4 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 4 places that you can find images for free.

All photos in the 4 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? What’s more, is that none of the 4 sources below require attribution, meaning you don’t have to link to the photo or give credit to the author. It’s always nice to do, but you aren’t required to do so. Some royalty free websites do require this, so just be careful.

Let’s get to the good stuff! Here are 4 places that you can find images for free:


pixabay screenshot

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’ll 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.


unsplash screenshot

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 screen shot

Most of the images on gratisography are quirky and fun, and most feature single objects, like a person or animal. They don’t have the biggest library, but it is growing.


pexels screen shot

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.

Stephen O'Neal

Stephen O'Neal

My name is Stephen O?Neal (Steveo). I've been doing Digital Marketing for over a decade. I have a degree in Interactive Media, have worked at several different marketing agencies, and have been running my own businesses for over 10 years. I'm a WordPress, SEO, and Google Ads expert. I know what needs to be done to get results.