How to Use ELT Pics - FREE Images You Can Use In Your Blogs

Do you add images to your blog posts? Images attract the interest of your readers and make your posts more memorable. It is also useful to have images in your presentations.


Finding images that you have permission to use can be tricky. It is illegal to copy and paste pictures from the Internet if they are not in the public domain. I prefer to use my own images. I know I have permission to use them. Occasionally I don't have a good picture to use for a blog post. I subscribe to a clipart site that gives me permission to use photos on without providing credit to the photographer. The images from this clipart site are okay, but not great. There is an annual fee to use these photos. 


A great place to find excellent FREE photos for your blogs is ELT Pics. This is a flickr collection made by English language teachers for English language teachers. English learners also have permission to use these pictures for educational purposes (not for commercial purposes). The pictures on ELT Pics are in the Creative Commons. You can use the pictures, but you have to credit the photographer and the source. You do this by:

1) adding the name of the photographer (and a link to his/her twitter account, website, or blog if available)

2) adding a link to the original source (ELT Pics gallery)  

See an example of an ELT Pic credited in a blog post


Watch the video to see exactly how to use ELT Pics for your blog posts.(Refresh the page or try the link above if you don't see the video below.) Thank you for respecting the rights of photographers around the world. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Learn how ELT Pics was born in this twitter interview.

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Comment by Alex Barboza on June 21, 2013 at 0:26

Thank you for the link. I didn't know ELT Pics. By the way, do you know a good place to find pictures for commercial purpose?

Comment by bright - rubies on January 22, 2013 at 6:43

Thank you Dear Tara for informing us. Really , I didn't know that before. But i think that most website that show images to be downloaded for people. They show the embed codes ( HTML ) with the images to be free and easy to download by others. So, can I add images from these websites ???  

Comment by Zulkifli Alinazar on January 28, 2012 at 1:43

Very useful, thanks Tara!

Comment by Matthias MacCallus on December 28, 2011 at 15:22

My pleasure :-)

Comment by Tara Benwell on December 28, 2011 at 14:46

Thanks Matthias!

Comment by Matthias MacCallus on October 31, 2011 at 9:26

Hi Tara! There is a good source of free public domain images:


There is also a long list of public domain images resources on the Wikipedia:

Comment by Yusra on October 30, 2011 at 11:53
Thanks dear, I followed it. =)
Comment by Agus Budiono on October 30, 2011 at 11:01
Nice sharing Tara, It is important to use legal picture in our post.
Comment by Tara Benwell on October 28, 2011 at 21:07
Oh, sorry! It's @elt_pics.
Comment by Yusra on October 28, 2011 at 20:54
Sorry, but I didn't find account there with this ID (@eltpics).

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