A single picture can be worth a thousand words. But, where to find free images for your website design, blog, Facebook or Twitter post, or for a small business ad design without spending a lot of money for it? Of course, if the budget allows it, you can buy such images on websites like istock.com, shutterstock.com or any other similar sites. If you know how to, you can create images by yourself. However, quality pictures can also be found online for free – without investing much work into creating them, and at the same time not infringing any copyrights.
There are many portals on the Internet that offer free quality photos. Some of the authors ask for attribution, some of them allow using their pictures only for personal use, but there are also plenty of those who allow using their photos and images for commercial use. Some restrictions may apply, therefore you should always check the license terms first, but you can mostly use these pictures for your blog posts, website and social networks, free of charge.
Searchable photo data bases that offer photos for commercial use and no attribution required.
1.Free Images – More than 388 000 free photos and illustrations.
2. Pixabay – More than 310 000 pictures – photos, vectors and artistic illustrations. You can use every single one of them, both in digital and printed format, including commercial use.
3. Snapwire Snaps – free photos from 200,177 of the world’s top photographers.
4. tookapic – high quality free and premium 13,846 stock photos.
5. Public Domain Photos – 5 000 free photos and 8000 cliparts which can be used as you wish – even for commercial purposes.
6. Free Photos Bank – wide variety of different photos – from cables to toys and office supplies.
7. Picjumbo – simple navigation and a huge image library. Many beautiful pictures of food and drinks, which might be very useful for marketing a restaurant or a bar.
8. FancyCrave – high resolution food, nature, people, architecture and other photos from professional photographers.
9. FreeJPG – great source of technology, people, texture, travel, religion and other images – more than 10 000 images.
10. Good Free Photos – a gallery of thousands of unique and free public domain stock photos. Categorized by location for travel photos, species for animal and plant photos, and types of objects for other photos.
11. Public Domain Pictures – 117,700 free images. If you intend to use an image you find here for commercial use, please be aware that some photos do require a model or property release.
12. Immediate Entourage – offers already cut out objects on a transparent background in png format, as well as sketchups and textures. Worth to check out!
13. ISO Republic – high-resolution images. Categories: architecture, nature, people, texture, urban and others.
14. Pexels – over 4,500 free stock photos. Every week at least 70 new high resolution photos added.
15. Stocka – small collection of beautiful animals, beauty, food and many other category photos.
16. Designers Pics – photos captured by the photographer Jeshu John from a port city, Kochi, in southern India.
17. IM Creator – A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.
18. Foodies Feed – a resource of free realistic food images in high resolution and free digital goods related to food.
19. Gratisography – free high-resolution nature, objects, people, urban and whimsical pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects.
20. Negative Space – beautiful pictures for every use.
21. Split Shire – amazing photos in 22 categories. Worth to check out.
22. Life of Pix – mostly travel and nature photos for personal and commercial use.
23. Lock and Stock Photos – good quality photos on random themes by photographer AJ Montpetit.
24. Finda Photo – search through thousands of free stock photos.
25. Large Photos – great source of free high-quality large photos in different subjects and genres.
26. Magdeleine – photos can be sorted by those that require attribution and those that don’t (CC0 –Public Domain).
27. Public Domain Archive – explore and discover treasures by great photographers. A place, where you can find inspiration and photography that you can re-use in your own projects.
28. Stock Pic – wide variety of photos in 16 categories.
29. Epicva – great photos by photography enthusiasts.
30. Creative Vix – beautiful city, people, landscape, flowers and animals photos.
31. Free Range Stock – good photos by community of creative and talented photographers.
32. Dreamstime – offers a free section that’s searchable and frequently updated. It requires creating a free account.
33. RGB Stock is a free stock image site created by photographers and graphic artists with rather wide variety of categories and subcategories. Registration required.
34. Pickup Image – mostly nature and outdoors photos and cliparts, for example, play cards, sports etc.
35. Stock Image Point – small collection of beautiful landscape, city, animals, architecture and flowers photos.
36. Kaboom Pics – good quality photos in city & architecture, fashion, food, landscapes, abstract and other categories.
37. Free Nature Stock – great quality photo collection of nature and animals.
38. Free Use – high quality stylish photos, images and wallpapers.
39. Stock Snap – beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly.
Photo Collections without Search Option
In this list, you will find small, but beautiful and original photo collections that should be browsed manually, since no search option is provided.
41. Made In Moments – free travel photos for you. Every week new photos you can use anywhere you want.
42. Jay Mantri – beautiful photo collection by photographer Jay Mantri. Do anything, make magic.
43. Travel Coffee Book – beautiful photos of travel moments.
44. Picography – free hi-resolution travel and nature photos.
45. MMT – flowers, nature and summer photos taken by photographer Jeffrey Betts.
46. Je shoots – great quality nature, animals, food, people and devices photos.
47. Big Foto – you will be able to download free photos of the country of your interest, including photos of hotels and popular tourism objects.
48. Death to The Stock Photo – wide variety of stylish photos. Signup required.
49. Free Media Goo – backgrounds, textures and photos of aviation, beach, buildings, finance, food and wildlife.
If you don’t mind attributing the author and embedding a link to your chosen image or if you need a clipart or some vintage image, then check this list.
50. Flickr – a huge variety of photos by amateurs and professional photographers. Always check the license terms of each individual photo – in most cases attribution is required. You can share the image you like on social media and your website with the image link.
51. Compfight – a Flickr image search engine that helps you find images based on your license needs. Most of the images require attribution.
52. Wikimedia – is a database of 21,049,775 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
53. Ancestry Images – offers a free image archive of historical prints, maps and artifact photos.
54. New Old Stock – a collection of vintage photos from the public archives you can use for personal and non-commercial purposes. Most requires attribution.
55. Creative Commons Search – a sort of photo search engine that helps find images, videos and music on 12 web portals, like, Flickr, Google, Youtube and others. In order to be sure that you can use the media for your chosen purpose always verify the license terms of each image.
56. Open Clipart – high variety of clip arts for unlimited commercial use.
Photo Collections that Require Attribution
57. Morgue File – stunning landscapes, animals, food, fruit, vegetables, backgrounds and also artistic pictures with an abstract meaning. If you publish a photo in your blog, for example, provide a by line under the photo with the photographer’s name.
58. Raumrot – free hi-res/hi-quality pictures handpicked business, food & drink, mountain, nature, seasonal, sport, technical, transport and urban stock photos for your commercial and personal works. Please keep attribution to the creator, Markus Spiske.
59. Free Digital Photos – there are thousands of images on this website – from weddings to business illustrations. The small-sized images (400 x 266px) are available for free, but the larger ones – starting from 3$. You must also add a reference to those images which you can use for free.
60. Vector Open Stock – 11067 vector images of backgrounds, icons, logos, wedding, flowers and other categories that can be downloaded in eps and jpg formats. For $5, you can buy a license to use the image without attribution.
61. Free Food Photos – variety of high quality beautiful food photos – seafood, vegetables, fruits, meat, sweats and other.
For Non-Commercial Use
62. Stock Vault – 62,000 free images. Great resource for your non- non-commercial website or blog.
In the case you know a website that provides free images, but is not listed in this article, feel free to share this information in the comments section below.