Photo, Icon, Music, & Copyright Resources

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Do you need a picture for your website’s Home Page or for a PowerPoint Presentation?

A Google Image Search may return some great images, but can you really use them? Even if you search for images that are “labeled for reuse,” it is entirely possible that the image was used on a site without permission. By using the resources below you can be sure that you are not stealing anybody’s work. Note: Some sites or creators may request that you provide attribution in exchange for their use.

Here are some resources to help you create more engaging websites, presentations, and other educational content.

Official Photo Resources

UW Madison Division of Extension Flickr Photos

Wisconsin 4-H Flickr Our Flickr sites may not be up to date but are still a good resource.

UW Wisconsin Photo Gallery More than 15,000 high-resolution photos, with caption context and credits, are available for download.

Other Campus Photo Libraries These include College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters & Science, UW–Madison Digital Collections (Archival), Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Wisconsin Union

4‑H Marketing Online Resource Center 4‑H marketing materials including photos, templates, ads, and logos.

Images and Icons

UW Design Lab Image Databases More curated resources for photos and illustrations.

UW Madison University Marketing Icons + Illustrations If you need a flamingo icon or a line drawing of Bascom Hall this is the place to find it.

Slides Carnival Templates for Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Canva.

Iconmonstr Free icons in PNG format.

More free image websites – always check for attribution and usage rights.


YouTube Audio Library

Sign in to YouTube Studio with your Google Account. From the left menu, select Audio Library.

Creative Commons Legal Music Many musicians choose to release their songs under Creative Commons licenses, which give you the legal right to do things like use their music in your videos.

Mixkit  Free stock video footage, stock music, and templates

Photo Policy and Photo Release forms

What if you want to use your own photos?

Per Campus policy, written permission is required for photos or videos of children, patients in health care settings or laboratories, and research participants. Further, explicit permission is required for photos or videos of individuals being featured in advertisements or promotional materials in which a person’s name, image and/or likeness are being used.

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