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Ok, back to the blogpost!

Here on the Buffer blog, we think a lot about visual content.

We’ve shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. We’ve explored tools that help anyone create visual content. Our free social media management tools incorporate image posting because we know how important that element is is to engage your followers and fans.

But there’s one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?

It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. Nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright—a protection that gives virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. But you can find a public domain photo, use a Creative Commons image that might need attribution or even create your own image from scratch.

Images can drive up to double the engagement on your social media posts! Send an update with Buffer to see the boost firsthand!

free image sources

We’ll explore all of these and then some in this post about free image sources. A few things to know before we get started:

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

There are various types of Creative Commons licenses that range from allowing any type of use with no attribution to allowing only certain uses and no changes.

What is public domain?

Works in the public domain are those whose copyrights have expired, have been forfeited, or are inapplicable. Finding something on the internet does not mean it is in the public domain.

These terms will come up often as we discuss free photo sources. Read over the terms and conditions of each site you try so you know exactly when and what type of attribution is required.

In this post, we’ll break down more than 50 different sources and tools for visual content. We’ll cover the following (click on any section to be taken to that area directly):

(One final note: Anywhere there’s a representative photo that accompanies a tool or site, I’ve tried to leave it at the size it downloaded to give you an idea of what you’ll be getting—click once to get a better look at any photo.)

Searchable photo databases

If you want a photo or image on a specific topic, you’ll want a site that’s searchable. Here are a few to check out. (To better help you evaluate these sites, I performed the same search on each using the word “coffee.”)

1.) Dreamstime

Dreamstime offers a free section that’s searchable and frequently updated. It requires you to create a (free) account.

Coffee mug and beans

2.) Free Digital Photos

Free Digital Photos houses a wealth of free images—categorized and searchable—for business, personal or educational use. They’re smaller sized, and larger versions are available to purchase. Using the free images often requires a credit to the photographer and the site like the one you see below.

Business charts

Image Credit: khunaspix via FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3.) Free Images

Free Images is a large gallery of more than 350,000 stock photos, searchable and categorized. Downloading a photo does require a longer-than-most signup process but the bigger selection might be worth it.

Bread, berries and coffee

4.) Free Range Stock

Free Range Stock offers access to free high-quality, high-resolution stock photos. A (free) registration is required.

Free Range Stock

5.) Free Photos Bank

Free Photos Bank has a nice collection of free photos available for download without login. They’re extensively categorized with a few different ways to search, too.

Free Photos Bank

6.) ImageFree

ImageFree‘s registered users can download both free and paid images to use in corporate and personal projects. The free selection seems fairly limited, though—my “coffee” search didn’t turn up a free photo I could use.

7.) IM Free

IM Free offers a curated collection of free resources, all for commercial use. Search for a keyword or browse through the stylishly crafted categories.

IM Free

8.) Morguefile

Morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site. A short registration is required, and morguefile asks that users credit the photographer when possible.

MorgueFile braskfast image

9.) Pixabay

Pixabay offers copyright-free, cost-free images published under Creative Commons. You can copy, modify, distribute and use the images, even for commercial purposes. No registration is required.

Pixabay free image

10.) Public Domain Pictures

Public Domain Pictures is a repository for a wide variety of free public domain images uploaded by amateur photographers. A brief signup is required. (Premium download is an option if you need larger images.)

Public Domain Picture

11.) Stockvault

Stockvault is a stock photo sharing website where photographers, designers and students can share their photographs, graphics and image files with each other for free and use them for personal and non-commercial design work. No registration is required.

Stockvault image

12.) Rgbstock

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.


Free-form photo collections

“Bloggers often look for specificity with the images they use on posts when they could see similar results from simply choosing high-quality photos,” says David Sherry of Death to The Stock Photo.

His service and others in this category offer a more freewheeling approach to images—no searching but lots of discovery.

Since there’s no search in this category, I’ve picked a representative image for each service.

13.) Ancestry Images

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.

Ancestry image

14.) BigFoto

BigFoto is a royalty-free photo gallery in which most of the photos have been contributed by amateur photographers. No login is required. It’s organized mainly by geographic area—for example, this photo is from the “Copenhagen” collection.

Copenhagen river

15.) Gratisography

Gratisography is a collection of free high-resolution images for personal or commercial use. New photos are added weekly; simply click to download.

Gratisography museum

16.) Death to The Stock Photo

Death to The Stock Photo offers free high-res lifestyle photography sent to you monthly.

Death to Stock Photo

17.) FreeMediaGoo

FreeMediaGoo offers royalty-free, cost-free media that can be used in print, film, TV, Internet or any other type of media both for commercial and personal use. There’s no login required but the inventory is slightly more limited, organized into unique categories like “beach backgrounds” and “concrete textures.”


18.) Hubspot

It’s not a photo source per se, but marketing platform Hubspot often offers packages of free photos in exchange for your email address.

Hubspot photos

19.) iStock

iStock releases new a new batch of free stock images every week. (Signup for a free membership—a slightly confusing process—is required.)

BigFoto people walking

20.) Little Visuals

Little Visuals delivers 7 high-res images to use anyway you want via email every 7 days. Subjects range from industrial parts to idyllic landscapes.

Little Visuals

21.) New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a collection of vintage photos from the public archives, free of known copyright restrictions.

New Old Stock

22.) PicJumbo

PicJumbo offers a variety of free photos for any kind of use—free of charge with no registration required. Although there’s no search function, categories will help you find your way.

Picjumbo cake

23.) Pickupimage

Pickupimage is a large collection of free stock images mostly focusing on nature- and outdoor-related scenes that can be copied, modified an distributed—even for commercial purposes. No registration necessary! Since the pool isn’t too broad this site didn’t pass the “coffee” search, but here’s a sample of what you can find there.

Trees in a green forest in spring

24.) Superfamous

Superfamous houses the work of Dutch interaction designer Folkert Gorter, whose photography is available under the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This means that you can use the work for your own purposes — including commercial use — as long as credit is provided.


25.) Unsplash

Unsplash offers 10 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos every 10 days.

UnSplash City

26.) Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a database of 21,049,775 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. The images are painstakingly organized but the classifications may not be super clear if you’re not a big Wikipedia user (I’m not).

Wikimedia Commons

These sites don’t offer free photos themselves but rather provide a way to search easily through Flickr or public domain photos to more quickly find a photo you can use.

27.) Can We Image

Can We Image searches and displays results from Wikimedia Commons. All search results link directly to the resource’s usage rights page.

Can We Image search

28.) Compfight

Compfight is a Flickr image search engine that uses the Flickr API to locate images based on your license needs.

Compfight image database

29.) Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search is a sort of photo search engine clearinghouse that offers access to search services provided by other organizations like Flickr and Google.

For example, searching for “kittens” on Creative Commons Search and selecting Google Images brings me here. Note that the search has been set up with special parameters.

Creative Commons Search

30.) Foter

Foter is a Flickr-focused search tool that helps quickly unearth photos and identify their licenses.

Foter Cow images

31.) Google Advanced Image Search

Google Advanced Image Search is a method of finding free-to-use images through Google’s own search tools. Here’s a quick guide.

Google Advanced Image Search for pets

32.) Every Stock Photo

Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows you to rate, tag, collect and comment on photos.

Every Stock hamsters Photos

33.) Image Finder

Image Finder allows users to search Creative Commons photos from Flickr with similar filters for commercial/non-commercial and other categories.

ImageFinder piglets

34.) PhotoPin

PhotoPin‘s interface allows users to search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr.

PhotoPin puppies

35.) StockPhotos.io

StockPhotos.io is a Creative Commons-licensed professional free stock photos sharing community of about 25,000 images. All photos displayed on this Pinterest-esque site are allowed for commercial use with proper credits to the authors.

Stockphotos.io coffee

36.) TinEye

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.

TinEye website

37.) Wylio

Wylio is an all-in-one picture finder, re-sizer and attribution builder for bloggers. Users can resize up to 5 free images per month.

Wylio goats photos

Create-your-own image tools

For options beyond readymade images, consider the many tools available to help even the design-challenged among us create attractive, original images.

37.) Canva

is one we particularly turn to often for creating new images to accompany Buffer’s blog posts. This tool allows users to search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts (or upload your own) then use Canva’s drag-and-drop tool to create a new design.

Canva image search


For plenty more options for making original art, quote images and even infographics, check out Buffer’s 14 Great Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for your Social Media Posts.

Embeddable media

52.) Getty Images

made big news recently when it began to allow non-commercial sites to embed some of its photos for free.

Downloading an image and uploading it to your website is still a no-no—you’ve got to embed it.

As you’ll see below, an embed is slightly more intrusive than simply adding a photo into your post – the embed keeps its own frame, share buttons and branding. Still, for many blogs it’s an option worth looking into.

Search for embeddable photos here. Read the instructions and then click on the “Search images available to embed” link.


It’s also worth noting that you can embed Twitter, Facebook or Google+ posts, YouTube videos and even Slideshare decks into your blog post.

Pinterest boards are a little trickier to embed, but it can be done. Here’s a full guide from Ginny Soskey and a look at her adorable example board.

Follow Pinterest Pin pets on Pinterest
Often, viewers can engage with embedded posts more deeply than static content by following users, liking or commenting on posts

Consider replacing screenshots with embedded posts so that users can engage with your examples.

What free photo sites did I miss? What tools do you like the most to find or create images? I’d love to keep the list growing in the comments!

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Written by Courtney Seiter

Courtney writes about social media, diversity and workplace culture at Buffer. She runs Girls to the Moon on the side and pets every dog she sees.

  • Karthikeyan

    This goes to my Pocket archive.

  • Tks for #share such a #master tips and websites. It is really a great way to find pictures to aplly in any kind of job 🙂

  • Ryan McGuire

    Thanks for including http://www.gratisography.com! I have a lot of fun sharing my images with the world.

    • Courtney Seiter

      That’s a great one! Thanks for stopping by, and for a great photo resource!

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  • Anup Misal

    Great Post ! Very useful list of websites. I am surely going to dive deep in to this ocean of images to find my star image.

  • KetevanNatsvlichvili

    Excellent post, thanks for sharing! this will definitely save tons of googling.

  • LucidGal

    Sure wish links opened in a new window…

    • Courtney Seiter

      Ack, sorry about that! Definitely something for us to work on changing 🙂

  • suzicoleman

    Ooh, the most useful list of tools I’ve seen in ages. Thank you!!

  • One for the Rolodex…Thanks Courtney

  • OMG!!! This list is just ridiculously awesome. It will serve as a go to link to find sources for stock free images for my posts for a very long time. There are some names I obviously never heard before, but some really great mentions.
    Thanks again for this great resource as always. I have started to expect such nice articles from buffer blog now. Even though I read it in feedly, I still visit the page anyway.
    Thank you guys for your resourcefulness. Thanks Courtney for putting this together.

    • Courtney Seiter

      So glad it’s going to be useful for you! 🙂

  • An excellent resource, and one that I will save for later reference. Thank you.

  • This is excellent, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Brian Clawson

    How awesome is this!? I have just been using Google Images for years. Thanks for sharing this great info! I will most definitely have to share this link with my Big Idea Mastermind – Fort Wayne team!

  • Kris

    This site has lots of pubic domain images from old books.
    http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images/ .

    • Courtney Seiter

      Awesome; thanks for adding to the list!

  • Baybreeze

    Wow, awesome list! Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Great content. We saved it for future reference and will DEFINITELY be using it for putting images in our posts.

    If you run a wordpress site, we found this free plugin, which allows you to easily add creative commons images to your site particularly useful

  • Ion Popescu

    Thanks for the list!I use .Morguefile.com.

  • Agnes Dadura

    This is awesome! I’m saving to favorites and sharing, because who doesn’t need free stock photos, right?

  • Johanna Both

    Nice collection, great resource for all bloggers!

  • Awesome list, thanks Courtney! 🙂

  • Thanks!!! I’ve been waiting for such an article 🙂

  • Neetu Singh

    Thanks a ton for always publishing helpful articles <3

  • Ebrahim Eskandari Pour

    Thanks for the great reference & list

  • AlisonCooper

    Definitely an article I’ll be flagging to the team. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dillah Zakbah

    This is such a brilliant list! Thanks Buffer team for always sharing goodies that helps the Piethis.com team a whole lot! Appreciate it 🙂

  • Ted Hart Karczewski

    Wow, this was extremely helpful. Thanks, Courtney.

  • Romane Stewart

    Thanks for sharing this with us , i have bookmarked the page man times its a struggle to find the right image for your post.

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  • This list is awesome. I’d only add startupstockphotos.com for those who need more ‘genuine’ office-related photos.

    • Courtney Seiter

      Oooh, thanks for sharing that one! Will check it out 🙂

  • Awesome resources listed here! Thanks!

  • Nice collection and we need good images for our posting like blog or social media.

  • Sky

    Hi Courtney,

    Great collection here! There’s another interesting way to get photos too, where photographers shoot custom photos for your blog. A couple sites offer it, Snapwire is my fav. =)

  • Art Chester

    Outstanding article, Courtney, many thanks! I use openclipart.org a lot on artchester.net. Also, Wikipedia is a good way to search a subject, see their images and click on them for the Commons license status. You have enlarged my world of sources by many times.

    • Courtney Seiter

      Great additions; thanks!

  • Ace Rich

    Thanks for the resources I just updated all my free image links library thanks to this post! Fantastic. ~ Ace

  • Wow! Thanks for sharing such great resources.

  • What a GREAT List here.
    Surely this will be a great guide
    to many who regularly use web pages
    Thank you so much for taking the pain
    to post all these links for your visitors.
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  • Dan Moen

    Super helpful. Thanks Courtney!

  • Pinning this to come back to when I’m needing new pics! Great resource! Thanks!

  • Hi, Please check out http://www.goodfreephotos.com for thousands of unique and HDR blended hi-resolution public domain photos free to use for any personal or commercial site, appreciate it if you could add it to your list. Thanks

    • Courtney Seiter

      Thanks for adding more resources to this list; really appreciate it!

  • Hi Courtney

    Just wanted to let you know that I used these sources and there are incredible ones. I really like #20 and #21.

    Writing a post about small business financial analysis and added many pictures using contrasting concepts. As opposed to look for pictures that align with the message, I looked for contrasting ones to allow the reader to take a break with a beautiful image and then continue with reading.

    The attached picture is part of the article and is captioned “Rather be here than reading about ratios…”.

    Cheers to another good post!

  • Thank_You

    Great resource! If I might include two more: http://vintageprintable.com/ has a lot of great old images that are without copyright.

    Also, if you like to use picture quotes but don’t want to make your own, http://www.curatedquotes.com has created a lot of great ones that are free to use with citation. Such as:

    • Sarah

      Make sure the spelling/grammar is correct though…!

    • Courtney Seiter

      Thanks for adding these resources to the list!

  • real7a

    Looks pretty #useful 🙂

  • Always a confusing topic. Very useful information. Thanks.

  • Extremely happy to find this post. Now, I can make my posts more healthy with the help of images. Because my website http://www.redwinemag.com is under all in one niche.


  • John Price

    Great list – I used Compfight a couple years back when it was one of the few. Just starting using Canva and really loving the amount of time it saves on throwing together quick images for social media postings.

  • Nkechi Opurum

    This just made my year! Way to go Courtney!

  • Guest

    I often struggle with this at http://www.modernpreneur.com because sometimes it’s hard to tell where an image has originated. I usually use stock photos as a background image (like this one) and am looking forward to bookmarking and diving deeper into these sites! THANKS for the great resource! Craig

  • I usually use stock photos as a background image at http://www.modernpreneur.com (like this one below) and am looking forward to bookmarking and diving deeper into these sites! THANKS for the great resource! I sometimes struggle with this because it’s often hard to tell where an image originated. Craig

  • It’s time consuming to make an image in photoshop. This site list will help me a lot. Thank you.

  • I have recently started using http://photopin.com/ which uses the Flickr Creative Commons database. I find that it’s much easier to use than the Flickr native creative commons search and I’ve discovered some amazing images on PhotoPin I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Recommended!

  • Thomas Fiehn

    Excellent, the most comprehensive selection I’ve seen so far! But guys.. when I try to share the post on Google+..ahem..there is NO VISUAL coming up. Just the link. That’s really sad..

    • Courtney Seiter

      Huh, that’s so odd! When I paste the link into Google+ I get the top image pulling in. Would you mind terribly sharing a screenshot of what happens when you try it? (Thanks for alerting us to this!)

      • Thomas Fiehn

        Here’s the preview and the published post. Really weird that it works your side..

        • Courtney Seiter

          Thanks a ton for taking the time to grab that, Thomas! It looks like it’s the URL parameters (the question mark and everything after in that link) that’s causing Google+ to not grab the photo and metadata. I’m going to take this over to our engineers and see if we can figure out a workaround here. Really appreciate you bringing this up so we can fix it!

          • Thomas Fiehn

            Oops, I wonder why I couldn’t see the attachments.. so you have received them. Also, I’ve tried it once more and it was published correctly, but only after waiting for about a minute or so. Spooky. Next time I tried it it didn’t work again…

      • Thomas Fiehn

        Oops, attachments missing.

      • Thomas Fiehn

        Sorry the attachments are apparently not going through 🙁

  • I am Doan

    Awesome Courtney

  • Todd MacPherson

    Thank you so much. I will put some of these to use in my next blog posts!

  • Nice compilation. Thanks a ton!

  • Superb list. I luckily got this list from Email newsletter but its so important. I just have bookmarked it. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful list. I am gonna use it soon. Appreciate.

  • Hi Courtney Seiter,
    You must be enjoyed while you writing this great article. You wrote the article with coffee cup (mug) as example image. great idea. for the oldies you used black and white image as model image
    Great collection. You please write similar article for gifs and vector images
    Courtney Seiter

  • Ranjit Powar

    Thank you Courtney. Very useful information.

  • Thanks for the ressources.

    I couldn’t find Splitshire.com in the list => it’s an excellent ressource as well 🙂

    • Courtney Seiter

      Ooh, will check it out! Thanks for adding!

  • Great post! Just what I need! Thanks!

  • Thank you, Courtney, for this amazing article. What a storehouse of information! Words simply cannot express my appreciation. JM

  • vilem

    What a great collection! One more to the list: http://albumarium.com (it’s a fresh new website)

  • nudirection

    Terrific list. Shared it for others to benefit.

  • This is top notch, Courtney. After testing and reviewing all of these, can you let us know what some of your personal favorites are?

    • Courtney Seiter

      Great question! Since I’m focused on speed, I tend to focus on the searchable section and look for ones that don’t require a login. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between quite a few; maybe I can follow up this post with some top picks! 🙂

  • Steven Feeney

    I have been desperate to get more images for http://www.yojisecurity.com; a security blog. Suitable images have been a pain to find but now I have 10 perfect images – Thanks Courtney

  • Foodie’s Feed

    If you are looking for high resolution pictures of food then Foodie’s feed is exactly the place to go! Visit http://foodiesfeed.com/ and download food photographs for free!

  • I have been trying to find this info for ages. Thank you so much for the comprehensive list including everything my heart desires and then some. I know this was a labor intensive post, so I appreciate the time you took to research annd write this. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

    • Courtney Seiter

      You’re so welcome! It was a labor of love, 🙂 And now I refer to all the time, so that’s nice!

      • This really is a great blog. There is a new one that has been launched since this blog was written. Its called stokpic (www.stokpic.com). New Hi-res images are added daily. separated into easy categories and each image is well tagged. Its new but is growing fast.

        I think you will like it.

        I am the creator actually. i have looked at loads of these sites and tried to take the best parts and build stokpic. I hope you like it.


  • Grigoriy Kogan

    I’ll throw a shameless plug here for funny cartoon images (like the ones you’ve seen in the New Yorker and elsewhere)… Those grab attention because they’re not as frequently used, and they can make any content more interesting: https://www.gagcartoons.com

    But an otherwise great list for photo options!

  • I have a great source for cartoon stock that’s free: http://vectortoons.com/free-stuff/

  • Great list and a few of them I will try to add to my free WP Inject plugin for WordPress blogs in the future (which uses Pixabay and Flickr currently): https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-inject/

  • Vinodh

    A really good website for free photos would be

    I’d recommend you to add that.
    Its a do what you want with license…
    Most designers would understand.

  • We’ve just launched a free tool at https://meterfy.com for sharing numbers / stats that automatically creates graphics for posts / tweets. You add a stat and then pick from free Flickr images. Might fit the bill if your job is to communicate numbers, and make them more engaging.

  • Thanks a lot for such a large number of image hosting sites in one post. Very much appreciating job.

  • Saurv

    love it 🙂

  • http://www.babelsoftco.com please see this site anf i want to contact with you to marketing about this site

  • mildmanneredmillions

    Great content guys! Might recommend this course as well, no cost and dives into the technical and strategy of building a personal branded blog http://sean.co/382

  • wow…great, I am gonna bookmark this post.Thanks Seiter for this awesome post.


  • Duane Vore

    Useful information, but it’ll take time to evaluate. I tried FreeRange, and it looks like it’s designed primarily as a feeder for ShutterStock. All the free ones that came up as search results were pretty much useless, and the search engine isn’t that good. For now, I’ll go back to CanStockPhoto

    • Duane Vore

      And FreeImages is a feeder for iStockPhoto.

  • Asif Ali

    You can also Read Related below Post.

    Top High PR 20 Image sharing Sites List – Visit Below Post Link


  • Dinku

    I always prefer http://www.gfxhead.com . This website contains lots of design oriented content as they designer wants. like category based vectors, stock images, Psds, tutorial, even more.., Visit. i will sure you will like this website look and content..,

  • http://www.isolvetechnologies.

    great post keep it up

  • Thank you for this great list of resources. One more to add is 123rf.com, which has a free rotating collection where you can find some gems. I’ve not been able to figure out how to get to the free images directly on the site but if you Google 123rf and free images, the link comes up.

  • Thank you Courtney for this post. I’ve been looking for list of good free photo resources for my leverageyourtimemarketing.com site. I just discovered Free Digital Photos earlier today before reading this post. I’m definitely bookmarking this list so I have it!! Just curious what are your thoughts on Clip Art?

  • NAMoffers

    Very good! So much free stuf out there just waiting to be used.

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  • William Duke

    Pretty useful image source list for me! For those who haven’t find their favourite sites here, you can check here for more free photo sharing sites. Take your pick! http://screenshot.net/free-photo-sharing-sites.html

  • Style Bits & Bobs of ME

    Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for pictures for my blog. So excited to add pictures to my blog!

  • Booa Roy

    Me and my friend are amateur photographers (although we do some paid work every now and then) and we have created this website


    We believe in free culture and we are going to post all our photos in full resolution on our website and can be used under following creative commons license.

    That means you can
    remix, transform, and build upon the material
    for any purpose, even commercially.
    100% free of cost.

    We have just started this project and within months there will be thousands of photos available.
    If you like our work and want to promote free culture then please spread the word to everyone who might want to build upon our work.
    If everything goes right then our plan is to recruit more like minded photographers and make this site really rich with 100% free stock photos
    Thank you for supporting us

    Kind regards,


  • Bolormaa Tsetseg

    Another tip for free images (high resolution): http://freepix.eu/

  • This is a really big list! Thanks for sharing

  • Paratos

    Nice! Some sites are very interesting. Thank you for summary. I founded site with free photos in high resolution for any use of too. In case of intereted, you watch http://www.paradiseofphotos.com. 🙂

  • Ju

    Hi, an other free stock photo cool http://www.lifeofpix.com/

    • email database

      Hi ! Thanks you for your site.If you want to see another site so visitemail database.Once time I entered the site.The site was very helpful for us.

  • Guest

    Another great resource is http://www.pexels.com.
    On Pexels you can find many free high quality photos. All images are under the CC Zero license. This means you can use them even for commercial projects for free and no attribution is required.

    • Ashley Kimler

      Thanks so much for sharing! This is great!

  • Thanks for the list Courtney, it’s really useful! Almost all of my blog images http://www.invonesia.com were got from Creative Commons Search like Flickr

  • mfraz

    Nice Pics, For Technology News visit http://mfraz.com

  • please check out my site:http://www.my-free-photos.com

  • JK Mikals

    This is a terrific list! What a lot of work for you to pull all those example images and post them. Thank you. Very much appreciated.

    • I agrree. Really great blog about free stock photos. This one is brand new. it came out after the list was made but definitely worthy of being on it.

  • Blue Royal

    I really like pixabay.com because of many many beautiful images. I recently came across an interesting search engine of free images http://freeimages.pictures/ where there is possible search on multiple servers at once.

  • Adrian

    Our designer suggest their preferences http://designmodo.com/free-photos/ we have really nice collection of free photos providers, and all are free.

  • Chris

    Would love to throw my hat in the ring as well, with http://www.freestockimages.net/ Hope you like it 🙂

  • Thanks for that list! You have saved me a lot of time. I will be using it often.

  • Peter Wichers

    Wow what a great list! In the mean while, skitterphoto.com was launched. Check our site for daily free public domain photos. No login required, just browse and hit download.

  • Hello Courtney, I also have an free image archive where I share my images for free! It´s called opixx: http://www.opixx.org – a tip: Enter german Keywords for more search results.
    Greetings from Germany, Laith

  • Jeshu John

    New FREE Hi-Res photo each day for your personal & commercial use: http://www.designerspics.com

    • Ruben

      Thank you …this is an awesome site!!!

  • John

    Very good summary of quality web with photos. If you are finding next web, you can use http://www.paradiseofphotos.com 🙂

  • Bree

    Whoa… Canva.com is awesome! That’s going to be a huge time-saver compared to using Adobe for every image. Glad I read this all the way through.

  • I love this list and all of these great sites. It would be wonderful to see http://www.stokpic.com on this list. I love taking photos and am new photos daily.

  • Thanks Courtney. A bunch of awesome sites here. As always love what you’re giving us Buffer customers and feel the quality of content has gone up and up recently.

    I’ve got a number of these and a number of great extras I hope will be beneficial for everyone as well. They’re all listed here:


  • hotmops

    I recommend this site: http://www.stock-image-point.com

    All images looks realistic, no filters, no photoshopped and real. Perfect for viral marketing campaigns and for blog.

  • Charlotte Louise

    These are great! I also use PRShots.com regularly. They have absolutely thousands of PR images from brands to download and it’s all free. Really good resource, especially for bloggers!

  • disqus_Z1RTkBPabO

    http://www.imgparty.com/ is one new resource for public domain images and you can add your own.

  • After taking a look through this list, Bootstrap Bay’s and a few others, I made my own similar article. Plenty of these sites lack search functions, categories, etc so I made notes so you can find which ones work best for your needs. Time is a huge factor personally, so I prefer a combination of emailing lists and large libraries with search functions.


  • The large stock photo databases like Dreamstime or StockVault are so-so. I prefer the smaller ones like Unsplash and Gratisography – they have far more unique photos. I’ve started my own site – http://goodstock.photos – to contribute to the growing free stock photo community.

  • disqus_Z1RTkBPabO

    Hi this is my new site hope the images are used anywhere and everywhere.

  • Alex G

    Another two websites with CC and free images: http://www.4freephotos.com and http://www.alegriphotos.com

  • Thanks for the great list Courtney. I put together a similar list of 47 free stock photo and image resources that I think you might find useful. http://listsplosion.com/free-stock-photos-images/

  • Carrie-Anne Foster

    Another image site is http://www.blogphoto.tv

    Amazing selection of high quality, high resolution photos.

    All that is required is an email address and you’ll have access to many beautiful photos.

    New ones are added weekly, and there is a premium account available (at a portion of what many other websites charge).

    Best of all? NO attribution is required. Of course, it is proper etiquette to do so, but there are no licensing issues with the photos.

  • Deevy

    Great list Courtney. Another one is upicm.com They have unusual pics which are completely free for personal and commercial use. You can even use their images on your products with no attribution required. Their selection is small but they add new photos everyday, including Facebook covers and backgrounds. It’s one of the few free image sites where you can download the pics on mobile too.

  • don sahib
  • The real new trend now is FREE VIDEOS FOR WEB DESIGNERS. http://www.lifeofvids.com/

  • Pamela

    As usual fantastic information. Thank you Courtney and Kevan.

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  • javier

    Hi look http://en.freejpg.com.ar

  • michael kaminsky

    You could deal with a business web showcasing rundown all alone, yet why when there are numerous stages accessible to you that make the errand simple? A couple of samples of italy email list showcasing stages that are mainstream with the business to purchaser and business to business Internet advertising swarm like include

  • roytennant

    Another site that isn’t listed is FreeLargePhotos.com : http://freelargephotos.com/ which has well over 10,000 images free for personal use.

  • Thank you – thank you – thank you – as always, useful, helpful, informative and well, just brilliant…x

  • Deevy

    At upicm.com – The new kid on the block, we decided to cut to the chase and get rid of all the confusion re. creative commons license and public domain etc. All images are completely free for personal and commercial use with no attribution required ever. You can even incorporate our pics into your products for free with no limitations on the number of products. We create all images on the site ourselves so we can stand over their free legal use.
    We’re just getting started but thousands more pics will be added soon.
    In the meantime, stop by and grab yourself some amazing free pics at http://www.upicm.com/
    Including Facebook covers, Backgrounds, Nature Pics, Urban scenes etc. – Cheers.

  • renee

    Does anyone know of any sources that offer celebrity photos that can legally be used in blogs (free or paid)?

  • Alfredo

    Guys, http://www.iregioes.com.br site has many free pictures of cities in Brazil.

  • baltensperger

    My favorite is http://creativecommons.photos because this photo sharing site has no limits and you can download all photos in best quality and full-size. One thing that isn’t cool at the moment, the site don’t have millions of photos.