5 (+1 Bonus) Places to Find Free “Royalty Free” Images

You’ve created this amazing blog post on, lets say, pizza (because I’m craving Pizza as I’m writing this). But, it’s missing something.

It’s missing…. images.

The thing is, you can’t use just any image. The majority of images out there have licenses attached to them, meaning you can’t use it on your site without the appropriate license or attribution.

Lucky for you, I’ve put together a list of 5 places that you can find images for free.

All photos in the 5 links below have been released under the Creative Commons Zero license, which states:

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission

Pretty sweet, right?

Let’s get to the good stuff! Here are 5 places that you can find images for free:


Pixabay is probably the most popular place to get free images. They even have vectors as well, which is great.

You don’t need an account to download most images. However, if you want the full size original image, you will need to create a free account. Also, if you do create a free account, you won’t need to enter the annoying captcha images every time you download an image.




Minimography is full of minimalist photos. They offer very clean images, most in white spaces.




Unslash offers beautiful images from a lot of different artists. Something unique with Unsplash is they have “collections”, which allows you to view a series of images based on a certain subject.




Gratisography is a great website that features images from Ryan McGuire. Most of them are quirky and fun, and most feature single objects, like a person or animal.




Pexels has thousands of images available. Something unique with pexels is that you can download the image in a custom size, so you have the exact width or height that you need.

BONUS: Google Image Search

I consider this one a “bonus” since these won’t necessarily be under the Creative Commons Zero license, so use caution. Google does its best to make sure they are free royalty free, but some may slip through the cracks, so always check the source.

Most people don’t realize this, but you can actually use Google image search to search for royalty free images. You can’t just do a quick image search, as that will give you all types of images, and most will require a license or attribution of sorts.

If you do an image search, simply click on “tools”, and then under “usage rights”, you can click on what you’re looking to use them for. If you want to use them on a commercial project, simply select “labeled for reuse”, unless you want to modify it.

You can even use Google image search to narrow down an image size, color and type. Pretty cool, right??


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Stephen O'Neal

My name is Stephen O'Neal. I specialize in digital marketing and helping businesses step up their game online through Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing.

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