Unsplash

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: unsplash.com

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Summary

Unsplash offers completely free to use images and with over a million images to choose from it will be hard to not find what you are looking for. Searching for a picture is really easy and there are lots of topics in the navigation bar to help you on your way. A great site for getting you started on finding the right images you need. The only negative, which is an unfair comment from me I guess, is that with such a popular site, you’re likely to see these images popping up all over the place, but that’s hardly the fault of the site just because it produces such great images!

Pexels

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: pexels.com

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Summary

Pexels offers not just free images but videos as well which is a nice addition if you need them. The search function is simple enough but it only gives you trending topics on the homepage. However, moving into the explore section of the site the topics there are plentiful and will easily help you find what you are looking for.

123FreeVectors

Category: Vector Art
Number of Images: 100K +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID & FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: 123FreeVectors.com

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123FreeVectors has a large collection of vector art and images which are great to use as backgrounds. There is a premium service that gives you access to extras starting at $29 for 7 days. One thing that you notice when you first enter the site is there are ads on the page and that can be a put off for some people. If your looking for images to use as backgrounds then you might find something here.

123rf

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: Paid
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: YES
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: 123rf.com

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Summary

Here is our first image site where you have to pay for the images. With 123RF you can pay monthly or get a download pack, select a number of images you want then you have a year to download that amount of images. You can get 10 free images with a month free trial to try it out. It isn’t just photos you can find here though, with a choice of vectors, videos and audio, there is something for everyone. 
When heading over to the tools section there are some handy image editing tools, we tried out the background removal tool and didn’t get the greatest result but you might have better luck.

FreeStockPhotography

Category: General
Number of Images: 1000+
Searchable: No
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: adigitaldreamer.com

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Summary

Free Stock Photography looks like an outdated site and it shows when you look at the images in the latest additions which shows (at the time of writing) images were last uploaded to the site in Sept 2017. There is no way of searching for an image, you have to wade through whichever category you need. Probably not worth the time or hassle. 

Ajmontpetit

Category: Backgrounds
Number of Images: 1000 +
Searchable: NO
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: ajmontpetit.com

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Summary

A bit of a confusing site when you first get there and to find the background images you have to go to MNML Walls in the personal projects and here you have a collection of wallpapers that you can download for free. If you’re looking for wallpapers you might find something here you like but with no search option, it is a hassle to have to search through them.

Adobe Stock

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: Yes
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: adobe.com

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Summary

Once you have signed up for an Adobe Stock account you have access to their massive library and there are all sorts in there. It’s not just images but a wide range of different things….even 3d models to look through.
There is a free section of stock assets that you can download and there are around a million different files in the free section, so plenty to get but with. With a paid plan it can get costly pretty quickly and then even more so if you move on into looking at the premium content, but there’s no doubt about the quality of the images.

Albumarium

Category: General
Number of Images: 1000 +
Searchable: Yes (by album)
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: albumarium.com

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Summary

Albumarium is a free site, without the need for signing up. You can search or browse the different albums and download all the pictures pretty easily. Each picture will tell you at the bottom of the page near the download button what the copyright level is for that picture which is a bit of a hassle to have to look for.
While looking through the albums some of the images really didn’t fit that category and should have been in another album.

AllFreeDownload

Category: General
Number of Images: 100K +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: all-free-download.com

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Summary

There is a large amount of images as well as other ranges of file types on all-free-download. It is really easy to download the image but I was bombarded with Adverts while doing so. One thing to note around copyright issues is in the terms of service it says – You use the site and the resource at your own risk as they cannot guarantee the legality of the resource stored in the system. Probably best to look elsewhere.

Ancestry Images

Category: Historical Prints
Number of Images: 30K +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: ancestryimages.com

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Summary

Ancestry Images is a very niche site, if you are looking for antique prints, maps and portraits then this is the place to be. Not much else to be said really. It is relatively easy to find what you are looking for through the search or you can browse through the categories.

Artstor

Category: EDUCATION
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: CHECK EACH IMAGE
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: artstor.org

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Summary

Artstor is committed to helping scholarship and teaching through digital images and media. The images are from museums, archives, scholars and artists which really means they are tailored to use in the education setting. So while it is mainly for use in education and research which you need to create an account for. There is a free open public collection that you don’t need an account to access but you have to check with each image on how you can use it which could be a bit time comsuming.

British Library

Category: RESEARCH LIBRARY
Number of Images: 150 Million +
Searchable: YES
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: imagesonline.bl.uk

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Summary

The online images part of the British Library has a huge collection of historical images that are used all around the world in many different mediums. You can purchase any of the images and they range in price depending on what you are using them for. It does say on their site that there is a free download option on images that aren’t copyrighted but I was unable to find any images I could download that way, you might have better luck.  

The British Museum

Category: History
Number of Images: 4 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: BOTH
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: britishmuseum.org

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Summary

If you are into your history then this is a great library of images to take a look at. Searching for images is made really easy with the search function and it gives you suggestions while your typing in. Probably a good place to look if you are a history student or along those lines and while it is really easy to download images for non-commercial use you will want to check out the permissions to see what you can and can’t do with the images.

Burst

Category: General
Number of Images: 1K +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: burst.shopify.com

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Summary

The images on this site are completely free to download and with the navigation and search it is really easy to find images. With a somewhat large number of collections, it should be quite easy to find something to suit your need. 

Canva

Category: General – Design Tool
Number of Images: Unknown
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: canva.com

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Summary

Canva is more of a designing tool to create different types of mediums from social media to presentations to infographics using images and videos. There are a lot of free images to look through and they are easy enough to download without the need for an account. If you are just looking for images though it will probably be easy to look at a site designed just for that instead of a design tool website

Chamber Of Commerce

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: CHECK EACH IMAGE
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: chamberofcommerce.org

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Summary

The problem with searching on here is that it pulls in images from multiple different image sites so it is hard to know which is free, which you have to pay for and what your allowed to do with each image. It is much easier just to go to a site directly and search from there.

Clker

Category: Clip Art
Number of Images: 1UNKOWN
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: clker.com

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Summary

Clker is full of lots of free clipart and free pictures. The search function doesn’t seem to work great so it could be quite difficult to find anything useful.

Coverr

Category: General (Videos)
Number of Images: ONLY VIDEOS
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: coverr.co

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Summary

So, there are no images here but there is a collection of videos, some of them are available for free while others will need to be bought. So not technically a site for images but good if you need a video. 

Createher stock

Category: Melanated Women
Number of Images: UNKOWN
Searchable: UNKNOWN
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: YES
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: createherstock.com

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Summary

A very very niche site that deals with images of melanated women. The selection of free images are limited, but they are there!

Openverse

Category: General
Number of Images: 500 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: wordpress.org/openverse

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Summary

Recently called Creative Commons, now Openverse, this site has tons of images to look through and you can search by what type of license you need which is handy. The search is pretty easy to use but because the whole thing is open source when you find an image you want, you’re taken to the actual source site.

Creativity103

Category: Abstract
Number of Images: 2k +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: creativity103.com

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Summary

If you are after some abstract images (there are also some videos too) then this site is full of them. There are design packs to download but you have to subscribe to their mailing list to receive a password to unlock the packs.

VistaCreate

Category: General
Number of Images: 50k +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: YES
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: crello.com

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Summary

VistaCreate (previously Crello) is a graphics design tool. It does have a library of images and videos some that are free but others you need a paid account for. 

Cupcake

Category: General
Number of Images: <100
Searchable: NO
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: nilssonlee.se

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Summary

The images on this site are great, although the pickings are slim. Additionally, with no search function, but with so few images, it probably doesn’t matter. 

Death To Stock

Category: General
Number of Images: 4k +
Searchable: UNKOWN
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: deathtothestockphoto.com

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Summary

The only way to get free images from this site is if you sign up to their emailing list and then you will be sent 20 photos each month. There isn’t any way to really see what images are on the site without signing up for a premium account and I’m not sure how I feel about that…..not really knowing what your getting into before you hand over money isn’t really great. 

Deposit Photos

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: YES
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: SOMETIMES
Registration Required: YES
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: depositphotos.com

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Summary

Once you have signed up for an account here you have access to over 69k free images. There are also vector images and videos. You can then either pay a monthly fee for so many image downloads a month or an on demand service. The search works great and helps to easily point you to pictures you are searching for.

Designers Pics

Category: General
Number of Images: UNKNOWN
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: designerspics.com

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Summary

DesignersPics is a collection of high-res photos that you can download. Not sure how many images there are to choose from so whether you can find what you need is another story but with the search you can quickly find out. 

Deviant Art

Category: Art
Number of Images: 300 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: DEPENDS
Attribution Required: DEPENDS
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: deviantart.com

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Summary

DeviantArt is more of a social media art community with many users with accounts sharing their work on the site in their profile. So when it comes to the images on DeviantArt it is down to the owner of the images to what the level of copyright is so that would have to be looked at on an individual case by case.

Dreams Time

Category: General
Number of Images: 170 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: YES
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: dreamstime.com

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Summary

With a large collection on this website, it would be hard to go wrong, the search function works well and it is easy to get around the site. You have to create an account before you can download anything and there are monthly payment options too. 

Dryicons

Category: Vectors and Icons
Number of Images: 6k +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: dryicons.com

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Summary

If Icons or vector images are what you need then this site has lots of them. You are free to download without having to create an account but if you use any of them you have to attribute back to the author.

Every Pixel

Category: General
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: UNKNOWN
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: everypixel.com

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Summary

Everypixel is more of a search engine for images. You search for what you want, then get taken to the site where the image is from. So when it comes to copyright and licensing you will have to find that out from the other site.

FancyCrave

Category: Photo Packs
Number of Images: 6k +
Searchable: NO
Paid / Free / Limited: PAID/FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: fancycrave.com

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Summary

This site is pretty confusing and hard to navigate. There are collections of free and premium photo packs, searching for something you need could take up precious time, then if and when you find something you like you have to look around and scroll down the page to find where to download from. Not the greatest.

Flaticon

Category: Vector Icons
Number of Images: 6 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: YES
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: flaticon.com

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Summary

Another vector and icon site here. There are a lot on this site with the option to download for free but then you have to attribute back or you pay a monthly fee to not have to do that. If you are not a monthly subscriber there is also a limit to how many you can download.  

Flickr

Category: General
Number of Images: 10 Billion +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: POSSIBLY
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: flickr.com

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Summary

Flickr is a huge collection of images that are owned by individual people who have an account on the site. So with there being so many pictures, it would be easy to find something but because individual people own the images it is up to them to set the level of copyright so you wouldn’t know until you have found the picture. Looking around and then finding out you can’t use the image would be frustrating.

Flickr Commons

Category: General
Number of Images: UKNOWN
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: flickr.com

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Summary

The Flickr Commons library is a collection of photographs and a lot of them are historical in nature. Most (if not all) of the images carry the label ‘no known copyright restrictions’ so you might want to look into that a little before using any of the images.

Free Design File

Category: Vectors
Number of Images: 200k +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: freedesignfile.com

No license details provided

 

Summary

Not one the greatest of sites to be honest, it loads slow which straight away put me off and there are adverts everywhere. If you were to manage to find anything, you have to navigate over to the original website source where you could find out you can’t use the image.

Free Images

Category: General
Number of Images: 300k +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: DEPENDS
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: freeimages.com

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Summary

There are lots of images here to search through and it is pretty easy being able to just search or choose a collection to look through. Images are easy to download too, no need to sign up for anything just find an image and download.

World Label

Category: Labels
Number of Images: UNKNOWN
Searchable: NO
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: worldlabel.com

No license details provided

 

Summary

If you need some nice looking labels then this could be a place to look. Other than that though it isn’t going to provide you with anything else.

Free Media Goo

Category: General
Number of Images: UNKNOWN
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: freemediagoo.com

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Summary

Whilst all the pictures here are free to download and use, there doesn’t seem to be a large collection to choose from. The search doesn’t work the greatest and you have to scroll through posts to have to find any images. There are definitely better sites.

Free Nature Stock

Category: Nature
Number of Images: 1 Million +
Searchable: Yes
Paid / Free / Limited: FREE
Personal / Commercial: BOTH
Attribution Required: NO
Registration Required: NO
Image Sizes: LARGE

Website: freenaturestock.com

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Summary

Free nature stock is exactly what it says it is. It is easy to search for what you need and easy to download too. The only downside is it looks as though it isn’t a massive collection of images, but you still could find something.

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