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Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding our site. Please review these frequently asked questions before contacting us with your questions.
- Are the images really free?
- Where do the images come from?
- What are sponsored images?
- Can I use this image for...?
- Do I need to provide a link to your site if I use an image?
- What is a model release, and do I need one?
- Can I contribute images to your site?
Are the images really free?
Yes, it is completely free to download and use images on our site, as long as you follow the image license terms of use as described on the download page. The costs of hosting this website and providing the images are covered by advertising and donations. If you find the images on this site useful, please help us grow by making a donation or by telling your friends about it!
Where do the images come from?
The images available on our site come from a variety of sources. Below is a short description of some of the sources we use: The source of each image is clearly displayed on each image download page.
What are sponsored images?
To help cover the cost of providing our images for free, we do include "sponsored images" in our search results. Sponsored images are provided by 3rd party stock photo companies, and may require payment or registration to use the image.
Can I use this image for...?
The images on this site are available under various different licenses, depending on the source of the image. Each type of license may have different permitted or restricted uses.

On every image download page is a link to the license that covers that particular image. You need to review the license information to determine if a use is permitted or not. If you have a specific question that is not covered in the license information, feel free to contact us with your specific question.
Do I need to provide a link to your site if I use an image?
No, you normally do not need to attribute the image to our site, unless it is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution license, which DOES require attribution to the original author of the image. Be sure to review the image license associated with the image to know for sure if attribution is required or not.

Although not required, we always appreciate any attribution that may help others learn about our site!
What is a model release, and do I need one?
If an image contains an identifiable person, certain uses of the image may require a signed model release. Lack of a model release may limit the manner in which the image is used, especially for commercial purposes. The model release status is listed, if applicable, on the image download page.

Regardless of model release status, you may not use images in any way that violates the rights of individuals such as defamation, intrusion on privacy, misappropriation of likeness, or depiction in a false light. Additionally, you may not use the image in a manner which the depicted person or a person owning the depicted property would find objectively offensive, including but not limited to, usages associated with sexual entertainment, sexual products, or intoxicating, addictive, or pharmacological products.
Can I contribute images to your site?
Yes, we are always looking for new images from contributors. Please contact us for more information.