Are you struggling to find suitable images for your travel blog and social media posts?
Not that cheesy “stock” crap that we see so often.
No, you want the good stuff. And you want access to it quickly and you don’t want to have to pay for it or have to worry about licencing or attribution and all that stuff.
What you need is a virtual Rolodex of visual imagery at your fingertips. Go-to websites that offer great, (mostly great) travel images whenever you need them, free to use without any legal restrictions.
Yes, they do exist, and that’s what I’m excited to share with you in today’s post.
Here you go, 27 ‘links’ to literally thousands of free photos.
For the most part you are free to use the photos however you want, even in commercial work, without paying a dime, nor the need for permission or attribution. Be sure to bookmark this list and refer to it often.
FancyCrave is a great source for designers, developers, artists, and creatives. They offer high-resolution photos that you can use for your personal and commercial projects with two new photos added every day. Attribution is not necessary but appreciated, like this image from Antoine Beauvillain.
Photographer Ryan McGuire offers all his hi-resolution images for free with no restrictions. A little out of left field, but if you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind, whimsical, abstract approach, you’ll likely find it here.
A collection of totally free photos for commercial or personal use, neatly organized into 15 different categories, from abstract to wedding. Picjumbo also offers entire collections delivered to your email for a minimal monthly fee.
I have a soft spot for Unsplash. Their photos are unique and of hi-quality. All user submitted images are hi-resolution photos and are free to do whatever you want with no attribution. To me, the best of ‘non-stock looking’ photography.
Freerange Stock claims that thousands of images don’t make the cut – this makes the collection smaller, but more useful. They go on to say, “we put a lot of work into each image – we feel it’s worth it to make the images as appealing as possible.”
StreetWill offers a gorgeous collection of hi-res photos. To me, this is by far the most removed from that “typical stock” look than anything I’ve seen. And, they’re all available free to use with no restrictions.
Shared photos uploaded to Pexels are all available free to use with no restrictions. Browse thousands of images with 10 new photos added daily. A handy search bar will help you to find the right photo quickly.
Morguefile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects however you please. To acknowledge the artist’s accomplishments, MorgueFile only asks that you credit the photographer when possible.
If you want unique, you’ll find it here (like the photo below). At Finda Photo you can sift through literally thousands of photos all available for free. Browse by collection or by source, which is linked to a number of stock photo websites such as Jay Mantri, Life of Pix, Unsplash etc.
Created by Adrian Pelletier, all his photos are free of any restrictions, you can use them as you like. If you’re looking for hi-res outdoor, nature and landscape photographs, you’ll likely find them here.
Bara Cross offers a collection of personal photos free of charge with no restrictions. Bara-art is divided into 15 separate categories from abstract to winter photographs, making it a little easier to find the right photo fast.
Barn Images offers you a collection of free high-resolution stock photography. It was launched by Igor Trepeshchenok and Roman Drits, two photographers from Latvia. You can use, modify and distribute these photographs for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission.
Providing a collection of abstract, fashion, food, landscapes and more. All images are free to use wherever you want with no restrictions. But, if possible include a photo credit with a link to KaboomPics.
Folkert Gorter offers a collection of his own photography to use freely at no charge, with one exception: provide appropriate credit to Folkert.
Pixabay offers a repository of over 480,000 free photos, vector graphics and art illustrations. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.
Created by Leeroy Agency, Montreal, Canada offers free hi-resolution photos and free video footage files with no copyright restrictions for both personal and commercial use.
Hidden Death of Ireland created Picography offering hundreds of user submitted hi-resolution images free to use however you wish, with no attribution.
StockSnap offers beautiful free stock photos with no restrictions. They curate the best stock photos from around the web and also upload photos from select photographers. The end result is a bad ass repository of beautiful stock photography.
Their name kind of sums it up. This is no ordinary ‘stock’ image factory. Death to Stock offers two ways to get your hands on premium photos. First, you want free? You provide your email and they’ll flip you over images on a weekly basis or, for $15/month you get access to all of their photos, past and future.
Magdeleine promises a free hi-resolution photo uploaded every day. All user submitted images are hand-picked. Selections can be made between two sources: Public Domain (restriction free) and Attribution Required.
All contributed photographs are free to use with no attached conditions for both personal and commercial use. This extensive site offers categories including architecture, nature, people, textures and urban.
N E W – Visual Hunt
Visual Hunt offers a mere 55,340 100% free high quality photos, all neatly organized so you can browse or search by popular categories. They scour the net for the best free images form many online sources, most are Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.
Back to you
So what do you think? Enough already?
If you have additional sources for either great free photography, illustration, icons or editing tools, please forward them to us here at CiaoMary so that I can add them to the list. Otherwise please share this post with others so that they can enjoy the collection. NOTE: Our beautiful featured image was shot by Hieu Le via: Unsplash.
Have an amazing day.