36 Best Places to get Free Images For Your Blog

This image was found in Wikimedia Commons and is considered “Public Domain” and therefore no attribution is needed.

You can not use an image you find on Google Images on your website or blog!

If you do… there is a chance that someone will sue you.  If they sue you it will be for way more money than you feel that they deserve and there is a good chance they will win.  It is called Copyright Infringement and it is serious business.

Also be careful of my headline; Free Images For Your Blog.  As they say, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.

No images are truly free.  You either pay in your own time to take them, money and buy them, or you have to give credit to the creator of the image.  It might be better to call these Legal Images.

This list contains links to sites from which you do not need to pay money, or time, but you do need to pay homeage.  You do this by either mentioning the creators name or adding a link on your site to the creator, called attribution.

It depends on what the creator wants and should be disclosed on each site. Some sites are monetized through advertising and do not require any links or mentions.

Most of these sites rely on a set of rules called the “Creative Commons“.

 

Paid High-Res, Royalty-Free, Stock Image Source

If you are looking for a consistent source of images that are better in quality and are willing to pay a small fee I suggest Adobe Stock.

For $29 a month you can access 10 images, or $2.90 an image.  Adobe bought out my favorite, Dollar photo club where every image was a dollar and raised it.  However, the quality of the images is far superior to any of the free image sources below.

ADOBE STOCK

 

Best Sites To Get Free Images For Your Blog

(in no particular order)

 

1.  Wikimedia Commons

– https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wikimedia Commons

The Wikipedia for media.


2. Flickr commons

– https://www.flickr.com/explore

FlickR creative commons

Flickr is the second largest storage of images on the web and many photographers allow you to use their images.


3. Getty Images

– https://www.gettyimages.com

Getty Images

In order to use their images for no charge you can find an image you like and use the Embed Code.

When doing  a search you can create a filter for “Embeddable Images”.

When you click on an image you like you will see an </> Embed button.

Embed images for your non-commercial website or blog.


4. Photo Pin

– https://photopin.com

Photopin

This is a search engine for FlickR commons.


5. Free Images

– https://www.freeimages.com

Free Images

An image exchange site that is owned by Getty Images.


6. Morgue File

– https://www.morguefile.com

Morgue File

Image exchange site.


7. Microsoft Images

– https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?qu=real+estate&ex=1&origin=HA010201923

Microsoft IMages

Microsoft offers thousands and thousands of images and clip art.


8. RBG Stock

– https://www.rgbstock.com

RGB Stock

They are dedicated to making high quality images available to those who cannot afford to pay for them.


9. Dreamstime

– https://www.dreamstime.com/free-photos

Dreamstime

They are primarily for pay images, but offer a free section.


10. FreeFotos

https://www.freefotos.cc

free foto

a free resource where you can find creative commons photos for your website or print projects.


11. Pixabay

– https://pixabay.com/en

Pixabay

Use of these images, even for commercial purposes, without any links.


12. Every Stock Photo –  Temporarily Closed

– https://www.everystockphoto.com

Every Stock Photo

Millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, presented in a search engine.


13. Historical Stock Photos

– https://www.historicalstockphotos.com

Historical Stock Photos

Free historical images.


14. Free Pixels

– https://www.freepixels.com

Free Pixels

Grants to you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use and reproduce the image.


15.  Good Free Photos

– https://www.goodfreephotos.com

Good Free Photos

Images by a ninja that lives in Madison, Wisconsin and likes to travel out and take photos of random things and places. This is a compilation of things and places he has taken pictures of.


16. Canva

https://www.canva.com/

Canva Simple graphic design

Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.


17. Free Digital Photos

– https://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Free Digital Photos

Download free and premium high quality images, produced by a community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators.


18. Ancestry Images

– https://www.ancestryimages.com

Ancestry Images

27,800 images of old and antique prints, maps and portraits.


19. Picjumbo

– https://picjumbo.com

Picjumbo

Totally free photos for your commercial & personal works.


20. Gratisography

– https://www.gratisography.com

Gratisography

ALL PICTURES WERE CAPTURED BY RYAN MCGUIRE AND FREE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS.


21. Compfight

– https://compfight.com

Compfight

Another FlickR search tool.


22. Unsplash

https://unsplash.com

Unsplash

Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.


23. Icon Finder

– https://www.iconfinder.com

Icon finder

Looking for icons.


24. Little Visuals

– https://littlevisuals.co

Little Visuals

Get 7 hi-res images zipped up in your inbox every 7 days.


25. New Old Stock

– https://nos.twnsnd.co

New Old Stock

Vintage photos from public archives.


26. Death to the Stock Photo

– https://deathtothestockphoto.com

Death to stock photos

Free monthly photos.


27. Subtle Patterns

– https://subtlepatterns.com

Subtle Patterns

Over 380 tilable textured patterns, free to use.


28. FreeRange

– https://freerangestock.com

Free Range

Photographers get paid when users click on the ads that appear next to their submissions.


29. OpenPhoto

– https://openphoto.net

Open Photo

Photo sharing platform where contributors have offered their images free of charge.


30. Foodies Feed

– https://foodiesfeed.com/

Foodie's feed free food images

Jakub provides photographs of food for your brand new website, presentation, design work for your client, visual concept, wallpaper, poster…


31. PhotoGen

– https://www.photogen.com

Photogen

Quality stock photography for both commercial and personal use.


32.  Pikwizard

https://pikwizard.com/

Pikwizard

Stunning library of over 1 million stock images and videos.
Royalty free and safe for commercial use, with no attribution required


33. Stock Snap

https://stocksnap.io/

StockSnap

Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly. Free from copyright restrictions.


34. Creative Commons

– https://search.creativecommons.org

Creative Commons

Not an actual image depository, however there are links to many and information about copyright and sharing laws.


35. Google Images

https://www.google.com

Google Images

I know I said you can’t use Google Images in the intro… unless you make sure to filter out “Labled For Reuse”.


36.  Snapwire Snaps

https://snapwiresnaps.tumblr.com/

Snapwire Snaps

License and commission photos from 200,000 of the world’s most talented photographers.

 


 

WARNING:

This is meant to be used as a reference and is not legal advice.  While these sites are all safe as long as you familiarize yourself with the requirements to use and share the images, copyright law is complex and confusing.