Top 10 Websites for Amazing FREE Images

BY VICTORIA LEE, FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, SOCIALEE MEDIA

Consumers spend seconds - if that - before deciding whether to engage with your content. Images are processed by the brain 60,000x faster than text. This makes images one of social media marketers most powerful tools.

But where to can you find powerful professional imagery - without a hefty price tag? If you're tired of filling your blog posts and social media channels with generic stock photos then you're in the right place. 

This post rounds up my favourite copyright FREE image resources. These sites boast breath-taking professional photography that will meet all your social media marketing needs. None of these sites require membership or an email address to download photographs. 

If you download any images please make sure to check the licensing and credit to the author as applicable.

 

1. Unsplash

What: Landscapes, nature and travel

Search function: Yes

Image categories: No

Comment: My favourite go-to image site. Ideal when I need 'spacious' images when creating graphic designs for social media which include copy.

 

2. SplitShire

What: Fashion, still life, cars, weddings

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: Packed with unusual categories that will inspire you to try something new and different.

 

3. Creative Commons

What: Creative Commons includes a handy function that allows you to search specifically for copy-right free images, video and illustrations via a number of third-party sites, including Google Images, Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.

Search function: Yes

Image categories: No

Comment: A mixture of professional and amateur photography. Great if you are searching for a very specific image. Double check licensing on each image as some restrictions apply.

 

4. PEXELS

What: Food & drink, tech, nature

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: A fantastic selection of quality images. Sometimes difficult to access the footer bar (where links to blog, newsletter and more are located) because of an auto-replenish scroll on the site. 

 

5. STOKPIC

What: Beautiful, high quality bright, happy images

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: If all other sites fail you, StockPic will serve up that image you're hunting for.

 

6. LIFE OF PIX

What: Landscapes, cities, books and nature

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: Similar in layout to Unsplash. LIke Unsplash it offers a superb quality and quantity of images though no search function or categorisation. 

 

7. GRATISOGRAPHY

What: Quirky, random images made to put a smile on your face. 

Search function: No

Image categories: Yes

Comment: If you're looking for something to spice up a blog post or just to brighten up your day then Gratisography is for you. All curtsey of one talented photographer, Ryan McGuire.

 

8. PIXBAY

What: A mass of professional images from various artists, ranging from photographs to illustrations to graphic designs.

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: A great selection in a huge variety of styles.

 

9. picjumbo

What: From weddings to sunsets. 

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: Image tags as well as categories help you find the perfect image faster. 

 

10. FOODIESFEED

What: Everything delicious and edible under the sun 

Search function: Yes

Image categories: Yes

Comment: Whether you're after a photograph of a salad or a toffee pie you will find it here in mouth-watering crystal quality.

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