5 Websites for Royalty-Free Photos

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Carla Tensuan

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When starting as a new blogger or freelancer, you need reliable content to reach your audience. This is why images are one of your most important assets. They can help illustrate your content and showcase your brand. Do you need quality images but don’t have the budget to pay for them upfront? Get royalty-free photos from websites where you can find the perfect image without paying a cent.

This article will highlight some of the most popular websites where you can get a wide variety of royalty-free editorial images at no cost. Keep reading.

Burst by Shopify

Did you know that Shopify, a leading cloud-based e-commerce platform, has a collection of stock images? Burst is a free stock photo platform with thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images shot by its global community of photographers. Shopify built Burst to provide bloggers and entrepreneurs access to beautiful free stock photography.


You may have heard of the Creative Commons license if you’ve been blogging for some time. While the original Creative Commons search engine has gone, you can still find photos and other public domain content through Openverse. This new search engine allows you to explore over 600 million creative works. Browse the free media assets and download the ones you like.


A personal favorite, Pexels provides high-quality and completely free stock photos licensed through their website. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable, and easy to discover. What I love about Pexels is that they offer hundreds of thousands of free stock photos. The Pexels team adds new high-resolution photos every day, selecting each picture from user uploads or free image websites.


Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives that shares royalty-free high-definition photos, stock images, and illustration vectors. Their content is released under the Pixabay License, making them safe to use without attribution—even for commercial purposes.


Another valuable resource for beautiful photos, Unsplash has over 3 million curated high-resolution images from the world’s most generous community of photographers. It has partnered with companies like BuzzFeed, Squarespace, and Trello to make its library more widely accessible than ever. More than 4 billion Unsplash images have been downloaded from the website.

About the author

Carla Tensuan is a freelance writer, editor, and communications specialist. She specializes in crafting creative copy, blog content, and press releases. She enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books, and practicing yoga in her free time. She lives with her husband in Manila, Philippines.