Things that matter to me… the pictures of my kids in my wallet
In one of the CELTA sessions this week I mentioned the website of the freebie newspaper 20Minutos as an alternative source of images. They have a great Fotogalerías section, which is a much better source than Google-is-Evil if you are looking for topical photographs, especially ones that will be relevant to Spanish students.
An alternative is Yahoo News, which has a similar, magnificent news photos section.
Newspapers have a vested interest in providing quality images; Google has zero interest in the quality of the billions of images it steals from other websites.
I still think that an even better alternative is for your learners to create their own images (above, another one someone took during the session Wednesday — my own kids, so I gave myself parental permission to publish ,-) !