Top 10 Websites To Source Free Images 2020

by Keri Stafford May 27, 2020
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It is so important to find the perfect image to compliment your website, blog article or social media post. The right image can bring your message to life! But if you are working with a limited budget, this can be a challenge. So we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite places to find quality, royalty free images.


Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Pixabay offers over one million stunning photos, illustrations, and videos. With over 33,000 active image authors and lots of search options – you are sure to find the right image for your project. All photos are released under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.


Photo by Aleksandr Eremin on Unsplash

Unsplash offers over one million hand-selected, high-resolution images by a generous community of over 150,000 active photographers, and they are constantly updating their database. Photos are easily searchable through ‘collections’ or through a keyword search. All photos are released under the Unsplash license.


Image by PikWizard

PikWizard offers over 100,000 free images and videos, including lots of pictures of people, which tend to be rare on free stock photo sites. They add new images and videos daily. You can also edit the images with their graphic design tool Design Wizard! All images are free to use without attribution. 


Designed by jcomp / Freepik

Freepik loves helping you bring ideas to life by offering over four million graphic resources. Their goal is to offer the best high-quality content: illustrations, photos, icons, mockups, and presentations templates. 


Image by rawpixel

Rawpixel allows you 10 images per day with their free plan. Choose from thousands of photos, vectors, mockups, templates, and much more. Get creative with high resolution, professional quality design resources. Their team of amazing photographers, artists and graphic designers works together to create the best design resources. Images are licensed under the CC0 license.


Image by Karel at picjumo

Picjumbo works to create the best and most usable stock images possible. This free stock photo site was created in 2013 by designer & photographer Viktor Hanacek when all regular stock photo sites rejected his photos due to “lack of quality.” Since then, people have downloaded 2,500,000+ of his photos. Almost all the images are Viktor’s own, which allows him to be 100% sure that they are genuine.


Photo by Martin Damboldt from Pexels

Pexels has over a million high-quality stock images available for personal and commercial use. The search function is easy to use and has multiple helpful parameters. All photos are tagged, searchable and easy to find through their discovery pages. Their library of images contains plenty of aesthetically pleasing pieces – many of which are beautiful landscape photos. Images are licensed under the CC0 license.


Photo by Lance Asper from StockSnap

StockSnap has a large selection of beautiful stock photos and high resolution images. Their content library includes an extensive bank of photos which cover most aspects of design. The site also has a handy search feature making it easy to browse through the thousands of images available. Hundreds of images are added on a daily basis and all photos are released under creative commons public domain – no attribution required.


Photo by Bernard Spragg from Picography

Picography has been providing stunning images to millions of people for the past 3 years. It is now one of the top sources for gorgeous, high-resolution, free photos. You can use any of their free stock photos however and wherever you like, with no attribution required. All photos are CC0 licensed. 


Photo by SplitShire

SplitShire offers over 1,000 free stock photos with more to come… (almost everyday). It was created with the simple aim of giving life to photographs that would have gone into oblivion without any utility. 

These are just some of our favorite free image sources, and we know there are many more out there. If there’s a free image site you’ve found to be helpful let us know — we’d love to include it on our list!

About the Author

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Keri Stafford is Director of Marketing & Operations at Luminary Digital. She can find a reason to use a spreadsheet for just about anything and is so obsessed with content marketing that she won’t stop talking about it. 

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