Royalty free images are ideal and convenient for adding high quality, attractive photos to your blog posts and web design projects.
Adding beautiful photos to your articles and online presentations has several benefits. Readers will stay more engaged with media rich content rather than blocks of text alone. Furthermore, not only will your content will look more interesting, it will be more search engine friendly too.
However, simply running a search on Google and downloading images will just not do. There is no guarantee that these images will not be subject to copyright and even if Google produces image results under the Creative Commons search filter, you still can’t be sure that these images do not require attribution or whether or not they are free for commercial use, should that be the intended use for them. If you use an image that is incorrectly licensed or not free for use at all, you risk legal implications that can set you back a lot of money plus the headache.
There are plenty of websites that offer thousands of exceptional photographs that can be used for both personal projects as well as commercially. Thanks to a generous community of artists and photographers, we can use and even modify photos of landscapes, cities, objects, food and even humans without any restrictions. That's right, amazingly good photos without copyright, no watermarks, no rights reserved and everything comes under the Creative Commons Zero license.
For impressive collections of high-resolution images, check out these fantastic websites that all offer completely free photos for all sorts of uses including commercial use.
Pexels offers thousands of hi-res images which are completely royalty free for both personal and commercial use. There are tonnes of images to search through on Pexels.
Pixabay is yet another brilliant website that has over 1.6 million free stock photos to share, all with no attribution required. In fact Pixabay also has a variety of free videos too, shared by their generous community of talented photographers and videographers.
Unsplash has more astonishing free stock photos which are free to use and high quality.
Morguefile is another community based free photo sharing website with a collection of over Over 350,000 free stock photos.
SplitShire has a stunning collection of free images and videos that can be used by anyone from designers and bloggers to marketing companies and businesses.
FREEIMAGES has plenty of free stock photos which can be browsed by category.
StockSnap is updated weekly with hundreds of free high resolution photos.
Burst is another site to check out for free downloadable stock images that are great for blogs and other uses.
FREE FOR COMMERCIAL USE gives you exactly what is says on the label, completely free, stunning photographs that you can do what ever you want with.
Realistic Shots updates their collection with seven new photos every week, all of which are free to use.
Startup Stock Photos offers free photos to bloggers, publishers, designers and everyone else.
Gratisography is home to some fun, quirky and downright creative free photos.
FreePic is a hub for graphic resources including free vector images, stock photos as well as PSD and icons.
Magdeleine has a variety of CC0 licensed images that you can use for free.
Life of Pix gives you free high resolution photography and features a photographer of the week.
Free Nature Stock has a full collection of nature stock photos and videos.
Snapwire Snaps brings you seven new and free photos, every seven days.
Public Domain Archive, now known as DesignRush, is constantly being updated with free public domain images which you can use to enhance your blog posts and creative projects.
Kaboompics helps you to find the perfect photo for free.
Travel Coffee Book is a website with a unique collection of travel photos.
Cupcake is home to a tremendous portfolio free images taken by a photographer based in Sweden.
Jay Mantri offers a free collection of breath-taking photos of landscapes and more.
MMT is a great site for free photos and videos that you can use in personal or commercial projects, websites, posts and anything else you want to do with them.
Foodie’s Feed is home to some yummy photos of food that are all irresistibly free.
New Old Stock helps you to recapture history with vintage photography that is free for public use.
Negative Space has even more completely free hi-res images for all uses.
Moveast.me takes you on the journey of a Portuguese photographer who lets you use his photos for free.
Shutteroo offers free stock images captured by photographer Klaye Morrison.
FreeStockPhotos, formally Realography, still has some fantastic royalty free images to offer.
Visual Hunt helps you hunt for high quality free photos by category.
Freestocks is another archive of lovely free images that you can use anywhere. Choose from all the popular categories such as animals, city and architecture, fashion, food and drinks, nature, people, objects and technology.
Pippalunacy has a unique selection of free photos and digital illustrations for downloading.
ISO Republic is another fabulous website which has thousands of photos and videos which are free to use.
Bara-Art is another awesome website for free high resolution photos.
PicDrome is the home to public domain images that are free for all uses including educational, personal and commercial.
Photos.Oliur is the place to see strikingly good free stock images taken by photographer, Oliur Rahman.
DesignersPics doesn't require any attribution when you use their free images, whether it's personally or commercially.
Epicantus is the home of photography by Daria, all free to use with some excellent aerial photography shots too.
Rightlight provides a unique collection of license free, hi-resolution photos.
Food Everest has a mountain of free food images that foodies will love.
Libreshot has various free photos and fine art images which are absolutely free to use with no attribution required.
FancyCrave has a collection of high quality non-stock photos, handpicked, authentic and totally free to use.
PicJumbo has even more beautiful free stock photos, backgrounds and images, if you still haven't found what you are looking for!
Pikwizard gives you 100,000 completely free images on their site, with over 20,000 exclusive to them. They upload new images daily to eventually achieve their goal of providing over one million royalty free images.