Free and Royalty Free Photos You Can Use

If you own a website, a Facebook Page or use photo's and images for your business, you'll need royalty free photos you can use. In this article, I'll show you where you can find millions of royalty free photos and images that you don't need to pay for. Perfect for your latest post update or project.

Having a successful online business is about having a daily method of operation in place. Accessing a huge resource of royalty free photos you can legally use right here will save you time getting things done. So bookmark this page and return to it each time you need that image.

Articles, Facebook posts, in fact, everything you do online is enhanced with the right image.

Of course, there are a number of options when using images for your business –

  1. Take your own photos
  2. License other photos
  3. Look for royalty free photos
  4. Chance your luck on Google images (please read on…)

Taking your own photo's is a time-consuming process, remember we want efficiency built into our daily method of operation.

Licensing other peoples photos is an option, but it will get expensive over time.

Searching for royalty free photos leaves you searching online which always leads to being distracted by other things.

Finally, if you want to chance your luck with Google Images, then expect a ‘cease and desist ‘letter in the post, or a hefty fine.

The following nine resources are resources I've used over the years and will give you access to millions of images you can use.


One of my first choices, Pexels state on their page that all photos are free for any personal or commercial purpose, under the creative commons license. You can download a choice of sizes appropriate for your needs.

Get started with Pexels



Here you will find thousands of professionally shot royalty free photos you can search for in categories. Their terms of use page will tell you what the images can and cannot be used for. Registration for Photogen is free.

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The Commons on Flickr

Flickr is known as a resource to license images, but the lesser known Commons has images in the public domain, archived by institutions. Their usage page states that images can be used without restriction. A comprehensive list of participating institutions is also available on that page.

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Wikimedia Commons

This site is different from the professionally shot images on Photogen as all the content is user submitted. Both royalty free photos and videos are available with terms of use detailed within each image. The 7 million images available, are searchable by category.

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Free Images

With over 390,000 stunning images to choose from, Free Images will make your content pop. Searchable via keyword or category. You'll find their full terms of use right here –  

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Photo Rack

While the Photo Rack site may look a little 1995, there are thousands of professional photos to choose from. Their terms of use are very simple, anyone can use them for personal and commercial use –

Get started with Photo Rack



Morguefile have a vast collection of professionally shot photographs. You are free to use them for both personal and commercial use. Find their terms here –

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Stock Vault

Thousands of professionally shot photos, textures and illustrations are available at Stock Vault. Searches can be made using keywords or categories. Their terms and licensing can be found here –

Get started with Stock Vault



Once again Pixabay has over 1.1m professionally shot photos and videos, which look stunning and perfect to use as cutaway shots. Available to use free for commercial use under the creative commons license and no attribution required. Find their terms here –

Get started with Pixabay

You now have access to millions of free royalty free photos and videos that you can legally use in your content and productions. Don't forget to Bookmark this page so you can refer back to it when you need it.


Speak soon

John McLauchlan

“Helping You Build Your 6 Figure Internet Business”

P.S. If you use images for Instagram, then this free training guide from my good friend Lisa-Marie will help you get leads and sales

John McLauchlan


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