40+ Websites For Copyright And Royalty Free Photos

Basically I’m an image hunter. I love creative and innovative images. I admire those images very much and I spend most of the time hunting for my blog post images. In this article I mentioned about 40+ websites where you can get copyright and royalty free images for your blog posts. Make sure you don’t misuse the images. Make proper use of the images and play it safe.

Copyright free1. Google Image Search : Google Image Search is the comprehensive image search on the web.  But they also contain copyrighted images. So play it safe. Also try Google Similar Images (Labs)

2. Stock Exchange : SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to those who need them free of charge. It contains over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers!

3. Flickr : Flickr is an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community platform. It is better to give Image Credits to the Flickr Users.

4. Pixabay : Pixabay.com is a sharing platform for quality public domain images. Pixabay provides around 65,000 photos, illustrations, and vector graphics free of copyrights that may be used without attribution for any application (Creative Commons CC0 dedication exclusively)

5. Getty Images : Getty Images offers high-quality, diverse and relevant stock photos, stock footage, stock music and editorial images for creative professionals

6. Morgue File : Morgue File contains high-resolution stock photography images free for either corporate or private use.

7. Compfight : Compfight makes good use of the flickr™ API. But it is not affiliated with flickr™ though.

8. Image * After : They provide free high resolution images and textures for commercial and personal use. Daily additions. Free hi-res stock photography, with abstract graphics search.

9. Open Photo : Open Photo is an open network of photographers consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology.

10. Bigfoto : Bigfoto provides free download of all pictures with a link or reference. Most of the photos are from amateur photographers.

11. StockVault : Stockvault.net is a stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their stock photos and images.

12. Deviantart : Deviantart is a community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry/prose and Art Prints.

13. FreeFoto : FreeFoto.com is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required).

14. Free Images : Free images is a high quality resource of digital stock photographic images for use by all. All images in their collection are free to use on websites and printed materials.

15. Image Temple : Image Temple provides free royalty free images for personal and commercial use.

16. FreeMediaGoo : FreeMediaGoo was created for developers by developers. The content provided by them is royalty free. No need for annoying links and no limits to the amount of images you can use.

17. Woophy : Woophy stands for WOrld Of PHotographY, a website founded by a Dutch collective of photo aficionados and internet designers who believe navigation on internet can be more visual, logical and associative.

18. Cyclo : Cyclo.ps is an easy to use royalty free stock photo search engine. It is a one-stop shop for all of your stock photography needs.

19. Free Pixels : FreePixels offers free high resolution stock photos for use in both personal and commercial design projects.

20. Vintage Pixels : Vintage Pixels is a large database of historical, high quality, free-for-use images which allows people to share their archived photos.

21. Photogen : Photogen provides free, quality stock photography for both commercial and personal use. Their images are not for resale or redistribution. Please read their terms of use before downloading.

22. Kavewall : Kavewall provides free Stock Photos, Images and Textures. They have different kind of categories to search images.

23. FreeLargePhotos : You may use these images for your personal use if you note the source: © Copyright 2009 [name of photographer], FreeLargePhotos.com. If you use them on a web site, link to this site.

24. Open Stock PhotographyOpen Stock Photography is mashup created to help designers find free stock photography (or public domain photography).

25. Free Range Stock : Free Range Stock provides free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE.

26. Free Stock Photography : Free Stock Photography is an open and royalty-free gallery that contains many high resolution free images.

27. Bing Image Search : Excellent competitor to Google Image Search. It is also a comprehensive image search on the web.  But they also contain copyrighted images. So play it safe.

28. Yahoo! Image Search : Google’s greatest competitor ever I can say. Yahoo! Image Search also has all the top features.

29. Free Digital Photos : Free Digital Photos provides thousands of royalty free photos for instant download. For commercial and non-commercial use. No registration required.

30. Aarin Free Images : Aarin Free Photo offers digital images absolutely free. They also provide Web Design tips to help you with ideas and image manipulation.

31. Free Photograph Networks : The Free Photographs Network is an online resource for royalty-free stock photographs for non-commercial use by the webmaster community.

32. PD Photo : PDPhoto.org is a repository for free public domain photos. Unless something is clearly marked as being copyrighted, you can assume it is free to use.

33. Animation Factory : Animation Factory provides you PowerPoint Templates, PowerPoint Backgrounds, Animated Clip Art and Video Backgrounds for use in web, email, and so on.

34. Big Stock Photo : Big Stock Photo provides true royalty-free stock images. They also provide many high resolution images.

35. Corbis Images : Corbis provides Royalty-Free and Rights Managed stock images for editorial and commercial applications, including iconic, historical, archival, and so on.

36. Dreamstime : Stock photography community providing high quality stock photos and stock images. Free photos added weekly.

37. Jupiter Images : Jupiter Images has over 500000 new Royalty-Free Stock photography images and photos. It is a subsidiary of Getty Images.

38. Matton Images : Provider of Royalty Free Stock Photography. Find an extensive library of digital Stock Photos as Single Images, CDs, available for direct download.

39. Mooch Images : Mooch Images offers contemporary stock photography covering all aspects of travel.

40. Photocase : Photocase is a royalty free stock photography community. Photocase photos are available to purchase for royalty-free use in commercial and non-commercial purposes.

41. Fotolia : Fotolia allow you to buy and sell royalty-free stock photos on. Affordable royalty-free stock photos, cheap stock images and stock pictures.

42. PhotoSpin : PhotoSpin has lot of Stock Photography. Your source for stock photos, illustrations, fonts, clip art and illustrations.

43. Shuttershock : Shuttershock provides you millions of high resolution royalty free images, stock photos, vector art, and stock photography.

44. Wallpaperstock : Wallpaperstock provides you free stock photos, free desktop wallpapers, backgrounds and so on.

45. Picapp : Picapp provides you the best stock photography images and pictures for your blog or website, royalty-free. You can use them absolutely free of cost by giving a back link. (Thanks Himanshu)

46. FreePhotosBank : Any photos/pictures posted by the author “freephotosbank” are free to use as long as you are using them for a website, book, magazine, etc. You cannot download our photos to sell as is or modified from any source. (Thanks Sunny Bhasin)

47. EveryStockPhoto : Everystockphoto.com is a license-specific photo search engine. Currently they index and search millions of freely licensed photos, from many sources, and present them in an integrated search. (Thanks Sunny Bhasin)

48. Free Range Stock : Free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE.

49. Photoxpress : PhotoXpress.com provides creative professionals a vast and legal image library for both personal and professional use. Sign up and download free stock images. (Thanks Jaspal, Mr.I and LT)

50. Ookaboo! : Ookaboo is a collection of free pictures, indexed by precise terms from the semantic web. All pictures on Ookaboo are in the public domain or are under Creative Commons — that means that you can use their pictures for your web site, classwork, or other creative projects!

Remember the images from the search engines may or may not be copyrighted, that is not for sure. After getting the required image, check the source and contact the webmaster. Find their terms or policies.

I think it will be hard to memorize all these websites, so you can bookmark it and if you want your friends to know these links, you can tweet about it! Cheers! 😉

If you know any other good site, please feel free to share here!

97 thoughts on “40+ Websites For Copyright And Royalty Free Photos”

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  3. This list is awesome! I'm going to link it to a blog post I'm doing for new bloggers about legal stuff- like copyrights. Would you mind if I used the Wall-E image?

  4. Well, instead of visiting this website every time to find the images, you have use a WordPress plugin which will help you to get images at your dashboard.

  5. All the given websites are commonly utilized by the users but some are not really reliable and effective to use.

  6. Sweet list! I’m always on the look out for royalty free images and now I’ve got your post saved in my delicious. Thanks.

  7. Thnx guys for a list. really fantastic collection. Many sites are new for me, but they are worth visiting. I would add http://www.photl.com here as well. They have mainly studio images. Thuough they dont have such things as cars, planes (what i need more for my job). Could anyone help me with the links?

  8. Most of these sites just give you a src link to us. Do most of you download these imags then upload them to your wordpress site?
    I’m trying to keep my images local to my site so I can create the thumbnails and don’t have to work about another site causing my post to load slowly.

    But I haven’t found a good way to use sites like this and easily get the images into my wordpress media library.

    Any ideas?

  9. very huge list like Mashable..

    I use only google image search and flickr
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  10. Excellent list. I use deviant art the most of the time and I can see many people giving good photos there.

  11. Hey guys! i also love images, i search from the net to find the images i want and sometimes i used to edit those to add more beauty to the images. after i edited it i put it on my wallpaper and sometimes i also post it on my blog. really cool stuff you know. Good Day!

  12. There are lot of interesting and beautiful photograph on Flickr. I really enjoy the reading.

  13. Good resource, but i know it that google image search shows images from different websites. So, everybody should read TOS of the websites, from which do you want to collect images for your own.

  14. This is a really great resource. I work in Internet marketing and I’ve spent a lot of time searching for usable images for one of the various projects that I may’ve been on. This post has just helped make this entire process easier.

  15. It certainly is a comprehensive list, but it mixes free and paid resources.

    I’d never use Google images, flickr etc though – by definition these images are not “free for use” so why even search there?

    • Anne, thanks for visiting HB!

      Like you said, this list contains both the kind of images.. but the point is all the websites provide copyright free images and they also contain some copyrighted images.. 😀

      You can try Flickr.. but most of the users prefer some credits.. 🙂

  16. awesome list… 🙂 thanks for sharing

    will be really useful… till date all the images I have used are from Google Search….

    btw, one more thing, I really enjoy the images u put in ur post… They not only match the content but also out of the world.. i could have never thought of such… keep it up…

    A suggestion: Do write a post on how to find such images, how much time it consumes, what keywords to keep in mind… it will be an instant hit.. !! 😉

    I think it really requires skill to find such amazing images and that too which match ur content.

  17. Hey so nice of you…You had provided a very good list of the web sites for searching and sharing images…And you explained the features provided that web sites too…Thanks a lot…Plz keep sharing such a nice information…

  18. Thank you for the massive list. I always though google image search was the best but I now I know can do much better than that 🙂

  19. Great list- I am always looking for nice sources, I use a image on every post, so having several places to search helps a LOT!

  20. You are very resourceful. Finding 40+ websites is not an easy task. I only use Google Image search and Microsoft Clipart for some of my blog posts’ image. Otherwise, I use my own.

  21. Awesome Pradeep.. 🙂

    Nice List., Well I use Google Image Search, Similar Image Search, and Stock Photos.. 😉

    De[v]iL (Kashish)

  22. ask.com is good , the images and other information is something different and get some different images not seen in other search engines. and
    for firefox users, use cooliris plugin for findings images @ one place. i get more images from blogs and went through their link to get the copyright images.
    wehearit.com and Russian blogs most of them update the these type of images., tumblr blog users have their own photos for premium and freebies.

  23. Nice list. I guess google similar image search and devianart is best place to get quality images. Thank you for taking a time to compile this list.

  24. Great list, thanks! This one was added to my bookmarks even before the page had the time to load completely!

    • Google search will show not so big images , which really use for for designs, and most them are copyrighted. and tell me the highest images size you can search in Google

      • Google has an advanced image search feature that allows you to search images of a particular size, big or small, you can select. For example, you can select search for images of size larger than 1024×768 or you can select the option larger than 70 MP size. You can also search any specific size image. So, Google does allow searching large images. You may see my article on Google’s advanced image search,


  25. Great list .. i use PhotoXpress .. they have a limit for downloads like 1 picture download everyday , but if you sign in and fill your account they will provide you 6 photos in a day and then if you become there fan on facebook they will add 4 more .. so .. 10 HQ pics in a day .. its enough for me 🙂

  26. Very huge list! Thanks very much for the list, recently I came to know about a website Picapp which has a collection of millions of copyrighted images, you can use them absolutely free of cost by giving a back link. Picapp has lots of partners including lots of names you have mentioned above. Have a try, its a must use service for all the bloggers.


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