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.
Freeimages 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.
All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
Pexels offers many thousands of images that you can search for by keyword. All photos on Pexels can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated. You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you like.
Pikwizard has over 100,000 completely free images on the site including a log of pictures of people. All of which are free to use without attribution. But mixed in with the search results are images labeled "Premium" that take you to sites that charge for images.
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. Tip: The first small row in the search results is to images from shutterstock which are not free!
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.
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.
You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. Although absolutely not required, a link back to Public domain vectors is always welcome.
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.
Morguefile.com has over 300,000 images that are free to use for commercial use. However, they have a strange license: Stand alone basis - You can not sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration, - OR - If you don't alter the image and leave it exactly as it is, then you must credit the photographer to use it.
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 July 25, 2020
Created on December 1, 2012