4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

00 Wallpaper   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop WallpapersAs a computer geek who loves to feast his eyes with beautiful images, it’s only natural that I also love to customize my desktop background with stunning wallpapers. While I’m sure that there are many others who belong in this category, and while there are sources of free and beautiful desktop wallpapers in abundance in the virtual world, most people I know settle for the default collection that came along with their computer.

During my personal quest for beautiful photos to adorn my desktop background, I came across these four great places. Even though one or two of them should be pretty obvious to some of our readers, I’m sure the list could be useful to many others.

Let The Hunt Begin

If you are willing to pay a little bit more attention to your surroundings, beauty is all around us. I guess we should learn how to see our world from a photographer’s eyes. They have the knack to see beautiful images within everyday scenes that we tend to ignore.  Here are some places to see those beauties.

1. National Geographic

Photographers are also the kind of people who are willing to go the extra mile to capture something that we will never see in our everyday life: the view of the earth from outer space, the hunting rituals of nocturnal mammals, or the social life of poisonous insects. Nothing can better showcase how far nature photography can go than the images taken by National Geographic photographers.

01a Simply Beautiful Photographs   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Other than their official wallpapers page, there’s also the yearly international photography contest (like this 2009 event) with extraordinary photos submitted by “ordinary” photographers from all over the world.

01b International Photography Contest 2009 Desktop Wallpaper National Geographic Magazine   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Windows users can simplify the downloading process with the help of an application called NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader which will allow you to download 5,000+ wallpapers in one go.

01c NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader brings all of National Geographic s wallpapers to your desktop   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

2. NASA

If National Geographic guys claim the earth’s surface as their territory, then everything above and beyond the earth would be the playground of the NASA people. Not many people know that you can also download beautiful space-related wallpapers from the NASA site.

02a NASA Image of the the Day   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Just visit their “Image of the day” page for those “trekkish” shots. These interplanetary experts are also kind enough to provide you with several image sizes to download so you can find the one that fits your desktop.

02b NASA Image of the the Day   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

3. Wikipedia

This is also another unusual place to acquire your desktop wallpapers. Other than lots of text-based information, Wikipedia also has one section dedicated to desktop backgrounds.

03a Airplane Vortex Wikimedia Commons   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Other than photographs, you can also find images taken from sketches, drawings, and paintings.

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4. Flickr & Wallpapr (& Other Photo Sites)

Let’s not forget one of the products of Web 2.0: Flickr (and other photo sites). Logically, they are also good places for you to drop by on your quest to find wallpapers. One problem though, you should always pay attention to the license. Always try to find images with a Creative Commons license that you can download, use and modify freely. Image size is also another point that you should consider because not all images uploaded to Flickr are formatted to fit your desktop.

04b Flickr Photo   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Fortunately, you can use the help of Wallpapr to find Flickr images which are already customized to be wallpaper-friendly. All you have to do is write down the search string and Wallpapr will fetch images from the “Wallpapers” group on Flickr. They also have an iPhone version that you can use.

05a Wallpapr A cool wallpapers search on Flickr Groups   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

Other Sources

All of the sources above should keep you busy for a very long while. But if you are still hungry for more, you can use your friendly neighborhood search engines, especially the ones that have been customized to find images like Google Image Search. Be creative in using the search string. You might want to start with “Desktop+Wallpaper+Your_Keyword_Here“.

06a wallpaper Google Search   4 Great Places To Find Free Beautiful Photo Desktop Wallpapers

You can use the search engines to find discussions on the net about finding desktop wallpapers, such as this Ask MetaFilter topic.

We also have lots of articles related to desktop wallpapers, such as: Kick-Ass Wallpapers, Best Sites to Download Very High Resolution Wallpapers and part two, Take Flickr Straight to your Desktop with Interactive Wallpaper Updates, The 8 Best Sites For Funny Computer Desktop Wallpapers, etc. Be sure to check them out.

As always, if you have your own personal favorites, please share them using the comments below.

Image credit: National Geographic – Photo Contest 2009, NASA – Image of the day, Wikipedia – Desktop backgrounds, Flickr – DigitalFreak

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28 Comments -

FZ1

Interfacelift.com is one of my favs!

FZ1

Interfacelift.com is one of my favs!

Spencer

Andrew Malek

Other places to look (if they haven’t been mentioned on this site already) include public domain photo sites like http://www.pdphoto.org/, but you’ll probably have to stretch the images.

Spencer

Andrew Malek

Other places to look (if they haven’t been mentioned on this site already) include public domain photo sites like http://www.pdphoto.org/, but you’ll probably have to stretch the images.

Mr. John

Dan

Don’t forget deviantART, that’s still my favorite place to download wallpapers (and icons, and cursors, and skins, and themes, etc.).

Giorgos

Webshots.

Zzisel

Wow, wow wow,
beautiful.
I know how to make beautiful photo gallery like this.

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Zzisel

Wow, wow wow,
beautiful.
I know how to make beautiful photo gallery like this.

Use iFunia 3DGallery for Mac, yet incredibly mac flash gallery making software that displays your photos in an interactive 3D flash photo gallery for MySpace, Blogger and your personal websites easy and fast. You won’t need any flash programming skills to start making your first 3D photo gallery. get more detials: ifunia.com/3dgallery.html

Srinivas G

Wallbase.net is Awesome. Just take care of those “Sketchy” and “NSFW” filters and you’re good to go!

Srinivas G

Wallbase.net is Awesome. Just take care of those “Sketchy” and “NSFW” filters and you’re good to go!

COASEJE

desktopnexus.com and wallbase.net

are the best of best

COASEJE

desktopnexus.com and wallbase.net

are the best of best

Admelfo

Lisa

RGBStock has fabulous photos and graphics absolutely free for wallpapers.
http://www.rgbstock.com/

Lisa

RGBStock has fabulous photos and graphics absolutely free for wallpapers.
http://www.rgbstock.com/

Guest

Absolutely beautiful wallpaper, themes, icons and more at http://www.adni18.com.

Guest

Absolutely beautiful wallpaper, themes, icons and more at http://www.adni18.com.

Cathywithers

http://www.vladstudio.com is my personal favourite. Awesome site.

Cathywithers

http://www.vladstudio.com is my personal favourite. Awesome site.

Giridharan

check http://www.wallsbay.com too.Its a great source for free desktop HQ wallpapers

Prateek Panchal

Flickr is always been up there and i love deviant art.

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