We’ve collected some of the top free image websites that you can use for your blog, website, or other content marketing program.
Whether you’re looking for commercial-use photos or some shots to add life to your blog, these sites can give you the photos you need – without having to pay a dime.
Pixabay offers a wide range of photos that are free for commercial use. Some are for editorial use only, but most of them can be used with or without attribution in any profit-making project you like.
There are plenty of high quality photos and its tagging system helps improve the relevance of every search you perform.
Like Pixabay, Picjumbo doesn’t require author attribution. There are lots of high-resolution, professional quality photos that you can start using right away.
Of all the sites listed in this article, this site presents some of the highest quality images. The site supports a tag system, searching, and has an email newsletter that brings the images straight to your inbox.
Getty Images is probably the largest place to find photos online. There are countless photos you can use in your content marketing. This is the place to go if you want the largest selection of the most professional quality photos out there.
This selection includes photos that are royalty-free, unlimited use, editorial-use, and rights-managed. The downside to this site is that they don’t make it easy to find the free images – there’s no option in the search page to only find those images.
Getty Images is a good site to go to if you want top quality images, but may also have a small budget to spend.
Death to the Stock Photo
Death to the Stock Photo is an artsy photo site that delivers a free photo pack every month. Each pack has its own theme and you are free to use the photos in commercial projects with or without attribution.
For a nominal subscription fee, you can gain access to even more photos, as well as the entire archive of photos.
Pexels is devoted exclusively to stock photos. All the pictures are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license, meaning you can distribute, copy, modify, and use them as you see fit, for any legal purpose whatsoever.
The site adds 70 new photos per week and claims a database of over 3,000 photos.
If you’re looking for fast access to completely free photos, Pexels is another good place to start.
Free Media Goo
Free Media Goo focuses more on background images, textures, plus some photographs. Their image bank is made up of tens of thousands of images, compiled from “agencies with millions of dollars at their disposal.”
Their categories are rather limited: aviation, beach, buildings, wildlife, and a few others. However, as with the other sites here, no attribution or links are required and you can use them in commercial projects.
This site also offers a wide selection of professional quality, royalty-free images that you can use in commercial projects. Gratisography has its own style of stock photos, in the same way that Death to the Stock Photo has its own style…perhaps because all the photos are taken by one person.
There are several categories of photos to choose from, such as nature, animals, people, and urban. However, there is no search engine, so you’ll have to browse to find the photos you’re looking for.
All the Free Stock
All the Free Stock is your one-stop shop for stock photos, icons, mockups, sound effects, videos, color palettes, and more.
The site itself is more of a gateway than a hub of its own. The menu on the left offers access to a multi-site search, which allows you to crawl Finda.Photo, Stock Up, Pexels, and more. There are also email lists and placeholders.
Every other menu category follows the same model – it features a dropdown submenu that will open up other sites in the right-hand side of the frame.
Compfight is an image search engine that allows you to search and filter Flickr images by license type. For bloggers and content marketers, they will naturally want to choose “creative commons” or “commercial.”
Unsplash features 10 new photos every day that you can “do whatever you want” with. The email list allows you to receive these photos in your inbox when they are released.
As with most of the other sites, Unsplash features categories that you can browse and a search engine to help you find what you’re looking for.
Content marketers are all aware that photo costs for marketing programs can quickly get out of hand. These top free image websites will help you find images to go alongside your written content, without adding anything to your marketing budget.
However, be aware that some of these sites may deliver different licenses bundled together. Always double check every site’s policy and the licenses before using them, especially in commercial projects.