updated for 2018
Let’s face it, most of us start our small business on a tight budget, so being able to find great images to use on websites, social media posts and everything in between (for free) is great… however a fair few sites promote themselves as free when they appear in Google search results, but after spending 20 mins searching for the perfect image you then find either it’s not free, or the ‘royalty free’ isn’t so royalty free and you don’t have the rights to use it as you wish!
So here are our best picks of where to source totally royalty-free images for FREE…
Pixabay offers over 1.2 million high-quality photos, vectors and art illustrations. These are copyright & royalty free and you can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial purposes. Pixabay is an excellent all-rounder
Beautiful high-quality free images and photos you can download and use for any project. All images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission or providing attribution. Unsplash is Perfect for stunning landscapes and well-styled food, people and objects
With easily searchable categories, Negative Space offers a good selection of royalty free stock photos. Think quality over quantity – they might not have a huge library of images, but the images are high-resolution and the site is easy to use
Pexels offer a huge library of high-resolution stock photos and vector illustrations all in one place. There are some great images to be found on there, but they may take some searching for. Again they are totally royalty-free and no attribution is required.
So what are you waiting for… bookmark this blog post so you know where to find it in future, then go and explore to find some fantastic images to use for your social media, flyers, email marketing, blog or website.