It was possible to get the direct link some months ago but now, since Imgur was updated, I am unable to find the direct link. See:
Imgur does not provide a direct link to images any more.
Still. You have a couple of alternatives:
In 2023, this is the only method that works:
Upload an image to Imgur
If you are not logged in, be careful not to navigate away, close the tab, or refresh the tab. You will lose options that are only available to the uploader if you do so.
Click on the three dots, and choose "Get share links"
Copy the "BBCode (Forums)" link
The code will look something like this:
[/img]tags, and you have the link you can use for hot-linking. Note that if you open this URL in your browser, you will be served a full web page. You need to embed the URL to an image in an
<img>HTML tag, for instance, like this:
<img src="https://i.imgur.com/5yS6GCZ.gif" alt="">
Terms of Service
The Imgur Terms of Service do still allow hotlinking, with these conditions:
Don't hotlink to adult content or to file-sharing, gambling, torrent, warez, or Imgur rip-off sites. Don't impersonate someone else. Also, don't use Imgur to host image libraries you link to from elsewhere, content for your website, advertising, avatars, or anything else that turns us into your content delivery network. If you do – and we will be the judge – or if you do anything illegal, in addition to any other legal rights we may have, we will ban you along with the site you're hotlinking from, delete all your images, report you to the authorities if necessary, and prevent you from viewing any images hosted on Imgur.com. We mean it.