Free Catholic images are hard to come by.
Instead of aimlessly Googling “Catholic stock images,” “free religion images,” or some other keywords, look no further! Here are some awesome go-to resources for free Catholic images online.
Before diving in, it’s important to understand copyright law and how it affects the images you use on your website. We’ve listed any restrictions in the list below, but always double check – restrictions can change without notice.
Free Catholic images – photos.eCatholic.com
We’ve built a growing library of nearly 200 high quality free Catholic images. Dioceses, parishes, schools and non-profit ministries can quickly download and use any of the photos on their website at no cost! Bloggers and other Catholic media can purchase royalty-free downloads as well.
All photos on pexels.com are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free for personal or commercial use.
All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyright under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you’d like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.
Enter what you’re looking for in the Google images search bar, click on Search Tools and select the size of the image you want and Labeled for Reuse under Usage Rights.
This site includes libraries of both free images and paid iStock Photo images. Using photos from Freeimages gives you perpetual (i.e., there is no expiration date on your rights to use the content), non-exclusive (i.e., others can license the same content) rights to use the photos.
Other free image libraries
Sometimes, you don’t need images that are intentionally Catholic. Here are some other great resources for images that might be useful for other content your parish, school or ministry might produce:
Use images that are meaningful. If you need to use stock images, use photographs–not clipart.
Of course, stock images can be a quick and easy fix when you’re in a bind. If possible, grab a camera (or your iPhone) and take photos of your own church, Masses, and events. (Or perhaps there’s a generous and talented photographer at your parish who is willing to lend a helping hand.) Your website visitors want to see your church, your parishioners, your events, so it’s worth the time and effort to have your own high quality images on hand.
Where do you go for free, high quality images? Share your go-to resources in the comments below!