Where can you find royalty free images at no charge? Right here. Here is a list of websites that provide images that you can use free of charge. Many websites out there provide royalty free or stock images or photos for a fee. But the image sites below allow you to use the images in your project for free.
Although the sites listed below allow you to use the images without cost to you, take care to read the license agreement for each website. Some of the websites have restrictions on the use. Also, some of the websites ask that you credit the website or the original creator/photographer of the photograph or image.
Most of the links below allow you to use the images on your web page, in a video presentation or in printed form. If you do use an image in a project then it would be nice for you to contact the original owner of the image and let them know how you are using it.
Librestock is like a search engine for royalty free, copyright free stock photos. It links to 37+ websites that provide stock photos for free. Type in a search term and it shows the relevant photos from the different websites.
Unrestricted Stock provides many vector graphic images as well as icons and hand drawn images that you can use for just about anything free of charge. They also have a few photographs that you can use.
Stock.XCHNG provides the largest amount of free images at no charge. The site allow artists and photographers to upload their work so that they can share it with others and it can be downloaded to be used in projects. You can search for just about any type of photo out there. Tip: When you search for an image the first and last row of results are from another website (istockphoto.com) which charges for photos. But there are four rows of images in between that are free to use.
Pixaby provides thousands of public domain images. This means that you can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author. Tip: When you search for an image on this site the first row is from another website (shutterstock.com) which charges for photos. But the rows below the first row are free to use.
There are many royalty free photos and icons here. To use the images at this website for free you must attribute FreeDigitalPhotos.net on the same page or screen where the photo is used. Otherwise you have to pay $3 for a small version of the image and up to $10 for a large version of the image.
Clker provides royalty free public domain clipart that can be used for free. The clipart is uploaded by users who share their public domain work.
This seems to be a new service that has over 100,000 photos in many categories. After you register then you are able to download the images without a logo on them.
At flickr.com you can search through billions of photos that individuals have uploaded. But make sure they are free to use under the Creative Commons License. To this click on Advanced Search and type in your search term and then scroll to near the bottom and check the box next to Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. If your project is a commercial project then also check Find content to use commercially. When you find an image that you want to use click on it to view it. If you see Some Rights Reserved on the viewing page click on it and you will see that under the Creative Commons License you have to use attribution or credit the author for the image somewhere in your work or page.
Last updated on January 3, 2017
Created on December 1, 2012