Free Royalty Free Images and Photos

by | Jan 13, 2013 | Business | 2 comments

updated: December 19, 2017

Royalty Free Images

After mastering the art of writing blog posts at lightening speed, I found myself tripping over the image part of my blog creation. Sometimes I could create a “How To” style of blog post in 30 minutes, and then go on to spend over an hour looking for the right picture, or agonizing over lighting when taking my own.  And then one of my favorite business advisors gave me a list of image resources. I’ve been adding to that list as I continue on my journey & I’m sharing it with you today.

Remember to watch for copyright & licensing terms. Even if they’re in a free directory, there may still be specific terms for the one image you choose.  Happy Blogging!

Royalty Free Images

Free to use on your blogs – but it’s always a good idea to watch to see if the terms say otherwise.

Images for Blogging  :: Creative Commons & Stock Photos

  1. Ancestry Images offers a free image archive of historical prints, maps and artifact photos, like this print of a New Zealand Maori Warrior from 1817.
  2. Design School Canva offers 74 free stock images – a great combination to use with the graphics you can create in their free design software.
  3. 123RF (some aren’t free, but this link “should” lead to free ones)
  4. BigFoto (amateur photographers, no login required)
  5. Bigstock  (Free Images each week)
  6. (searches through flickrs creative commons images)
  7. Crow the Stone  
  8. (free high resolution, sent to you once a month)
  9. Dreamstime a free section that’s searchable and frequently updated. You will have to sign up for a free account though.
  11. Foodiesfeed (free high resolution food images for personal or commercial use)
  12. Foter   (compiles Flickr images, including some that may not be usable for commercial purposes)
  13. Free Pixels 
  14. (categorized and searchable. Business, personal or educational use.  Small sizes are free, larger sizes available for purchase)
  15. Free Images – more than 350,000 stock photos, searchable and categorized. Bit of a painful sign up process.
  17. Free Photos Bank  (categorized & searchable. Download without login)
  18. Freerange Stock (free high-resolution stock photos. Registration required)
  19. Getty Images (over 350K images)
  20. GetRefe 
  21. Graphic Leftovers (includes some vectors too)
  22. Gratisography (free high-resolution, completely free of copyright, weekly, simply click to download, no registration)
  23. IM Free (search by keyword or browse by category. All for commercial use.)
  24. ISO Republic 
  25. Little Visuals 
  27. Life of Pix 
  28. (7 images every 7 days)
  29. Magdeleine
  30. Microsoft Clipart (retiring Jan 1, 2015)
  31. Morgue (credit the photographer when possible)
  32. New Old Stock Photos (vintage photos from public archives)
  33. Pexels  
  35. PhotoDune (several free images available each month)
  37. (searches Flickr’s creative commons licenses)
  38. (New photos uploaded daily, no registration)
  39. Pickupimage (nature and outdoor images, free to do as you wish, including commercial use)
  40. Picography 
  41. (copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes. No registration is required)
  42. Pixel Perfect (free stock photography for designers)
  43. Public Domain Archive 
  44. (amateur photographers. signup required)
  45. Rgbstock is a free stock image site created by photographers and graphic artists. Registration (required) is one-click and the pool of photos is pretty deep.
  46. 7 free photos each week. Plus, signup to use Snapwire and we both get $20 towards a photo from a request or their marketplace. Use my link
  47. Stock Vault
  48. (photos sharing community, 25,000+ images. Allowed for commercial use with credit to author)
  49. Split Shire 
  50. Startup Stock * must attribute
  51. Stock Exchange
  52. The Stocks (compilation of photo sites – including many on this list)
  53. Travel Coffee Book  (10 new photos every 10 days – travel photos – no sign up required)
  54. (directory of US Government ‘s free photo galleries)
  55. (no sign up required, all images are available for commercial use)
  56. (10 free photos every 10 days in your inbox)
  57. Wikimedia (also includes video & mp3)

Free stock photo bundles from Hubspot

(you’ll need to enter your name and email, but you’ll have full rights to use their images)

Where to Edit Your Images

Create Image Mockups

(create mockups of iphone, laptops etc)

Want to find the original source of an image? Worried about copyright?

TinEye will do a reverse image search for you. It will show if there is modified versions of the image, or even higher resolution versions.


photo credit: @Doug88888 via photopin cc

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  1. Susan Doyle

    Pictures paint a thousand words, so as they say! Photos and images gives flare and enhances your web content, thank you for the post.

  2. Cheryl Bigus

    Thanks Loralee! Awesome as always.