We live in an image based world. Look around and you will see that we are surrounded with visuals. The online world is no different. Everything from websites to articles to advertisements – images are everywhere.
The constant need for visuals leaves content creators in a bit of a quandary because they are always looking for new images. This can be costly as many of the best ones come with a price tag.
Thankfully, there are many sites where images can be accessed at no charge. Below we have created a lengthy list to start exploring today for the best free images.
Incidentally, if you're looking to get stunning great photography, you might want to think about buying a drone.
This website created this list after struggling to find great images to use on our own site - we did this for us.
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Free Image Sites
1. Dreams Time
With over 29 million free and paid images, Dreams Time is one of the largest photo sharing sites on the internet. While a lot of the images are paid, they do have an extensive freebie collection.
Another royalty-free image sharing website. They have a large photo sharing site that allows users to share their photos for business and personal use. This includes using them for web, print, eBooks, books, and other medium.
Over 30,000 photos come from all over the world to provide over 410,835 photography shots on FreeImages. You can use this for your commercial web design projects, or as additional images on your blog.
Handpicked stock photography for commercial use without payment. Some rights reserved, CC2 license, though can be used for personal and commercial projects.
Thousands of high-quality, high-resolution stock photography. All imagery is at least 2400 x 1600 and can be used for both commercial and personal projects. Additionally, they offer a revenue sharing program through Google AdSense.
They offer a wide variety of photography, covering everything from abstract patterns and backgrounds to transportation to objects.
A huge gallery of high-resolution stock photography that can be used in all types of projects. New imagery is added regularly so it makes sense to check back often.
No matter what the need, this website offers tens of thousands of different stock photography that can be used by designers, illustrators and content creators. Projects and presentations stand out with unique visuals not found elsewhere.
This site offers something for everyone with over 400,000 images that include photos, vectors and illustrations. Attribution is not required and visuals can be used for websites, eBooks, and any other project.
A repository for public domain images from around the web. Users have the option to not only use the imagery in their own projects but can also add their own photography and earn money from them.
11. Stock Vault
Over 55,000 graphics, photos and textures are offered for download to be used in commercial and personal projects. Additionally, they offer a tutorial section that provides ideas on different ideas for improving your graphic skills.
12. RGB Stock
A website created by a group of creative individuals from around the world who work in photography and graphic design. They offer a plethora of unique images and are constantly expanding their image offerings.
Anyone who has a particular need for government-related photography and imagery will find a goldmine here. Their extensive library is comprised of thousands of visuals that can be used without charge.
Crisp, high-quality stock photography can be found on this website. All images fall under Creative Commons so you can use them without the need for attribution.
As a designer requiring high res images, the owner of this site decided that designers are going to have similar needs and hence started the project. They appreciate attribution or spreading the word - so please do!
In addition to offering over 500 stock photos, they also have a library of videos that users can download. All photography and imagery can be freely used without a need for attribution of any kind.
A clipart site that offers thousands of graphics for both commercial and personal use. Many of the graphics are completely unique to the website making them impossible to find anywhere else.
A one stop spot offering over 100,000 stock photos that are entirely free to use in every type of project you can think of. New imagery is added regularly making this a site to check often.
PikWizard has recently launched, with more than 30,000 images, with more than 5000 images being completely exclusive to PikWizard. We also loved the Trending images, where you'll find great recent imagery which is trending.
We know shift to free photo collections, a similar concept, but these are full collections of actual photography, not just images.
StokPic allows you to do anything with their photography except redistribute them.
Amateur photographers from around the world have contributed beautiful imagery from every country on earth. Individuals looking for pictures to use in travel-related projects will find this website particularly useful.
This site offers thousands of unique photos and they are constantly updating their offerings with new imagery. Their library is particularly useful for users who have a need for picture content that is off the beaten path.
23. Tinyograph - no longer available
This site by Ryan McGuire of Bell Designs contains Iphone pictures which are cleared for use for personal and commercial projects (CC0) license.
Picography is another Hi-Resolution photo website. With a tagline like Use them however you like - you know you're safe :-)
They deliver monthly imagery right to your email inbox. Whether it be blog posts or social media or anything in between, these stock photos can be used freely in commercial and personal endeavors.
26. Kaboom Pics
Kaboom pics is run by a web designer from Poland who knows it's quite difficult to find high-quality photography without paying. Since she's passionate about both photography and web design, she's decided to share her own photography for those who need awesome imagery.
The good thing about albumarium is evident in its name - everything is sectioned into albums. So you'll find plenty of "themed" beautiful imagery for download. Images are released under a CC0 or CC2 Attribution license.
Mostly about travel photography, but lots of stunning photography which you can use any way you want to as they are all CC0.
29. ISO Republic
So essentially, these are high-quality photos for creatives - according to the tagline of the site. The imagery is available for personal and commercial projects, but they have their own terms, so go through them and make sure you're fine with their terms. Not particularly restrictive, it's what you would expect.
Startup Stock Photos features photography for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, and everyone else who might need them. All imagery is released under a CC 4.0 Attribution license.
Another site where you can what the heck with you want with the photography!
Providing stock photography, digital backgrounds and textures without charge that can be used for print, TV, internet or any other project users can think of. There is no worry about trademark infringement and all visual content can be used without any need to giving attribution.
This Portughese guy decided that every photo should be available for anybody to use, so he started with his own photography. CC0 - so usage is not restricted.
The folks at Hubspot commissioned their own photographer to put together unique collections of stock photography that are completely free to download and use. Great for all types of projects without any licensing worries.
They offer thousands of eye-catching photos for every project you can think of without any fees or need for attribution (though if you choose to provide it they do appreciate it).
Another website with loads of hi-res photography with no attribution required (though it is appreciated!). The only restriction is that these pictures are not added to other image galleries or sold.
Tons of imagery of mountains, rock formations and other similar types of stock photography are definitely a strong suit for this site. One factor that should be noted is that they do require that attribution be given when using any image from their site.
Anyone needs vector graphics and/or icons will love this website. They offer hundreds and hundreds of images to choose from that are all very nicely done.
39. Life of Pix
This site offers a giant assortment of stock photography that is without any copyright restrictions. Their talented network of photographers contributes new imagery every week so check back with them often.
40. Microsoft Office
Although not normally thought of as a place to look for imagery, Microsoft does offer this feature to its users. Thousands of photos and clip art visuals are available however it is up to the user to ensure that the images are in fact free to use.
Offers both stock photography and vector imagery. All visuals are without charge to download and can be used in any type of project.
42. Deviant Art
Anyone looking for imagery of a 'deviant' nature will find that this site offers thousands of them. Everything they offer can be used at no cost.
43. Getty Images
This website offers a whopping 50 million+ images that are all completely without charge. Users will want to check the licensing requirements on each image because they do vary in terms of how they can be used.
Not sure how many images are on the site, it's got infinite scrolling and we did not reach the bottom :) Quite a lot of stunning imagery, license is CC0, so you've got no stress in using these pictures!
Now that we've seen collections, we move to specialty free images i.e. serving a very particular or specific niche.
45. Foodies Feed
Lots of hi-res photography of all types of food. Besides getting your photos, you're probably going to get hungry too ;-) CC0 License.
46. Ancestry Images
Anyone with an interest in history and genealogy will find this website to be particularly useful. They offer over 30,000 images of old maps, prints and portraits that can be freely used by anyone.
47. New Old Stock
You have come to the right place if you have a need of vintage photography. The collection on this site is quite extensive and imagery can be freely used.
48. Royalty Free Cartoon Characters - no longer available
This site offers a fun, eye-catching group of cartoon characters that can be downloaded. These graphics are only offered on this location and can be used in both personal and commercial projects.
Every car that you can think of can be found on this site and used in all types of projects. There are literally thousands of photos to choose from for any project requiring automobile imagery.
50. Animal Photos
Thousands of animal photos are available for personal and commercial use. Meme creators will also find this a fun site for many of their creative needs.
51. From Old Books
Anyone needing imagery from antique and vintage books will find a treasure chest full of them on this website. The library holds over 3,500 pictures that are completely free to use.
Catering to those looking for travel related stock photography, this site offers over 3,000 images with a particular focus on the UK. All imagery is available to use as needed.
This site houses over a 1,000 images that are of historical significance. All imagery can be used in both commercial and personal projects.
Now, we're moving to finding Free Images via Photo Sharing Sites in the next section.
54. Creative Commons
This website acts as a tool for finding images and other content that is available to use.
This site is a database of over 26 million images that are available to use both personally and commercially.
Over 226 million stock pictures are offered on this page for users. The search bar makes it easy to find exactly what you want.
58. Photo Pin
Another website that acts as a search engine for images. Their results include both free and paid images that can be easily accessed inside from inside the site.
59. Lock and Stock
High-quality stock photography that can be used for both commercial and personal projects. The website owner does request acknowledgment along with a link back to the site when using any image.
Good stock photos is exactly what it says on the label! A bunch of good stock photography for your website, including plenty of great nature shots for your website's backgrounds.
If you want get your free photos by email, the sites below actually send a roundup via their newsletter.
There are thousands of stock photos available on this site that are completely available to use. Imagery variety is strong and you can find everything from nature to travel to animals.
62. Little Visuals
Beautiful, vibrant and rich stock photography for all of your project needs. New imagery is no longer being added unfortunately due to the death of the site owner.
63. SnapWire Snaps
Although they do not offer thousands of stock photos, what they do provide is top notch quality. Seven new images are added weekly and sent directly to the email inbox of those who get their subscription service.
64. Jay Mantri
This is a stock photo site that also delivers 7 new weekly images to its subscribers email inbox. All imagery can be used without any licensing limitations.
Another site providing a high-resolution photo every day. Photos are released under CC0 or CC2 licenses. If you look at the Editor's you'll find some excellent imagery - take it from us!
66. IM Free
IM Free has more than just pictures, it is about freely available web design resources which are available for commercial use. But there is a great collection of stunning imagery which you can use, so hoard away!
Another photographer sharing his great photography. They are all CC0
Not sure how often these get updated, but there are some other great stocks photos here
Flickr Sites also provide a good selection of great free imagery.
– Thousands of photos are shared here that can be used in many different ways. Keep in mind that although it's available to download the images, users need to read over the license to ensure they are in compliance.
Photos here are released under CC 2.0 Attribution license, so of course, you need to give the right attribution to authors for the photography which you use.
Searching thousands of photos is easy on this site and allows lookups to be done by license.
72. Flickr CC
Primarily designed for students, downloaded images automatically come with a stamped attribute.
You can also use the create your image tools.
This site is a favorite for those who want to quickly put a graphic together that can be used on social media, blogs and anywhere else. Users also have the option to purchase pics directly from the site to use in their creations.
74. Pic Monkey
Similar to Canva, this tool offers anyone an easy way to improve and dress up their graphics. They also provide both a free and paid version of this tool.
A handy tool that lets users easily resize imagery for use on social media sites and beyond.
With the popularity of collages, this is a particularly helpful site. Easily take your pictures and create stunning collages that really dazzle.
77. Be Funky
Both a collage maker and photo editor, this site also offers tutorials that will help you turn your imagery into true works of art.
This site is unique in that it lets users create cartoons of their own from scratch that can be used in blog posts, reports, websites and anywhere else of the user's choice.
And if you're looking for Infographics, we've got you covered too.
This site offers a large variety of templates that can be used to create infographics. Users only need to enter in their data and text to create stunning visual content quickly.
Non-designers in particular will love this site due to its ease of use. Infographics and other imagery can be created in minutes. Also available at no cost are over 400 templates and icons that make designing even easier.
Did you know that memes are also know as image quotes, and we've added a selection below.
Plain drab quotes can be turned into stunning images on this site. Designed graphics can be used on social media accounts or in any other way that the user desires.
With more than 80 sites to choose from, you have a valuable resource that will provide a never-ending supply of the exact images you need to make your content dazzle. Think about the images that will engage your audience and grab them. With so many to choose from, why not take your content up another notch? Even with our massive list of free image sites, you might still want to have a look at a few more, here is a list of best stock photography sites comparing various agencies and sites which we have mentioned here and which you might find useful for you.
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