11 Sites Bloggers Can Get Amazing Creative Commons Images… for Free

Creative Commons images for bloggers

“Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.”

~ creativecommons.org

As a freelance writer online, it’s not enough to research, plan and write amazing blog posts for your clients (or your own blog readers). You’re also expected to search for quality, royalty-free images to go with your posts. If finding the perfect images (you can legally use) has become the bane of your freelance writing life, here are 11 sites where you can get amazing Creative Commons images… for free.

1. Flickr

This is where I exclusively pulled all my images from for years. I’ve only just branched out to use other sites recently. Simply enter your search term and then select “All Creative Commons” from the license drop-down menu.

2. Photopin

The site says: “Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts easily.” ‘Nough said.

3. Unsplash

I love Unsplash’s simple design and simple philosophy. Plus the big, fat, colourful images look downright gorgeous on the page. Download free hi-res images directly from the site and get new ones emailed to you.

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4. Wikimedia

Like a jumble sale for royalty free images, Wikimedia lets you sift through millions of files that are guaranteed to have a Creative Commons license. It might take a while to find what you’re looking for, but you’ll almost certainly find it… eventually.

5. Pixabay

Pixabay takes the hassle out of finding copyright free images by supplying you with a database of over 400,000 free photographs, vectors and illustrations. (Jolly nice of them.)

6. DesignerPics

DesignerPics provide simple, clear, high-res images that are free to use as you wish. It also has a seriously hipster edge to it.

7. Skitterphoto

These guys have been uploading one Creative Commons image per day since May 2014 and, as such, their database is getting larger and more varied as the days go by. They say: “A credit is appreciated, but not necessary.” A good premise to go by, I reckon.

8. Stock Up

Stock Up lets you search 24 free image sites in one go. I found this via another site (fizzle.co), and it looks as though it’s an extension of a website builder blog… But, hey, it works and you can find a wide range of high quality images through it.

9. FreeRangeStock

There are some good, royalty free images on here, although they do make you sign in if you want to download them.

10. Fotor

Fotor has an enormous range of free stock photos, meaning you’re bound to find what you’re looking for amid its extensive database.

11. Travel Coffee Book

One for all the travel fans out there. I’m a big fan of crisp, clear, gorgeous travel images that transport you right through the lens and into the landscape. All images are free to use and do what you please with.


Don’t forget, if the license says so, you can jazz images up, put filters on them, add text and otherwise make them your own using free image editing sites, like Picmonkey (my favourite).

You should know that is by no means an exhaustive list of sites for bloggers to get amazing Creative Commons images. If you don’t see your favourite site on the list, feel free to help a blogger out by adding it to the comments section below.

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The image in this post was by Thomas Lefebvre, courtesy of Unsplash.

15 Comments

  • Ashish

    Reply Reply August 4, 2015

    Thank you very much for the list. I really could use some HQ images with the new freelancing project that I just got involved in. My favorite ones are Unsplash, Pixabay and Flickr. I need to try PhotoPin since it is so high up in your list.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 12, 2015

      No problem Ashish. Photopin is a good one. I think they use Flickr to source their images.

  • Bob

    Reply Reply August 4, 2015

    Here are a couple more:
    MorgueFile.com

    FreeDigitalPhotos.net

    FreeImages.com

    PhotoRack.net

    FreeImages-Photos.com

    rgbstock.com

    Hope those help.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 12, 2015

      Great stuff – thanks Bob!

  • Laura

    Reply Reply August 4, 2015

    Thanks Kirsty!! Very useful.
    PicMonkey editor my fave too 🙂

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 5, 2015

      No problem Laura. Glad it came in useful.

  • Morgan Norma

    Reply Reply August 4, 2015

    Hey Kirsty, thanks for the lists of photo sites. Just starting blogging and had only heard of a couple of these. Really helpful!

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 5, 2015

      You’re welcome Morgan. Glad you found it helpful!

  • Heather

    Reply Reply August 5, 2015

    Hi Kirsty,
    Great list – I’d only heard of a couple of these so will be bookmarking and sharing.

    I’d also add Picjumbo and Gratisography to the list. Perhaps not Creative Commons images but royalty free images that you can use.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 12, 2015

      Great – thanks Heather. Not heard of those ones…

  • Theodore Nwangene

    Reply Reply August 20, 2015

    Great list Kirsty,
    Using images on our site is really necessary because everyone love beautiful images and thats why they said that an image speaks a thousand words.

    However, its usually difficult sometimes for bloggers to get access to good images especially when you do not have a budget to buy premium ones and thats why this post of yours is very useful.

    Among all the sites you mentioned here, I’m only familiar with Flickr and its really a good place to get awesome free images.

    Another site i love is Freedigitalphotos.net, they also have a wide collection of images in any category free of charge.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply August 20, 2015

      Great, thanks for the suggestion Theodore. Glad you found the post useful!

  • Briana

    Reply Reply July 5, 2016

    Thanks for compiling this awesome list, Kirsty! I’d also recommend Snappy Goat (snappygoat.com) — it’s a searchable database with over 12 million, free, downloadable public domain and creative commons zero images.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply July 7, 2016

      Thanks Briana!

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