Archives UK:

Library of Congress:,


Free Sites

Some sites claim to offer photos that are not only royalty-free but actually free in the usual sense of the term - no money changes hands.  Their picture libraries are not, however, as comprehensive as those of the for-profit agencies. And some will allow you free use for "personal" use only.  Others will allow use on websites. Some will allow you unlimited use of image (with guidelines) but will require you to join as a member.

REMINDER: It's important that you establish whether your organisation is required to pay anything before using the image.
"The site is free to private non-commercial users and for sale to other users."


Morgue File:

"SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to the public free of charge. If you have some nice photos that you'd like to share with others, join us!"

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