10 Great Sources Of Free Images

Visual content has always been an important element of the web, but with the rise of social media and social sharing, its significance has grown manifold. Images, of course, are the biggest part of this puzzle.

You probably already know that images for your blog (or website) should be taken from sources that explicitly allow for their reuse — this usually either means a Creative Commons license, images that are in public domain, or those that are purchased via websites that sell stock photos and art.

But where can you find good quality free images that have been cleared for use on your blog? Here is a list of 10 great sources for free images:


Free Images

Previously known as Stock.xchng, this one offers a wide range of images and photos that can be used for free after you register. More than 400,000 images are available, extensively categorized, and you can search for keywords or browse through the site to find the ones you need.


IM Free

This website offers stylishly curated collection of free resources, including images that are available for commercial use. You can search for keywords, or browse through tags to download images that can be freely copied, modified, and distributed.



Photographers, designers and students meet at this place to share photographs, images and graphics with each other. You can download files for free and most of them can be used for personal or noncommercial design work, making them an excellent option for blogs.



Billed as an alternative photo sharing platform, this website was founded in 1998 by Michael Jastremski, and has grown into a very large source of photos since then. Photos are available under dozens of categories, ranging from animals and food, to holidays and conceptual shots.


Free Range Stock

Another handy source for free high quality (and high resolution) stock photos. Registration is required, but it grants you access to a large gallery of searchable photos. All images are reviewed before they are posted, and the website also offers free textures that can come in handy in a graphic design project.



Another website created by photographers and graphic artists to freely share their images and creations. Registration is required to download photos, but there is a decently extensive collection available for you, once you do.


Unrestricted Stock

Going far beyond just photos, this unique site offers everything from icons, buttons, illustrations, vectors, fonts, even videos. All work available here is well, unrestricted, in the sense that it can be used for commercial purposes.


New Old Stock

True to its name, New Old Stock is a great place to find vintage photos from public archives that are free of copyright restrictions. The inventory might be limited, but this is a great bet for classic black and white images from the eons gone by.



This large collection of free stock photos primarily focuses on nature and outdoor scenes. The pool may not be too broad for this one, but if you are looking for these type of images, there are plenty on offer that can be copied, modified and distributed without any issues.


Good Free Photos

Thousands of unique and free public domain stock photos are available for download in this gallery, ranging from food, plants, and animals to weapons, sky and cloud. A pretty substantial amount of content, from what is, essentially, a single photographer.

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  • All good options! Thanks for 10 great options, Melanie! I would also add Flickr as a good option, however, you often need to get permission or rights from the owner of the photo.

    • I’ve used Flickr also. I love it, but these 10 are completely free and usable. A lot less trouble for me. Thanks for sharing all 10!

  • For someone who blogs like I do, having these resources are incredibly vital for spicing up the posts for free. I wasn’t familiar with a lot of these sites, so thank you so much for listing and explaining them here! Much appreciated.

  • Love all of these… I especially believe stockvault is the cream of the crop. Fantastic blog post Melanie.

  • Thanks for the links. I’ve looked through all 10 and I think from the top down they get progressively weaker. I could be wrong, but I think the first few you listed are the best options here with the widest range.

  • Freeimages has the best domain name and the widest array of quality pictures, at least for what I’m looking for. Any one of the 10 could be useful, but that’s just how I felt about the best of the best.

  • Great article!

    I recently started http://fancycrave.com/ as a side project a few months ago. The site consists of completely free stock photos all taken and edited by me. It’s basically a collection of images from my travels around South East Asia and South America (soon). My aim for these photos is to help designers and creative alike. People can use these images for whatever purpose they please.

    I do not make any income from the website. I keep things very simple. I list the photo, its tags, the author, and the download link.

    I hope you and others will find it valuable. If you see it fit, I’d be very grateful if you could add it to this list. Cheers!

  • I’d like to add one more nice service – templatemonster.com . If you want to save your money and time , check it out – more than 40 thousands HQ pics, well arranged and categorized for the appropriate price.

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