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The following list of sites are places where you can search or browse for royalty free images (some are completely free of charge) that you can put in your own videos, slideshows, or other project - commercially or noncommercially (read the description of the item you pick to see what needs to be done in terms of attribution).

There are many, many, many sites that offer royalty free, CC0, or otherwise free to use images that we can put on our websites or other projects. The problem now becomes searching for what you're looking for from these different sources.

If you find a site that has a style you like and you're a photographer, consider giving them your email so you can get sent a few photos every week as inspiration. Otherwise, just bookmark this page and refer back to it when you need a photo or some inspiration.

  • Google

    Google is the most popular and powerful search engine around, so why not search images and filter them to only ones that are marked Creative Commons or otherwise?

    Type: All

  • Flickr

    One of the largest image-sharing communities is Flickr, which lucky for us, allows its users to mark what sort of license / sharing they want to give to others.

    Type: All

  • Pixabay

    Pixabay is a clean search engine that results in some nice images you can use for anything - commercial or otherwise. There different sizes and meta data for each image (similar to Flickr).

    Type: Vectors, photos, art illustration

  • Stock Photos

    Stock photos also maintains a sleek design while offering a Pinterest-like user interface for you to browser the images.

    Type: Stock photos, people & nature, illustrations

  • Pexels

    Pexels has some very high quality images that you can browse through or search for.

    Type: Photos (5 new per day)

  • Wallhaven

    Wallhaven has some nice wallpaper-style images that you could use for different purposes.

    Type: Wallpapers

  • Stock Up

    Stock Up curates 21 free stock photo websites all in one search engine that is constantly updated.

    Type: Curated stock photos

  • Finda Photo

    With perhaps the best domain name for finding images, allows you to search free stock images “from them all” by color, category, source, or words.

    Type: Wallpapers

  • Stock Snap

    Stock Snap is another repository for high quality imagery that you can search specific keywords. All photos are free from copyright restrictions (no attribution required).

    Type: Wallpapers

  • Multicolr

    Multicolr is more of a fun project that lets you pick a few colors and it will automatically search 20 million Creative Commons photos on Flickr for the images that match your color pallet - amazing!

    Type: All, search by color pallet

  • Creative Commons

    Creative Commons is merely a license for content in the digital age. Their website has a function to search many popular sites like Flickr, Google Images, Youtube, and a few more sites for content that uses a CC license.

    Type: All

  • Unsplash

    Unsplash has a repository of royalty free images that you can use, but also offers to send you 10 new ones every day if you make an account on their website.

    Type: All

  • Gratisography

    Gratisography is made by Ryan McGuire at Bells Design, so the quantity of photographs might not be as infinite as other sources, but the quality is excellent.

    Type: Animals, natures, objects, people, urban, fun

  • Little Visuals

    Little Visuals can deliver zipped photos to your email or you can search or browse through their previous weeks shots.

    Type: All

  • Life of Pix

    Life of Pix is another blog-roll style site that delivers new photographs that you can use, royalty free.

    Type: City, beach, animals, food, nature, etc.

  • Picjumbo

    Picjumbo offers free photos for download, but if you want their whole collection in one go, you will have to pay for them.

    Type: Art

  • New Old Stock

    New Old Stock has vintage photos from the public archive that are free of known copyright restrictions, meaning you can use these images for your own projects.

    Type: Vintage photos from public archive, historic

  • Free Refe Real Life Photos

    This Tumblr page has royalty free natural looking photos of people interactive with technology.

    Type: Refe, people interactive with technology

  • Get Refe

    Get Refe offers images (some free, some paid) of people interactive with technology and other, natural looking images.

    Type: Refe, people interactive with technology

  • Picography

    Picography shows artistic shots in the city that you can use however you like.

    Type: Art, graffiti, buildings, food, etc.

  • Foodies Feed

    Foodies Feed is your one-stop shop for food photographs. Search by categories such as breakfast, pasta, meat & fish, healthy, drinks, etc.

    Type: Food

  • Magdeleine

    Magdeleine has free hand-picked images with easy to see CC licenses as you hover over the image you've selected (attribution, none, etc.).

    Type: Art, people, animals, food, technology, nature

  • Jay Mantri

    Jay Mantri wants us to “make magic” with these “free pics” on his Tumblr page. Don't let him down!

    Type: Landscapes, animals, food, buildings, etc.

  • Viintage

    Viintage has some pretty neat vintage graphics that are in the public domain. Check them out, if nothing more than for inspiration.

    Type: Vintage graphics, public domain

  • ISO Republic

    ISO Republic offers a premium subscription for their stock photos, but there are also free images, which is nice.

    Type: Architecture, nature, people, textures

  • Travel Coffee Book

    Travel Coffee Book has travel images from around the world that you can use for anything (CC0).

    Type: Travel (global)

  • Splitshire

    Split Shire has some beautiful photos that you can use commercially. You can also download their entire collection for a price.

    Type: People, landscape, nature, etc.

  • Public Domain Archive

    Public Domain Archive updates their site every week with new vintage and modern stock imagery that you're free to use.

    Type: Vintage & modern stock photos

  • Raumrot

    Raumrot has lifestyle images that look nice, as do most of the other sites listed on this page.

    Type: Lifestyle

  • Jeshoots

    Jeshoots gives us some images of devices, people, food, and other categories that anyone can use, for free.

    Type: Devices, people, animals, food

  • Free Nature Stock

    Free Nature Stock is another Tumblr page, but mostly oriented towards nature stock photos (who knew?!).

    Type: Nature

  • Stokpic

    Stokpic sends its subscribers new photos each week or you can browse them based on their categories.

    Type: Abstract, animals, food, nature, etc.

  • Kaboompics

    Kaboompics is yet another blogroll style site that has some free images that you can use. Who needs a camera, anyway?

    Type: Abstract, city, fashion, food, landscape

  • Resplashed

    Resplashed has hundreds of images you can filter through with their search engine.

    Type: Landscape, city, nature, animals, etc.

  • Splashbase

    Splashbase is another searchable index of images (and videos) that you can download and use in your project.

    Type: All, public domain

  • MMT

    MMT, created by Jeffrey Betts, offers his photos under the CC0 license.

    Type: Buildings, nature, food, etc.

  • Startup Stock Photos

    Startup Stock Photos has the images you need to make your fake startup. Need a developer writing on a macbook while drinking coffee or someone writing on a whiteboard? This is the site for you.

    Type: Startup stock photos

  • Crow the Stone

    Crow the Stone is a Tumblr blog that gives you some nice imagery that you can use however you wish.

    Type: Nature, animals, plants, etc.

  • Moveast

    Moveast is a travel blog of a Portuguese man moving who thinks every photo should be free. Interesting!

    Type: Travel, Portuguese

  • Snapwire Snaps

    Snapwire Snaps is another blog that gives you a few new photos every week via email or you can simply browse through the site to see some cool images taken by some professional photographers.

    Type: People, objects, animals, city, etc.

  • Albumarium

    Albumarium lets you browse their albums or search for specifics. I love their website - beautiful and easy to use!

    Type: People, objects, animals, city, etc.

  • HiResStock

    HiResStock has many different categories that you can browse through, blogroll style.

    Type: All

  • Cupcake

    Cupcake has photos taken by Jonas Wimmerström who puts up some photos with a CC0 license so we're all free to use them how we like.

    Type: All