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.
1. 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.
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 Photography : Open 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!