The Best Free Image Sites

Find Royalty-Free Images and Multimedia

Way back in the day, when small-business folks like me needed a nice image for our blogs, marketing or other stuff, we were forced to either, umm, “borrow” an image we found on the web (which was often low-resolution, thus bad for printing) or pony up hundreds for royalty-free stock photography from high-end sites such as Getty Images.

But nowadays, there’s no end to the number of so-called microstock sites—online marketplaces where freelance photographers and multimedia artists, both amateur and professional, sell their images for a fraction of the cost at the high-end sites. We’re also fortunate that talented artists and image curators offer many royalty-free images for the best price of… free.

Here are some of my favorite free sites… followed by some paid ones I love. (I buy all of mine for my presentations, and I’m currently obsessed with nerdy animals wearing glasses.)

The best one:

Everypixel
Multi-Site Image Search Engine

One of the frustrations with finding the perfect image is that you have to search on approximately a thousand sites. Everypixel solves that problem for you by aggregating both free and paid microstock sites into one search engine. When an image is on multiple sites, Everypixel gives you prices so you can find the best bargain. #savemoney #savetime… #win!

Also check out another multi-source image site:

Pexels
Curates Photos from Many Free Sites

Free Sites

Death to the Stock Photo
Photos Sent Via Email

FindA.Photo
Photo Site with Handy Color Search

Life of Vids
Royalty-Free Videos, Clips and Loops

Negative Space
High-Res Photos with No Restrictions

New Old Stock
Vintage Photos from Public Archives

Pixabay
Photos, Vectors and Video

StockSnap
Image Site with Robust Search Engine

Unsplash
Curated Photos with Email Subscription

Videvo
Video Clips and Stock Footage

Paid Sites

123RF
My Favorite Microstock Site

Adobe Stock
Subscription-Based Microstock Site that Integrates into Adobe Products

Dreamstime
Reasonably Priced Photos

Pixelsquid
3D Images

iStockphoto
Getty’s Microstock Image Site

Shutterstock
Another Microstock Site

Stockfresh
Cheap Microstock Site

VectorStock
Vectors and Illustrations with Some Free Images

Five Custom News Tools for Content Curation
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