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Free images – totally free, royalty free, no copyright and no attribution

Sites offering free images – that's 'free' as in totally free. Free of cost, royalty free, no copyright, no attribution required. A good site has a wide variety of images and a search box – categories may be useful but only if you've got time to browse. Take care when using images containing logos, buildings or people as they may have separate rights. It's still a good idea to check the license terms for each image.

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Gratisography

Modern styles. Personal site.
Small collection, no search, no categories.

Pixabay

Photos, illustrations and vector graphics. Also a small number of premium images marked with the Shutterstock logo.
Large collection.

Unsplash

Modern styles. Download 10 new free stock photos every 10 days.
Small collection, no search, no categories.

New Old Stock

A curated selection of vintage photos from the public archives. Black & White and Colour. Small collection?
No categories.

SplitShire

Modern styles. Personal site. Also a premium service for image bundles.
Small collection.

Life Of Pix

Modern styles. High resolution photos added each week. Click 'Gallery' for the categories.
Small collection, no search.

Flickr: The Commons

Vintage and historic images from a range of public institutions. Click on an individual institution if you want to narrow your search, e.g. to one geographic area.

For further searches use Advanced Search, otherwise you have to set the license type for each search.

Large collection.

everystockphoto

Search engine across collections – refer to individual sites for license requirements. View a photo's license by clicking on the license icon under each photo. For public domain images look for the PD icon.
Access to large collections.

picjumbo

Modern styles. Attribution appreciated but not required.

Premium option to receive images by email.

Photoshop plugin available (not free).

Rgbstock

Photos and graphics. Attribution for the photographer is courtesy but not required.

unprofound

Simple search function, but also search by colour. Attribution for unprofound or the photographer appreciated but not required.
Small collection.

JÉSHOOTS

Modern styles, high resolution. Includes featured sets such as a section for iPhone6 mockups. Email alert for new additions.
Small collection.

Picography

Modern styles. High resolution.
Small collection, no search, no categories.

Startup Stock Photos

Modern styles. Technology and small business.
Small collection, no search, no categories.

Little Visuals

Modern styles. Landscape and general subjects, personal collection. Sign up for 7 high resolution images every week.
Small collection, no search, no categories.

Snapographic

All photos also available as a zip file (not free).
Small collection, no search.

morgueFile

The other tabs on this site show images on premium sites so be sure to click on 'Free images' in the top menu.

Please note that if you want to use the images without adapting them you'll have to contact the photographer for permission – the images offered here are intended to be used as raw material for creative work.

You're asked to credit the photographer where possible.

Stock Photos for Free

Images intended to be used as raw material for creative work, i.e. adapt the image rather than use it as is.

Image * After

High resolution photos and textures. Not intended as stock photos but raw material to be used or edited. At least 10 new images per work day. Ability to search by colour. Large collection.

Public Domain Pictures

Photos (plus small number of illustrations). Also premium images (displayed with stock library name underneath).
Large collection.

pickupimage

High resolution photos, clipart and wallpapers.
Large collection.

SUNIPIX

Images aren't part of the public domain – these images are copyrighted to prevent abuse in obscene or defamatory materials. However they can be used for standard purposes.

Contact them for high resolution versions.

Take a look at the Paintings category.

Public Domain Photos

Photos and clipart. Uninspiring styles?

freerangestock

Photos and textures. A credit is courtesy, but not essential. Variable quality. Ad-supported.

Photogen

High resolution photos. Variable quality. Link back to the website appreciated but isn't a condition of use.