Why are visual images so powerful? The brain absorbs and synthesizes visual information faster than any other stimuli, making visual content an incredibly effective medium

35 Places Where to Find Free Images Online

How do images influence us?
Visuals quickly transmit information to our brain. They trigger our emotions. They help us learn and remember
Why are visual images so powerful?
The brain absorbs and synthesizes visual information faster than any other stimuli, making visual content an incredibly effective medium
How do images affect the brain?
A large percentage of the human brain dedicates itself to visual processing. Our love of images lies with our cognition and ability to pay attention. Images are able to grab our attention easily, we are immediately drawn to them. … Bright colors capture our attention because our brains are wired to react to them
1. Last December Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom revealed that more than 75 million Instagram users are on the social platform daily
2.Photos trump the market on Facebook, making up 93 percent of the social network’s most engaging posts!
3.60 percent of consumers are more willing to consider local search results that include images
4.Research from Skyword found that if your content includes compelling images, you can average 94 percent more views
5.According to Hubspot, 65 percent of users like emails that are mostly made up of images.
People only remember 10 percent of things they hear and 20 percent of what they have read, around 80 percent of people remember things they see or do.
6.Researchers found that a post on Google+ was three times more likely to be reshared if it included an image.

1. Pexels

All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use

2.Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons has almost 25 million freely usable media files. You need to read their Reuse guide to check out the licensing requirements, though.

3.Getty Images

Getty Images Find the perfect royalty-free image for your next project from the world’s best photo library of creative stock photos, vector art illustrations, and stock

4.Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Images are bloggers who have curated all the images in the public domain they’ve come across in one handy place. Both modern and vintage images to choose from.

5.Free Images

Free Images (previously stock.XCHNG) have stricter requirements with their licensing, so do check each image before use. Option to purchase other photos as well.

6.Open Photo

Open Photo has plenty of images, vectors, and even video to choose from.

7.New Old Stock

New Old Stock is full of vintage photos from public archives, free of known copyright restrictions.


As Picography says: Free high resolution photos. Use them however you like.

9.Creative Market

Creative Market is a paid service, with a weekly grab-bag of free images, fonts and other goodies to use on your blog.


Stokpic not only has beautiful images totally free to use for personal or commercial use, they will also email you a package of 10 every two weeks. Their image categories are listed right at the top so you can see at a glance if they have something you’re looking for.

11.Foodies Feed Images for all things food

All food, all the time.


A very easy search function lets you find exactly what you’re looking for straight away on Stockvault.


A great selection of images, to which 10 new ones are added every 10 days. There isn’t any search function or categories list, which can make it hard to find something specific, but the current images are laid out in a grid format for you to view.


Photopin has free photos for bloggers and creatives, which are accessed from the search bar on their home page.

15.A Prettier Web

A Prettier Web has beautiful (and quite girly) free images for bloggers and creatives.


Picjumbo has categories of free images on the left-hand side to help you find what you’re looking for. Everything from abstracts to weddings.


Click the menu box on the upper right-hand-side of SplitShire to find the categories, otherwise, scroll through the offerings.

18.Death to the Stock Photo

Death to the Stock Photo has a bundle of free images that get sent to subscribers each month, usually in a theme.

19. Gratisography

If you’re looking for something quirky and fun, you’ll find it at Gratisography.


To use some of the images at Morguefile, you’ll need to ask permission and link back to the creator, but they’re free and hi-res.


An easy-to-use list of categories shows itself when you are on the “free images” section of the Dreamstime site.


Pixabay has tons of public domain vectors, drawings, and photos – all for free. A captcha is necessary prior to download, or you can sign up.


FreeFoto has 132549 free images to use with attribution and linkback.


Part of Getty Images,iStock has free photos, illustrations, video, audio, and editorial files in weekly batches.

25.Boss Fight

Boss Fight has one mission: To be your final “Boss Fight” when it comes to finding completely free (do whatever you want) stock images, photos, and photography.

26.Flickr Creative Commons

Flickr Creative Commons is constantly updated with people all over the world sharing their photos for use. Do check each attribution licence, however, as some are stricter than others.


StockSnap also has royalty-free images with no attribution required.

28.Realistic Shots

Realistic Shots License: Creative Commons Zero. See License.They add 7 new photos every week.

29.Life of Pix

Life Of Pix. Free high-resolution photos, no copyrights restrictions for personal and commercial use. New photographies added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain. Warning: no mass distribution allowed. Distributors are allowed to repost a maximum of 10 images without our written Life of Pix consent

30. Free Nature Stock

Royalty-free CC0 nature stock photos and videos. Use them however you want.
Created by Adrian Pelletier and updated daily.

31. Magdelein

Magdelein. License: Creative Commons Zero (on the link provided above). See License (each photo is marked as CC0 – Public Domain) Sort photos based on colors and tags, updated daily.

32.Snapwire Snaps

Snapwire Snaps. License: Creative Commons Zero. See License (look under each photo to see the license). 7 hand-picked snaps every 7 days, completely free.


Stocksnap. License: Creative Commons Zero. See License. Why it’s great: Awesome search function with hundreds of hi-res images added weekly.


Kaboompics. License: You can use the images nearly any way you want, commercial or not. See License. Why it’s great: Several different categories of photos, updated daily.

35.ISO Republic

ISO Replublic. License: Images can be used for almost any commercial project. See License. Why it’s great: High-quality free photos for any creative project.


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