25+ Sites to Download Free Images for Blogs and Social Media Posts

by Jenn Pereira24 Comments

One of the challenges of starting a blog is having stunning images to go along with a well-written blog post. Unless a blogger is adept at photography, there is a need to source out photos to post on a blog or on social media. Every blog post comes alive with striking photos. Thankfully, there are alot of sites that provide beautiful stock free images for blogs.

If you are just starting out and is quite stressed at how you can manage without any images you can use on your site, don’t fret! Royalty free images will add personality to your blog.

These sites have the best galleries of free images for blogs that you can download.

1.Life of Pix

Life of Pix has a gallery full of high-resolution and free images for blogs for both personal and commercial use. The images are donated by a network of photographers and fresh photographs are added every week. Check out featured photos on their Photographer of the Week section where 10 photographs are highlighted weekly.

2.Rawpixel

Rawpixel has a diverse set of stock photos that are out of the ordinary. Their team of photographers wants to maintain a unique creativity with their photos and wants to share inspirational design and spectacular images to others. They do not want people to go mainstream but rather encourage authenticity through their photos.

3.Skitterphoto

Skitterphoto has their photos in public domain. They are arranged in categories that are quite diverse. You can search and download photos then use or edit them at your whim. They even allow having the photos be used commercially. Photographers may also join in and either show or share their photos to the public.

4.Jay Mantri

Jay Mantri is a simple photo resource site that offers free images for blogs. Although the collection is not that big, the site has an impressive set of photos that are grouped according to the months they were taken. Check out photos from 2014 as these months were the most active as seen on the number of pictures uploaded.

5.Epicantus

Daria, creator of the Epicantus site, recognized the struggle of bloggers in choosing images that go well with every blog post. Pictures can tell a whole new meaning to the article thus the importance of finding the perfect one. The site offers free photos and even accepts special requests for a specific image you like.

6.Splitshire

This site started with the idea of unloading unused images that are gathering dust on the hard disk. The pictures are personal shots of the author and he encourages everyone to use those photos to be more creative and awesome in their fields whether as a blogger, developer, marketers, and even companies.

7.Kaboompics

With more than 5 million downloads, it’s hard to believe that Kaboompics is single-handedly managed by its creator. Karolina is photographer, graphic designer, and a website developer. Big websites like CNN, BBC, Yahoo, Forbes, BuzzFeed, and all other blogs about lifestyle, interior design, etc. have used free images from Kaboompics.

8.Unsplash

Unsplash has a generous array of beautiful pictures available for free download. These high-resolution photos are collected in a huge library that is updated daily. The site conceptualized the site as a quick, safe, and free source of photos that can be used by anyone whether for a blog post or as part of the blog design.

9.Styled Stock

Styled Stock is one of those stock photo sites that has plenty of stylish photos perfect for any lifestyle blog. What makes it unique is that aside from the usual wide sorting categories, you can filter the images by color. This is great for those who want the photos to blend with the blog’s theme.

10.Shot Stash

Shot Stash is a great stock photo site that covers almost all categories. The photographs are uploaded in high resolution and they are truly unique. It’s like a collection of well- chosen photos by professional photographers. The choice is endless with new photos uploaded every day.

11.Foodiesfeed

Clearly a food blogger’s delight, Foodiesfeed has the most mouthwatering collection of free images for blogs. It’s the best resource for food photos. The colors are so vibrant and crisp; just what every food photographer wants them to be as these qualities give food photos a delectable appeal.

12.New Old Stock

Anyone who loves vintage should definitely see the impressive collection at New Old Stock. The public archives show mesmerizing photos of old times. It is quite fascinating to come across these photos as they can take you back in time because they got a certain nostalgic charm that only old photographs give off.

13.ISO Republic

ISO Republic is a creative professional’s playground. It has published more than 2,500 images, all of which are royalty free. The site also introduces a recently launched site intended only for food and drinks related photos and with a generous offer for a free trial of a premium access to over 400,000 stock photos.

14.Picjumbo

Picjumbo is a progressive stock photo site with more than 3 million photos downloaded since its launch back in 2013. They also offer a premium membership that has over 1500+ categorized but unpublished photos. There are also thematic collections of stunning images that are accessible to members only.

15.Pixabay

The vibrant community that Pixabay has is very evident on their collection of stock photography. The category choice is very broad, I’m sure there’s always some picture in there that fits any requirements. Aside from the usual free images for blogs, the site also gives free access to art illustrations, vector graphics, and even videos.

16.StockSnap

StockSnap has one of the most beautiful stock photos on the internet. The pictures are carefully selected from a pool of submissions where only the highest quality photos are featured. The high resolution images are free from all copyright restrictions so anyone can use them either on their blogs or on social media.

17.Pexels

Creative people will marvel at the high-quality photos at Pexels. The site uploads at least a hundred photos daily. The huge collection is a perfect source for all types of blogs. The photos can be used for free by designers, artists, writers, programmers, etc. for all sorts of creative projects.

18.Death to Stock

Death to Stock site is quite interesting with the collections grouped into “photo packs”. Some of the packs even have videos to introduce the set and the photos can be downloaded all together. Aside from a premium membership, the site also offers free photos to be delivered straight to your inbox every month.

19.Burst

Burst features free images for blogs that look professional. This is primarily because they chose the photos with entrepreneurs in mind. The team encourages people to download and use the photos for any business venture. All photos are under the CCO license so you never have to worry about using them for commercial purposes.

20.Freestocks

Freestocks has a simple site layout that lets you download any photo for free. The photos are categorized accordingly so it is easier for you to search for a particular photo. Downloaded photos may be used either on a personal project or for business.

21.Picography

Another good source of free images for blogs is Picography. You will enjoy the nice collection for non-members but peeking at the premium collection will surely make you want to see and download all of it.

22.Makerbrook

Makerbrook boasts a large collection of stock photos. These free images for blogs are handpicked to make sure that only the best appears on the gallery. Most of the photos are directed towards startups so expect to see images related to technology like smartphones, laptops, cameras, and computers in general.

23.Negative Space

Unlike other stock photo sites that provides free images for blogs, Negative Space is equally concerned with photographers who also wants to show the world their works. The platform became a sort of photo-sharing site for photographers, both aspiring and professionals, and also as a free photo resource for bloggers.

24.Moment or MMT

The founder of Moment, or MMT, launched the site back in 2014 to let the world see his love of photography. It is also his way of giving back to the online community which is why he decided to have these photos for public use and for free.

25.LibreShot

LibreShot is a typical stock photography site that is made by only a single entity. The site and all photos are all owned by a man named Martin Vorel. He wants to extend help to web and graphic designers, bloggers, journalists, and basically anyone who needs photos for their creative projects.

26.PhotoPin

Unlike a photo stock site, PhotoPin is a handy tool any blogger can use to search for free images for blogs. It is more of a search engine where a user search for a particular photo using tags or keywords. PhotoPin will then search photos with the creative common license. It uses the Flickr API to power the search results. Using Flickr, home to a billion stock photos, is a sensible way of finding a particular photo. This is, by far, the easiest way to search for free stock photos.

free images for blogs

Aside from blogs and social media posts, if you are a web designer or a WordPress themes developer, you can use these free photos as mockup to create beautiful themes and websites. These images are free under Creative Commons Attribution License. This means you can modify, copy, distribute and use for either personal or commercial purposes. However, somes images may require proper attribution. Make sure to read the license stated on each websites to determine how to properly use these images.

Are you using free stock images for your blog and social media posts? Would you rather pay or use free stock images? How does using images help boost your blog and social media engagement.

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24 Comments

Elena gartland
Sep 4 . 2017 at 3:38 am

I’ve just launched my blog so I have a lot to learn. These are awesome resources that I def need to look into. Thanks for sharing!

Ophelia T
Sep 4 . 2017 at 5:00 am

You sites are very helpful. I will definitely use these recommendations when I need some good quality free images. Thanks for sharing.

Jen Walker
Sep 4 . 2017 at 5:29 am

This is such a handy list of sites for images! I’m definitely going to have to check out several of these sites!

Nguyen Thien
Sep 4 . 2017 at 10:14 am

Great, excellent, wonderfull

    EasyBlog
    Sep 4 . 2017 at 10:15 am

    Thank you!

Sarah Bailey
Sep 4 . 2017 at 2:27 pm

This is a great list of resources, I am going to have to keep it pinned for later as I am always looking for pretty pictures to use.

Anosa
Sep 4 . 2017 at 3:13 pm

Wow these are such an awesome list! Of all this, I only know one which is Pexels. Great combinations. Now I am leaving this post with a new knowledge.

ShootingStarsMag
Sep 4 . 2017 at 4:26 pm

Oh wow, thank you for all of these. I’d only heard of a few of them so I definitely need to check out some others. I’ll be saving this!

nefeli
Sep 4 . 2017 at 4:48 pm

Love all these lists. I will definitely search the new images providers. Thanks a lot

Ingrid Rizzolo
Sep 4 . 2017 at 7:27 pm

This list comes in the nick of time. I know it will be very useful to me as I blog. Thanks.

Amber Myers
Sep 4 . 2017 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for these! Sometimes I need certain images and I don’t know where to look.

Hey Sharonoox
Sep 4 . 2017 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for this roundup. There’s so many gallerie sites to choose from. I haven’t tried any of these yet but I’m intrigued to check them out.

Lavanda Michelle
Sep 5 . 2017 at 1:59 am

I started. about 3 weeks ago and I am so happy for these resources.

Denay DeGuzman
Sep 5 . 2017 at 4:53 am

What a fantastic compilation of places to find free images for blogs! What an awesome resource. I had never heard of most of these before.

Anchal
Sep 5 . 2017 at 8:12 am

This is such a helpful post. We always need great and relevant images for our blogs. Thank you for sharing

Gideon
Sep 5 . 2017 at 9:53 am

Have been looking for such info glad i stumbled into this. Just bookmarked.

Ana
Sep 5 . 2017 at 9:56 am

Pixabay is great but I’m excited to see so many other stock photo options I am definitely pinning for later! X

Aditi
Sep 5 . 2017 at 10:54 am

You just gave us an encyclopedia of photos to use. I was blissfully unaware. All that I would use were Pixabay and Flickr sometimes. Bookmarking your post. Cheers!!

Angela Milnes
Sep 5 . 2017 at 11:35 pm

This is going to help out so many people. No one wants to get sues over a picture!

Blair villanueva
Sep 6 . 2017 at 6:37 am

I don’t recall an instance that I use photos from free resources. I always use my own photographs.
Thanks for these!

Mallami
Sep 19 . 2017 at 6:46 am

You don’t know just how invaluable this is 🙂👍🏾

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