Finding open source images has always been a difficult task. There are so many free to use images online but copyright restrictions can complicate everything. Thankfully, there are several websites that offer free high-quality images.
Disclaimer: always double check the licensing information, some of these websites allow users to freely submit content. Even though these companies are good at checking for licenses, they aren’t perfect.
This first group of websites offers free to use content for personal and commercial use that does not require an attribution link. I recommend leaving a few attribution links for those that say optional on Pexels and Pixabay as it’ll help the user get some traffic.
If you have read some of my older articles, you’ll see that I am a huge fan of Pexels. All of these open source images on Pexels are free to use. Pexels has over 50,000 images available. The Pexels community uploads 3,000 new images each month. Pexels biggest categories are technology, nature, and people.
Pixabay has over 1.2 million free to use images available. All of their content is released under Creative Commons CC0, so the images are safe to use without asking permission or providing an attribution link. Most of the Pixabay categories are filled with thousands of images, so you’ll probably find what you are looking for here.
Pixabay also has vector graphics, illustrations, and videos.
StockSnap has thousands of free to images for us bloggers. All of their content is available for personal and commercial usage. The most popular categories on StockSnap are people, business, office, and food.
Unsplash has over 300,000 free to use high-resolution images from a community of photographers. These open source images are great for commercial and non-commercial purposes. No attribution link is required but is appreciated. The most popular categories on Unsplash are business, computer, love, and houses.
Librashot images were taken by a photographer and are free for personal and commercial use. No attribution link is required. The photographer has over 1,000 high-quality images that are free to use on your blog. Librashot most popular categories are business, architecture, nature, and technology.
Foodiesfeed has over 900 food-based images to use. All of their images are CC0, which is safe for personal and commercial use. The most popular categories on Foodiesfeed are healthy, close-ups, and hands.
SplitShire is another small collection of free to use images from a photographer. These open source images are free okay for commercial use. The photographer has a collection of 913 high-quality open source images. SplitShire most popular categories are technology, street, food, women, and nature.
Skitterphoto has good quality free to use images that are good for personal and commercial usage. This library was built by two amateur photographers from The Netherlands. These photographers have under 800 images available. Skitterphoto most popular category is nature.
Burst has thousands of high-quality and royalty-free open source images. Even though this website was created for Shopify users, the license states that anyone can use their images. The most popular categories on Burst by Shopify are coffee, fitness, woman, fashion, and man.
Hopefully, you can find what you are looking for with the first group. This second group of websites offers free to use content that requires an attribution link. Even though these are free to use images, you must read the license. Many of these images are tagged safe for personal and commercial use, there are some that are tagged non-commercial use.
PhotoPin curates free to use images from Flickr. PhotoPin images licenses vary as it’s a curator so definitely check out their image usage guide.
FreeImages has a huge selection of free to use images for your blog. However, each image will have their own restriction, so check the copyright and attribution requirements before downloading any images.
Morguefile has over 350,000 images that are available for personal and commercial use. The images are user submitted, you’ll need to check each image’s attribution requirements before downloading.
These are a few of the popular photo stock websites that bloggers are using today. Hopefully, this list helps you fill your beautiful pin-worthy images. If not there is always… Shutterstock or Adobe Stock, two premium photo stock websites.