25 Best Sites to Download Legal and Free Images
Finding free images for commercial use for your website or for your next giveaway can be a pain. Just running a quick search for free stock photos, or royalty-free photos will bring you to tons of deceptive websites that require payment to download any of their images.
We have compiled a list of websites where you can download free images and photos legally. Some websites may require you to credit the owners, which can be as easy as “Credit: Photographer Name” with a link to their website.
Free Images for Commercial Use
Over 70 new photos are added to the collection every week and all photos are free for any personal and commercial use.
Pixabay is a search engine with access to over 1 million stock photos and growing. You will not be disappointed by its extensive collection.
Unsplash is a community of beautiful and free photos generously contributed by photographers worldwide.
High-quality photos are curated and submitted by the community. Only the best are chosen to be displayed in the gallery. They are sorted by colours and tags.
Launched by Shopify, this free commercial photo site provides photos and useful guides for marketing. You can create Facebook advertisements, Facebook posts and make use of their business starter kits if you’re a business owner.
It has a neat compilation of nature photos updated daily. Great for your nature-themed posts.
Kaboompics has an advanced colour search function to match your desired palette. Perfect for a web designer or artist. What’s more, the entire selection is provided by Karolina, a photographer and web designer.
8. Life of Pix
A simplistic photo directory, it has a clean, responsive design that will help you find the perfect photo for your blog post.
Seven free beautiful photos are handpicked and uploaded every seven days.
Everything you need for your creative projects can be found here. It has a collection of modern and vintage photos available to the public.
StockSnap has a searchable collection of high-resolution photos that are not bound by copyrights. This service was created by Snappa, an online graphical editor.
Gratisography is created by renowned photographer Ryan McGuire with the aim of distributing his work royalty-free.
Travel Coffee Book shares beautiful travel moments.
14. Foodie’s Feed
If there’s a site for free travel photos, there will be one for food. Beware, Foodie’s Feed will make you hungry.
Great nature and city landscape photos can be found here.
Finda.Photo has a simple and clean search engine where you can search by keyword, popular tags, source, or even colour.
17. ISO Republic
ISO Republic has high-quality photos which can be used for almost any commercial project.
18. Free Images
They have a collection of mostly generic images that are separated by many categories, which can be scanned through their search function. You will have to give credit to the author if it is for editorial or audio/visual purposes.
19. New Old Stock
This interesting site is a collection of vintage photos mostly in black and white. Great for an old-fashioned theme.
There are many nature and abstract images which you can use for your online store.
21. Stock Vault
Photos on Stock Vault are contributed by artists and photographers within their community.
Graphicstock has a very in-depth repository of vectors to be used for image manipulation. What’s more, you have unlimited access to download over 300,000 images in their collection.
23. Death to Stock
Death to Stock has their own proprietary license that allows you to use their images any way you want, but redistribution is not allowed.
24. Split Share
Split Share was created “with the simple aim of giving life to photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility”. Many professional images found here are used on top blogs and news websites like CNN, The Huffington Post and thousands more.
The site provides modifiable images and patterns that you can use as backgrounds, templates or banners.
Do you have a favourite website for free photos? Let us know in the comments!
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