15 Places to get Images for Your Blog and Social Media Posts in 2021 (for Free)

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Looking for free images for your blog and social media posts?

With the growing numbers of sprouting blogggers like you. It’s expected that you’ll search for free images for your blog and social media posts.

That’s why, in this post, you’ll learn where to get stock photos for free.

15 Places to Get Images for Your Blog and Social Media Posts in 2021 (for Free)

Although you’re looking for stunning and breathtaking images, you want it to be for free as much as possible. Right? So, here the 15 Place to Get Images for Your Blog and Social Media Posts for Free!

  1. Unsplash
  2. Pexels
  3. Pixabay
  4. Stocksnap.io
  5. Life of Pix
  6. Gratisography
  7. Canva
  8. Pikwizard
  9. Morguefile
  10. StockVault
  11. PicJumbo
  12. RawPixel
  13. ReShot
  14. FoodiesFeed
  15. FreeStocks.org

Let’s discuss each site for further information. So, whether you already have your blog or you want to start a blog, you already know where to get free images for your posts.

1. Unsplash

Unsplash has been owned by Getty Images since this year, 2021. Thousands of generous photographers worldwide contributed over 3.2 million photos to the platform.

With Unsplash’s slogan “Photos for everyone” you’re rest assured that you will find your needed photo. And because Unsplash has its own license, it lets you use the images totally for FREE in anyway you like.

What is allowed?

  • You can download and use photos for free for both commercial and non commercial.
  • No permission needed. Although if you can give attribution, it will be appreciated.

What is not allowed?

  • Photos can not be sold without significant modification. (Exact words from Unsplash)
  • Compiling Unsplash photos to create a simliar website / services.

2. Pexels

Pexels has more than 3.2 million of free stock photos and videos for you! Like Unsplash, Pexels also has its own license that allows you to download images and videos and use in any way but there few things to remember though. You can read they’re license here.

What is Allowed?

  • All photos and videos are free. And can be modified and edited as you like.
  • Attribution is not required, but appreciated.

What is not allowed?

  • People appeared in photos should not be use in a bad way or offensive.
  • Do not sell unaltered photos or videos!
  • Don’t imply endorsement of your product by people or brands on the imagery.
  • Do not sell or redistribute Unsplash photos to other similar site.

You can search images by categories such as marketing, nature, business, YouTube background, digital marketing and more!


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3. Pixabay

There are over 2.4 million photos available on Pixabay that you can download for free! To use in your blog and social media posts.

Although Pixabay offers you a wide variety of free stock images and videos, it always reminds you to check if your selected content doesn’t violate any rights.

Images for your blog and social media post

What is allowed?

  • All contents in Pixabay can be downloaded and use for free for commercial and non commercial purposes.
  • Attribution is not required but will be appreciated.
  • You can modify contents from Pixabay.

What is not allowed?

  • No selling and/or redistributing Pixabay contents to other similar websites / services.
  • Don’t sell unaltered images.
  • Identifiable people should not be used in bad light or in a offensive way.
  • Don not use images with identifiable brands to create misleading association with a product or service. (Pixabay license)

By the way, aside from images and videos, Pixabay also has Illustrations, Vectors, Music, and Sound Effects that you can use for your blog and social media posts as well. How cool is that?

4. Stocksnap.io

Stocksnap.io has a wide range of stock photos to choose from. You can search photos by using categories like season, people, business, nature, wellnesss and holidays.

Stocksnap.io images are licensed under CC0 or Creative Commons, which means you can use it all free!

What is allowed?

  • Download the image.
  • Publish, revise, copy, alter and share that image. 
  • Use the image (original or altered) in both personal or commercial purposes.

What is not allowed?

  • You can not use the images in any kind of endorsement.

5. Life of Pix

Life of Pix lists free high-resolution photographs that you can download for free. All images are licensed under Creative Common Zero that is mentioned in their About Page

What is allowed?

  • Photos can be downloaded, edited and use for both personal and commercial projects.
  • No attribution required, but appreciated if given.

What is not allowed?

  • Mass distribution is not allowed.

You can search photos that you need by categories, filter or orientation. Although Life of Pix doesn’t have wide array of images unlike the other sites on this list, it has enough that will definitely suit your need.

They partnered with Adobe Stock just in case you might need more high resolution photos, but of course those won’t be free.

6. Gratisography

In their own description, Gratisography is the world’s quirkiest collection of high resolution you can use on your personal and commercial projects.

And because Gratisography has also their own license you’re allowed to download and use the images for free!

What is allowed?

  • You can almost anything you can think of!
  • Adapting and modifying the images. You can put logo, texts, you can print in any size, can be use in your website, blogs and digital mediums.

What is not allowed?

  • Redistributing of pictures to other people or other similar websites.
  • You can not use the pictures in an offensive way.

For more information you can check it here.

7. Canva

Canva is an online graphic design tool that is popular to most bloggers! It also offers free stock photos that you can use even if you have a free membership. 

Like I said, Canva acquired Pexels, so it’s more likely you see same photos on both platform.

8. Pikwizard

Pikwizard is a huge library of stunning free stock photos and videos. Its free licensing allows you to use photos for free. Although attribution is not required, but it encourages its users to give credits to contibutors.

It also offers Premium membership so you can access more high resolution images for your blog and social media posts.

What is allowed?

  • You can use the contents on both non-commercial and commercial.
  • Can be used in multimedia presentations and incorporated into film, video for television and/or internet broadcast.

What is not allowed?

  • Redistributing and/or reselling of Pikwizard contents.
  • The contents should not be use in harmful or offensive way. (Check Pikwizard license for detailed info)

What I like about Pikwizard is that, you can search aesthetic images that would definitely blend well in your branding and it also has aerial images– I guess you don’t need to own and drive your own drones!

Images for your blog and social media post

9. Morguefile

Morguefile offers wide variety of photos that you can use for free. Most photos are like taken in everyday life but good enough to be used for blogs and social media posts.

However, although you’re allowed to use it anyway you want you want to check their licensing first.

What is allowed?

  • Remix – to adapt the work.
  • Commercial – can be used for commercial purposes.
  • Accompany – your free to use with other contents

What is not allowed?

  • Resell and redistributing the photos as it is.
  • You can not claim the ownership

When I checked the site, Pikwizard also offers paid videos from shutterstock and vectors / icons also from shutterstock that you can download for free.

10. StockVault

StockVault.net is another website where you can get images or photos for your blog and social media purposes. Aside from stock photos, you can also get aerial images and textures which will be great as background.

Instead of stating “What is allowed and not” I’m going to replace it with :

What you need to remember on using StockVault

Keep in mind that even though StockVault permits you to download their images for free, StockVault also allows their contributors to choose what license they want their images available under.

With that being said, each photos, depending on its contributor, can be licensed under non-commercial, commercial, and creative commons zero. So, it is your responsibility to check what you can and can not do with the photos you wish to download.

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11. PicJumbo

PicJumbo has a large collection of free ultra HD photos that are catered for marketers, designers and bloggers. PicJumbo has a huge library of photos to choose from that there are over 8.3M downloads while I am writing this post.

Each individual photos actually include in a so-called “collection” which you can download as a premium member.

Here’s an example :

IMAGES FOR YOUR BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

What I like about this is that, vertical photos are also available which of course suit your IG or FB Story or even your Pinterest Idea Pins.

What is allowed?

  • You can use the photos even in commercial projects.

What is not allowed?

  • Selling the images and redistributing to another similar websites.

12. KaboomPics

KaboomPics is another website where you can get free stunning photos for your blog and social media posts. But what its stand out from the rest is that, the images are photographed by its owner herself, Karoline Grabowskais. She is the sole contibutor for KaboomPics.

The other things that I like about KaboomPics are 

  •  A color palette is available alongside with the photo that you chose. 
  • Photos are taken from different angle which makes it easy for you to choose which is the best fit for your needs.
  • The images are organized in such a way that you can research by color, orientation, size or tag.

Here’s an example :

FREE IMAGES FOR BLOGS

With the things that you can do with Kaboompics, its license is almost works like Common Creative Zero, but I know that you want to be sure, you can check Kaboompics license here.

What is allowed

  • All photos on KaboomPics can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use.
  • You can use photos without attribution, however giving credits will always be appreciated.

What is not allowed

  • People that appeared in the photos should be used in any offensive manner.
  • Do not sell unaltered copies of photos. You’re not allowed to sell the images as it is.

13. ReShot

ReShot is I think, will be your favorite among the list! While Reshot offers 25K+ high definition photos, it also has Icons and Vector Illustrations that you can use for FREE!! How amazing is that?

The photos are contibuted by professional and amteur photographers around the world. So for sure, you will find the right picture for your blog!

ReShot boldly tells their audience like you that you can download imaes, icons, and illustrations for free. No cost. No attribution. No worries.

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According to ReShot, you can use Photos, Icons or Illustrations for free in your :

  • Social Media Posts
  • Online Marketing Ads
  • Educational Projects
  • Commercial Projects
  • Editorial Projects

14. FoodiesFeed

FoodiesFeed is your answer if your looking for yummy looking photos for your next blog post! FoodiesFeed has 1700 high definition images that’s perfect not only for your blog but also for your social media posts as well.

You can search photos through tags and it will show related photos as well. Which means that it gives you more option to choose the right “fit” for your need.

FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR BLOG AND SOCIAL MEDIA POST
Photo by Galina Afanaseva of FoodiesFeed.com

FoodiesFeed images are licensed under Creative Common Zero, which means that you can use the photos for free, you can copy, modify, and distribute. You can use it commercial or non commercial purposes.

15. Freestocks.org

Freestocks.org is another awesome website that offers you high resolution photos you can use for both blogs and social media posts for free!

Their images are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, therefore you can use the photos both commercial and non commercial. The images are searchable by different categores such as animals, cities & architecture, fashion, food & drinks, nature, objects & technology, and people.

What is allowed?

  • You can copy, modify and use them both personal and commercial projects.

What is not allowed?

  • You can not sell the photos.
  • Do not redistribute the photos to other similar free stock photo website.

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Must-understand terms before using ANY free images online

Here are the terms you MUST know and understand first before you even attempt on downloading and use any images that you may find on the websites I listed above. 

And it is also important to go over and read the Terms and Conditions just to be safe.

Creative Commons Zero or CC0

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that makes the sharing of knowledge and creativity be possible legally. And
Creative Commons licenses allows any type of use of contents with no attribution to allowing only particular uses and no changes.

Public Domain

Although it is not mentioned in this post, you may encounter this term as you search for free images to use for your blog and social media posts.

Wikipedia describe Public Domain as creative works to which no exclusive property rights apply. Those rights might have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.

Royalty Free

You may have or have not encountered this term before and you thought that Royalty Free images are totally free. Well, it’s not totally free per se. Wtih Royalty Free images, you have to pay a one-time fee that will allow you to use the image all over again. 

If you’d like to dig deeper about Royalty Free, you may check Amos Struck ‘s explanation here.

Wrap Up

These are the 15 Places to Get Images for Your Blog and Social Media Posts for free! And these websites are popular among bloggers and marketers alike.

Just always remember to double check the image’s license or visit the Terms and Agreements to make sure just to avoid problems in the future.

Now that you have this list, you won’t be wondering where to get stock photos for your blog anymore! 

Have you visited any on of these sites? Which one? And which one of my recommendations you think you’ll be visiting more often? Let me know in the comments below!

See you in my next post!

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