Creative Commons is both a classification for a specific type of content and a non-profit organization. Their goal is to let individuals and other organizations find free media content and to let the creators share their creative work with the world in an easy way.
Searching for great Creative Commons images is not very difficult. Of course, you can easily find CC images, but not all of them are worth your time and attention.
The reason is simple – only a small number of professional artists or photographers or raising talents are prepared to share their artistic work under this type of licensing. So, most of the images and photos that come with a CC license are actually a work of hobbyists and amateurs. Of course, you can still find some attractive images, but this search usually requires time and energy.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to use Google Advanced Image Search. In case you visit Google and use a specific search term, you will notice that there are a few tabs above the results. One of them is Images. You can also visit images.google.com directly. But, you must focus on the Creative Commons images. Use the Search tools option and Usage rights tab to select the option that suits you.
In case you are looking for images for your small business, you should look for labeled for reuse with modification or labeled for reuse images.
Another other option that you can use is Wikimedia Commons. This website is part of Wikipedia, but it’s focused only on media files. You can find more than 25 million CC-licensed images here. About 700,000 of them have a CC0 license. The website allows users to look for a specific category of images or a certain topic. It also clearly shows the license of each image.
Even the organization itself has a search engine which gives users a chance to look for Creative Commons images gathered from different sources. So, feel free to use the Creative Commons Search tool for this purpose.
In addition to these tools, there are specialized websites that provide free images (many of them with a CC license). Some of the most used websites and platforms today are The Stocks, IM Free, Unsplash, Pexels, Pixabay, Picjumbo, Death to the Stock photo and Flickr (even though Flickr is offering paid images too).
Imprescindible visitar la @WellcomeLibrary de Londres. Ofrece más de 100.000 imágenes sobre historia de la medicina bajo licencia Creative Commons CC-BY (Atribución)
Imagen: Chang and Eng the Siamese twins, 1829https://t.co/CoriB6BlJC pic.twitter.com/fUnDcOmHqM
— Fondo Antiguo (@BUS_Antiguo) 19 de diciembre de 2017
Additional Reading: Where to Find Free Images for Websites or Social Media Platforms?