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Canadian Internet Authority Launches Free Stock Photo Library Full of Funny Stereotypes


The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has released their very own stock photo library packed full of hilarious images of Canadian stereotypes. Hockey, maple syrup, poutine, moose (mooses?), they’re all there and they’re totally free to use as long as you give proper credit.

The point of the stock photo library, explains the CIRA, is to enable people to “add a little Canada to your website,” with some “maple syrup-infused visual masterpieces.”

“While having original, custom images is always best (and a .CA domain to go with them), we understand that sometimes you just need a picture of someone staring at an iPad (or a moose skateboarding),” writes CIRA on the stock library’s landing page. “Good news! We’re here to help, and we’re keeping it Canadian!”

The library isn’t huge; it’s comprised of 73 photos in all, each of which is available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes that range from 726 x 491px on up to 5359 x 3623px. If you want the Extra Large size, you’ll have to pony up your email (yay marketing), but otherwise it’s completely free, the CIRA just asks that you credit the registration authority like we have at the bottom of this post.

The full Terms and Conditions can be read here, but they’re pretty standard: you have to credit the CIRA, they maintain ownership of the images, and they’re not legally liable in case you get sued for how you used the images.

Now, how about we take a look at a few of our favorites from the gallery, eh?

If you want to take advantage of this free resource, just head over to the CIRA gallery and get browsing. Whether you’re looking for a moose on skateboard, a moose stalking an unsuspecting couple, a moose playing basketball, or a lumberjack drinking maple syrup straight from the bottle, CIRA has you covered.

Pro tip: if you’re looking for a laugh, take the time to read the descriptions.

(via DPReview)

Image credits: All photos by CIRA/.CA.