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21 Free Image Sites That Really Are Free!

It has been proven over and over that a great image is worth it’s weight in gold when it comes to making content both more shareable and more engaging. But, unless you are a photographer at heart, it can be very hard to find the right images for your blog posts and articles without reaching deep in to your PayPal account and paying $30 or more for a single image from a site like iStock.

You could go to Google images and just grab a few images and assume nothing will go wrong. Not only is this a copyright violation, you also run the risk of one of the photo houses sending you an email letting you know that you are being sued for not paying for the image you thought was free just because it was on Google.

Or you could go to one of a large number of truly royalty free image sites that really are free. some of these sites are giant repositories of photos while others are more curated and only post new photos every days or weeks. All of them have great photos and are where you should start your quest for amazing imagery to compliment your writing.



The images at morgueFile are free to use for both private and commercial use and without attribution. The images here are high res photos of all quality levels and subjects.

Public Domain Images


These images vary in quality and resolution but are all in the Public Domain. There are no copyright restrictions on these images.

Public Domain Archive

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High Res images in the public domain that are free from all copyright restrictions.

Photos Public Domain


Small, family owned, website with public domain photos taken by them and not taken from anywhere else on the web. These images are free from all copyright restrictions.

New Old Stock


New Old Stock vintage photos from the public domain. These images are not well organized, but you may find things here you won’t find any where else. These images are free from all copyright restrictions.



StokPic has a large collection of high res photos that are free to use and have no copyright restrictions.



Pixabay has over 320,000 royalty free photos, art illustrations and vectors that are free to use both for private and commercial use.

Little Visuals


Little Visuals releases 7 new royalty free and copyright free images every week. All images are released under CC0 1.0 Public Domain. You can also get each week’s images delivered to your inbox automatically.



Jonas Nilsson Lee is a photographer in Sweden who has released a large assortment of his photos under CC0 and free use however you want.



Picography features high res photos from a large collection of photographers. All images are free to use.



Getrefe is a small collection of royalty free images. To see the entire collection click on the archive link up top.



Megdeleine hosts a curated collection of royalty free photos gathered from around the web.

Travel Coffee Book


10 new photos are added every 10 days and all are release under Creative Commons CC0.

Kaboom Pics

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Kaboom Pics has a large collection of high res photos that are free to use and royalty free.



Free high res photos all taken by Ruan McGuire and released free of all copyright restrictions.

Snap Wire Snaps


Seven new high res photos are released every 7 days and are ll free to use.

Life of Pix


Life of Pix is a collection of mostly landscape photos that are free to use.



All of the high res photos on Split Shire were taken by the same photographer and released free of all copyright restrictions.

The Old Design Shop


Collection of vintage images, cards and designs all released without copyright restrictions.

PD Clip Art


Large collection of public domain clipart that is free to use.

The Pattern Library


Finally, everyone needs pattern art from time to time. Here is a large collection of patterns for you to use on your website. It can be a little confusing to navigate though.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then this collection of free to use and royalty free image sites should give you enough material for your next thousand blog posts.

Did we miss your favorite free photo and image website?

Let us know about it in the comments.