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99+ Sites with Free Images for Commercial Use (2016)

Inspiratie

We often need to download free images for our posts or designs. Hiring a photographer or paying for stock photos every time can quickly become very expensive. Especially for individuals and small businesses. That’s why we would like to share our ultimate list of websites with free images. All available for commercial use and without the need for attribution. Before we do this, we will first talk about the ins and outs of free images. Or would you want to see the list immediately?

We often need to download free images for our posts or designs. Hiring a photographer or paying for stock photos every time can quickly become very expensive. Especially for individuals and small businesses. That’s why we would like to share our ultimate list of websites with free images. All available for commercial use and without the need for attribution. Before we do this, we will first talk about the ins and outs of free images. Or would you want to see the list immediately?

The importance of using images

On average we humans don’t have a lot of patience online. Because of this we rather like to scan a website or article then to fully read it. During this scanning, images stand out the most. Besides that, they are known to have a greater impact on our emotions than plain words. Hence the saying “A picture is worth a 1000 words.” The right image can sometimes be the reason to start reading an article.

On social media images also play an important role. Let’s take Twitter for example. With thousands of tweets per second, it is difficult to stand out when using text only in your tweets. Adding an image to your message makes sure you are noticed more quickly and that your tweet is longer on the screen while scrolling.

Person that is making a picture of the mountains

Enough choice

Ok, images are important. But where do you find them? Nowadays you don’t need to worry about that. Almost everyone now has a camera in his pocket. The rise of the internet and large photo-sharing platforms like Flickr have ensured that this huge flood of photos has become accessible to everyone. So there is plenty of places to find a free image. How come that a lot of them are free?

Creative Commons licenses

Many people who are offering a free image do not do this for ‘free’. Often, it comes with a license. A popular license is the Creative Commons license. This license gives you the right to use an image free of charge in your work. In exchange, you are often required to mention the name of the creator or the location where you got the picture. This is called attribution.

Attribution

It can be an issue to mention a name or location if you want to use the image for commercial purposes. It simply doesn’t look good to place a link to another website under a beautiful header. It can even look a little unprofessional. That’s why most people almost never do it. Maybe they are not aware of attribution and think that all free things come without any conditions.

Nobody is going to catch me

With millions of websites, you can easily think that nobody will notice when you are using an image without following the rules of the underlying license. Watch out! Apart from the likelihood that the rightful owner comes knocking at your door, it’s simply not professional as a company to break the rules.

We live in a time where machines do the work for us. Technology is so advanced that you could even use Google to see where your image is used. See for yourself by dragging it in Google Images.

The chances of getting caught are increasing. And a lawsuit is not only going to cost you money, but also your company’s reputation.

Public domain images images

Fortunately, there is a form of images that may be used for commercial purposes and where attribution is not required. Mostly, such images are public domain images. (Also called royalty-free images) This means that they are not (anymore) protected by a copyright and there will be nobody who can forbid you to use them. You could use them for every purpose without the need for attribution.

Images can get into the public domain by the lapse of time. In most countries this can take more than a hundred years. This way it can take very long to use an image royalty-free. Therefore, it is also possible to dedicate an image to the public domain before that. For example, there is the Creative Commons Zero license that allows you to dedicate an image to the public domain.

Besides the Creative Commons Zero license there are other licenses that don’t dedicate an image to the public domain but still allow you to do a lot with an image. The licenses in these situations are so wide that you could almost call it a royalty-free image. Extreme things like selling the picture are not allowed, but using the it commercially without attribution is.

Look out for other rights!

Good job! You now know when you can use an image for commercial use and what attribution is. BUT, still you need to think of one thing. Even if there is no copyright on an image, there may be other rights which do apply. These other rights are reflected when a person, an object belonging to a person/company or a brand/logo is recognisable in a picture. Some examples are:

  1. Commercial and private buildings or estates
  2. Faces, animals or brand clothes
  3. Airports and theme parks
  4. Cars or boats
  5. Paintings or statues
  6. Laptops, phones, books
  7. Shop logos

To save you a headache just follow this rule. If you want to commercially use a picture with a topic that is mentioned above, you must always have obtained permission for it.

A person that is not recognisable

After you have obtained permission you don’t have the right to just do anything that comes in your mind with it. There always will remain a few fundamental rules. This has to do with the negative use of an image. Consider the following:

  • Don’t use a photo to make a person or business ridiculous
  • Don’t use a photo to twist the truth
  • Don’t use a photo for sensitive subjects that are not acceptable

Overall, it comes down to the following question:

Can there be a person or company who can recognise himself/itself or his/its property in an image and does not want it to be posted online?

If you can answer this question positively then it is wise to edit the picture so that this is no longer the case, or to find a different image.

Appreciate the hard work

Before we are going to show you the list we want you to consider the following. All the websites and photographers mentioned in the list have taken the trouble to give up their free time so that you can use free photos in your work. This will save all of us a lot of time and money.
Therefore, appreciate their work. Even if it is not necessary to put a name or a link somewhere, this does not mean it is forbidden. If it is not appropriate to mention it below the image you could maybe mention it somewhere else on your website. If even this is not appropriate you can at least like or follow the photographer or website on social media or leave a comment.

Time for the list!

I bet you are ready by now to see a list of websites where you can download free images that you can use commercially without the need for attribution. That’s why we are sharing our list with you! Each website on the list offers images that meet the following conditions:

  • The image can be used for both personal and commercial use.
  • Attribution is not required (unless it is a questionable case, see no. 86 t / m 92).
  • The image can be used for many purposes. For example, for writing an article or creating a website.
  • The image can be used immediately. Editing is not required.

We have done our utmost best to ensure that all sites on this list meet these conditions. But we advise you to always carefully check the license of each picture you are downloading, just to be sure.


Content:
Images that cover a lot of topics: Number 1 t/m 67
Nature, travel and city images: Number 68 t/m 73
Images with a special topic: Number 74 t/m 78
Search engines and curators of free images: Number 79 t/m 90
Questionable cases, be careful: Number 91 t/m 96
Bonus: Number 97 and up

Attention: This is not a TOP list but a regular list. Number 30 on the list could be as good as the number 1. We did put the websites that we think are most original higher on the list, but this is our personal opinion.

1. Unsplash
Unsplash places 10 new and stunning images every 10 days, all in high resolution.

Originality according to us? Very high
Search box? Yes, a search bar
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, every week


2. Gratisography
Gratisography is a website made by photographer and visual artist Ryan McGuire. Besides regular photos Ryan also shows his creative side with visually edited stock photos that you will not easily find anywhere else.

Originality according to us? Very high
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


3. Jay Mantri
Stunning stock photos of designer Jay Mantri which you can use for many purposes. Make magic!

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No, only a monthly archive
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No, the latest are from august 2015
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, periodically


4. Realistic Shots
Each week seven new uploads with various topics by photographer Henry Reyes.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


5. Stokpic
A website founded by photographer Ed Gregory who offers his pictures for free in very high resolutions with a various topics.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, 10 new ones every two weeks


6. SplitShire
The website made by photographer Daniel Manescu who offers beautiful images on a beautiful website.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes, on every download page there are photos from Shutterstock
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


7. Picography
Pictures from the web design agency Hidden Depth. 15 pages packed with original pictures.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, monthly


8. Cupcake
A small collection of stunning stock photos by photographer Jonas Nilsson Lee.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


9. StreetWill
Download free high quality vintage photos.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


10. ISO Republic
This website was created by photographer Tom Eversley and contains very original images of excellent quality. Each day a new one.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


11. Negative Space
Negative Space focuses on cities and tech and fills their site with new uploads every week.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


12. FancyCrave
At Fancy Crave anyone can upload their work under the condition that the they are offered under the Creative Commons Zero license.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag or in the archive is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


13. TrunkLog
The owner of Trunklog decided to give his lesser used images away for free.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


14. Tookapic
Tookapic contains both premium and free photos. Set the filter to free only. The license is mentioned beside each image, which is usually a Creative Commons Zero license.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes
Alerts by e-mail? No


15. Vastpic
A small and simple website for downloading some very nice photography.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Nee
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


16. Photocrops
PhotoCrops wants to help you find your creativity by offering their work for free.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Nee
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


17. Life of Pix
A large list of almost 70 pages with high quality images.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


18. Skuawk
Very nice stock photos on a very nice website.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No, searching by category is possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


19. Minimography
A minimalistic website with minimalistic and original images.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


20. Freemagebank
Twenty pages full of beautiful close-up and nature pictures.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? Yes
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


21. Death to the Stock Photo
Subscribe for the newsletter and get high resolution images for free in your inbox every month. For $15 a month you can get exclusive images and premium options.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? Yes, an e-mail account
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


22. Re:Splashed
670 high quality photos on this website thanks to Tyler Wanlass and the fine folks at Crew. No statement about attribution, but based on the Creative Commons Zero license, attribution is not required.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


23. GetRefe
GetRefe sells images but also offers some for free. The free pictures don’t have a license attached. If they carry the same license as the paid pictures then you may use the images commercially. Attribution is not clearly stated.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Own license, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? Yes
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


24. Megapixelstock
Megapixelstock is made by photographer and web programmer Ahmet and Ozen. They aim to create a great community where photographers share their photos with the world.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, every 10 days


25. Kaboompics
Download from a large collection of free images in different categories from photographer Karolina Grabowska.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


26. StockSnap
Stock Snap collects photos from different photographers around the globe. All photos that end up on the website carry the Creative Commons Zero license.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, weekly


27. Yernju
At Yernju anyone can upload their work under the condition that the they are offered under the Creative Commons Zero license.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No, only searching by category
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


28. PicJumbo
PicJumbo is the website from photographer Viktor Hanáček consisting of photo collections on different subjects. Of each collection Viktor gives away a free picture. A premium membership is required to use all photos from a collection.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


29. Skitter Photo
The Skitterphoto team daily places a new photo with high quality and originality.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes, after searching Shutterstock photos appear at the top
Alerts by e-mail? No


30. Designers Pics
Download free photos from web designer and developer Yeshu John from India. Here you will find many beautiful close-up pictures of different objects.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No, latest Facebook activity was in july 2015
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


31. Goodstock.Photos
Photos from designer and online marketer Steven, who daily places a new one on his website.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, monthly


32. Snapwire Snaps
The free photo department of the stock photo service SnapWire with every 7 days 7 new free pictures.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, every week 7


33. JéShoots
The website made by the young John Vasek with photos in different categories.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


34. Barn Images
A website launched by the two Latvian photographers Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits. Together they decided to offer free High-resolution images on the internet.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


35. HiResStock
Photos from Anggi and Dody, offering plenty of photos from Indonesia for free.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by catergory is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? Yes, they offer paid bundles
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


36. Bara Art
A site with not much, but nice pictures.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No, searching by catergory is possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


37. Shutteroo
Photographer Klaye Morrison in Australia offers, among others, amazing nature photos for free here.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


38. Creative Vix
This English website offers lots of travel pictures but also focuses on other topics.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


39. Lock and Stock Photos
The website from A.J. Montpetit who shows his love for freebies by offering his photos for free.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


40. Bossfight
Boss Fight wants to put an end to your search for free images by offering 10 to 20 uploads every day.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


41. PhotoStockEditor
A simple website with new pictures weekly.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


42. LargePhotos
The name says it all: download free large pictures.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, weekly


43. FreeUse
You can find pictures with various topics. The license is given per picture. But it’s mostly a Creative Commons Zero license.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


44. MMT
Photos shot by Jeffrey Betts in different categories. Mainly nature and city photos.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


45. PickupImage
Download beautiful outdoor photos. A statement about attribution is missing. All the photos we have clicked carry the Creative Commons Zero license. Based on this, attribution would not be necessary.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Mostly Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


46. FreeStocks
Eight pages with free high quality images from the Polish internet agency Malinowski

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category or tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


47. Pixabay
Pixabay is a website with more than 470,000 photographs and illustrations. In addition to downloading images, you can also upload your own images.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category, photographer or editor’s choice is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? Only for high resolutions
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown at the top of the page
Alerts by e-mail? No


48. Freerange
A huge collection of both stock and original photos with a wide variety of categories.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? Yes
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown at the top of the page
Alerts by e-mail? No


49. Upicm
Original photos shot by the UPICM team and other photographers who want to upload their pictures on this website. A good variety of categories is available, but there are not many photos per category.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No, searching by category is possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


50. GoodFreePhotos
A large library of free stock photos taken by a single person about his travel adventures.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (replaced by Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


51. PhotoGen
Started as a paid stock photo website and they switched to offering free photos in 2006.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Licentie? Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (replaced by Creative Commons Zero)
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


52. Totally Free Stock Photos
The brother of the above Photogen. At least, that’s what it looks like.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


53. 1 Million Free Pictures
A website from photographer Topper which is planning to shoot a million pictures in 30 years and offer them for free.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
alerts by e-mail? No


54. Crow The Stone
A small website for downloading free images with a vintage effect.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


55. PicDrome
A website with public domain photos since 2008.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


56. My Public Domain Pictures
A website with public domain images in different categories.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


57. Freetems
A good stock photo website with unique categories such as insects.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


58. PD pics
A large collection of free photographs in many categories.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


59. PD photo
A large collection of free photographs in a lot of categories with some photos that are not in the public domain.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Licentie? Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (replaced by Creative Commons Zero)
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


60. Photos Public Domain
Free photo website with many categories.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Licentie? Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (replaced by Creative Commons Zero)
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


61. ABS Free Pic
Photos from users and from different public domain websites. There are thousands of photographs per category.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


62. Inframe
A small number of pictures on this website. Maybe useful to someone.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


63. Imagebase
Photos shot by David Niblack in five different categories.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


64. FreeMediaGoo
Download a modest collection of nice standard photos.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No, searching by category is possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


65. Public Domain Pictures
A large collection of different photographers offering their photographs and illustrations for free.

Originality according to us? Low
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No, but for downloading high resolution pictures you need a premium account
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock pictures are also shown
Alerts by e-mail? No


66. Unprofound
Photographer Jim decided in 2001 to offer his photographs for free because he was not satisfied with the online supply at that time. His website is still online.

Originality according to us? Low
Search box? Yes, searching by color is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


67. Public Domain Photos
5000 images released into the public domain.

Originality according to us? Low
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (replaced by Creative Commons Zero)
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown below the search results
Alerts by e-mail? No

Nature, travel and city images

68. Travel Coffee Book
The creator of this website shares his best travel images since April 2014 with the world.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No, but there is a monthly archive
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


69. Photocollections.io
Download gorgeous nature photos which carry a nice atmosphere.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


70. Free Nature Stock
Only nature photos, shot by Adrian Pelletier.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


71. Moveast
Photos from the Portuguese João Pacheco who records his travels and shares them with the world.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


72. Stock Image Point
Images of various cities around the world.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown on the download page
Alerts by e-mail? No


73. Epicantus
Many beautiful pictures of cities shot weekly by Daria. There is no statement about attribution but because of the Creative Commons Zero license, attribution will not be mandatory.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No

Images with a special topic

74. FoodiesFeed
Only food images. If you are looking for photos with great color then you’ve come to the right place.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


75. Little Visuals
7 pages with mostly close-up pictures of different objects. Unfortunately, the creator of this website has recently died.

Originality according to us? Very High
Search box? No
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


76. FreelyPhotos
Images that are closely related to Christianity.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No, searching by category is possible
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


77. Startup Stock Photos
Photos that show you how it can look at a startup company.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Creative Commons Zero
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


78. FoodEverest
FoodEverest is a professional team which specializes in food industry. You can download high quality food images for free.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Free for commercial use. Attribution desired, but not required
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes

Search engines and curators of free images

79. The Stocks
A simple but very convenient search engine. View multiple free stock photo websites at a glance.

Search box? Yes
Creative Commons Zero warranty? No
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


80. Magdeleine
A comprehensive search engine that can search for both photos with and without the requirement of attribution. Select the CC0 license before you start searching. Magdeleine sometimes pulls photos from very small web sites that say nothing about a license or attribution. So always double check when searching.

Search box? Yes, searching by category, color, license or tag is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? No
Need an account? No
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown on the download page
Alerts by e-mail? No


81. Pexels
Every day 10 new images from famous websites like Unsplash, Gratisography, Little Visuals etc.

Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? Yes, Shutterstock photos are shown on the download page
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


82. LibreStock
An engine that searches in 40+ websites for free CC0 images. You can choose to search in all these websites, or just some of them.

Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? Yes, in the top of the page
Alerts by e-mail? No


83. Finda.Photo
A site searching through 10 different sources. Search free images by color is a nice option.

Search box? Yes, searching by category or color is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


84. Plixs
A search engine that can search for free pictures as well as free videos.

Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


85. Public Domain Archive
An archive composed of images released into the public domain. For 10 dollars a month you can sign up for a premium account and download multiple images simultaneously or access exclusive uplaods.

Search box? No
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


86. Sitebuilderreport Stock Up
A search engine that aggregates from 25 different sources and has collected over 9000 up to date.

Search box? No
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


87. Polarfox
Polar Fox collects photographs from different sources and modifies them to make them look extra beautiful.

Search box? Yes, searching by tag is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? Yes
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


88. Stockphotos.io
A good search engine that also searches on Tumblr pages and small websites. So always pay attention to whether a license is there and if attribution is required.

Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? No
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


89. FreeJPG
10.000+ collected photographs from different sources. Don’t be afraid of un-original pictures because of this number. However, they do got 3 different licenses, so double check if the license is Creative Commons Zero or Basic.

Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
Creative Commons Zero warranty? No
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


90. Splashbase
Looks for free images and videos in nearly 20 sources. The license is stated separately for each photo. This is usually a Creative Commons Zero license.

Search box? Yes
Creative Commons Zero warranty? No
Need an account? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? Yes, weekly

Questionable cases, be careful
With the websites listed below, we advise you to contact the author/owner about attribution and commercial use.

91. HD Wallpapers
Free high quality HD Wallpapers which are optimized for phones and desktop backgrounds.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Use them how you want, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? Yes
Alerts by e-mail? Yes


92. Freeepy
Eight pages with pictures on various topics. You can use the photos however you like, but a statement about attribution is missing.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? Yes
License? Use them how you want, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? No
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


93. Noblweb
Family pictures, holiday photos and more. You can do whatever you like, but a statement about attribution is missing.

Originality according to us? High
Search box? No
License? Use them how you want, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


94. Free Stock Paradise
Free pictures taken and offered by the Sosnowski family. Attribution is requested. But whether it is a request or an obligation is not entirely clear.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? No, searching by category is possible
License? Free for commercial use, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? No
New uploads this month? Unknown
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


95. RGB Stock
RGB Stock collects photos from different photographers and presents them under the RGBstock license. Commercial use without attribution seems not mandatory. But they do ask if you can inform the photographer about the use of you downloaded image. Whether it is required, is not clear.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Own license, unknown if you are required to inform the photographers
Need an account? Yes
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No


96. Stock Photos For Free
This website has lots of free pictures that are pulled from videos which are sold on a separate website. According to the license commercial use is allowed. However, nothing is said about attribution.

Originality according to us? Medium
Search box? Yes, searching by category is also possible
License? Commercial use is allowed, attribution is not clearly stated
Need an account? Yes
New uploads this month? Yes
Advertisements? No
Alerts by e-mail? No

Bonus!

97. Life of Vids
The brother of Life of Pix. Instead of free images, the website only offers free videos. Plixs and SplashBase mentioned above do search for both pictures and videos.

98. Embedding social media updates
Sometimes, a Twitter update is more appropriate than a picture. Instead of making a screenshot, cutting it to the right size and placing it on your website, it is easier to embed it on your page. A good guide that shows you how to do this for many social networks can be found at HubSpot through the link above.

99. Zoommy App (paid)
Zoommy is a program for Windows or OSX looking for free pictures inside many sources mentioned throughout this article. Many of this sources only offer photos with a Creative Commons Zero license. But not all. So always double check the license associated with each photo.

100. Cameringo for Android (paid)
If you want to make your own pictures than there are better alternatives than the standard camera app. Our favourite app for Android is Cameringo. This app has over 250 filters and 20 frames to edit your photos. When you are recording video, there is the ability to pause or even to draw on the screen. Recently, the developers added the option to make GIF animations.

101. ProCamera for iPhone (paid)
Our favourite camera app for the iPhone is ProCamera. Besides features like 6x zoom, anti-shaking and a timer this app also has options you will not typically find in other camera apps. ProCamera can save images in the TIFF format in order to make the pictures more suitable for processing and printing. ProCamera can also shoot photos while recording video. Additionally, you have the ability to scan QR codes and barcodes with this app.

102. OneShot for Windows Phone
Let’s not forget the Windows Phone users. Our favourite is the free app OneShot. This app makes use of Nokia technology to create good quality pictures. Besides beautiful pictures you also get plenty options like applying live effects, voice commands and support for high resolutions. OneShot also works with the new Windows 10.

103. Open Source photo editor for Windows.
If you want to edit photos on Windows you quickly think of Photoshop. However, there are also good free alternatives. Our favourites are Paint.net if you want a simple and small sized program. Need more options? Then try Gimp or Krita.

104. Affinity Photo voor Mac (paid)
Considered by many as the best alternative for Photoshop for a fraction of the price. The program only costs 50 dollars and is unfortunately only available for Mac.